Dr Patrick Halfpap | Fieldfisher
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My main areas of practice
I regularly advise German and multinational companies, family offices and financial intermediaries.

My focus is particularly on financial and M&A transactions as well as general corporate structural advice.

I regularly support my clients in connection with (financial) regulatory issues and in the context of reorganisations and restructurings. I also have extensive experience in debt and mezzanine financing, in particular asset and project financing as well as acquisition financing.

Finally, I regularly provide non-litigation and litigation advice in connection with shareholder disputes and directors' and officers' liability cases as well as post-transaction disputes.

Among other things, I advised Sonova on the acquisition of Sennheiser's headphone division, the merger of the charter shipping companies Leonhardt & Blumberg and Buss-Shipping, and the sale of Intercard to Verifone.

I advise my clients in German, English and French.

I am recommended by various professional magazines and platforms, including being listed as a "frequently recommended" lawyer for Corporate Law by JUVE.

I have published the following articles and columns, among others:

  • "The pitfalls of waiving the statute of limitations in legal practice", in: NJW 2021, P. 3239
  • "Resolutions of limited liability company shareholders by audio-visual or written procedure as an alternative in times of pandemics?", in: ZdiW 2021, p. 245
  • "Assignability of the claim to payment of the EEG-surcharge", in: RdE 2011, p. 403
  • "Legal protection against capital market supervisory authorities", in: RiW 2008, p. 692
  • "Standard-setting powers of capital market supervisory authorities", in: BKR 2009, p. 65
  • "Capital Market Regulation in Germany, Great Britain and the USA", DAJV-NL 2009, P. 7

Personal engagement
I am a member of the German Institution of Arbitration (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit e.V.).

My background
As a scholarship holder of the German Study Foundation I studied in Göttingen, besides the First State Examination I also obtained the degree of Magister Legum Europae (MLE.). Within the framework of the Erasmus exchange programme, I also studied in France at the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas).

After my First State Examination, I completed a Master's programme in Finance in Frankfurt and obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.). During this time, I also worked for Deutsche Börse and an international law firm.

Subsequently, I completed a comparative law doctoral thesis on capital market supervision in Europe and the USA as a fellow of the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the University of Bonn, combined with research stays at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies and the London School of Economics in London.

I completed my legal clerkship before the Second State Examination in the district of the Higher Regional Court of Dusseldorf with stations in international commercial law firms and the German Embassy in Washington.

Prior to joining Fieldfisher, I worked, inter alia, for an international law firm in Germany and Hong Kong with a focus on Finance Law and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A).

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