Dr. Nikolas Zirngibl

Dr. Nikolas Zirngibl


Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +49 89 290 12 106

Fax +49 89 290 12 222

LanguagesEnglish, German

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

"Leading expert for M&A"

WirtschaftsWoche, 2016

Nikolas Zirngibl thinks outside the box, therefore his clients benefit from his creative and customized solutions. He helps clients solve the most complex M&A transactions successfully. His clients appreciate Nikolas' pragmatic and solution-oriented approach and Nikolas' ability to simplify the most complex legal problems. Nikolas is also one of Germany's leading go-to lawyers for advice on venture capital and growth financing transactions. Nikolas and his team have advised on more than 50 venture capital transactions in the past years, helping both investors as well as founders in getting their deals done. 

Nikolas has almost 15 years of experience as M&A lawyer. Besides his experience in the technology and internet industry, he has advised clients on various complex real estate portfolio transactions, on life sciences transactions as well as on distressed M&A scenarios. In addition to that, Nikolas brings many years of advising several leading automotive companies on various complex M&A transactions to the table.

Although based in Munich, Nikolas' reach is worldwide: He has also worked at our London and Dubai offices and is well connected within the firm worldwide.

JUVE lists Nikolas as a leading M&A Partner under 50 as well as a leading individual in "Venture Capital" (JUVE handbook, 2017/18). Aside from that, he is listed in Best Lawyers International for M&A since 2016 and in LMG Life Sciences 2015 as "Life Science Star" for M&A transactions in the life sciences sector.

Awards and recognitions


Leading partner in M&A (age 50 and under)
JUVE handbook


Leading name in Venture Capital
JUVE handbook


Included for mergers and acquisitions law
Edition Best Lawyers™ in Germany, 2018


Private Equity: Venture Capital
Legal 500 EMEA


Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
Legal 500 EMEA


Corporate and M&A: M&A: large deals (€500m+)
Legal 500 EMEA

Education and admissions


Dr. iur., LMU Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), 2003

Second State Exam in Law, LMU Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), 2003

First State Exam in Law, University of Passau, 2000

Representative experience

Advising Daimler on a mobility joint venture with BMW.

Advising BASF on the combination of its paper and water chemicals business with Solenis.

Advising the German Ministry of Defense on the termination of a joint venture.

Advising Daimler on the combination of taxi-platforms MyTaxi and Hailo.

Advising Daimler on its investment in volocopter.

Advising Stylight on the sale to ProSieben.Sat1.

Advising STP on a majority investment of HgCapital.

Advising FlixBus on the merger with MeinFernbus.

Advising U City on the acquisition of the Vienna International hotel platform.

Advising Pramerica on the acquisition of two retail portfolios.

Advising Ducatt on the acquisition of the special glass business of Centrosolar.

Advising Porsche on its investment in Capricorn.

Advising VR Leasing on the sale of its Russian subsidiary FB Leasing.

Advising mopay on the merger with Boku.

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