Dr Michael Bormann

Dr Michael Bormann

Dr Michael Bormann


T +49 211 5660 24635

Industries Energy

Areas of Practice

Michael Bormann primarily advises on corporate transactions, joint ventures and reorganizations. He additionally provides advice on general corporate law issues, in particular, corporate governance and capital raising and capital maintenance issues. He has great expertise as an advisor in the areas of energy & infrastructure. Beyond that, he advises clients in the areas of automotive & industrial, and food & beverages. His clients include both financial investors as well strategic clients.


Michael Bormann was born in 1971. After successfully completing his training to become an industrial business management assistant (Industriekaufmann) at a medium-sized construction company, he studied law at the University of Göttingen (Germany) from 1992 to 1998 and, in 2001, obtained his doctorate in law from the University of Heidelberg (Germany).

Before starting his legal training, Michael Bormann worked for BCG for three months, in 1999/2000, and in this period of time advised a predecessor company of E.ON on its entry to the gas market. Whilst carrying out his legal training at the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Hamburg (Germany), he also worked as a research assistant for a well-known insolvency administrator. Michael Bormann’s legal training included working for international law firms in Hamburg, Frankfurt am Main (Germany) and New York (USA).

Michael Bormann was admitted to the German Bar in 2002. From 2002 to 2006, he worked for the Düsseldorf office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the area of Corporate/M&A. In 2006, he moved to Simmons & Simmons, where he was made partner in 2008 and, from 2012 up until he moved to Luther, was head of the German practice group Corporate & Commercial.

In addition to his client work, he also regularly publishes articles on corporate law, insolvency law and accounting law issues. For example, he commented in Spindler/Stilz (commentary on the German Stock Corporation Act) on the provisions relating to preferred shares, in Wachter (commentary on the German Stock Corporation Act) on the provisions relating to auditing and approving annual financial statements, in Gehrlein/Born (commentary on the German Limited Liability Companies Act) on the provisions relating to capital increases, and in Münchener Kommentar zum Bilanzrecht (commentary on accounting law) on the provisions relating to auditing financial statements.

Honors and Distinctions
  • Best Lawyers (2021): Award in "Corporate Governance and Compliance Practice", "Corporate Law", Private Equity Law" and "Mergers and Acquisitions Law"
  • WirtschaftsWoche (2020): recommended as Top Lawyer 2020 in "Corporate Law"
  • The Legal 500 Germany (2020): Mentioned in corporate law and M&A medium-sized deals (-€500m), as well as in Industry Focus Energy
  • Best Lawyers (2020): Recommended in "Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice; Corporate Law; Private Equity Law"
  • JUVE Guide (2019/2020): Mentioned under frequently recommended in "Corporate Law" and "M&A
  • The Legal 500 Deutschland (2019): Listed in the categories "Sector Focus Energy - Regulatory Advice" and "Corporate Law and M&A - Corporate Law"
  • JUVE Guide (2017/2018) quotes competitors who describe him as "personally very pleasant, technically very experienced and solution-oriented".

  • Advice to E.ON on the integration of innogy SE
  • Advice to energy providers and financial investors on the acquisition of wind and solar farms in Germany and abroad
  • Advice to a municipal utilities company in connection with investing in an energy producer
  • Advice to various harbour companies on how to develop projects and on M&A and joint-venture projects
  • Advice to a financial investor on the planned acquisition of a tank storage group
  • Advice to a strategic investor in connection with the planned investment in a large chemical park as part of a syndicate including a financial investor, amongst others
  • Advice to DKV Mobility Service on the admission of CVC Capital Partners as a new shareholder
  • Advice to an international automotive supplier in various M&A projects
  • Advice to the insolvency administrator of GETI WILBA, one of the largest German processors of chicken meat and manufacturer of meat products and frozen food, on the sale of the business to a financial investor
  • Advice to the Haus Cramer Group ("Warsteiner") on commercial and corporate law matters and on restructurings and M&A transactions, for example, advice on the sale of the Welcome hotel chain to Terra Firma and on the sale of three beverage wholesalers and various beverage shops