Aerospace and Defence

Aerospace and Defence

Whether your company is the ordering party, general contractor, consortium partner or supplier of a critical component, fact is: special requirements have to be met by companies in the aerospace and defense technology sector.

We are well acquainted with business models and products, the tight regulatory environment, the expectations and procedures of the procurement authorities, and can point the way to success in your procurement projects. Decades of experience in transactions and negotiations with public clients enable us to develop and implement promising strategies, cumulating in successful procurement proceedings and contract drafting. In the export business we support our clients by advising them on foreign trade law and war weapons control law, in addition to providing on-site advice in cooperation with our local colleagues.

We are a part of the industrial, official and political network that is relevant for our clients. Oppenhoff is a member of the Federation of German Security and Defense Industries (BDSV).

We were and are involved in major projects: Tornado, Eurofighter, Herkules, Galileo, Eurospike, SysFla, A400M, A380, Dolphin submarines, UAV for the German Air Force, TLVS, MKS 180, Leopard 2, Dingo, Fennek, Boxer, Puma, Tank Howitzer 2000, AGM and others. We advised on the merger of KMW and Nexter into KNDS N.V., the establishment of PSM GmbH, Artec GmbH, the acquisition of Dynamit Nobel Defense, WFEL, privatization of HIL and more.

Our range of advice in the field of aerospace and defense includes:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions, including merger control
  • Structuring of joint ventures, project companies or cooperations
  • Strategy in bidding procedures and negotiations
  • Drafting of contracts and negotiations
  • Public procurement law
  • Public pricing law
  • Foreign trade law, in particular export control and war weapons control law
  • Antitrust law
  • Tax law
  • Project insurance
  • Compliance, including training
Michael Abels

Michael Abels


Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 23
50668 Cologne
T +49 221 2091 600
M +49 172 2905 362


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