Dr. Christian Cornett

Christian Cornett

Christian is a partner in the Corporate Department based in KWM’s office in Frankfurt am Main. As an M&A lawyer with a special focus on public M&A and capital markets transactions, Christian supports clients looking to acquire financial and/or strategic stakes in enterprises and establishing their European structures.

Next to rendering classical M&A advise, Christian advises listed companies, financial institutions and investors, including sovereign wealth funds, private equity and hedge funds, on block trades and PIPEs (private investment in public equity), stakebuilding and taking privates. 

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Notable deals

  • Acting for Bohai Automotive Systems CO, LTD. in the context of the acquisition of 75% of the shares in TRIMET Automotive Holding from TRIMET SE and establishment of a joint venture
  • Acting for the Shanghai Stock Exchange in the context of establishing China Europe International Exchange AG (CEINEX), a joint venture between Shanghai Stock Exchange, Deutsche Börse Group and China Financial Futures Exchange, the first dedicated platform for China- and RMB-related investment products outside Mainland China
  • Acting for listed Weichai Power in the acquisition of shares in listed Kion AG or Linde Hydraulics, the global developer and supplier of modular drive systems consisting of hydraulics, power transmissions and electronics
  • Representation of various clients in the context of PIPEs acting either for the one or more investors or alternatively for the listed company (e.g. in implementing an equity line of credit for listed ItN Nanovation AG or a PIPE investment by sovereign wealth fund Rusnano OAO, by supporting Masterwork in becoming the largest shareholder in Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
  • Advising on var. public takeovers (e.g. acting for PAR Capital Partners in the public take-over of Advanced Inflight Alliance AG and subsequent sale of the controlling block to a US SPAC), the public take-over offer for Powerland AG and various related transactions (e.g. acting for the mandated lead arranger on the mezzanine financing for the public takeover offer for Douglas Holding AG)
  • Acting for listed Kingenta Ecological Engineering Group in the context of acquiring the Compo Consumer business from one private equity fund and selling this business to another fund later.

Speaking engagements

Christian regularly speaks at various universities and has addressed various conferences as well as regular in-house workshops, e.g. for management and/or supervisory boards of listed entities or for investors entering the German market.


Dr Christian Cornett is admitted to the German Bar and the Danish Bar and is a member of Rechtsanwaltskammer Frankfurt(Main) and Dansk Advokatsamfund.

He has held various positions on boards. 


Legal insights

Have there been any recent changes to the Foreign Investment rules in Germany? The most recent changes to the German Foreign Investment Act (the GFI Act) were adopted by the German parliament on 17...

24 July 2020

In the midst of the Corona pandemic, the German government has initiated a process to amend the German foreign investment control (FIC) regime.

24 April 2020

The new German Foreign Trade Regulation took effect on 29 December 2018 and marks the preliminary end of a vivid public, political debate in Germany.

05 February 2019

According to minister Altmaier, the German government seeks to obtain more details about who is involved in takeovers of German businesses and the intention of such investors

16 August 2018

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