Christian brings more than 20 years’ experience to a range of areas of banking and finance law. He specialises in general corporate as well as acquisition, real estate and project finance. He is also expert in private M&A and joint ventures, in particular privatisations and private equity related matters.
Well known and connected in the Frankfurt financial community, Christian has clients across a range of sectors. They include mostly financial institutions but also companies in the automotive, energy, natural resources, transport and infrastructure sectors. They appreciate his experienced, personable approach, and know they have a lawyer with a strong commercial background who understands their needs.
He also has many years’ experience working with public sector and local government organisations. Clients in this sector trust Christian to have a good grasp of the political implications and sensitivities of a transaction.
Christian is also one of our country partners for Switzerland.
Christian is also a co-founder and board member of Pro Bono Deutschland e.V., an association for the promotion of pro bono legal advice for non-profit and non-governmental organizations and projects in Germany.
"One of the most experienced finance lawyers in Frankfurt".
(quote from a competitor) JUVE 2010/2011
Career to date
Christian joined Freshfields predecessor firm Westrick & Eckholdt in Frankfurt in 1987. In the early 1990s, he worked as in the firm's Tokyo office for five years. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a associate lawyer with a firm in Tokyo, where he specialised in securities law, and with Paul Weiss in New York. Christian became a partner in 1990.
Qualifications and education
- Member of the New York Bar
- Rechtsanwalt, Bundesrepublik Deutschland
- LLM, Columbia University, New York
- Law, University of Hamburg
German and English