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Dr. Ralf Ek
Of Counsel

Contact

(T) +49.69.9726.3939
(F) +49.69.9726.3993

Education

  • University of Freiburg (Dr. jur. 1996); University of Surrey, Guildford, England; Second State Examination (1995); University of Stockholm, Sweden (LL.M. 1995); University of Heidelberg (First State Examination 1992)

Bar Admissions

  • Federal Republic of Germany and Sweden

Dr. Ralf Ek, who coordinates the Firm's Nordic Practice, focuses on corporate governance and compliance issues as well as on M&A transactions often involving Scandinavian companies. He advises listed corporations on all relevant questions of corporate and securities law, in particular on the organization of annual shareholders' meetings and on prevention strategies relating to liabilities of management and supervisory boards. He also advises on mergers and acquisitions and public takeovers, including cross-border transactions, with a special focus on investments of Nordic, particularly Swedish and Finnish, companies in Germany, and on investments of foreign companies in the Nordic region.

Ralf recently assisted Ahlstrom, DAB Bank, DPD, euromicron AG, NEP, PEH Wertpapier, Premiere Conferencing, Sherwin-Williams, and Valmet regarding corporate and securities law issues and in acquisitions.

Ralf 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.

He is a member of the International Bar Association, the German-Nordic Lawyers Association, the German-Swedish Chamber of Commerce, the Scientific Association for Company and Corporate Law (VGR), the Business Association Rhine Main, and Alumni Freiburg. He is listed in the publications Best Lawyers, Chambers Global, Wirtschaftswoche, and JUVE in corporate and M&A. Ralf has published many books and articles and is a frequent speaker on topics relating to M&A and corporate governance.


Honors & Distinctions

  • Chambers Global (2018): ranked for Corporate/M&A (foreign experts)

    JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms 2018/2019: Corporate law, frequently recommended

    Handelsblatt in cooperation with Best Lawyers (2018): recommended for M&A

    Wirtschaftswoche (2016): ranked for manager liability

    Legal 500 Germany (2015): "fast and accurate"

Languages

English, German, Swedish
Ralf Ek