Dr. Christoph Naumann
Partner, Corporate


T: +49 69 297 291 0
D: +49 69 297 291 291
M: +49 171 755 8881

EmailE: cnaumann@wfw.com

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Summary Open

Christoph is a Partner in the Corporate group of Watson Farley & Williams in Frankfurt.

He specialises in M&A, venture capital, joint ventures, corporate law as well as general commercial matters (including commercial agreements).

Recent transactions include advising a broad range of clients (including sellers, acquirers and financial institutions) in various industries on cross-border and domestic matters. Many of the transactions involve financial sponsors (Private Equity).

Experience Open

    Christoph’s experience includes advising:
    • French private equity firm Naxicap Partners on its acquisition of Berlin-based consumer audio brand Teufel. See press release here. 
    • German private equity firm Finatem on its acquisition of Gothaer Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH. See press release here.
    • Econnext GmbH (formerly Econnoa GmbH) on the acquisition of a majority stake in Autarq GmbH. See press release here.
    • DC-Datacenter-Group GmbH on its new strategic partnership with MVV, an energy company headquartered in Mannheim, Germany. See press release here.
    • Tank & Rast Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH on its acquisition of assets from fromAtoB GmbH.
    • Cartus Corporation on the disposal of its stake in Learnship Networks GmbH to THI Investments. See press release here.
    • Tank & Rast on the refinancing of its €1.45bn senior credit facilities by way of a common terms platform. See press release here.
    • Atami Capital on its Venture Capital financing of Book a Tiger. See press release here.
    • The majority shareholder of MOBOTIX AG, a global provider of IP cameras and corresponding software, on the sale of its block of shares to Konica Minolta Inc.
    • CeloNova BioSciences, Inc. on the sale of its interventional radiology business to Boston Scientific Corporation. The transaction consisted of an upfront payment of US$70m and additional amounts contingent on regulatory and sales milestones.
    • ADLER Real Estate AG on its public takeover offer for Westgrund AG.
    • paragon AG on its acquisition of SphereDesign GmbH.
    • paragon AG on its Shanghai-based joint venture with Jiangsu Riying Electronics.
    • ADLER Real Estate AG on its public takeover offer for Estavis AG.
    • Australian Link Market Services on the acquisition of registrar services GmbH from Deutsche Bank.
    • Patrizia (Alternative Investments) on the acquisition of a EUR2.45 bn residential real estate portfolio.
    • Sartorius AG on the acquisition of Finish Biohit’s international liquid handling business.
    • Merck KGaA on the acquisition of German Biotest group.

Education Open

  • 2011: University of Cologne, Doctorate degree
  • 2009: Attorney-at-Law (New York)
  • 2008: Master of Laws, University of Pennsylvania Law School; Certificate in Business Policy, Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia, US – New York Bar Exam
  • 2007:  Admission to the Frankfurt Bar
  • 2004 – 2006:  Legal clerkship in Frankfurt, Paris and New York – Second State  Exam
  • 2004: Master of Laws, University of Frankfurt
  • 1998 – 2004: Law Studies Universities of Jena, Geneva and Frankfurt – First State Exam

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • “Understanding the differences and similarities between telecoms and technology M&A” at the International Bar Association’s, 3rd Mergers and Acquisitions in the Technology Sector Conference, February 2018.

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • New York Bar
  • Frankfurt Bar
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School Alumni


Employment Record Open

  • 2016 – present: Partner, Watson Farley & Williams
  • 2014 – 2016: Of Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • 2011 – 2014: Senior Associate, Allen & Overy
  • 2007 – 2010: Associate, Clifford Chance

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