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Dr. Harald Gesell

Partner
Attorney (Rechtsanwalt)
Practice Areas:

Corporate / M&A

Languages:
German, English

Office Cologne

Telephone: +49 221 2091 405
Telefax: +49 221 2091 333

E-Mail:

Experience

Harald specialises in corporate law, advising German and foreign clients in particular on domestic (German) and cross-border corporate restructurings, on SE (Societas Europaea) structures and on intra-group financing arrangements. Further emphasis is placed on domestic and international corporate acquisitions and joint ventures. Harald is a co-author of a commentary on the German GmbH Act, co-editor of a textbook on European corporate law and a visiting lecturer for corporate law at the Westphalian Wilhelms-University in Münster.

Who’s Who Legal Germany (2013) considers Harald as “top of his game” with a “renowned practice”. He is cited as “excellent lawyer” in The Legal 500 Deutschland (2015).

 

Career / Education

Harald is a founding partner of Oppenhoff & Partner. From 2001 until 2007 he was a partner at Linklaters LLP. He studied laws at the University of Cologne (Dr iur).

Publications

Books and Legal Commentaries

Gesellschaftsrecht in Europa [Corporate law in Europe], Baden-Baden 2019, published by Jung/Krebs/Stiegler, „Europäische Aktiengesellschaft (SE – Societas Europaea)“ [European Companies (SE – Societas Europaea)] (in collaboration with Dr. Nefail Berjasevic)

Rowedder/Schmidt-Leithoff, GmbH-Gesetz, 6th ed., 2017, "Kommentierung zu §§ 60 ff. GmbHG" [Commentary on Secs 60 et seq. German GmbH Act]

"Unternehmensfinanzierung Mittelstand" [Corporate financing medium-sized enterprises], Kessler, Sec. 4, 2015, “Gesellschaftsrechtliche Rahmenbedingungen" [Corporate law framework conditions] (in collaboration with Dr. Günter Seulen)

Umwandlungen im Internationalen Steuerrecht, ed. by Prinz, 2013, "Gesellschaftsrechtliche Umsetzung grenzüberschreitender Umwandlungen" [Implementation of cross-border reorganizations from a corporate law perspective]

Festschrift für Georg Maier-Reimer, Cologne 2010, "Abstimmung bei der Besetzung des Aufsichtsrats – zulässige Einflussnahme oder acting in concert?" [Coordinated selection of supervisory board members – permissible exertion of influence or acting in concert?]

PLC Cross-border Corporate Governance and Directors’ Duties and Liabilities Handbook, 7th ed., London 2009, "Directors’ Duties and Liabilities" (in collaboration with Georg Maier-Reimer)

Kanzleien in Deutschland, Baden-Baden 2008, "Die Holding-SE – eine interessante Alternative für den Mittelstand" [The holding SE – an interesting alternative for medium-sized businesses]

European Corporate Law, ed. together with Karel Van Hulle, Baden-Baden 2006

"Gesellschaftsrechtliche Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten grenzüberschreitender Mobilität von Unternehmen in Europa" [Structuring possibilities pursuant to corporate law for the cross-border mobility of enterprises in Europe], Das SEStEG, Munich 2007, publisher Blumenberg/Schäfer 

Festschrift für Norbert Horn, Berlin 2006, "Schuldübergang und Haftung in der Spaltung" [Succession in debt and liability in a demerger] (in collaboration with Georg Maier-Reimer)

 

Articles and Essays 

"Gesetzliche Auffangregelung zur unternehmerischen Mitbestimmung bei der Societas Europaea (SE)“ [Statutory catch-all provision on corporate codetermination at Societas Europaea (SE)], DER BETRIEB dated 20 July 2018, p. 1716 (in collaboration with Dr. Nefail Berjasevic)

"KGaA - Maßanfertigung für den Kapitalmarkt" [KGaA (partnerships limited by shares) – made to measure for the capital market], Börsen-Zeitung dated 24 March 2018, p. 13 (in collaboration with Dr. Nefail Berjasevic)

"BGH-Rechtsprechung zu „Sanieren oder Ausscheiden“ auch auf KG anwendbar" [FCJ case law on „restructure or leave“ also applicable to KG (limited partnerships)], DER BETRIEB dated 16 June 2017, p. 1374 (in collaboration with Dr. Nefail Berjasevic)

"Die Bestellung eines Notgeschäftsführers bei Unklarheit über die Vertretung einer GmbH" [The appointment of an emergency general manager in case of unclarity over the representation of a German limited liability company], DER BETRIEB, Issue 46, 18 November 2016, p. 2716 – 2717 (in collaboration with Dr. Luise Hauschild)

"Freie Hand für Vorstände" [Plenty of rope for directors], in: FAZ 09/2013

"Geld sparen bei Umstrukturierung" [Saving money when restructuring], in: FAZ, 07/2013

"Hauptversammlung vor jeder Übernahme" [General meeting before each acquisition], in: FAZ 05/2013

"Die Wirkung ist nur symbolisch" [The effect is only symbolical], in: FAZ 02/2013

"Sitzverlegung ist auch in viele Staaten außerhalb der EU möglich" [Transfer of seat is also possible to many states outside the EU], Börsen-Zeitung 10/2012

"Europarichter öffnen für Unternehmen die Schlagbäume" [European judges open barriers for companies],  FAZ 07/2012

"Prüfungsausschuss und Aufsichtsrat nach dem BilMoG" [Audit committee and supervisory board pursuant to the German Accounting Law Modernisation Act], ZGR 2011, p. 361

"Verdeckte Sacheinlage & Co. im Lichte des MoMiG" [Hidden contributions in kind & co. in the light of the German Act to Modernise the Law Governing Private Limited Companies and to Combat Abuses], Betriebs-Berater 2007, p. 2241

"Grenzüberschreitende Verschmelzung einer niederländischen auf eine deutsche Kapitalgesellschaft – „Hinausverschmelzung“ von Niederlassungsfreiheit gem. Art. 43, 48 EGV n.F. geschützt, Anm. zum Urteil des Kantongerecht Amsterdam vom 29. Januar 2007 (EA 06-3338 166)" [Cross-border merger of a Dutch corporation into a German corporation – “outbound” merger protected by Freedom of Establishment pursuant to Art. 43, 48 EC new version, Annotation to the decision of the Amsterdam District Court (Kantongerecht) dated 29 January 2007 (EA 06-3338 166)], Der Betrieb 2007, p. 677

“Outbound” cross-border mergers protected by Freedom of Establishment - Annotation to the decision of the Amsterdam District Court (Kantongerecht)", EA 06-3338 166, 29 January 2007, in: European Company and Financial Law Review Vol. 4 (2007), No. 2, p. 308

"Reform erleichtert Konzernumbau, Nun gilt das Umwandlungsgesetz auch über Grenzen hinweg" [Reform simplifies group reorganisations. German Mergers and Reorganisations Act now also has cross-border applicability], FAZ 03/2007

"Grenzüberschreitende Verschmelzungen nach SEVIC: Praxisbericht über die Verschmelzung einer niederländischen auf eine deutsche Kapitalgesellschaft" [Cross-border mergers after SEVIC: Report on the merger of a Dutch corporation into a German corporation], in: Der Betrieb 2006, p. 2558

"Gesellschaftsrechtliche Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten grenzüberschreitender Mobilität von Unternehmen in Europa" [Structuring possibilities under corporate law for the cross-border mobility of enterprises in Europe], Betriebs-Berater-Special 8, p. 3

"Mehr Spielraum für internationale Reorganisation von Holdingstrukturen" [Greater leeway for the international reorganisation of holding structures], Börsen-Zeitung 08/2006

"Mehr Sicherheit bei der Kapitalerhaltung" [Greater security in the maintenance of equity], Börsen-Zeitung 06/2006 (in collaboration with Günter Seulen)

"Freie Rechtsformwahl in Europa" [Free choice of legal form in Europe], Financial Times Deutschland 10/2003

Lectures & Events

Vorlesung zum Konzernrecht (Lecture on the law of groups of companies), Master degree course "Wirtschaftsrecht & Restrukturierung" (Business law & restructuring), Uni Münster, since 2010

Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances, IBA Annual Conference, Vienna, October 2015
“Post M&A – Streitigkeiten nach dem Unternehmenskauf” [Post M&A disputes after corporate acquisitions], 10th German Commercial and Corporate Law Day, Berlin (September 2015)

Transparenzpflichten für institutionelle Investoren, Asset Manager und Proxy Advisor (Transparency duties of institutional investors, assets managers and proxy advisors), Deutsches Aktieninstitut, Frankfurt am Main, May 2015 (with Dr. Hans-Christoph Hirt)

Don’t fence me in – Family discipline vs. indvidual freedom of family shareholders, IBA Annual Conference, Tokyo, October 2014 (Session Chair)

Insolvenzrecht als Hebel in Gesellschafterstreitigkeiten – Lehren aus dem Suhrkamp-Fall (Insolvency law as leverage in shareholder disputes – learning from the Suhrkamp case), Corporate Summit 2014, Frankfurt am Main, June 2014

Gesellschaftsrechtliche Klageszenarien (Scenarios of legal prodeedings in corporate law), Dispute Resolution Forum, Düsseldorf, March 2013

Aktuelle Rechtsentwicklungen im Gesellschafts- und Kartellrecht (Current developments in corporate and anti-trust law), Euroforum, October 2008

Crossing the Borders in Corporate Europe, TAG Law Spring Conference, Berlin May 2008

Grenzüberschreitende Verschmelzung in Deutschland (Cross-border mergers in Germany),  Business Circle Fachtagung GesRÄG 2007, Vienna, April 2008

Across the border – Aktuelles zur grenzüberschreitenden Verschmelzung, einschließlich der SE (Contemporary issues of cross-border mergers, including the SE), M&A-Praktikerforum 2008, February 2008

Die SE in M&A-Transaktionen (The SE in M&A transactions), 2. PraxisFORUM M&A aktuell 2007, June 2007

Was bringt der Referentenentwurf des MoMiG für die Praxis? (What are the practical consequences of the draft bill of the German Act to Modernise the Law Governing Private Limited Companies and to Combat Abuses?), Euroforum Seminars January 2007 and December 2006

How to do business in Germany, Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry, April 2006