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Dr. Kai Hasselbach


Kai Hasselbach is a corporate partner in our Munich and Dusseldorf office.





Kai Hasselbach acts for major corporate clients and private equity sponsors on M&A (public and private) and restructuring transactions. He advises on corporate governance, shareholder and management issues, as well as on related shareholder litigation. His practice has a particular focus on transactions involving listed companies, and financial institutions/companies in regulated industries.

Some of Kai Hasselbach’s areas of focus are outbound investments in Australia, South Africa and other non-European growth markets.

In addition to his client work, he is the author of a number of publications about corporate law and M&A. He co-authored the well-known Großkommentar zum Aktiengesetz (Commentary on the German Stock Corporation Act) and Kölner Kommentar zum WpüG, a highly-regarded commentary on the German Securities Acquisition and Takeover Act (WpÜG), as well as the recently published Beck’sches Holding Handbuch (Commentary on the law of holding companies and corporate groups).

Kai is also our country partner for  Australia. 

Recent deals/Highlights

  • A major German listed stock corporation on takeover law and a large dual-track M&A transaction
  • A large Mittelstand (medium-sized business) group on a two major M&A transactions
  • A major private equity portfolio company on a comprehensive financial and corporate restructuring

Career to date

Kai Hasselbach studied at the University of Cologne and the Université de Lausanne. Between 1993 and 1997, he was research assistant at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität in Jena, and also completed his doctorate in law (Dr iur).

Qualifications and education

Rechtsanwalt, Germany


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  • Munich

  • Maximiliansplatz 13
  • 80333 Munich
  • T +49 89 20 70 20
  • F +49 89 20 70 21 00

  • Düsseldorf

  • Feldmühleplatz 1
  • 40545 Düsseldorf
  • T +49 211 49 79 0
  • F +49 211 49 79 10 3

  • kai.hasselbach@freshfields.com
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