SMP

Martin advises financial investors and corporate clients on M&A transactions, joint ventures and other matters of corporate law. Another focus of his work lies on incorporating European Stock Corporations (SE or Societas Europaea) as well as on complex corporate reorganizations.

Martin regularly publishes on matters of corporate law and is the author of a book on SE law.

Education and Career

Martin studied law in Marburg, Bologna (Italy) and at the University of Cambridge (UK).

Before joining SMP, Martin was a Principal Associate with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Berlin.

Experience

Martin's recent work highlights include advising:

  • an international private-equity investor on the acquisition of an automotive supplier
  • various energy and utility companies on the acquisition and the sale of wind farms and power plants
  • an incubator and investment company on its conversion into a European Stock Corporation (SE) as well as on its IPO at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange
  • an online retailer on its conversion into a stock corporation (Aktiengesellschaft – AG) and on matters of corporate governance
  • The European Stock Corporation (SE) – Formation and governance options, Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden, 2018, 58 pages [in German]
  • Treasury shares and the conversion by way of a change of legal form, ZGR 2018, pp. 126–148 [in German]
  • Distribution of powers and liability regarding structural measures in German stock corporations (Aktiengesellschaften – AGs) and corporate groups (together with Annedore Streyl), ZIP 2017, pp.410–417 [in German]
  • Cross-border change of legal form of a French S.à r.l. into a German GmbH, case note on Higher Regional Court (Kammergericht) of Berlin case no. 22 W 64/15 (together with Malte Vollertsen), EWiR 2017, pp. 109–110 [in German]
  • Reasons why more and more companies opt for an SE (Societas Europaea), gruenderszene.de (Feb. 2017) [in German]
  • Share certificates in practice – issuance, transfer, exchange, and declaration of invalidity, AG 2016, pp. 889–895 [in German]
  • Change of legal form in the context of companies undergoing growth, VC Magazine 2015, pp. 40–41 [in German]
  • Performance or non-performance – Enforceability of contractual claims in case of opposing foreign embargo regulations (together with Hans-Joachim Prieß), Festschrift für [Commemorative publication in honor of] Dr. Arnold Wallraff, 2015, Ehlers/Wolffgang (eds.), pp. 267–288 [in German]
  • Cross-border change of legal form and transfer of seat: implementation of the 'VALE' decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), ZIP 2014, pp. 810–817 [in German]
  • Russian roulette: scope and limitations of cessation clauses in articles of association, DB 2014, pp. 821–824 [in German]
  • Agreement on illegal earnings II, case note on Higher Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht – OLG) of Schleswig case no. 1 U 24/13 (together with Fabian Hentschel), EWiR 2014, pp. 47–48 [in German]
  • Hybrid Legal Forms at the Gates – The Transition from Combined Legal Forms to Hybrid Corporations and its Consequences for Creditor Protection, ECFR 2013, pp. 75–112 – (in English)
  • Cross-border combination of legal forms of companies and the principle of freedom of establishment – liability for delays in filing for insolvency; prohibition of disbursement; and the rules on maintenance of capital regarding Ltd. & Co. KGs (together with Lars Klöhn), ZIP 2013, pp. 49–56 [in German]
  • Agreement on illegal earnings I, case note on Germany's Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) case no. VII ZR 6/13 (together with Fabian Hentschel), LMK 2013, 352368 [in German]
  • Reverse direct liability in the context of the German unincorporated civil-law association (Gesellschaft bürgerlichen Rechts – GbR), case note on Federal Court of Justice case no. II ZR 150/12 (together with Melanie Knoch), LMK 2014, 357052 [in German]
  • Selection and combination of legal forms of companies against the background of institutional competition – combined and hybrid legal forms in the context of the competition between European and US corporate laws, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, 2012, 375 pages; reviewed by Wolfgang Kerber, ORDO (The Ordo Yearbook of Economic and Social Order) 2013, pp. 519–523 [in German]
  • Taxation of unrealized increases in value in the context of cross-border transfers of seat, case note on European Court of Justice case no. C 371/19 (National Grid), EWiR 2012, pp. 505–506 [in German]
  • The treatment of non-EU-member-country choice-of-jurisdiction clauses before European courts – de lege lata and de lege ferenda (together with Carl-Philipp Eberlein), RIW 2012, pp. 43–49 [in German]
  • Revocation of an accession to a closed-end real-estate fund, case note on European Court of Justice case no. C 215/08 (Friz) (together with Lars Klöhn), WuB I G 5 Immobilienanlagen 5.10 [in German]
  • International jurisdiction pursuant to Art. 22 No. 2 of the recast Brussels I Regulation and arbitrability of disputes regarding deficiencies in shareholders' resolutions – Implications for the European competition between corporate laws, IPRax 2010, pp. 513–520 [in German]
  • Arbitrability of disputes regarding deficiencies in shareholders' resolutions: The new 'Supplementary rules for corporate-law disputes' of the German Institution for Arbitration (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit – DIS) (together with Kirstin Schwedt and Anna-Julka Lilja), NZG 2009, pp. 1281–1285 [in German]
  • Dual management-board mandates, case note on Federal Court of Justice case no. II ZR 170/07 (together with Lars Klöhn), LMK 2009, 287721 [in German]
  • Italian law of conflicts regarding companies, Jahrbuch für Italienisches Recht [Yearbook for Italian Law] 2008, vol. 21, Jayme/Mansel/Pfeiffer (eds.), pp. 135–154 [in German]