Dr. Rolf Kobabe

Dr. Rolf Kobabe

Dr. Rolf Kobabe


Frankfurt a.M.

T +49 40 18067 24680

Savings bank officer
Industries Information Tech & Telecommunications , Energy

Areas of Practice

Dr. Rolf Kobabe is specialized in asset management and funds. Within this area Dr. Kobabe advises in all relevant supervisory issues, such as questions on the German Capital Investment Act (Kapitalanlaegesetzbuch – KAGB) and AIFMD. In addition, he supports his clients in negotiating and drafting the documentation for the set up of public funds (Publikumsfonds) and special funds (Spezialfonds) of all asset classes. He represents clients in defending against or enforcing claims with regard to failed investments. Furthermore, Dr. Kobabe is focused on banking contracts and agreements, banking supervisory law and financial market supervisory law in every respect. Within this range he lately represents banks and pension funds with regard to the revocation of loan agreements and the settlement thereof.

Dr. Kobabe advises international and national credit institutions (banks), financialservice providers, asset managers, fund administrators, depositaries, issuing houses and insurance companies, as well as capital seeking and capital market oriented SMEs including FinTechs and StartUps.


As an educated banker, Dr. Rolf Kobabe initially worked as Assistant to the Board of Directors for a Hannover-based private bank then operating under the name of Hallbaum, Maier & Co. AG. After receiving his doctorate for a thesis on the laws governing European central banks, he worked from 1998 onwards as a business lawyer with an emphasis on financing transactions for medium-sized companies. Legal 500 mentions Dr. Kobabe in the field of Banking & Finance as "highly rated."

Dr. Kobabe has published numerous books, booklets and papers on matters such as current capital market developments, and is a co-author of the legal commentary on the German Banking Act and CRR ("Kommentar zum Kreditwesengesetz und zur CRR"), 3rd ed. published by Schäffer-Poeschel Verlag in 2015, and the practitioners' guide "Purchase, Sale and Transfer of Companies" ("Kauf, Verkauf und Übertragung von Unternehmen"), published by Lang/Ossola-Haring (2nd Edition 2015).


  • Golfino AG: Advice on the issuing and documentation of a medium-sized bond (listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange)
  • Advising numerous issuing houses on the implementation of the investment law and the AIFM Directive
  • Nordex SE: Advice on the issuing and documentation of a EUR 150 mn guaranteed corporate bond
  • Advice to a producer of wind power engines with regard to a bond based financing programme
  • Advice to banks and pension funds with regard to the revocation of loan agreements and the settlement thereof
  • Advice to a German fund originator and an Austrian bank on the ssuing and documentation of a EUR 35 mn Asset Linked Note for oil and gas investments
  • Supervisory law advice to a private solar park fund
  • Advice to and representation of a HNW family with regard to their 15 loan financed real estate fund investments
  • Advice to and representation of an international private bank with regard to the solicitation and management of real estate USCITS and the cancellation of the redemption of units as well as the settlement of the funds (more than 400 actions)
  • Advice to a bank owned fund originator with regard to the structuring of an international commodity fund
  • Advice to numerous mid-sized companies with regard to the structuring, the offering and management of participation rights


Honors and Distinctions
  • The Legal 500 Germany (2016): Recommended for Securities and funds litigation: “Rolf Kobabe and Stephan Bausch are the key persons at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in this field.
  • The Legal 500 (2011): listed in the area "Banking and finance:bank lending", Tier 5