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Dr Nico Abel



Nico is a corporate lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions.



​Nico is a corporate lawyer based in Frankfurt, and specialises in mergers and acquisitions (M&A). 

He has more than 18 years' experience advising corporates, financial investors and financial institutions on international M&A transactions, including private acquisitions and disposals, public takeovers, joint ventures and restructurings. 

His recent experience includes transactions in the financial services, energy, infrastructure and transport sectors. 

According to Legal 500, clients say Nico is ‘extremely experienced’, while Chambers and Partners praises his ‘very commercial and pragmatic approach’. Leading German legal directory JUVE describes Nico as ‘technically excellent, service and results oriented, calm and determined in negotiations’, and ranks him as a frequently recommended lawyer in M&A, corporate and private equity.

He is fluent in German and English.

Nico’s experience includes advising:

  • Klarna Group, the leading European payment provider, on the acquisition of BillPay, one of the leading German online payment providers, from Wonga

  • Altra Industrial Motion Corp., a global manufacturer and marketer of electromechanical power transmission and motion control products listed on NASDAQ, on its acquisition of the Stromag business from GKN plc

  • The founders of Heidelpay, a leading German online payment services provider, on the sale of a controlling stake to AnaCap Financial Partners, a specialist European financial services private equity firm

  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on a strategic joint venture with Unibail-Rodamco, regarding the indirect acquisition of a 46.1% interest in mfi AG, the second-largest German shopping centre operator;

  • Johnson Matthey on the acquisition of the energy storage business of Clariant AG;
  • Shunfeng International  Clean Energy Limited – one of the largest Chinese solar providers and owner of module maker Suntech – on the acquisition of the business of S.A.G. Solarstrom AG from its insolvency administrator;
  • Klarna, a payments provider based in Sweden, on its acquisition of SOFORT, a payment services provider based in Germany, from its majority shareholder, Reimann Investors; and
  • CA Immo on the partial sale of Tower 185, Germany's fourth-largest high-rise building, to two pension funds, including all relevant joint venture aspects.


Nico joined Herbert Smith Freehills in 2013 after working for other market-leading international law firms.