Dr Eckart Petzold

Dr Eckart Petzold

Dr Eckart Petzold


T +49 211 5660 25065

Certified Specialist in Commercial and Corporate Law
Industries Italy , Mobility & Logistics , Automotive , Health Care & Life Science

Areas of practice

Dr Eckart Petzold is Licensed Specialist for Corporate Law (Fachanwalt für Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht) and Head of Luther’s Italian Desk. He assists domestic and foreign investors in their Corporate and M&A activities in Germany and worldwide, particularly in connection with cross-border transactions with a focus on international joint ventures and commercial agreements, negotiating in German, English, Italian (sworn translator) and French.


Dr Eckart Petzold studied law (PhD.) in Freiburg, Germany, and Lausanne, Switzerland. In 1975 he trained in a leading Swiss bank. In 1983 he was admitted to the Bar. From 1985 to 2005 he practised as lawyer and, from 1989 onwards, was a Partner of the international law firm Lovells, including predecessor firms. From 2005 onwards he was responsible, as Partner of GSK, for the German-Italian Cross-Border Team which moved to Luther in 2014. Dr Eckart Petzold is Chairman of the German-Italian Trade Association MERCURIO, Honorary Deputy Chairman of the International Association of Italian-Speaking Lawyers AIGLI and Member of the Commission for Translators (Italian) of the Düsseldorf Chamber of Commerce.

Honors and distinctions
  • JUVE Guide 2016/2017: Listed under "Frequently Recommended" in Düsseldorf
  • JUVE Guide 2013/2014: Client quote: "Dr. Eckart Petzold has a market-leading German-Italian practice. practice, which impresses with major mandates every year, especially in corporate law and M&A"
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2023: Recommended in "Trade and Distribution Law - Foreign Trade Law"

  • Privatisation of the former East German Pharma Group Arzneimittelwerke Dresden
  • Assisting Deutsche Post in connection with several acquisitions in Italy
  • Assisting Gruppo Coin/OVIESSE in connection with the acquisition of Kaufhalle from the METRO Group
  • Advising Impregilo in connection with the acquisition of the Environmental Business of Babcock Borsig AG
  • Assisting Finmeccanica in a bidding process to buy a leading German company in the defence business
  • Assisting TÜV Nord in connection with the acquisition of an Italian certification company
  • Assisting Caffitaly System in connection with their joint ventures and commercial agreements worldwide
  • Advising on around 200 M&A deals

Blog posts

  • Mercurio Deutsch-Italienische Wirtschaftsvereinigung - Chairman
  • Internationale Vereinigung Italienischsprachiger Juristen (AIGLI) - Deputy Honorary Chairman
  • Deutsch-Italienische Juristenvereinigung (DIJV)
  • Deutscher Anwaltverein Italien