Axel Staudt

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Axel Staudt, LL.M., Partner

Axel Staudt is a member of the Practice Group Merger & Acquisitions. He advises national and international clients in transaction and manages the entire transaction process and is in particular focused on IP and IT related aspects of the transaction. Furthermore, Axel Staudt is active in Private Equity/Venture Capital focused transactions advising investors as well start-up companies mainly related to software, digital media and biotechnology (see Practice Group Venture Capital/Private Equity/Start-ups).

His second main focus is the advice of companies in antitrust related matters (Practice Group Competition), in particular in the area of merger control. This comprises the preparation of merger control proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission and the coordination of international applications of merger controls in cooperation with specialized foreign law firms, we are working with on a regular basis, as well as the assistance of companies during merger control proceedings of third parties.

Third main area of expertise is the legal assistance of companies in the IT sector, in particular preparing and negotiating of IT, software and SaaS agreements, both for IT companies as well as for customers of IT services.

Curriculum Vitae 

  • Since January 2007 FRANZ Rechtsanwälte
  • 2003 - 2006 VELTEN FRANZ JAKOBY
  • 2001 - 2002 Haarmann Hemmelrath (Berlin)
  • 2001 Admission to the bar 

Law Studies at Ruhr-Universität Bochum

LL.M. in tax and business law, Ruhr-Universität Bochum 2003 

Axel Staudt is member of the following organizations:

  • Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht (Antitrust law) e.V.
  • International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
  • Chair in board of trustess of NUK Neues Unternehmertum Rheinland e.V.
  • MedienHafen Düsseldorf e.V. – Association for industrial location promotion

Languages: German and English

Selected matters and transactions

  • Advising (M&A and Antitrust Law) the shareholders and founders of true fruits GmbH in their sale of shares to Eckes-Granini Group (2018)
  • Advice (Antitrust Law) of the seller of Hallo Pizza GmbH to Domino’s Pizza (2018)
  • Advising the city of Plettenberg in its sale of Krankenhaus Plettenberg gGmbH to RadPrax Group (2017)
  • Advising the founders of ProfitBricks GmbH (cloud service provider) in their sale to 1&1/United Internet (2017)
  • Advising (M&A and Antitrust Law) the shareholders of Hygiene-Institute Gelsenkirchen (medical laboratory) selling their shares to Eurofins Group (2017)
  • Advice (Antitrust Law) of SURTECO SE in its acquisition of Probos Group (2017)
  • Advising the founder of eperi GmbH (IT security) with respect to financing rounds (2017)
  • Advising Nexiot AG (provider of IoT technology) concluding various IT framework agreements, inter alia with VTG Rail GmbH, DB Cargo AG (2017/2018)
  • Advising (M&A and Antitrust) Rolf Benz AG in its divestiture of RUF-Bett (2016)
  • Advising (M&A and Antitrust) Hüls Group in its divestiture of Parador (2016)
  • Advising a leading German technology service provider investing in a start up company [smart home] (2016)
  • Advising Polarmond AG (Switzerland) in connection with a crowdinvesting campaign (2016)
  • Advising a biotechnology company in US arbitration proceeding following termination of a cooperation and license agreement (2015)
  • Advising in Antitrust law of a major German energy supplier in connection with the acquisition of various participations in other companies (2015)
  • Advising Info Vista SA with respect to a IT-Framework agreement with a big German logistics group (2015)

Selected Publications / Lectures

  • Lecture “Life Science M&A – asset deals, spin-offs, joint ventures, strategic alliances and other collaborative agreements”, AIJA Conference in Valbella, Switzerland, 24 January 2018
  • Lecture “Investment of a business angel in start-ups – chances and risks: The Investment and Shareholders Agreement”, Info-Event for Angel-Investing in Düsseldorf, Germany, 20 June 2017
  • Lecture “Transfer of employees and third party consents in restructuring transactions”, AIJA Conference in La Clusaz, France, 28 January 2017
  • Lecture “RechtSportlich – 3. Sport and Business Forum: Overview Antitrust Law and Sport”, in Düsseldorf, 15 September 2016
  • Lecture “Private Equity Masterclass: Structuring of the Deal”, AIJA Conference in Corvara, Italy, 14 January 2016
  • Lecture “M&A workshop: How to approach and get potential clients”, AIJA Conference in Madrid, Spain, 15 October 2015
  • Lecture “Failure as a Chance – Lessons from the past”, NUK-Rheinisches Unternehmerforum, Düsseldorf, 14 October 2015
  • Lecture “The Transaction Agreement”, AIJA Conference in Kitzbühel, Austria, 29 January 2015
  • “Succession in the mid-cap industry” (legal ways to structure a family internal succession planning: corporate law, family law, inheritance law; legal preparation and implementation of a successful selling process) lecture on 26 June 2014 in Hagen at an congress of WSM Wirtschaftsverband Stahl- und Metallverarbeitung e.V. (jointly with Dr. Christoph Neven)
  • Gründerszene (Start-up magazin) – “Venture Capital: Preconditions for government grant“, 23 May 2013 (jointly with Antonio Calderon)
  • “Anti-trust law applying for Statutory Health Insurance – Risk for Legal Certainty” in: Die Krankenversicherung (Erich Schmidt Verlag), booklet 11+12/2012, page 316 et seq. (jointly with with Dr. Matthias Schmidt, Dr. Malte Welters)
  • Lecture “Joint Venture – Competition law aspects: Concentrative / cooperative”, AIJA Conference in Ghent, Belgium, 21 April, 2012
  • Gründerszene (Start-up magazin) – “Exit: Can Earn-Out help to achieve a reasonable purchase price?“ 26 August 2011 (jointly with Antonio Calderon)