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Rick van Aerssen

Managing partner

Corporate and M&A

Outstanding lawyer

JUVE 2016/2017

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About Rick van Aerssen

Rick is the firm’s managing partner.

Prior to taking on the role, Rick was head of Freshfields’ global transactions practice. He focuses on capital markets and M&A transactions for listed companies and financial institutions.

Rick speaks German and English.

Recent work

  • Advising Midea on its acquisition of Kuka. Read more about the deal in our case study.
  • Advising London Stock Exchange Group on its proposed merger with Deutsche Börse.
  • Advising Vonovia on the proposed takeover of Deutsche Wohnen.
  • Advising Gagfah on the business combination with Deutsche Annington.
  • Advising Deutsche Bank on the disposal of BHF Bank and the acquisition of Sal. Oppenheim, a private bank.



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