Dr Oliver Maaz

Dr Oliver Maaz

Dr Oliver Maaz


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Industries Real Estate & Infrastructure , China

Areas of practice

Dr Oliver Maaz is an experienced China expert who has been providing comprehensive legal advice to foreign companies in China for more than 15 years. He regularly advises clients on real estate and construction, corporate and M&A, commercial, litigation and foreign direct investment. An author of numerous publications Dr Oliver Maaz is also a frequent speaker at events relating to legal matters in China.


Dr Oliver Maaz studied law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Germany). He has been registered with the bar association since 2003 and completed his doctorate in Germany in 2005. Before joining Luther as a Partner in 2021, he had worked for other international German law firms in Shanghai since 2006. Dr Oliver Maaz has also gained sound professional experience in various industrial sectors from 1986-1996 as he worked for example as logistics specialist at a German car maker in Munich including his commercial education.

Honors and distinctions
  • The Legal 500 (2021): Recommended in Real Estate

  • Advising a leading international merchandising company on its fit-out construction project in Shanghai including interfaces with local design institute, construction company and project management.
  • Advising one of the leading German investment firms on real estate transactions of its institutional investors into a high specification office complex including retail in Beijing. This includes the legal due diligence of the asset, transaction advice and the review and negotiation of loan documentation.
  • Advising the world’s leading manufacturer of vacuum equipment for vacuum metallurgy and heat treatment on construction projects in the Chinese Province Jiangsu (construction of infrastructure for production facility, relocation of production, and erection of new buildings) in the context of build-to-suit-lease.
  • Advising one of the world’s leading manufacturers of technical adhesive tapes and self-adhesive system solutions on construction projects (erection of buildings) including EPC/Turnkey Projects in the Chinese province Jiangsu and claim management (out-of-court settlement with general contractor).
  • Advising one of the world's leading manufacturers and providers of compressed air products and services on construction projects in Shanghai (demolition and erection of buildings) applying FIDIC construction contracts.
  • Advising a German production company in the field of metal engineering and components on the acquisition of land use-rights and buildings in Shanghai (production expansion).
  • Advising the Chinese holding of a German wholesaler of fasteners, chemicals, safety products, tools and inventory management on the construction and lease out of a factory building in the province of Liaoning in China.
  • Advising an internationally operating manufacturer of PUR foams, technical aerosols and liquid products on the sale of its production facility in Shanghai, including evaluation and sale of land-use rights and buildings.
  • Advising a global manufacturer of compressed air and vacuum products on the sale of real estate in Shanghai (owned by an overseas entity) including lease and sublease within the company group.
  • Advising a Berlin-based architecture bureau on their design project with the town planning department in the province of Jiangsu in China (German Town project).
  • Advising a multinational manufacturer in the automotive, toy, and consulting industries on the acquisition on land-use rights and construction of buildings including the bidding procedures.
  • Advising a global manufacturer in the construction machinery sector on an EPC/Turnkey project regarding the sale of a surface treatment centre and in the northern Chinese province of Hebei.
  • Advising a global manufacturer of process instrumentation on the equity buy-out of a joint venture from its state owned Chinese partner in northern China.
  • Advising an automotive supplier of driver operating / sensor systems and control units on establishing its business and setting up a Joint-Venture in China.
  • Advising a specialist for the integration of renewable energy (power to gas) on establishing its business in China and negotiating the supply and construction of a wind-hydrogen hybrid power plant with government officials in the province of Hebei.
  • Advising a global manufacturer of industrial robots and solutions for factory automation in complex arbitration proceedings and execution in Shanghai
  • Advising an international fashion company on setting up a franchise system and opening of stores in China.
  • Advising the German holding of a designer and manufacturer of temporary structures on establishing its business and setting up a Joint-Venture in the PR China.