Dr. MartinKock

Of Counsel

Munich +

Dr. Martin Kock represents clients in domestic and international transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and venture capital transactions. For more than 25 years clients have turned to Martin for his ability to efficiently find and negotiate attractive commercial solutions for complex legal issues.

Martin advised European Bank for Financial Services (ebase), a leading German business to business (B2B) direct bank, with the acquisition of the complete securities business of Augsburger Aktienbank AG. He also advised ebase and the former DAB Bank AG in connection with their takeover by foreign acquirers. Martin assisted institutional investors, including DAB Bank AG, Deutsche Telekom, Entrepreneurs Fund, Prime Ventures, and XAnge Private Equity, with respect to the acquisition and sale of portfolio companies. Martin advises U.S. companies, including Electronic Theatre Controls, a global leader in the design and manufacture of lighting products, in compliance and commercial matters.

Martin has significant experience in the area of cross-border compliance investigations and recently was one of the leaders of a large multinational cross-border investigation in connection with proceedings initiated by U.S. and German regulatory and law enforcement authorities.

In 1998, Martin became managing partner of the Hong Kong office of a leading German law firm. In 2002, he was one of the founding partners of the first German office of another U.S. law firm. He is a member of the German-American Lawyers' Association and the German Institute for Arbitration.


  • Vibrantz completes US$140 million new STS trade receivables securitisation and €10 million trade receivables factoring programmeJones Day assisted Vibrantz Corporation in relation to a new (i) US$140 million cross-border STS trade receivables securitization transaction with ING Belgium NV/SA and NORD/LB and (ii) €10 million bilateral factoring programme with ING Commercial Finance.
  • Cenntro Electric Group acquires remaining interest in Cenntro Automotive Europe GmbH (formerly Tropos Motors Europe GmbH)Jones Day advised Cenntro Electric Group Limited, a leading EV technology company with advanced, market-validated electric commercial vehicles, in the acquisition of the remaining 35% equity interest in Cenntro Automotive Europe GmbH (formerly Tropos Motors Europe GmbH), from Mosolf SE & Co. KG.
  • Sale of effution to A2MAC1Jones Day advised the founder of effution in the sale of effution to A2MAC1, a leader in automotive technology benchmarking.
  • Cenntro Electric Group acquires majority interest in Tropos Motors Europe GmbHJones Day advised Cenntro Electric Group Limited, a leading EV technology company with advanced, market-validated electric commercial vehicles, in the acquisition of a 65% equity interest in Tropos Motors Europe GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mosolf SE & Co. KG.
  • ebase GmbH acquires securities business of Augsburger AktienbankJones Day advised European Bank of Financial Services GmbH (ebase) in the acquisition of the securities business of Augsburger Aktienbank AG.
  • Parkwind obtains financing for 257 MW Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farmJones Day advised Parkwind NV, an independent green energy company that develops, finances, and operates offshore wind farms, on the financing of the 257 MW Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farm.
  • EPH completes US$163 million public offering of shares, private placement of shares, and listing of new equity shares on SIX Swiss ExchangeJones Day advised EPH European Property Holdings Ltd., as German counsel, in connection with a US$163 million public offering of shares in Switzerland, private placement of shares to international investors, and the subsequent listing of the new shares on SIX Swiss Exchange, the Swiss regulated market.
  • Astellas transfers DIFICLIR in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and selected CIS to Swiss Tillotts Pharma AG for €109 millionJones Day advised Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd. on the sale of distribution rights to the product "DIFICLIR" in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and selected Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries to Swiss Tillotts Pharma AG for €109 million.
  • Amadeus FiRe AG completes €52 million share capital increaseJones Day advised Amadeus FiRe AG, a leading personnel service company, in connection with the €52 million share capital increase for refinancing the acquisition of Comcave Holding GmbH.
  • EDF enters into inaugural and groundbreaking investment in Germany's hydrogen sectorJones Day represented EDF through its affiliates, Hynamics SA and EDF Deutschland, in its inaugural and groundbreaking investment in Germany’s hydrogen sector.
  • ebase GmbH sold by comdirect bank AG to FNZ Group for €154 million (US$173.5 million)Jones Day advised European Bank for Financial Services GmbH (ebase), a leading German B2B direct bank, in connection with its sale by comdirect bank AG to the British financial technology provider FNZ Group for €154 million (US$173.5 million).
  • Entrepreneurs Fund Management participates in follow-on investment in VasopharmJones Day represented Entrepreneurs Fund Management LLP in its follow-on investment by existing shareholders in Vasopharm GmbH, a private biopharmaceutical company developing a novel treatment for traumatic brain injury.
  • Fosun acquires FFT GroupJones Day advised Fosun International Limited with the acquisition of FFT GmbH & Co. KGaA ("FFT") from ATON GmbH.
  • Aurora Resurgence sells Alltub Group to One Equity PartnersJones Day advised Aurora Resurgence in the sale of portfolio company Alltub Group to One Equity Partners.
  • Ferro acquires Ernst-Diegel GmbHJones Day advised Ferro Corporation in its acquisition of Ernst-Diegel GmbH.
  • DPD Deutschland makes further investment in tiramizoo GmbHJones Day advised DPD Deutschland, a subsidiary of La Poste Francaise, in its acquisition of a further investment in tiramizoo GmbH.
  • Total sells Atotech to The Carlyle Group for $3.2 billionJones Day advised Total in the $3.2 billion sale of specialty chemical affiliate Atotech B.V., a global manufacturer of high technology plating solutions, to The Carlyle Group.
  • Siparex invests in Sensorberg GmbHJones Day represented Siparex in connection with its investment in Sensorberg GmbH, a leading Beacon software provider.
  • Orange invests in Africa Internet GroupJones Day advised Orange, S.A., a leading global telecommunications company, in connection with its €75 million (US$85.4 million) equity investment in Africa Internet Group, a leading e-commerce platform in Africa.
  • Entrepreneurs Fund Management and Funds advised by Hanseatic Asset Management invest in vasopharmJones Day represented Entrepreneurs Fund Management LLP and Funds advised by Hanseatic Asset Management LBG in connection with their investment in vasopharm GmbH, a biopharmaceutical company focusing on novel therapeutics for the treatment of cerebrovascular diseases.
  • Additional Publications

    • 2020
      Die Haftung des GmbH-Geschäftsführers, C.H. Beck, München, 2. Auflage (Liability Risks for Managing Directors of a German Private Limited Company, C.H. Beck, Munich, 2nd Edition)
    • June 2019
      Haftungsrisiken für Vorstand und Aufsichtsrat, C.H. Beck, München, 3. Auflage (Liability Risks for Directors and Members of the Supervisory Board, C.H. Beck, Munich, 3rd Edition)
    • September 2006
      Der Vergleich über Erstattungsansprüche nach § 31 Abs. 1 GmbHG (Settlement of Claims for Restitution of Capital under Sec 31 (1) GmbHG), NZG Neue Zeitschrift für Gesellschaftsrecht
    • October 2005
      Aufsichtsräte: Wer kontrolliert den Kontrolleur? (Supervisory Board Members: Who Supervises the Supervisor?), Venture Capital Magazine
    • 2004
      Personal liability for business decisions: a transatlantic view, Private Equity & Venture Capital Review
    • May 2004
      Die zivilrechtliche Haftung von Vorständen für unternehmerische Entscheidungen" (Civil Liability of Board members for Business Decisions) - Neue Zeitschrift für Gesellschaftsrecht
    • May 2004
      Business Decisions: of Risks and (Unintended) Returns, Commerce Germany: Official Publication of the American Chamber of Commerce in German
    • 2003
      Neue Besen kehren gut – Rechtliche Fargen bei der Bestellung und Abberufung von Vorständen und Geschäftsführern“ (New brooms sweep well – legal issues relating to the appointment and removal of board members), Venture Capital Magazine, special issue on financing of mid-cap companies
    • October and November 2003
      Corporate Governance – Eine transatlantische Bestandsaufnahme“ (Corporate Governance – A transatlantic Survey), Venture Capital Magazine
    • February 2003
      Von Hundehütten und Aufsichtsräten – Rechte und Pflichten des Aufsichtsrats nach dem Transparenz- und Publizitätsgesetz“ (From doghouses and supervisory boards – rights and duties of supervisory board members under the law pertaining to transparancy of stock corporations), Venture Capital Magazine
    • April 14, 2001
      Beteiligungsprogramme sind auch für Aufsichtsräte zulässig (Participation programs are admissible for members of supervisory boards), Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
    • June 2000
      Umweltrechtliche Rahmenbedingungen für Investitionen in der Volksrepublik China (Framework of environmental laws for investments in the People's Republic of China), p. 448 – 454, Recht der Internationalen Wirtschaft
    • June 2000
      E-Commerce: Neue Rahmenbedingungen bringen mehr Sicherheit (E-Commerce: New legal framework enhances security), p. 13 – 15, China Contact
    • April 2000
      Wege zum Wohlstand – Das chinesische Wertpapiergesetz (Ways to prosperity – the Chinese Act on Securities), p. 24 – 25, China Contact
    • February 2000
      Statutory Changes Affecting Hong Kong Companies, p. 19–21, GC.comm (Publication of German Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong)
    • September 24, 1999
      China erleichtert Joint Ventures im Handel (China eases trading joint ventures), p. 22, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
    • November 1996
      Unternehmensgründungen und –kooperationen in Japan (Establishment and co-operations of companies in Japan), p. 976 – 982, WiB Wirtschaftsrechtliche Beratung
    • 1990
      Informationsweitergaben und Kongruenz im Maklerrecht (Transmission of information and personal congruence in broker law), Stuttgart – München – Hannover

    Additional Speaking Engagements

    • June 2020
      Willis Towers Watson Digital Risk Summit 2020: "Haftungsfolgen des neuen Verbandssanktionengesetzes"
    • April 2019
      EQS-Compliance-Talk: Internal Investigation, Cross-border Investigations - strategische Entscheidungen in den ersten 10 Tagen
    • März 2019
      Compliance in der Immobilienwirtschaft - Internal Investigations, Jones Day Workshop
    • June 9, 2010
      JDialog: Composition and Control of Manager Compensation
    • June 9, 2010
      JDialog: Gestaltung und Kontrolle der Managervergütung
    • November 27, 2007
      Jones Day Seminar: Reform des GmbH-Gesetzes und Entwurf eines neuen Private Equity-Steuergesetzes
    • November 27, 2007
      Jones Day Seminar: Reform of The German Law on Limited Liability Companies and Draft of a New Private Equity Tax Law
    • January 26, 2006
      Familienunternehmertag 2006: Mittelstandsfinanzierung bei Wachstum und Krise
    • January 26, 2006
      Day of the Family-Owned Enterprise 2006: Financing of Medium-Sized Businesses in Growth and Crisis
    • July 7, 2005
      4th Bavarian Day for the Medium-Sized Business: Internationalization Strategies for Medium-Sized Businesses
    • July 7, 2005
      4. Bayerischer Mittelstandstag: Internationalisierungsstrategien für den Mittelstand
    • Juni 2, 2004
      2. Deutschlandkonferenz Recht & Steuern: Zivil- und steuerrechtliche Haftungsrisiken vermeiden
    • June 2, 2004
      2nd German Conference on Law and Taxes: How to Avoid the Risks of Civil and Fiscal Liability
    • October 14, 2003
      Business Executive Days 2003: “How to Recognize and Avoid Risks of Civil Liabilities For Managers”
    • October 14, 2003
      Führungskräftetag 2003: Zivilrechtliche Haftungsrisiken für Manager erkennen und vermeiden