Kossmann, Alfred

Alfred Kossmann


Alfred Kossmann is a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of the Frankfurt office of Shearman & Sterling. He joined the firm in 1991 and became a partner in 1998.

He practices general corporate law and specializes in mergers and acquisitions, including restructuring of business groups and joint ventures. He has extensive experience in structuring cross-border private and public mergers. Mr. Kossmann also regularly advises private equity and venture capital funds.

Alfred is listed as a frequently recommended lawyer for Corporate and M&A in Chambers Europe 2015, The Legal 500 2015 and JUVE 2015/2016. Clients praise his 'ability to co-ordinate large projects.' – Chambers Europe 2015.

Selected Experience

  • Albemarle on the USD 3,2 billion divestiture of Chemetall-Group to BASF
  • Webedia on its acquisition of the German games and entertainment business of International Data Group
  • Corporate advice to management boards and supervisory boards of public and non-public corporations in M&A and compliance matters
  • Financial Investors in connection with friendly investments in public companies and other friendly investments
  • General Electric in the sale of central parts of Alstom’s heavy duty gas turbine business to Ansaldo Energia in connection with its acquisition of Alstom’s power and grid business


  • Schriftform des Vorstandsberichts nach Ausnutzung eines genehmigten Kapitals mit Ausschluss des Bezugsrechts (Written form of the management report after the issuance of authorized capital excluding preemptive rights of the shareholders) in NZG 2012, p. 1129 et seq.
  • Bewertungspflichten von Vorstand und Aufsichtsrat nach § 27 WpÜG unter Berücksichtigung von IDW ES 8 (Valuation obligations of Management Board and Supervisory Board pursuant to § 27 German Take-Over Act under consideration of IDW ES 8) in NZG 2011, p. 46 et seq.
  • Durchführung einer regulären Kapitalerhöhug nach ARUG und zur Finanzierung eines Unternehmenskaufs (Consummation of a regular capital increase following ARUG and to finance an acquisition) in Der Konzern 2010, p. 27 et seq.
  • Möglichkeiten der Umwandlung einer bestehenden SE (Possibilities to merge, split or convert an existing SE) in ZIP 2007, p. 164 et seq.
  • Ausserbörslicher Paketerwerb und befreiendes Übernahmeangebot nach § 35 III WpÜG (Private package deal and dispensing voluntary public offer pursuant to § 35 III German Take-Over Act), in NZG 2006, p. 481 et seq.
  • Vorbereitung und Durchführung von Stock-for-Stock-Akquisitionen (Preparation and consummation of stock-for-stock acquisitions) in AG 2005, p. 9 et seq.
  • Die Aktie als Akquisitionswährung (Shares as currency) in Handbuch Corporate Finance 2002, § 6.2.3
  • Ausschluß (“Freeze-out”) von Aktionären gegen Barabfindung (Freeze-out of shareholders against cash) in NZG 1999, p. 1198 et seq.


  • University of Bonn, Dr. jur.
  • Duke University School of Law, LL.M.



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