Dr. Mathias Reif

              Partner // Executive Partner (Cologne) // Head of Corporate & M&A (Germany) // Global Head of DWF Israel Desk

              Mathias is the lead corporate/M&A partner of Germany with more than 18 years of experience. He mainly advises on national & international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, squeeze-outs and restructurings with a special focus on the tech and media sector.

              Mathias heads the commercial & distribution law practice group of DWF Germany and works predominately on cross-border agreements as well as national and international franchise and trade agent agreements.

              Mathias advises on a range of cross-border M&A transactions, corporate and commercial law projects as well as assisting companies on the development or expansion of their operations, with particular expertise in drafting international and national franchising and agency agreements.

              Mathias is an internationally educated German Lawyer/Rechtsanwalt and having lived in various countries worldwide (UK, USA, Switzerland and Malaysia), before he joined Deutsche Telekom/ T-Mobile International AG in 2002, first as Senior Legal Counsel and then as Head of the M&A department. Since 2008 he has worked in private practice.

              • Board of Management of the association "Innovation Network Cologne". 
              • Recommended Expert of the German Franchise Association.
              • Merger Control Law: Recent developments on "Gun Jumping", 2018.
              • Publisher & country section Germany, in: International Franchise Handbook 2nd Edition, 2017.
              • Brexit – Potential consequences for companies, April 2017.
              • Brexit- Consequences for Trade- and Distributionagreements, ZVertriebR, Ausgabe 01 2017 (mit Dr. Christine von Hauch und Felix David).
              • Hot Topic: The pre-contractual obligations, in: Für-Gründer.de: Gründen mit Konzept – Erfolgreich selbständig mit Franchise, Ausgabe 02, August 2016.
              • Innovation in Franchise-Systems – legal requirements on scope and content of change request provisions, in: DFV: Jahrbuch Franchising 2016/2017.
              • Franchising & Law: What to look for?, in: Für-Gründer.de: Gründen mit Konzept –Erfolgreich selbständig mit Franchise, Nr. 01, August 2015.
              • Innovation in Franchise-Systemen – What can a franchisor, what must a franchisee do?, in: FORSystems, Nr.9/ 2015, S.19-21.
              • Publisher & country section Germany, in: International Franchise Handbook, 1st Edition, 2015.
              • The statute of limitation regime for the statement of (commission) account of a trade agents according to § 87c Abs. 2 HGB., 2014
              • Good Leaver-/ Bad Leaver Provisions and its enforcements, Juve Handbuch 2012/2013.
              • The power of revocation in franchise agreements, Jahrbuch Franchising 2011.
              • Internationale Franchiseagreements, doctoral research study, Roderer Verlag, Regensburg,2001.
              • Data Protection Law (Computerwoche), 2001.
              • International Franchise Agreements, 2000.
              • Investment guide to selected German Cities, 1999.

              “Mathias is a true professional that has the outstanding ability to close a deal. He‘s a real ‘deal maker’. With two deals we've made together, Mathias has shown the ability to bridge the gaps between both sides. Dealing with international M&A deals, Mathias would do the best job in closing all possible loops and delivers 100% quality legal handling. I feel very lucky to work with him. Whether you're an investor considering investment in Israel or an Israeli company starting to work outside of Israel – Mathias should be your first phone call”.
              Yariv Levski, CEO AppReal LLC

              “DWF Germany´s team has significantly supported us in our ambitious growth plans. In this context, me and my employees particularly appreciated the promptness and accuracy in the analysis and in the completion of our tasks with respect to distribution law as well as contract law. The advice of Dr. Mathias Reif and his team has been and still is an asset for us, both professionally and personally”.
              CaPlast Kunststoffverarbeitungs GmbH - Frederik Schaefer, Managing Partner

              “I worked very closely with Mathias on a number of complex transactions over several years. He impressed from the beginning with his organisational talent and his ability to separate the key issues from the detail, getting those key issues dealt with in a timely fashion. I highly recommend him.” Joachim Fleury, Partner and Global Head of TMT at Clifford Chance

              “DWF’s experience and expertise is outstanding and has strengthened a long-term partnership between Strasser Capital and DWF. DWF advised us and our subsidiaries in our most challenging transactions, all of which have been successfully closed. Strasser Capital has engaged several teams of DWF headed by Oliver Bolthausen, Dr. Mathias Reif and Andreas Panzer. The result of their legal advisory and strong negotiation was exclusively successful and to our company’s benefit.”  Ulrich Bogner, Director Corporate Finance and Investments STRASSERCapital GmbH

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