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Rick van Aerssen

Global Managing Partner

Corporate advisory and governance | Industrials | Mergers and acquisitions | Private capital | Real estate |

Fascinating, like Messi

manager magazin 3/2022

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About Rick van Aerssen

Rick van Aerssen is a partner in our Frankfurt and Dusseldorf offices. He is also a Global Managing Partner of the firm ​. His practice focuses on corporate, takeover and securities law advice to listed companies and financial institutions. He is consistently ranked among the leading professionals across his areas of expertise.

Rick speaks German and English.

Recent work

Rick’s experience includes advising:

  • M&A transactions: Volkswagen on the takeover of Europcar, Vonovia on the business combination with Deutsche Wohnen and the previously proposed takeover as well as the takeovers of Conwert, Buwog, Victoria Park and Hembla, BorgWarner on the takeover of Akasol, TRATON on its takeover of Navistar, BASF on the business combination of Wintershall and DEA, Deutsche Bank on the proposed business combination with Commerzbank, on the disposal of BHF Bank and on the acquisition of Sal. Oppenheim, RWE on the disposal of Innogy and swap with E.ON business divisions, Midea on the takeover offer for KUKA, London Stock Exchange on the proposed business combination with Deutsche Börse, Gagfah SA on the business combination with Deutsche Annington, Deutsche Post on its sale of Postbank to Deutsche Bank, UniCredito Italiano on its takeover of HypoVereinsbank, PPR on its acquisition of a strategic stake in Puma and Taylor Nelson Sofres on its intended takeover of GfK;

  • on the IPOs/proposed IPOs of AMAG, Befesa, Brenntag, Constantia Packaging, Douglas, DWS, European Clean Tech I SE, Evonik, FACC, Grohe, Hapag-Lloyd, Hensoldt, the Hamburg ports operator HHLA, Helikos SE, ista, instone, Interhyp, Kabel Deutschland, KION, MTU Aero Engines, Petrotec, Siltronic, Suse, Tank & Rast, TeamViewer, TLG Immobilien, TRATON, Wacker Chemie, and Q-Cells;

  • on the (multiple) rights offerings Bilfinger Berger, Colonia Real Estate, Deutsche Lufthansa, Deutsche Wohnen, EnBW, Fresenius, Gagfah, KION, Immoeast, Infineon, K+S, ProSiebenSat.1, SGL Carbon, TUI and Vonovia;

  • accelerated equity placements: BASF/K+S, Bayer, BC Partners/Brenntag, CVC/Evonik, Delivery Hero, Deutsche Lufthansa/Amadeus, EnBW/Verbund, Fresenius, GAGFAH, KfW/Deutsche Telekom, KION, KKR/Permira/Pro7, Linde, Oaktree/Deutsche Wohnen, Permira/Freenet, Permira/Hugo Boss, Permira/TeamViewer, Providence/KDG, RWE, Salzgitter/Vallourec, Siemens/Infineon, Siemens Energy, Triton/Befesa and Vonovia; and
  • (secured) and equity-linked bond transactions for BASF, Delivery Hero, Deutsche Lufthansa, Deutsche Post, HeidelbergCement, EnBW, Fresenius, Jenoptik, K+S, KlöCo, Kabel Deutschland, KUKA, Linde, Merck, MTU Aero Engines, Phoenix Pharmahandel, SAP, SGL Carbon, Siemens, Siemens Energy, TUI and Zalando.



  • University of Heidelberg, Germany (law and economics; assistant to Professor Peter Hommelhoff)
  • Northwestern University in Chicago, US (LLM)