Dr. Menso Engelmann

Lawyer / Associate Partner
Große Theaterstraße 31
20354 Hamburg

Dr Menso Engelmann has been working as a lawyer in the field of corporate law / M&A since 2008. He advises private individuals, strategic investors, financial investors / private equity funds, family businesses, joint ventures and listed companies on all aspects of corporate transactions. In addition, he also advises on transactions within the context of corporate crises and restructurings under transformation law, as well as real estate transactions. In corporate law, his focus is on stock corporation and GmbH (plc) law, as well as partnership law, for example in the case of German GmbH & Co. KG, OHG and GbR corporate entities. He also advises his national and international clients from a wide range of industries on commercial law and international business law. Dr Engelmann is regularly listed as one of Germany’s leading lawyers in both corporate law and M&A in the Best Lawyers ranking.

  • Expertise
    • Corporate finance

      Optimal financing is the key to any corporate success. FPS advises companies on all legal and tax-related aspects of financing their business, especially in connection with capital endowment and maintenance, investment financing and M&A transactions. We also advise institutional investors and banks on all matters concerning corporate financing, particularly in relation to mezzanines, capital increases, bonds and traditional loans. In addition, we provide comprehensive legal support in matters relating to group and acquisition financing, the analysis and optimisation of the collateral situation and the drafting of controlling and profit transfer agreements.

    • Mergers / acquisitions

      Successful transactions require careful planning and structuring, both in terms of content and time. Our M&A experts not only perform due diligence and draft the contract, but also handle the subsequent contract negotiations and manage the project in the post-closing phase.

      We advise domestic and foreign companies on both the buyer and seller side on M&A projects, private equity and venture capital transactions, management buy-ins and buyouts and corporate cooperation projects (joint ventures). Here, we draft and negotiate confidentiality and exclusivity agreements (letters of intent) as well as contracts covering company acquisitions and investment agreements.

      In all M&A transactions, we establish a close and trusting working relationship with our clients’ auditors and tax consultants, determine how to optimally structure the transactions for tax purposes and ensure compliance with antitrust requirements.

    • Distressed M&A

      Mergers and acquisitions are part of any commercial law firm’s standard repertoire. In exceptional situations, however, such as an economic crisis where there is considerable time pressure and many interests, special knowledge and experience are required. By adopting an economic and strategic perspective, we advise sellers and buyers in the context of corporate transactions in a crisis environment – in pre-insolvency share or asset deals, in reorganisation measures by transfer in the context of insolvency proceedings, or by way of an insolvency plan.

    Language skills

    German English
  • Education
    since 2023Associate Partner at FPS 
    2008–2023Lawyer and partner at various globally active commercial law firms in Frankfurt and Hamburg
    2008Admission to practise law in Germany 
    2006Doctorate (Dr. iur.)
    2005–2007Legal internship in Berlin and Stuttgart
     Second state law exam
     First state law exam
    Bis 2004Law studies at the Freie Universität Berlin
  • Memberships

Awards

Best Lawyers | Handelsblatt Leading Expert for M&A
2023 | 2022 | 2021
Best Lawyers | Handelsblatt Leading Expert for Corporate Law
2023 | 2022 | 2021