Dr. Franz-Josef Kolb

German Attorney at Law since 1994
German Notary since 2011
Founding Partner

Languages: German, English

  • Corporate, Corporate Restructuring
  • Succession in Enterprises
  • Inheritance Law
  • M&A
  • Notarial Services

Franz-Josef advises corporations and partnerships, with a particular focus on corporate restructurings (including cross-border transactions). In any given transaction, Franz-Josef acts either as an Attorney at Law or as a Notary. Franz-Josef‘s special expertise is in the field of relationships among shareholders, in particular when advising significant family enterprises.

The succession of enterprises is an invariable aspect when representing and advising family enterprises as well as their shareholders/partners.  Advising on, and resolving, inheritance law issues, including anticipated successions, is also a significant aspect of Franz-Josef’s practice.


  • Co-Author in: Beck’sches Handbuch der AG (Beck´s Handbook on Stock Corporations), now 3rd Edition 2018
  • Abfindung und Börsenkurs – Verfassungsrecht vs. Aktienrecht? (Compensation and Stock Exchange Price – Constitutional Law vs. Law on Stock Corporations?) in: Commemorative Volume for Welf Müller, Munich 2001 (jointly with Dr. Georg Maier-Reimer)
  • Der Maßgeblichkeitsgrundsatz als Schleuse zum Gemeinschaftsrecht? (The Principle of Relevance as a Gateway for Community Law?) in: Commemorative Volume for Albert Rädler, Munich 1999
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Wirtschaftsrat der CDU e.V. (Economic Council of the CDU)

Franz-Josef was admitted to the German Bar in 1994, and has been a Notary since 2011.  Before he co-founded SCHIEDERMAIR in 2001, he was with LINKLATERS OPPENHOF & RÄDLER (previously Oppenhoff & Rädler) in Frankfurt and in Cologne.  From 1995 to 1996 he was a visiting Attorney at KIRKLAND & ELLIS in Chicago.

Franz-Josef studied Law at the Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany as well as in Speyer, Germany.