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Dr. Christoph L. Gleske


Christoph is a member of our finance and corporate practice groups in Frankfur and co-head of our financial institutions sector group.





Christoph advises issuers and underwriters on the entire range of debt and equity capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings (IPOs), rights offerings, convertible and exchangeable securities, high yield and investment grade bonds, hybrid securities, debt issuance programmes and securitised retail derivatives.

He has a particular focus on innovative regulatory capital instruments of banks. He also advises on strategic investments in listed companies.

Department head Christoph Gleske is highly regarded for the breadth of his practice, which covers both debt and equity transactions. He is particularly well regarded for his work on convertible bonds, recently advising Fresenius Medical Care on its EUR400 million bond issuance.
Chambers Global 2016, Capital Markets: Debt & Capital Markets: Equity - Germany

Recent deals/Highlights

Share placements by German companies. Examples include:

  • Continental on its 2010 1.1bn rights issue and its 2007 €1.5bn non-rights capital increase; exchanges of hybrid capital instruments into shares by Commerzbank in 2011 and 2012;
  • GSW Immobilien on its 2011 IPO; Aareal Bank on its 2011 rights issue; Deutsche Bahn on the contemplated IPO of its railway and logistics operations DB Mobility Logistics; and the Federal State of Berlin on the contemplated placement of its interest in Landesbank Berlin Holding.
  • Debt issuance programmes, standalone bonds and hybrid capital instruments of German corporates such as Deutsche Börse, Linde, Merck, Münchener Hypothekenbank, Porsche, Südzucker, TUI, IVG, Georgsmarienhütte, Otto, Behr, Claas and Georg von Holtzbrinck.
  • Structuring and documenting hybrid regulatory capital instruments for German banks including Aareal Bank, Commerzbank, Dresdner Bank, DZ Bank, Eurohypo, Deutsche Postbank, HSH Nordbank, Helaba, NordLB and WestLB.
  • Daimler on the issuance of a 9.1 per cent interest in the company to Abu Dhabi’s Aabar and on a strategic co-operation and cross-shareholdings with Renault and Nissan.


European Award by theInternational Financial Law Review, Debt and Equity-linked Deal of the Year for the Continental high yield bond as the first-ever German law-governed high yield bond under the new 2009 German Bond Act (March 2011).


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