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About Olaf Ehlers

Olaf is counsel in our M&A practice in New York. 

Olaf advises domestic and international clients in M&A transactions on the buy as well as on the sell side, joint ventures, and corporate restructurings, with a particular focus on cross-border matters.

Recent work

  • Zeus Company on its sale to EQT Partners.
  • Blackstone portfolio company, Schenck Process Group, on the sale of its food and performance materials business to Hillenbrand, Inc.
  • BorgWarner on the separation of its fuel systems and aftermarket businesses.
  • Emerson on its acquisition of Flexim Flexible Industriemeßtechnik GmbH.
  • Alexion, AstraZeneca Rare Disease on its acquisition of LogicBio® Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Hapag-Lloyd on its acquisition of terminal business from SM SAAM.
  • CarLotz on its sale to Shift Technologies.
  • Cazoo on its $7 billion business combination with US SPAC AJAX I, including a concurrent $800 million PIPE.
  • Royal Caribbean Group on its all-cash carve-out of the Azamara cruise line to Sycamore Partners, including its three-ship fleet and associated intellectual property.
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises on the acquisition of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises by TUI Cruises, a joint venture co-owned with TUI AG.
  • CoreMedia AG on its sale to Los Angeles based OpenGate Capital.
  • Emerson Electric on its acquisition of the Aventics Group from Triton.
  • DEUTZ AG on its partial financing of the acquisition of Neue Halberg-Guss by companies advised by One Square Advisors.
  • Maersk Line on the divestiture of its global dry bulk shipping operations to The China Navigation Company.
  • Neology, Inc., a portfolio company of One Equity Partners, on its acquisition of the automated license plate recognition business from 3M.
  • Maersk Line on its acquisition of container liner company Hamburg Sued.
  • Hapag-Lloyd AG on its acquisition of container liner company United Arab Shipping Company.
  • Expedia, Inc. as majority shareholder of trivago GmbH on trivago’s IPO at the NASDAQ stock exchange.
  • Expedia, Inc. on its acquisition of a majority stake in hotel meta search engine trivago.
  • Wärtsilä Corp. on the acquisition of the Marine Systems International unit from L-3 Communications Corp.
  • Madison International Realty on the sale of Franfurt high rise “Trianon Tower” for €540 million.
  • Berggruen Holdings on the acquisition of the Karstadt Group (2010) and the subsequent divestiture (2014).
  • Liberty Global, Inc. on the acquisition of Kabel Baden-Württemberg.



  • Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich
  • University of Bayreuth, Germany (Business Law)
  • New York University School of Law, New York (LL.M. in Corporate Law)

Professional qualifications

  • Rechtsanwalt, Germany
  • During his traineeship at the appellate court of Berlin (Kammergericht), Olaf completed various apprenticeships with public and private institutions, including the German Treasury in Berlin.

Bar admission

  • Admitted to practice in New York State and Germany.