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Christoph is a corporate partner in the Düsseldorf office and specialises in all aspects of M&A and corporate law

Christoph Nawroth has over 20 years of experience and puts a particular focus on the advice of financial investors, including private equity, infrastructure, energy and pension funds, as well as large corporate clients and family owned businesses. Praised by clients and competitors for his "excellent expertise" and being described by them as "very clever and also pleasant lawyer", Christoph is continuously recommended by JUVE, Best Lawyers (in cooperation with Handelsblatt), etc. His industry focus includes energy, infrastructure and transport, manufacturing and industrials as well as real estate.


  • Recognised as a leading lawyer for M&A in Germany ("Top-Anwalt für M&A"),
    WirtschaftsWoche 2021
  • Frequently recommended lawyer for Corporate Law, M&A and Private Equity,
    JUVE Handbook 2010-2021
  • “Very clever and also pleasant lawyer”, (competitor quote),
    JUVE Handbook 2017/2018
  • “One of the Rhineland's leading PE specialists”,
    JUVE Handbook 2017/2018
  • Frequently recommended lawyer for M&A,
    JUVE Handbook 2017/2018
  • “Excellent expertise” (competitor quote),
    JUVE Handbook 2013/2014
  • “Excellent PE lawyer, now our first choice” (client quote),
    JUVE Handbook 2011/2012
  • “Calm and efficient” (competitor quote),
    JUVE Handbook 2010/2011
  • Recommended since many years by The Best Lawyers in Germany for Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Compliance Practice, M&A and Private Equity


Christoph graduated from the University of Kiel and holds a Doctor of Laws degree (Dr iur). Before joining Herbert Smith Freehills in 2016, he was a partner in a leading global law firm for more than 10 years where he was the global co-head of the Infrastructure Funds group as well as of the Power & Utilities group. Christoph is, inter alia, co-editor of the Holding Handbook (Beck’sches Holding Handbuch) and author of several other publications.

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • bp on its joint venture with Daimler Mobility AG and BMW Group in Digital Charging Solutions (DCS, trading under ChargeNow), a leading developer of digital charging software for automotive manufacturers and vehicle fleet operators
  • Deutsche Lufthansa on the sale of the European Business of LSG Group to airline caterer gategroup
  • Impilo on the acquisition of VivaNeo GmbH from Waterland Private Equity 
  • a leading international mineral oil group on the envisaged sale of an affiliate by way of limited auction
  • iCON Infrastructure on the acquisition of a stake in Hanover airport from Fraport
  • Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) on its co-investment in TaunusTurm, a skyscraper in Frankfurt am Main
  • Triton on the acquisition of Voith Industrial Services from Voith*
  • Cinven on the acquisition of Host Europe and various add-on transactions*
  • CPPIB on various investments in Europe*
  • Tesco plc. on its minority investment in Lazada, the e-commerce platform developed by Rocket Internet*
  • Triton on the sale of Rütgers to Rain CII*

*Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills