Hubertus Leo, LL.M. – Portraitfoto

Hubertus Leo, LL.M. (McGeorge)

T +49 40 3008510-31
F +49 40 3008510-99
M +49 172 996 9395


Hubertus Leo is a transaction lawyer. His focus lies on medium-sized transactions for strategic or financial investors. He also has broad experience with private equity portfolio investments and de-vestments, management buy-outs, venture capital investments, and joint ventures. Furthermore, Hubertus advises companies of all sizes – from start-ups to small or medium-sized companies (SMEs) and family-owned businesses to listed corporations – on all aspects of corporate law including succession issues. In addition, Hubertus often acts as an arbitrator in corporate disputes.


Partner with Leo Schmidt-Hollburg Witte & Frank (2013 to date) and Löhde Leo Schmidt-Hollburg & Witte (1999 to 2013)

Associate and junior partner with Luther & Partner, Hamburg (1996 to 1999)

Foreign attorney with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, New York (1994)

Associate with Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann (now: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer), Hamburg (1991 to 1996)

Legal traineeship (Referendariat) in Berlin and New York (2nd State Examination, 1991)

Studies in Munich (law, 1983-1988), Paris (Sorbonne University 1985/86), and at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California (Master of Laws in Transnational Business Practice, 1994)

Military service with German army (1981-1983), reserve officer


Juve: M&A (every year since 2005), Corporate Law (every year since 2000), Private Equity & Venture Capital (2000 to 2010)

Best Lawyers: Corporate Law Germany (every year since 2014, „Lawyer of the Year“ 2023 for Corporate Law in Hamburg), M&A Germany (every year since 2015), Venture Capital Germany (every year since 2018), Arbitration (2024)

Deutschlands beste Anwälte (Handelsblatt): Corporate Law (every year since 2015), M&A (every year since 2016), Venture Capital (every year since 2019)

Wirtschaftswoche: Top Lawyer Corporate Law (every year since 2019) and M&A (2021, 2023, and 2024)

Leaders League: Recommended for small and mid-sized M&A in Germany (every year since 2023).

„Excellent, forward-thinking and very experienced deal lawyer“ (competitor, JUVE 2018)
„Cool M&A lawyer“ (competitor, JUVE 2017)
„Experienced and pragmatic in corporate, M&A and corporate litigation“ (competitor, JUVE 2016)
„Tactically clever and foresighted“ (client, JUVE 2011)

Select Transactions

  • Earlybird Venture Capital and UVC Partners on the acquisition of shares and share options in Lilium N.V.
  • ZERTUS GmbH on acquisition of a 50% interest in WELL PLUS TRADE group
  • Oysterbay Venture Capital on seed financing of GoodBytz GmbH
  • ZERTUS GmbH on acquisition of a majority interest in Lotao GmbH
  • FMS Friedrich Meyer’s Sohn on the acquisition of Evertracker software and other assets
  • Stokke AS on the acquisition of LIMAS GmbH
  • Berendsohn AG on sale of its activities in Poland
  • Madsack group on the acquisition of a majority interest in publishing group Kieler Nachrichten
  • Founder and minority shareholder of GmbH on sale to StepStone
  • Management of FFG FINANZCHECK Finanzportale GmbH in connection with sale of the company to smava GmbH
  • VIVUM Corporate Real Estate on exit from real estate development project in Berlin
  • Industriebedarf Niemann-Laes GmbH on acquisition of majority stake in competitor
  • Shareholder of PMSG PersonalMarkt Services ( on the partial sale to, and shareholders agreement with, StepStone
  • Oyster Bay Venture Capital on a financing round
  • All shareholders of FFG FINANZCHECK Finanzportale GmbH on a limited auction and the sale to Scout24 AG
  • ZERTUS GmbH on the sale of Löser Waffelfabrik to Storck group
  • Swedish Match AB (publ.) on the exit from Arnold André GmbH & Co. KG
  • Norwegian investment bank Pareto Securities AS on a joint venture with Ernst Russ AG
  • Spudy Invest GmbH on a financing round for medical technology company ROWIAK
  • ZERTUS GmbH on the acquisition of Bio-Zentrale Naturprodukte GmbH from Lindhorst group
  • Spudy Invest GmbH on the indirect acquisition of ICR from UBS Deutschland AG
  • Max Schön GmbH, a Sanistål group company, on the divestiture of HEPA Wälzlager GmbH & Co. KG
  • Tchibo GmbH on the sale of Tchibo Energy GmbH to Lichtblick SE
  • Management in the tertiary buyout of Polytech-Domilens by Stirling Square Capital Partners
  • Ebro Foods GmbH on the sale of German pasta business (Birkel, 3Glocken) to Italian/Swiss Newlat Group
  • Management in the secondary buyout of Domilens by Odewald KMU
  • Ebro Foods GmbH on the MBO of subsidiary Möwe Teigwarenfabrik GmbH
  • Management in the buyout of BJC Best Job Consulting GmbH by Capiton AG
  • VIVUM Corporate Real Estate on the structuring of its investment funds, on the acquisition of numerous portfolio assets, and on various exits
  • Capital Stage AG on the sale of 49 % interest in solar plant company to Google
  • Capital Stage AG on the sale of portfolio company GBA to Adiuva Capital
  • Management in the buyout of cadooz AG by Palamon Capital Partners
  • Capital Stage AG on the acquisition of a minority interest in solar cell producer Inventux Technologies AG
  • Shareholders of Boomerang Medien AG on the merger with Edgar Medien AG
  • ZERTUS GmbH on the sale of wholly-owned subsidiary Theodor Kattus to Fuchs Gewürze group
  • Granville Baird fund on the exit of Florida based portfolio company Apptimum to Microsoft
  • Sulo, a portfolio company of private equity investors Apax and Blackstone, on the acquisition of Cleanaway from Australian conglomerate Brambles
  • Apollo Management fund on the merger of cable TV operators Unity Media and Iesy with Telecolumbus (held by BC Partners)
  • ZERTUS GmbH on the acquisition of Dextro Energy from Unilever
  • Management in the buyout of Miles International by MPC and Hannover Finanz
  • ZERTUS GmbH on the acquisition of Pulmoll from Royal Numico
  • Granville Baird fund on the acquisition of Hahl Group
  • Management on the secondary buyout of Phoenix Xtra Print GmbH by BPE
  • G+J Multimedia Ventures GmbH on the acquisition of
  • Liberty Media on an attempted acquisition of TV cable operator Telecolumbus group
  • Granville Baird fund on the acquisition of
  • ZERTUS GmbH on the acquisition of Kattus from Campbell’s
  • Wünsche AG on the acquisition of JOOP! GmbH and Cinque
  • Tele Danmark on the acquisition of Talkline Group

Select Publications

For select publications, see the German version of this profile.






IBA, German American Lawyers‘ Association (GALA).