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Dr. Axel Wenzel, LL.M.

Attorney (Rechtsanwalt)
Practice Areas:

Corporate / M&A; Succession, Wealth, Foundations


German, English

Office Cologne

Telephone: +49 221 2091 455
Telefax: +49 221 2091 333



Axel Wenzel specialises in advice to entrepreneurs, enterprises and foundations on all issues of German and European corporate law, in particular in national and cross-border reorganisations, company purchases, joint ventures and in connection with SE structures. As a partner of the practice group Succession, Wealth, Foundations, he also advises wealthy individuals, family-run companies and families of owners as well as non-profit or private foundations on all questions concerning company and property succession. In this connection Axel focuses on cross-border issues of inheritance and family law, as well as the law on foundations and non-profit organisations.


Career / Education

Axel Wenzel is a partner at Oppenhoff & Partner. He began his career as a lawyer at Linklaters LLP and transferred to Oppenhoff & Partner upon its foundation in 2008. He studied law at the University of Cologne, obtained his doctorate in law (Dr. jur.) under Prof. Dr. Peter Krebs and acquired an LL.M. (International Commercial and Business Law) at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, England).


Books and Legal Commentaries

Wirtschaftsrecht und Rechtsmethodik, ed. by Prof. Dr. Peter Krebs, LIT-Verlag, Münster, 2005, "Die Fortgeltung der Rechtsprechungsregeln zu den eigenkapitalersetzenden Gesellschafterdarlehen – Eine rechtsmethodische Untersuchung" [The continued applicability of the rules of jurisprudence to shareholders’ loans in lieu of equity - A legal methodological examination]

Articles and Essays

"Zur Bewertung eines Unternehmens im Zugewinnausgleich“ (Company valuations and the equalisation of accrued gains) in DER BETRIEB dated 4 May 2018, p. 1072 (in collaboration with Dr. Luise Hausschild)

„Anwendung des internationalen Gesellschaftsrechts auf das Stiftungskollisionsrecht“ [Application of international corporate law to the conflict of laws with respect to trusts], discussion of the FCJ judgement dated 8 September 2016 – III ZR 7/15, in: IWRZ 36, 2017

„Corporate Social Responsibility – Neue Berichtspflichten für große Unternehmen“ [Corporate social responsibility – new reporting obligations for large enterprises], Magazin pressesprecher 1/2017 (in collaboration with Dr. Günter Seulen)

ThomsonReuters Practical Law 2016, "Private client law in Germany: Overview" (in collaboration with Matthias Bassüner)

"Welche Stiftung passt zu mir?" [What kind of foundation is the right one for me?] Unternehmeredition dated  February 2016 (in collaboration with Matthias Bassüner)

"Stirbt die Limited?" [Is the Limited dying?] Markt und Mittelstand dated September 2016, p. 10

Annotation of Federal Court of Justice judgement BGH II ZR 61/15 [Hidden contribution in kind of a shareholder’s old receivable] EWiR 2016, p.427

ThomsonReuters Practical Law 2015, "Private client law in Germany: Overview" (in collaboration with Wolfram Vogel)

"Kooperationen unter Beteiligung gemeinnütziger Körperschaften" [Cooperations involving non-profit organisations] KSzW 2014, p.190, (in collaboration with Wolfram Vogel)

ThomsonReuters Practical Law 2014, "Private client law in Germany: Overview" (in collaboration with Wolfram Vogel)

"Neue Regeln für Stiftungen und Vereine" [New rules for foundations and associations] Initiativbanking aktuell dated April 2013 (in collaboration with Wolfram Vogel)

"Vertretung der AG im Rechtsstreit mit dem Vorstand durch den Aufsichtsrat als Gremium" [Representation of the stock corporation in a dispute with the management board by the supervisory board as a body] Comment on Federal Court of Justice II ZB 1/11, EWiR 2013, p.565

"Das MicroBilG" [The Act amending the balance sheet accounting of micro corporations] Legal Tribune Online dated April 2012

"Einbringung einer Bereicherungsforderung nach fehlgeschlagener Voreinzahlung auf eine Kapitalerhöhung als verdeckte Sacheinlage" [Submission of an unjust enrichment claim after failed prepayment towards a capital increase as a hidden contribution in kind],  Comment on Federal Court of Justice II ZR 212/10, EWiR 2012, p. 147

"Praxisrelevante Probleme der Mitteilungspflichten nach § 21 AktG" [Practice-relevant problems of notification obligations pursuant to Sec. 21 German Stock Corporation Act] AG 2012, p.274 (in collaboration with Michael Grimm)

"VGR-Tagung 2011 - Diskussionsbericht zum Vortrag von Dr. Georg Maier-Reimer 'Debt Equity Swap'" [VGR Conference 2011 – Discussion report on “Debt Equity Swap” speech by Dr. Georg Maier-Reimer] Gesellschaftsrecht in der Diskussion 2011

"New Rules for the Remuneration of Board Members in Germany", International Corporate Governance (Digital Guide) 2009

"Nochmals: Die Anrechnung der verdeckten Sacheinlage nach dem MoMiG" [Once again: the assessment of hidden contributions in kind pursuant to the German Act to Modernise the Law Governing Private Limited Companies and to Combat Abuses] ZIP 2009, p. 1185 (in collaboration with Dr. Georg Maier-Reimer)

"Kapitalaufbringung in der GmbH nach dem MoMiG" [Capital funding of German private limited compaiesy pursuant to the German Act to Modernise the Law Governing Private Limited Companies and to Combat Abuses] ZIP, p. 1449 2008 (in collaboration with Dr. Georg Maier-Reimer)

"Das Ordnungsgeldverfahren nach § 335 HGB wegen unterlassener Offenlegung von Jahresabschlüssen" [Disciplinary fine proceedings pursuant to Sec. 335 German Commercial Code on grounds of the non-disclosure of annual accounts] Betriebs-Berater 2008, p. 769