Florian Holfeld, LL.M. Legal Director

Speaks:  English, German

Qualified: 2015 - Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in M&A

Qualified: 2012 - Admission as Rechtsanwalt

Primary office:  Stuttgart

Florian Holfeld, LL.M.

Florian Holfeld is a Corporate/M&A lawyer based in our Stuttgart office with more than twelve years of experience gained in private practice and in-house at DAX 40 companies. Florian has broad experience in German and international corporate and commercial law and focuses on advising corporate and financial investors as well as start-up and medium-sized companies on national and international M&A transactions and in other areas of corporate law.

Florian specialises in:

  • Share and asset purchases
  • Commercial contracts and negotiations, often cross-border
  • (Re-)Organisations
  • Joint Ventures

Florian has significant experience in project management of complex transactions, often across multiple jurisdictions and within limited timeframes. He coordinates tailored teams to assist with M&A transactions.

Florian contributed to Lexology's Joint Ventures GTDT 2024.


  • A company listed on LSE's main market that designs, manufactures and supplies innovative components for electronic applications, on various acquisitions in Germany and other European jurisdictions.
  • An international investment company on the German parts of its business combination with a specialty clinical-stage pharmaceutical company.
  • An AIM-listed integrated manufacturing specialist on the German parts of its cross-border acquisition of a group of companies manufacturing complex wire harnesses.
  • A multinational chemical, pharmaceutical and life sciences company on the multijurisdictional (over 30 jurisdictions) integration of its previous acquisition of a group of companies in the life science sector. Acting in-house as global coordinator.
  • A medical tech company in a medical devices project with a multinational German industry group, a U.S. life sciences company and a major Private Equity firm.
  • Swedish-based solar panel installer Svea Renewable Solar AB (Svea) on the German parts of its acquisition of British PV project developer Solarcentury, including a target group based in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.
  • An asset management company providing a channel for institutional investors to direct their capital towards financing projects related to the energy transition on a German related bond financing transaction.
  • An investment fund listed on LSE's main market, which provides investors with opportunities in the fast growing market of clean hydrogen and related technologies, on the German parts of its investments in new green hydrogen projects in Germany.
  • 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 leading software provider offering a software-based dealer management system to OEMs of well-known car brands in various countries, in particular with its intra-group structuring in Germany.
  • A French group on post-M&A disputes and UK real estate companies in corporate litigation.
  • A company offering top-to-bottom custom designed mining solutions, on a part management buy-out at its German subsidiary.
  • (Listed) tier 1 and tier 2 automotive supplier's as well as joint ventures within the automotive sector on corporate and commercial law in connection with their German activities.
  • Start-ups in the digital sector on founding and on financing rounds.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2021

    • Career
      June 2021
      Gowling WLG (UK), Legal Director
  • 2017

    • Career
      July 2017
      Gowling WLG (UK), Principal Associate
  • 2016

    • Career
      October 2016
      Secondment to a DAX 30 company
  • 2015

    • Career
      October 2015
      PwC Legal, senior associate
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in M&A
  • 2013

    • Education
      October 2013
      Postgraduate studies in M&A, School of tax and business law, Westfaelische Willhelms-University Muenster
  • 2012

    • Career
      June 2012
      SGP Schneider Geiwitz, senior associate
    • Education
      April 2012
      Second Law Exam (Ass. iur.)
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Admission as Rechtsanwalt
  • 2010

    • Education
      April 2010
      Legal internship
    • Education
      January 2010
      First Law Exam (Ref.iur.)
  • 2006

    • Education
      Main study of law, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg
  • 2004

    • Education
      Basic study of law, University Konstanz