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 in the energy & infrastructure sector. Beyond that, he advises clients in the automotive & industrial sectors, and the food & beverages business. 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; in this period of time he 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. His 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 in 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 was, from 2012 up until he moved to Luther, 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. He inter alia commented on the provisions relating to preferred shares in Spindler/Stilz (commentary on the German Stock Corporation Act), on the provisions relating to auditing and approving annual financial statements in Wachter (commentary on the German Stock Corporation Act) and on the provisions relating to auditing financial statements in Münchener Kommentar zum Bilanzrecht (commentary on accounting law).

Honors and distinctions
  • JUVE Guide 2023/2024: Listed under "Frequently Recommended" in "Corporate Law" (first listed in 2010/2011, "has a lot of experience in restructuring", client), "M&A" (first listed in 2008/2009, "profound and at the same time pragmatic advice, focus on the economic interests of the client", client) and "Regulated Industries - Energy Law"
  • JUVE Guide 2022/2023: Listed under "Frequently Recommended" in "Energy Sector: Transactions/Financing" (first listed in 2020/2021, "Very good lawyer with an eye for the economic drivers of a transaction")
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2022: Recommendation in "M&A" (first listed in 2013, "Reliable advisor for sensitive issues and good strategist") and "Corporate Law" (first listed in 2019)
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2020: Mentioned in "Industry Focus - Energy" (first mentioned in 2019)
  • Who's Who Legal 2024: Recommendation "National Leader" in "Energy" (first recommendation in 2023) and "M&A"
  • Best Lawyers 2024: Recommendation in "Corporate Governance and Compliance Practice" (first recommendation in 2017), "Corporate Law" (first recommendation in 2010) and "Mergers and Acquisitions Law" (first recommendation in 2021)
  • WirtschaftsWoche 2021: Recommendation "Top Lawyer" in "Corporate Law" (first recommendation in 2020)

  • Land Berlin – advising on the bidding process for the acquisition of Vattenfall Wärme Berlin AG including the option to acquire Vattenfall's stake in GASAG AG
  • 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, inter alia, 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
  • EnBW – advising, inter alia, on the reservation of import capacities at the Stade LNG terminal
  • Energy providers and financial investors – advising on the acquisition of wind and solar parks in Germany and abroad
  • Various harbour companies – advising on project developments as well as M&A and joint venture projects
  • Douglas GmbH – advising on M&A transactions, cooperations and general corporate law issues
  • Haus Cramer Group ("Warsteiner") – advising on commercial and corporate law matters as well as on reorganisations and M&A transactions