Dr. Ahmad Khonsari LL.M.



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Ahmad Khonsari

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Ahmad is a Partner in the Corporate team based in Hamburg and Munich.

Ahmad specialises in corporate law, M&A, private equity and joint ventures. He has extensive experience advising financial and strategic investors on complex, cross-border M&A transactions. Amongst others, he regularly advises on transactions in the energy, infrastructure and maritime sector.

Recent transactions include cross-border equity joint ventures in the energy and infrastructure sector, and the acquisition of solar power plants in the development stage in an emerging market.

Ahmad also advises business angels and high net worth individuals on venture capital investments in start ups with strong growth potential.

Further, Ahmad’s practice covers the post closing phase of transactions in which he advises on restructurings and general business and corporate law matters of clients’ ongoing business.

Prior to joining WFW, he was member of the China desk of a German law firm and was seconded to Shanghai.

Ahmad is fluent in German, English and Farsi.

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Education Open

  • 2006: Humboldt-University Berlin, Doctorate in Law (Dr. jur.)
  • 2002: Admitted to the German Bar
  • 2001: Higher Court of Berlin, Second State Exam
  • 1999: Temple University, Philadelphia, Master of Laws (LL.M.)
  • 1998: University of Bielefeld, First State Exam

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Intersolar Summit Iran, Tehran (topic: Legal Challenges and Regulatory Frameworks for Domestic & International Solar Players), 21 November 2017.
  • Iran Capital Market: Highly Diversified with Great Potential, Kish Island, Iran (topic: Infrastructural Requirements and Developments for Better Investment), 31 October 2017.
  • Expatriate Management in Iran – Labour law, work and residence permit issues, 6 July 2017, Milan.
  • Owners’ Day conference, 17 May 2017, Hamburg (topic: Growing market Iran – opportunities, challenges and practical tips)
  • The Legal panel: Legal issues for operators and investors, Iranian Aviation Symposium, 7 – 8 March 2017, Tehran, Iran
  • “Renewable Energy for Iran“ Conference in Berlin, 23 January 2017 (topic: legal frame of renewable energy projects in Iran)
  • “The Legal Framework for foreign investment in Iran”, The Bavarian Industry Association, 11 January 2017, Munich
  • “Investing in Iran: Practical & Legal Issues” panel discussion, Showcase Iran 2016, 28 November 2016, London
  • “How to structure renewable energy projects in Iran”, Iran Power Investment Summit 2016, 1 – 2 November 2016, Tehran, Iran
  • “Iran moves to woo foreign investors”, Financial Times FTfm, 16 October 2016 (also covered by Iran Daily)
  • “Slow and Steady Wins the Race”, Middle East Law Alert,  September/October 2016
  • The Legal panel: Questions and answers for operators and investors”, Iranian Aviation Forum, 12 –  13 September 2016, London
  • “How to do business in Iran”, Iran Connect, 5 –  7 September 2016, Teheran
  • Interview with BBC Persian TV on ‘Renewable Energy in Iran’, 20 July 2016
  • „Focus Iran“, ECA Italia, 23 June 2016, Milan
  • „Rechtsrahmen nach Aufhebung der Sanktionen“, Vereinigung bayerische Wirtschaft e.V., 15 February 2016, Munich
  • “Opportunities in German-Iranian business in view of lift of sanctions”, Industrial Management Institute, 2/4 February 2016, Teheran / Tabriz
  • Lockerung von Sanktionen gegen den Iran, Legal Tribune Online, 8 February 2016
  • Businesses warned over partial lifting of Iran sanctions (Interview), The Brief (The Times), 18 January 2016
  • Aufhebung von Beherrschungs- und Gewinnabführungsverträgen mit einer abhängigen GmbH, Betriebs-Berater 2010, S. 2714
  • Die Haftung des GmbH-Gesellschafters aus existenzvernichtendem Eingriff, Dissertation

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Board member of German-Iranian Lawyers’ Association
  • Member of Global Bridges e.V.

Employment Record Open

  • Since 2007: Watson Farley & Williams, Lawyer / Partner
  • 2005-2007: Schulz Noack Bärwinkel, Lawyer

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