Dr Andreas Woelfle Partner

Speaks:  English, German

Rechtsanwalt : 1995 - Admission in Germany

Primary office:  Stuttgart

Dr Andreas Woelfle

Andreas is a renowned corporate lawyer who leads our Corporate/M&A practice in Germany. He can draw upon more than 20 years of experience in negotiating major and complex cross-border projects. Among his - very international - clients, there are leading multinationals, public authorities, private equity firms and private equity owned businesses, in particular in the following sectors: automotive, banking, customer service management, energy, machinery, healthcare, and life sciences. Andreas brings with him expertise in regulated industries and compliance investigations and has worked in-house at one of the biggest German energy groups.

Andreas is highly recognized among his non-German clients for providing incisive and accurate legal and tactical advice on German law and cultural issues. What makes him stand out is his intercultural competence, combined with the ability to consider and counterbalance different points of view.

Andreas' reputation is based upon superior client ratings throughout the last two decades. He has constantly been recognized as one of the leading lawyers in top legal rankings. Clients praise him highly, saying 'He is very proactive, a good responder and enthusiastic about his work.' (Chambers Global, 2015). The renowned German JUVE Handbook acknowledged in 2014/15 that '[t]he addition of corporate lawyer Dr Andreas Woelfle has given the practice a significant boost, especially with regard to cross- border transactions'. Previously, JUVE praised his working style as 'considerate but very effective' (2005/06), called him 'an engaged consultant with solid knowledge' (2004/05) and 'smart with strong legal expertise' (2003/04). In its 2017 and 2018 ranking 'Germany's best lawyers', the German publication 'Handelsblatt' has listed Andreas as one of the 'best lawyers' in M&A / Corporate.


  • Convergys Corporation, a global leader in customer management, on its acquisition of Germany-based and owner-operated company buw and subsequent measures
  • The acquisition of bavius technologie gmbh (formerly Handtmann A-Punkt Automation GmbH), a machinery centres manufacturer, by its management in a transaction that included the company's foreign subsidiaries in the US, Russia and China
  • The general partner in a German private bank on the sale of his share in such bank
  • Portfolio companies on their purchase of a funds & asset management company and two real estate companies
  • A Canadian mining company on the acquisition of a German lithium-mining company
  • A French group on post-M&A disputes
  • A Berkshire Hathaway group company on an acquisition and other activities in Germany
  • A technical and business services organisation and a maritime classification society on its acquisition of a significant stake in a ship management software provider in Germany
  • A UK venture capitalist on its German acquisitions, in particular in the energy generation sector
  • A leading UK engineering and project management consultancy firm on its corporate and commercial activities in Germany, in particular in decommissioning of nuclear power plants
  • A family- and private equity-owned automotive supplier on the sale of one of its subsidiaries, and, subsequently, of the group
  • A global player in healthcare and life sciences on a multi-billion takeover attempt of a huge international pharmaceutical company
  • A global spirits manufacturer on the German aspects of its multi-billion takeover
  • An American agricultural machinery manufacturer on an acquisition in Germany and the US from a Canadian parent

Career & Recognition

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  • 2016

    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK), partner
    • Rankings & Awards
      Recommended by JUVE several times
  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      Recommended by Chambers Global
  • 1995

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Rechtsanwalt , Admission in Germany
    • Education
      Doctorate in economics from University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim
  • 1986

    • Education
      Banking exam