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About Dr. Arne Constantin-Krawinkel

Arne specialises in advising corporate clients on M&A transactions (public/private) as well as corporate governance and other board room matters.

Arne has worked for Freshfields for more than ten years and has served in a leading role on several high-profile mandates and numerous cross-border deals. In addition to his M&A work, he advises on all aspects of German stock corporation law as well as transaction related aspects of capital markets and supply chain law. He has a particular focus on the automotive industry, but has also repeatedly served clients in the tech, transport and financial services sector. 

Arne speaks English and his native German. He has worked for our offices in Hamburg, Dusseldorf and New York.

Recent work

  • Automotive & Tech:

    • Porsche Automobil Holding SE on the acquisition of 25%+1 voting rights in Porsche AG, the agreements with Volkswagen AG as well as the IPO of Porsche AG (IFLR Europe Award 2023: Equity Deal of the Year)
    • Volkswagen AG on the public takeover of Europcar Mobility Group
    • HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA ("HELLA") on the public takeover by Faurecia
    • HELLA on the sale of its wholesale business to Mekonomen
    • HELLA on the sale of its camera software business to Volkswagen AG
    • Continental AG on the acquisition of a stake in HERE Technologies from Audi, BMW and Daimler
    • Evergrande Group on the acquisition of Protean Holdings, a developer of in-wheel motor technology
    • ams-OSRAM AG on the sale of its Digital Systems business in Eurasia to Inventronics
    • ams-OSRAM AG on the sale of its Traxon Tech business to Prosperity Group
    • OSRAM Licht AG on the sale of its luminaires business to Stern Stewart
    • GK Software SE on the public takeover by Fujitsu Ltd. and the ensuing delisting
  • Financial Institutions:

    • Hamburg Commercial Bank AG (formerly HSH Nordbank) on the €10bn asset protection scheme granted by its former public owners and the sale of a €5bn NPL portfolio
    • The Republic of Cyprus on the sale of Cyprus Cooperative Bank to Hellenic Bank and the related asset protection scheme
    • Berenberg Bank on the acquisition of a US$300m shipping loan portfolio from Royal Bank of Scotland and similar transactions
  • Infrastructure & Transport:

    • MSC on the proposed public takeover of HHLA
    • Maersk A/S on the acquisition of Hamburg Süd from Dr. Oetker
    • Hamburg Süd on the sale of its dry bulk shipping operations to The China Navigation Company
    • Hapag-Lloyd AG ("Hapag") on the acquisition of the SAAM terminal business
    • Hapag on the merger with UASC 
    • Hapag on the business combination with CSAV



  • Bucerius Law School, Hamburg (Dr. iur., summa cum laude, Christian Wilde Prize)
  • Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Hamburg (legal clerkship, Second State Exam)
  • Bucerius Law School, Hamburg (LL.B., First State Exam)
  • Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (semester abroad)
  • London School of Economics (Summer School on Financial Institutions)

Professional qualifications

  • Rechtsanwalt (Attorney-at-Law), Germany
  • Bankkaufmann (banker)