Achim Pütz

Achim Pütz

Achim Pütz

Frankfurt a.M.
T +49 69 27229 13176

Cologne
T +49 221 9937 0

Lawyer
Partner

Areas of Practice

Achim Pütz has a wealth of experience in providing German and international clients with legal advice on traditional and alternative investment funds, specialising in the development, documentation and distribution of structured financial products and packaging solutions. He advises regulated and non-regulated institutional investors on their investments in complex alternative investment structures, in particular, hedge and commodity funds, real estate and infrastructure funds, as well as debt and private equity funds.

Achim Pütz is recommended by renowned legal journals, such as Who's Who Legal, Chambers, The Legal 500, and JUVE.

Practices
Vita

Achim Pütz studied law at the University of Bonn (Germany). From 2003 to 2010, he was a Partner at SJ Berwin LLP, managing their Financial Services practice group in Germany. From 2010 to April 2019, he worked in the same function, and also as Managing Partner of the Frankfurt office, for the US law firm Dechert LLP. Achim Pütz is the founder and Chairman of Bundesverband Alternative Investments e.V. and was for many years a member of the Council of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA). He has authored numerous papers and articles for legal publications in the areas of investment and insurance supervisory law and is a much sought after lecturer at industry events.

Honors and Distinctions
  • Chambers Europe (2020): Ranking in "Investment Funds" Band 3 ("strong emphasis on regulatory matters.")
  • In 2018, The Legal 500 Germany praised the “very active practice group” managed by him in the category of Investment Funds.
  • In the list of the Best Lawyers in Germany 2018 published in the German business newspaper Handelsblatt, Achim Pütz has been recommended for the eighth time in a row for the areas of Investment and Investment Funds.
  • Listed again in Chambers Europe 2018, he is appreciated by clients as a "very good lawyer and very well established".  In 2017, it was pointed out "that clients enjoy working with Achim Pütz because of his 'very good responsiveness and hands-on approach'". In 2016, it was stated that "he has noteworthy expertise in structured debt, and traditional and alternative fund structuring. He is especially sought after by institutional investors, particularly insurers and pension funds".
  • In the JUVE manual, Achim Pütz has been repeatedly recommended in the areas of Investment Funds and Asset Management, most recently in 2017/2018.
  • Who's Who Legal: Private Funds 2017 elected him once more as one of the world’s leading lawyers in the area of Private Funds and as an expert in investment management in Germany.
Clients

  • Providing legal advice to an investor regulated by insurance supervisory law on the establishment and ongoing development of a Luxembourg managed account platform for liquid alternative investments (hedge funds, commodities, currency).
     
  • Advising institutional investors regulated by insurance supervisory law on their investments in target investments (legal due diligence review, investment supervisory law, insurance supervisory law, including Solvency II, CRR).
     
  • Advising German and international asset managers on the structuring and establishment of alternative investment funds (AIFs), AIF-related distribution law issues, and investments of German insurance companies/pension funds and other regulated investors in alternative investment funds (in particular in the areas of renewable energy, debt, infrastructure debt/equity, private equity and real estate).
     
  • Structuring a loan fund suitable for German (regulated) institutional investors for a German state bank.
     
  • Advising pension funds on the structuring and establishment of Luxembourg investment platforms, as well as providing advice on the latter’s target investments in international fund structures and direct investments.
     
  • Advising various Luxembourg management companies on supervisory law issues relating to the notification and establishment of branches in Germany.
     
  • Structuring and documenting numerous securitisations in the form of so-called fund-linked notes whose payment profile depends on alternative investment funds or strategies. Assisting with rating processes in relation to these notes.
     
  • Advising on the establishment of German investment stock corporations and investment limited partnerships under the German Capital Investment Code (KAGB).
     
  • Advising market participants with regard to approval procedures/extending approvals under the German Banking Act (KWG) and the German Capital Investment Code (KAGB) (banks, financial service providers and investment management companies).
     
  • Advising various US and UK managers on outsourcing mandates involving German investment management companies (managing German special funds).
     
  • Advising European managers and managers from third countries on the distribution of investment funds and other investment products in Germany and Europe.