Achim Pütz

Achim Pütz

Achim Pütz

Frankfurt a.M.
T +49 69 27229 13176



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.


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 2023: Ranking in "Investment Funds" (Band 2, first ranking in 2014, "From a customer's perspective he has a good knowledge of how it works for German customers under German regulation in Luxembourg.")
  • JUVE Guide 2023/2024: Award "Leading Name in Investment Law" and listed under "Frequently Recommended" in "Banking and Finance Law - Investment Funds and Asset Management" (first listed in 2017/2018)
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2023: Award "Leading Name" and recommended in "Banking and Finance Law- Investment Funds" (first listed in 2016, ""Dr. Wilbert and Dr. Pütz are experienced partners in asserting their own commercial as well as regulatory interests. Above all, the interests of German pension funds and insurance companies vis-à-vis target fund managers/GPs is the big asset of the two partners here.") and recommended in "City Focus Frankfurt"
  • Who's Who Legal 2024: Recommendation "National Leader" in "Investment Management" (first recommendation in 2020)
  • Who's Who Legal 2023: Recommendation "Global Leader" in "Private Fundes - Formation" (first recommendation in 2019)
  • Who's Who Legal 2019: Recommendation "Global Leader" in "Private Funds - Regulatory" 
  • Best Lawyers 2024: Recommended in "Investment Funds" (first recommended in 2010)
  • Expert Guides 2021: Recommended in "Investment Funds" (first recommended in 2008)

  • 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.