Dr. Philipp Gantenberg

Lawyer | Partner

+49 (0)89 890 555 6-0

Main areas of practice

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Law
  • German-Italian Legal Relations

Dr. Philipp Gantenberg is a partner at HUPE | GANTENBERG in the area of Corporate Law/M&A/Private Equity and is head of the firm’s Italian Desk.

He represents national and international companies, family offices and private equity companies in the area of M&A as well as in all areas of corporate law.

His practice focuses on the legal support and conceptualization of transactions in the form of share and asset deals as well as the negotiation and drafting of transaction documents, i.e. purchase agreements, shareholders’ agreements, security agreements, etc. In addition to his extensive expertise in mergers and acquisitions, Dr. Philipp Gantenberg advises companies, in particular German subsidiaries of international groups, on all aspects of corporatel. A further focus of his work is German-Italian legal relations. He advises Italian companies, in particular in their role as shareholders of German subsidiaries, as well as on cross-border commercial and corporate law.

Dr. Philipp Gantenberg has been repeatedly recognized for his expertise in corporate law and M&A by various newspapers and magazines, including Wirtschaftswoche, Handelsblatt and brandeins, as well as by the Best Lawyers platform as a leading lawyer in Germany.

Recent work

  • Buy-side: Acquisition of various companies in the laboratory sector for an Austrian group of companies by way of share and asset deals
  • Disinvestment of an Italian listed company from its German subsidiary, management buy-out;
  • Buy-side: Advising a Private Equity Fund on various company acquisitions
  • Advising a brewery on the integration of a strategic investor
  • Refinancing of a solar park in Italy by German banks and support for the integration of two family offices as investors
  • Sell-side: Sale of a stake in a nursing service by way of a bidding process
  • Sell-side: Sale of a stake in a contract manufacturer in the cosmetics sector, entry of a private equity fund
  • Buy-side: Acquisition of several solar parks by a project developer
  • Advice on the acquisition and structuring of various solar parks at different stages of development
  • Advice on various shareholder disputes


1995 – 2000:Law studies at the University of Passau and at the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University in Munich
2000 – 2002:Legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Munich
2009:Ph.D. at the Chair of Civil Law, Commercial and Corporate Law, Private International Law and Comparative Law under Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Kindler with top grade “summa cum laude”; dissertation awarded the E.ON Bavarian Culture Prize 2009 and the University Prize of the Society of Friends of the University of Augsburg 2010

Professional career

2002 – 2004:Associate at Pavia e Ansaldo (Milan, Italy)
2006 – 2008:Associate at Zirngibl Langwieser
2008 – 2011:Associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges
2011:Associate at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
2013 – 2017:Lecturer for international business law at the Steinbeis Center of Management and Technology (SCMT) of Steinbeis University, Berlin
Since 2011:Partner at HUPE | GANTENBERG Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB


  • Nomos Verlag 2009 “Conflicts of Interest of Managing Directors of German Limited Liability Companies pursuant to German and Italian Law”
  • Der Aufsichtsrat 09/06 „Exit of a Supervisory Board Member: Resignation from Office“, co-author
  • Der Betrieb 04/05 „UMAG: Reform of the Annual General Meeting“
  • GRUR 08/01 „Colour without contours as trade mark“, co-author

    Commercio Internazionale:
  • 02/03 Germania – Capacità giuridica delle società di capitali
  • 12/03 Germania – Legge per il riordinamento del diritto internazionale di insolvenza;
  • 17/03 Germania – Riforma del diritto d’autore
  • 20/03 Germania – Le nuove regole di procedura speciale societaria


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