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About Nicholas Lütgerath

Nicholas advises financial institutions, investors and corporations in M&A transactions and corporate law matters.

His expertise includes banking regulation and governance. 

Nicholas is a German and US national and currently based in our New York office. He has worked in our offices in Berlin, London and Hamburg.

Recent work

  • Advising various financial institutions and their sponsors on M&A projects and portfolio transactions.
  • Advised NREP A/S, a leading Nordic real estate investor, on its acquisition of M3's Germany-focused real estate credit business
  • Advised Hamburg Commercial Bank AG 
    • in the first ever privatization of a German Landesbank, particularly regarding the transition of deposit protection schemes,
    • the sale of multi-billion euro performing and non-performing loan portfolios
    • its post-privatization transformation process, including a liability management exercise and board-room matters.
  • Advised Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale on its restructuring.
  • Advised Siemens Gamesa in its acquisitons of part of the insolvent Senvion Group.
  • Advised Maersk Line A/S, the world’s largest container shipping line, on its takeover of Hamburg Süd.


Legal Education

Universities of Göttingen and Berlin
Doctor of Law (Dr. iur.), doctoral thesis on banking supervisory law 
Legal Clerkship in Berlin and New York

Professional qualifications

Admitted to the German Bar (Rechtsanwalt)


  • Nomos 2016, 331 pages Regulations regarding Proper Business Organization in Banking Supervisory Law

  • Zeitschrift für Bank- und Kapitalmarktrecht (Journal for Banking and Capital Markets Law), 2016, p. 279-286 Implications of the Recovery and Resolution Act's Bail-in-Tool on the German Stock Corporation Act and the Owner Control Proceedings of banking supervisory and capital markets law