Michael Brems’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, particularly domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and employment law matters in Germany.

Michael joined the firm in 1996 and became counsel in 2004. He was resident in the New York office (1998-1999) and the Frankfurt office (1996-1997 and 1999-2004).

Notable Experience


  • Lavazza in its acquisition of the worldwide Drinks business from Mars.

  • 3M in the sale of its communication markets business to Corning.

  • General Motors in the sale of its Opel/Vauxhall business and GM Financial’s European operations to PSA Group.

  • LVMH in its acquisition of RIMOWA.

  • OpenText in its acquisition of Recommind and its acquisition of the worldwide ECD business from Dell EMC.

  • International Flavors & Fragrances in its acquisition of Fragrance Resources.

  • Dow Chemical in its sale of Safechem.

  • Asahi Kasei in its acquisition of Polypore International and the back-to-back sale of the worldwide separations media business to 3M.

  • Henry Schein in its acquisition of scil animal care company.

  • Westlake Chemical Corporation in its acquisition of Vinnolit.

  • Kawa in its acquisition of the photovoltaic business of Conergy out of insolvency.

  • Altana in its acquisition of the rheology additives business of Rockwood.

  • SPIE in its acquisition of the service solutions business of Hochtief Solutions.

  • Booz & Company in its acquisition of Management Engineers.

  • A Mittal family trust in the acquisition of the business of ESCADA out of insolvency.

  • Deutsche Postbank in the acquisition of BHW Holding.

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  • All employment law aspects of M&A transactions and corporate restructurings.

  • Management contracts and their termination.

  • Workforce restructurings in Germany.

  • Works council and co-determination issues.

  • Pension matters.

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  • Workers on Boards: Thoughts from Europe,” Oxford Business Law Blog, May 3, 2017 (with Loïc Peltzer, Melissa Reid, Jerome Hartemann and Peter Werdmuller of Werdmuller & Co. B.V.).
  • “Die (rechtzeitige) Unterrichtung des Wirtschaftsausschusses beim Unternehmensverkauf,” Der Betrieb 2017, p. 1513 et seq. (with Sophia Croonenbrock).
  • “Die Europäische Privatgesellschaft (SPE) als Baustein des internationalen Konzerns,” Der Konzern 2008, p. 629 et seq. (with Klaus Cannivé).
  • “BGH schränkt Cash Pool-System ein,” Die Börsen-Zeitung, January 25, 2006 (with Tobias Tillmann).
  • German Takeover Law – A Commentary, C.H. Beck (Eds. Gabriele Apfelbacher, Stephan Barthelmess, Thomas Buhl and Christoph von Dryander, 2002, Sections 18-22, 40-47.