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Dr. Gabriele Fontane

Attorney (Rechtsanwältin)
Practice Areas:

Corporate / M&A


German, English

Office Frankfurt

Telephone: +49 69 707968 172
Telefax: +49 69 707968 111



Gabriele Fontane has been advising M&A and private equity transactions and on corporate law since 1994, with a focus on MBO/LBO transactions. She is also specialized in acquisition finance and management participation programs. Gabriele Fontane’s clients are financial investors/private equity funds, corporates or MBO managers.

Since 2006 she is a lecturer on private equity at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and recently became a member of its M&A board.


Career / Education

Dr. Gabriele Fontane joined Oppenhoff & Partner in 2018. Before she was a founding partner of Otto Mittag Fontane, a law firm specialized in advising on M&A and private equity transactions, which was set up in 2009 in the course of a spin-off of Thümmel, Schütze & Partner’s Frankfurt office. Gabriele Fontane practiced at Thümmel, Schütze & Partner for 14 years, including 11 years as a partner of the firm. She studied law at the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main and started her career in 1993 as a foreign associate at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle in New York.



Articles and Essays

Neue Entwicklungen bei der Verkäuferhaftung bei M&A-Transaktionen” (New developments in the seller’s liability in M&A transactions), Article in JUVE-Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien 2017/2018

Chancen beim Unternehmensverkauf - Private Equity kann helfen” (Opportunities during a company sale – private equity can help), Article in dated 5 July 2016

Was den Private Equity-Markt 2016 aus rechtlicher Sicht bewegen wird” (A legal perspective of what will affect the private equity market in 2016), Article in VentureCapital Magazin dated 7 December 2015

Vom Kapitalgeber zum strategischen Partner” (From investor to strategic partner), Article in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Supplement “Finanzierung für den Mittelstand” (Financing for medium-sized businesses) dated 29 September 2015

PE - Attraktive Gestaltungen für Unternehmerfamilien” (PE – attractive structures for entrepreneurial families), Article in PLATOW Recht dated 12 November 2014, 

Private Equity: Rückbeteiligung als Chance für Verkäufer” (Private equity: reinvestment as an opportunity for sellers), Article in FINANCE Online dated 16 May 2014

Wie die Zusammenarbeit auf Zeit gelingt” (How temporary cooperations can succeed), Article in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Supplement “Finanzierung für den Mittelstand” (Financing for medium-sized businesses) dated 14 November 2012, with Dr. Hans-Jochen Otto

Mittelstandsfinanzierung – Wo Private Equity helfen kann” (Financing medium-sized businesses – where private equity can help), Article in PLATOW Online dated 27 September 2012, with Dr. Hans-Jochen Otto 

Wer hat das Sagen? - Equity Line- und Backstop-Vereinbarungen” (Who’s calling the tune? – Equity line and backstop agreements), FINANCE, Special Supplement February 2010, 10, with Dr. Thomas M. Hofacker

Cash Pooling könnte wieder leichter werden” (Cash pooling could become easier again), Jahrbuch Unternehmensfinanzierung 2008, 98 

Risikobegrenzung oder Gefahrenquelle? – Kenntnisklauseln in Unternehmenskaufverträgen” (Risk minimisation or source of risk? – Provisions on knowledge in company sale and purchase agreements), Venture Capital Magazin, Special Supplement May 2004, 14 

Documentary Credit Law throughout the World”, ICC Publication No. 633, 2001, with Prof. Dr. Rolf A. Schütze

Lectures & Events

14 June 2018, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management:
Management participation – lecture within the scope of the M&A post-graduate study programme