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Dr. Matthias Heisse, Partner

Dr. Matthias Heisse


Rechtsanwalt, Global Head of Industrials


German, English, French

Practice areas

  • Capital market law
  • Commercial agreements
  • Corporate
  • Industrials
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Private equity
  • Restructuring and insolvency

Practice notes

Dr. Matthias Heisse is the Head of our global Industrials Sector Group and partner in the Munich office of Eversheds Sutherland. Matthias is a founding partner of Eversheds Sutherland in Germany and until recently served as Managing Partner for Germany.

In his practice, Matthias specialises in mergers and acquisitions as well as capital markets transactions. He has experience in numerous national and international company restructurings, financings and reorganizations. His clients include international industrial conglomerates, listed companies as well as financial investors and banks, which he advises on corporate law and, in particular, with regard to annual stockholder meetings. Moreover, Matthias is a member of several supervisory boards and has served as arbitrator in disputes concerning capital market and corporate law.

Matthias has particular expertise in advising Industrial clients on its inbound investments in Germany and cross-border M&A projects. Examples of his recent experience include advising:

• Chemtura in its € 2.4bn acquisition by Lanxess

• Archer Daniels Midland on its strategic acquisition of Ziegler Group

• DuPont in its US$ 4.9bn disposal of DuPont Performance Coatings to The Carlyle Group

• Messe München on its acquisition of CTT in Moscow and its acquisition of a majority in Fenestration China

• Tognum AG in its acquisition by Daimler and Rolls-Royce

• the US Department of Justice as an expert for German law at various US courts

Matthias is recognised as a leading Corporate/M&A lawyer by Best Lawyers in Germany, Chambers Global, Chambers Europe and Germany’s JUVE Handbook. Furthermore, he is listed for Corporate Law by Legal 500, both in its Germany and EMEA edition and recommended for Private Equity by Best Lawyers.

Matthias is a member of the Advisory Board of Executive Interim Partners GmbH, a team of C-level interim managers who temporarily take over responsibility for their clients in difficult situations, providing security and increasing income and value.

Matthias earned his Doctorate In Corporate Law from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and he received several awards in the field of Corporate and M&A. He is the author of numerous books, articles and has lectured on the subject of international M&A transactions at the universities of Augsburg, Munich and Turin.

“According to clients, Matthias is 'excellent at handling the negotiation strategy, has a high level of emotional intelligence and is very efficient and effective’.” – Chambers Global 2019

“One client states: ‘He is great. He is smart, reliable and supportive, and has an extremely good track record and a lot of experience’.” – Chambers Europe 2017

One of the smartest minds I have ever seen in action” (Competitor) – JUVE Handbook 2016/17

“’A brilliant corporate lawyer’, competitors say” – JUVE Handbook 2015


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