Dr. Christoph Louven

Dr. Christoph Louven


Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +49 211 13 68 418

Fax +49 211 13 68 100

LanguagesEnglish, German, Spanish

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

Christoph Louven heads the M&A practice and is described as "very flexible, extremely pragmatic with extensive experience of insurance matters". In addition, he is commended for his "excellent advice and short response times".

Chambers Europe, 2015

In more than two and a half decades, Christoph Louven has gained huge experience in complex domestic and cross-border corporate transactions, the establishment of Joint Ventures and cooperations, board room advice as well as corporate compliance issues (including corporate investigations).

Clients appreciate Christoph's "great depth of knowledge and ability to help them make good decisions, not just from the legal but also from a business point of view" (Chambers Global, 2015). They appreciate in addition:

"recommended for reorganization issues", impressive knowledge of German corporate law" (Clients, both corporate law, JUVE Handbook, 2022/23)

"Christoph Louven is an extraordinary legal adviser and a very reliable sparring partner" (Chambers Europe, 2023)

"Christoph Louven is a renowned figure in the insurance M&A space. He is routinely called upon by German and international insurance companies to assist with corporate and transactional issues." (Chambers Europe, 2021)

"confident and solution-oriented" (Client, JUVE Handbook, 2022/2023)

"Approachable, low-key and very business-minded", "very much respected both by board members and lawyers." (Client, Chambers Europe, 2019)

"tailored advice" (Client, JUVE Handbook, 2019)

Christoph Louven is lauded by clients for his 'wonderful negotiation skills and outstanding technical preparation.' He has significant experience in M&A transactions and restructurings, as well as compliance and corporate governance mandates." (Chambers Europe, 2018)

"spot-on advice, his deal handling sets him apart"; advises in a way that gets to the heart of things, very efficient approach"; "excellent expertise and very dedicated" (Clients, JUVE Handbook, 2017/2018)

"satisfied over many years" (Client, JUVE Handbook, 2016/2017)

"Christoph Louven 'continues to impress' as a 'distinguished figure' on complex domestic and cross-border, public and private M&A and other corporate transactions." (Who's Who Legal, 2017)






Awards and recognitions


Global Leader, Recommended, Insurance & Reinsurance
Who's Who Legal


National Leader, Recommended, Germany - Insurance & Reinsurance
Who's Who Legal


Corporate and M&A: M&A: Mid-sized deals (sub-€500m)
Legal 500 EMEA


Corporate and M&A: Corporate
Legal 500 EMEA (Germany)

2004 – 2022/23

Recommended lawyer for M&A, corporate and corporate advice to insurers
JUVE handbook

2012 – 2022

Recommended lawyer for Insurance Transactional
Chambers Europe

2015 – 2017

Recommended lawyer for Corporate/M&A
Chambers Europe

2016 – 2022

Recommended lawyer for Insurance
Who's Who Legal

2016 – 2022

Included for Corporate, M&A and Insurance
Edition Best Lawyers™ Germany

Education and admissions


Second State Exam in Law, 1996

Dr. iur., University of Cologne, summa cum laude, 1995

First State Exam in Law, 1993

Representative experience

Advising OMV on the sale of its German filling station business.

Advising Allianz on the acquisition of the majority in Control Expert Group.

Advising TSR (Remondis) on the acquisition of parts of the European business of Sims Group.

Advising 3M on the acquisition of the membrana business from Polypore Inc.

Advising ARAG SE on a multi-jurisdictional cross-border merger project.

Advising IDEAL on the acquisition of myLife.

Advising Hannover Rückversicherung AG on the conversion into a SE.

Advising Ametek Inc. on its acquisition of Dunkermotoren-Group from Triton.

Advising VW (members of the supervisory board) on the merger with Porsche.

Advising Elster Group SE (independent Board Members) on its public takeover by Melrose Plc.

Advising CTA's of numerous large listed companies.

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