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Dr. Franz-Josef Schöne


Dr. Franz-Josef Schöne

For more than 20 years, Franz-Josef has successfully advised clients active in various industry sectors from all over the world with respect to M&A-transactions in Germany as well as abroad. He particularly focuses on advising M&A-transactions in strongly regulated industries. With respect to such transactions, e.g. in the energy sector, health-care sector, waste, waste water and water sector as well as in the infrastructure sector (e.g. airports, seaports), Franz-Josef is able to deploy his personal strengths for the benefit of his clients. Furthermore, he has unique experiences in the area of the financial market stabilization. 

Since the insolvency of Lehmann in 2008, Franz-Josef  has advised as lead counsel in the context of almost all financial market stabilization transactions in Germany. Against this background he is described by clients 'unbeatable at the interface of public law and corporate law' (JUVE 2012/2013). Besides advising on corporate transactions a focus of Franz-Josef's activity is to advise management board and supervisory board members.

For many years he has assisted in his advisory capacity for members with respect to all relevant affairs, e.g. in the context of complex operational decisions as well as with respect to compliance measures. Moreover, as member of the Global M&A Leadership Team as well as the Corporate/M&A-Leadership Team of the Firm in Germany Franz-Josef is able to use his excellent global networking within the Firm for the benefit of his clients. 

'Often recommended lawyer for M&A'

JUVE Handbook 2010 – 2015

Representative Experience

Advising Beteiligungsverwaltungsgesellschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen mbH with respect to the acquisition of a 33.33% shareholding in Duisburger Hafen AG from the Federal State.

Advising FMS Wertmanagement with regard to the acquisition of risk exposures and non-strategic assets/businesses in the nominal value of approx. €173bn from HypoReal Estate Group.

Advising Erste Abwicklungsanstalt with regard to the acquisition of risk exposures and non-strategic assets/businesses in the nominal value of approx. €71bn from WestLB AG.

Advising the Federal Ministry of Finance with regard to various legal issues concerning IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG.

Advising the State of North Rhine-Westphalia with regard to the establishment of the RAG trust, one of the biggest German industrial conglomerates, and the restructuring of the German coal and mining industry.

Education and admissions


  • University of Berlin
  • University of Münster
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