Carl Friedrich von Laer

Dr. Carl Friedrich von Laer

Corporate/M&A Managing Associate, Düsseldorf

"Carl has broad experience in international (cross-border) M&A transactions and advises on all aspects of German corporate law. He is a member of the German Bar Association, admitted in 2013."


Education and qualifications

Published works


Carl is a Managing Associate in our Düsseldorf office having specialised experience in national and international mergers and acquisitions transactions including public takeovers, corporate restructurings as well as corporate law advice to companies (in particular publicly listed corporations) and groups of companies including corporate advice on all aspects of corporate governance and compliance.

Work highlights

Carl has advised various clients on many major transactions and matters. His recent experience includes:

  • advising LetterOne on the business combination of DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG and its oil and gas business with Wintershall
  • advising Thyssen'sche Handelsgesellschaft on the acquisition of  Colcom Group
  • advising Deere & Company on the acquisition of the global business activities of Wirtgen Group
  • advising L1 Energy on the acquisition of RWE DEA AG from RWE AG
  • advising WAZ Mediengruppe on establishing a holding structure and the restructuring of its group companies
  • advising Banco Santander on a multi-jurisdictional joint venture with Banque PSA
  • ongoing advice on all relevant aspects of stock corporation and capital markets laws to various DAX 30 companies

Education and qualifications

Carl studied law at the University of Münster and finished his First and Second Legal State Examination with honours. He also holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in European Business Law from the University of Essex and a Juris Doctor (Dr. iur.) from the University of Münster.

During his legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Hamm, Carl worked as a trainee lawyer at the firm’s offices in Düsseldorf and New York. Carl speaks German and English.

Published works

Carl has published the following articles and books:

„Kapitalmarkt – Neuer Anlauf zur Entwicklung von KMU-Wachstumsmärkten“ – in: DB 2019, 1494 

„Die gesetzlichen Krankenkassen im Anwendungsbereich des Kartell- und Lauterkeitsrechts: Inwieweit finden GWB und UWG Anwendung?“,Dissertation, 2011  

„Die Anwendbarkeit von Wettbewerbs- und Kartellrecht auf gesetzliche Krankenkassen“, Bundesverband der Betriebskrankenkassen, Wissenschaftlicher Beirat, Beitrag 2007, 11 (zusammen mit Verena Liessem und Heinz-Dietrich Steinmeyer)