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Dr. Hermann J. Knott, LL.M. (University of Pennsylvania)

Attorney-at-Law (New York)

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
Anna-Schneider-Steig 22
50678 Cologne

Phone +49 221 9937 25783
Fax +49 221 9937 110

Languages: Spanish, Italian, German, English, French
Curriculum vitae

Dr. Hermann J. Knott attended law school in Cologne, Germany, Geneva, Switzerland, Philadelphia (LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania) and Stanford in the U.S. Before joining Luther at its inception in 1992 he had worked for two years with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and the New York firm Cleary Gottlieb. At Luther he worked for some time at the then associated firm in Paris, Archibald Andersen.

Areas of Practice

For over 20 years Dr. Knott has been advising medium-sized and large business enterprises and financial investors on their investments into Germany (inbound) as well as into foreign countries (outbound). His area of practice includes M&A transactions in terms of acquisitions, equity investments or joint ventures as well as business restructurings. Together with his team, Dr. Knott has always put his focus on serving his clients’ interests in the best and most efficient way.

He is an active senior officer of both the International Bar Association (IBA) and the American Bar Association (ABA), the world’s leading professional bodies representing international and US-American lawyers’ interests. As a result of his international activities he has developed many personal contacts and relationships with advisers in many countries which he actively maintains by working together with them on international projects. Dr. Knott maintains close relations with advisers in North, Central and South America, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS states as well as in the new growth markets in sub-Saharan Africa. These contacts complement the relations existing through Luther’s international offices and networks.

His responsibilities at the IBA also allow Dr. Knott to be a frequent speaker on legal issues of a cross-border nature. He is also the editor-in-chief of a standard publication on business acquisitions. In addition, he reports on current topics in the business press, such as his recent report on US Supreme Court decisions with an impact on the liability risks for German companies doing business in the US.


Recent transactions in which Dr. Knott was the lead advisor include the German-law related advice and project coordination regarding the acquisition by a German automotive components supplier of a supplier based in the US; the disposal of a hospital outsourcing company by its US shareholder; and the acquisition of a German logistics engineering business by a French financial investor. He also advised a leading Brazilian company operating in the infrastructure for power supply on aspects of German law in an M&A transaction. In addition, he has been representing an important subcontractor involved in the Awash-Weldia railway infrastructure project in Ethiopia. In South America he has been involved in an infrastructure project in Bolivia.