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  • University of Cologne, Germany (J.D. equivalent)
  • University of Geneva Law School and HEI
  • UPenn (LL.M.) and Stanford Law School
  • Languages: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian


  • Member of the German and New York Bar
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)


  • General corporate law, restructuring
  • Infrastructure
  • International Arbitration
  • Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Private Equity

Dr. Hermann Knott

Attorney (Germany and New York)
Partner – Cologne

Hermann began his professional career in 1989 with a leading New York firm when the Berlin Wall collapsed and international investors needed advice for transactions in the then emerging Central Europe. After two years with a leading corporate firm in Germany he was one of the founders of what is today Luther, at the time the member firm of Andersen Legal in Germany.  Hermann has recently been a founding partner of Andersen in Germany, the German member firm of Andersen Global.

Hermann‘s practice focuses on advising sellers and buyers on M&A transactions. Hermann specializes in acquisitions made by industrial and financial investors, in joint ventures and business restructurings. He advises on international infrastructure projects, most recently in Africa and Latin America. He is also involved as a party representative in international arbitration on complex disputes between business partners, most recently regarding the dissolution of joint ventures. 

In his services to clients Hermann realizes his clients’ business interests in the most efficient way by using appropriate project management tools. He has been engaged both in inbound transactions into Germany as well as outbound deals into foreign countries. In this context he can use his wide range of contacts around the world he has established through his leadership roles in the International Bar Association (IBA) and the American Bar Association (ABA).  The experience from working with integrated teams of lawyers, tax advisers and financial experts allows Hermann to take into account all aspects of a deal beyond those of a pure legal nature. 

The industry focus of Hermann’s practice is on the logistics, services and manufacturing sectors.

Hermann is the editor of a highly reputed textbook on business acquisitions of which in summer 2019 the 6th edition will be published. He is also a frequent speaker on international conferences on topics relating to corporate law and the management of law firms.