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Mark Strauch


Mark is a partner in our corporate, finance and real estate practices and is based in Frankfurt.



Real estate


Mark Strauch has gained an unrivalled knowledge of the workings of international capital markets in Germany since his arrival in the country from the US in 1991. His grasp of the German legal system, culture, and language - which he speaks fluently - makes him a valuable adviser to German, Austrian and Swiss companies seeking to do business in the US and internationally, and also to major US and international companies wishing to do business in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
One of Mark’s areas of focus is Switzerland. Clients interested in Switzerland and Swiss companies investing abroad will benefit from his understanding of this market.
He is able not only to explain the subtle differences between German and US law and business practice with authority, but also to interpret their business implications for his clients in concise and straightforward terms. His recommendations are based not only on his knowledge of the law, but also on his commercial awareness and his over 20 years of extensive experience of business in German-speaking Europe.
Mark has particular expertise in the technology, heavy industry, real estate, healthcare and biotechnology sectors, in general managing integrated teams of lawyers which often include specialists from either Switzerland or Austria as appropriate.
Clients appreciate his meticulous attention to detail and the single-minded commitment which means he is available day or night until the deal is completed successfully.

“One of the few practitioners in the market able to advise extensively on US aspects of equity capital markets transactions."
Chambers Global 2011
The “sharp minded” Mark Strauch is commended for his remarkable knowledge of the workings of international capital markets in Germany. He is praised for his “commercial acumen” and is considered a “valuable adviser”.
WHO’S WHO LEGAL, Germany 2014
"Sources also greatly appreciate his 'accommodating and personal' approach to client management: 'We really got the personal touch when we were working with him. He's a very senior partner but you could ring him at midnight and he'd answer'."
Chambers Europe 2013
Another "invaluable" lawyer at the firm, Mark Strauch, has "made a name for himself" with "vast experience in dealing with US aspects of international capital markets". Clients appreciate his "accurate and accessible" advice.
WHO’S WHO LEGAL, Germany 2013

Recent deals/Highlights

  • Advice to Berlin-based residential real estate company GSW Immobilien AG on its IPO, including Rule 144A placement in the US.
  • Advice to NORMA Group, a German industrial company specialising in engineered joining technology for the automotive industry, on its IPO, including Rule 144A placement in the US.
  • Advice to Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and UBS, as Joint Global coordinators in connection with the capital increase and rights offering for Deutsche Wohnen AG, a Berlin-based residential real estate company.

Career to date

Mark joined the firm as a partner in 2000, having previously practised law in New York for six years, and established the Frankfurt office of a major Wall Street firm with one other lawyer.

Qualifications and education

Mark holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Vanderbilt Law School, and is admitted to the New York Bar as an Attorney.


English and German

  • Frankfurt am Main

  • Bockenheimer Anlage 44
  • 60322 Frankfurt am Main
  • T +49 69 27 30 80
  • F +49 69 23 26 64

  • mark.strauch@freshfields.com
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