Dr Michael Bormann

Dr Michael Bormann

Dr Michael Bormann


T +49 211 5660 24635

Industries Energy , Real Estate & Infrastructure

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.


After successfully completing his training to become an industrial business management assistant (Industriekaufmann) at a medium-sized construction company, Michael Bormann 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
  • Who's Who Legal (2022): recommended as Global Leader in "Energy"
  • JUVE Guide (2021/2022): Mentioned as frequently recommended in the sections "Corporate Law", "M&A" ("profound and at the same time pragmatic advice, focus on economic concerns of the client") and "Energy Law"
  • Best Lawyers (2023): Award in "Corporate Governance and Compliance Practice“ (since 2015), "Corporate Law“ (since 2011), "Private Equity Law“ (since 2018) and "Mergers and Acquisitions Law“ (since 2021)
  • The Legal 500 Germany (2022): Recommended in M&A
  • JUVE Guide (2021/2022): Mentioned as frequently recommended in the fields of "Corporate Law" ("has a lot of experience in restructuring"), "M&A" ("very good lawyer with an eye for the economic drivers of the deal", "profound and at the same time pragmatic advice") and "Energy Sector: Transactions/Financing" ("very good lawyer with an eye for the economic drivers of a transaction").
  • Wirtschaftswoche (2020/2021): recommended as Top Lawyer 2020 and 2021 in "Corporate Law"
  • The Legal 500 Germany (2021): Nomination in Corporate Law

  • Global petroleum and energy company – advising on the establishment of two joint ventures for the large-scale industrial production of green hydrogen
  • E.ON – advising on the integration of innogy SE and on the sale of innogy eMobility Solutions GmbH to Compleo Charging Solutions AG
  • MET Holding (Schweiz) – advising on market entry in Germany
  • Vertically integrated gas wholesaler – advising on reorganisation and strategic repositioning
  • Various harbour companies – advising on project developments as well as M&A and joint venture projects
  • Energy providers and financial investors – advising on the acquisition of wind and solar parks in Germany and abroad
  • Insolvency administrator of GETI WILBA, one of the largest German processors of chicken meat and producers of meat and frozen products – advising on the sale of the business to a financial investor
  • Vorwerk Group – advising on the sale of HECTAS Facility Services to Vebego as well as Vorwerk Flooring by way of management buy-out
  • Douglas GmbH – advising on M&A transactions, cooperations and general corporate law issues, most recently on the strategically important acquisition of the Dutch online pharmacy disapo.de
  • Haus Cramer Group ("Warsteiner") – advising on commercial and corporate law matters as well as on reorganisations and M&A transactions