Karl M. Walter


Karl Walter focuses primarily on corporate and commercial law and has profound experience in all aspects of cross-border transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings and high profile dispute resolution in Germany.

Karl’s client portfolio includes multinational companies and their German entities, as well as German “Mittelstand” companies. He regularly advises Asia-based clients doing business in Germany. His specific experience includes the automotive, chemicals, electronics and medical technology industries.

The quality of his work in mergers and acquisitions and dispute resolution is regularly noted in the JUVE Handbook of German Corporate and Commercial Law Firms.

Karl’s publications include “Cash Pooling Pitfalls in Germany?” in The Lawyer and the chapter “Legal Due Diligence” in Handbook for Entrepreneurs by Heussen/Korf/Schroder/Weber.

Die Schwerpunkte von Dr. Karl Maria Walter liegen im Unternehmensrecht. Er verfügt über umfassende Erfahrungen bei nationalen und grenzüberschreitenden Transaktionen (Mergers & Acquisitions), Joint Ventures, Beteiligungen und Umstrukturierungen, und verhandelt vielfach komplexe Vertragswerke und Investitionsprojekte. Zudem berät er regelmäßig bei gesellschaftsrechtlichen Auseinandersetzungen und führt gerichtliche und außergerichtliche streitige Verfahren in Deutschland.

Zu den Mandanten von Dr. Walter zählen neben multinationalen Unternehmen und deren Tochtergesellschaften in Deutschland vor allem Unternehmen des Mittelstands. Zudem berät er regelmäßig Unternehmen aus Asien bei Investitionen und der Wahrnehmung ihrer Interessen in Deutschland.

Besondere Erfahrungen bestehen in den Branchen Automobil, Chemie, Elektronik und Medizintechnik.

Dr. Walter wird im JUVE Handbuch der Wirtschaftskanzleien regelmäßig für Mergers & Acqusitions sowie Prozessführung empfohlen.

Zu den juristischen Publikationen zählen z.B. „Cash Pooling Pitfalls in Germany“, erschienen in The Lawyer, und „Legal Due Diligence“ im Handbuch für Unternehmer, herausgegeben von Heussen/Korf/Schroder/Weber.


  • Advising a Hong Kong based strategic investor in the acquisition of several German and EU-based entities in the steel and automotive business from a PE Fund. 
  • Advising a minority shareholder in pursuing his interests in shareholder meetings; representing the shareholder in related dispute resolution matters. 
  • Regularly advising a supervisory board in various corporate, restructuring and dispute resolution matters. 
  • Advising a group of shareholders in the sale of shares in several companies to a Japanese strategic IT investor. 
  • Representing various US-based investors in the acquisition of shares and assets in Germany. 
  • Advising a German healthcare company on joint ventures in China. 
  • Advising a Vietnamese bank on entering the German market. 
  • Advising a large Japan-based electronics company and other multinational companies in restructurings in Germany. 
  • Advising a Germany-based infrastructure company on enlargement of a chemical site and on new industrial settlements on the site. 
  • Representing a Malta-based holding company in an option agreement and the sale of shares in Germany. 
  • Representing a Germany-based bank in the sale of shares in an investment bank. 
  • Representing a UK-based real estate group in the acquisition and development of a logistics site at a former NATO airport in Germany. 
  • Leading and supervising legal due diligence proceedings for sellers and investors. 
  • Advising on renewable energy investments and the sale of power plants. 
  • Advising and representing investors on construction and operation of new manufacturing plants. 
  • Advising on dispute resolution proceedings related to national and cross-border transactions. 
  • Regularly advising multinational and domestic clients on general corporate and reorganization matters in Germany.


  • Second State Law Examination, 1991
  • University of Mainz, J.D./Ph.D., 1990
  • First State Law Examination, 1987
  • University of Heidelberg
  • University of Geneva
  • University of Mainz


  • Germany, 1991


  • German
  • English
  • French