Dr Thomas Kuhnle

Dr Thomas Kuhnle

Dr Thomas Kuhnle

T +49 711 9338 19193


Industries Mobility & Logistics , Automotive , Health Care & Life Science

Areas of practice

Dr Thomas Kuhnle provides corporate transaction advice, at both national and international level. His advice ranges from the legal structure of a transaction and the due diligence review to contract negotiations and post-acquisition integration. He further advises on recapitalisations and crisis transactions. His clients include strategic investors from various fields, private equity institutions, start-ups and venture capital investors as well as family offices and banks. Thomas Kuhnle further assists with privatisations and advises managing directors and management, supervisory and advisory board members on complicated projects and on all matters pertaining to corporate law. In these areas he also advises on disputes and litigation, in particular on post-M&A and transaction issues.



Dr Thomas Kuhnle studied law in Osnabrück and Hamburg (Germany), before working as a research assistant at the University of Rostock (Germany), from 1994 to 1997. He was admitted to the German Bar in 1999 and received his doctorate in 2000. He joined Luther’s predecessor firm in 1999.

Honors and distinctions
  • JUVE Guide 2023/2024: Listed under "Frequently Recommended" in "M&A" (first listed in 2013/2014)
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2023: Recommended in "Corporate/M&A" (first listed in 2015, "Very experienced M&A lawyer. His negotiating skills and stoic calm even under the highest pressure are second to none. Very good price-performance ratio. We have been working with Mr Kuhnle and Luther for over 15 years."), "Venture Capital" and in "City Focus Stuttgart" ("Mr. Thomas Kuhnle is professionally absolutely outstanding, in all facets of my M&A case (from the legal details to the conduct of discussions); humanly very pleasant and benevolent; with understanding for the client's challenging situation.", "Thomas Kuhnle is very experienced, extremely good in delicate negotiations, outstanding transactional lawyer.")
  • kanzleimonitor.de 2015/2016: Recommended in "M&A"
  • Best Lawyers 2024: Recommended in "Corporate Law" (first recommendation in 2021) and "Mergers and Acquisition Law" (first recommended in 2022)
  • Best Lawyers 2022: Awarded "Lawyer of the Year" in "Corporate Law"

  • Autoneum AG: Advised on the purchase of the Borgers Group’s global activities (Automotive)
  • Thomas Beteiligungen GmbH: Advised on the purchase of Opterra Zement und Beton GmbH from CRH Corp.
  • Globally operating energy company: Advised on the sale of infrastructure (Energy)
  • TrailStone GmbH: Advising on current energy and energy trading issues, including a joint venture and the purchase and sale of shares and interests in other companies (Energy)
  • Matthews International Corp.: Advised on the acquisition of Olbrich GmbH and R+S Automotive GmbH (Automotive), as well as on the sale of shares
  • I.G. Bauerhin Group: Advised on the sale of the Group to Lear Corp. (Automotive)
  • Advised on the sale of eye and laser clinics to SmileEyes/Trilantic (Health Care)
  • Xplorer Capital: Comprehensive advice on a financing round of Wingcopter GmbH