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Dr Philipp Clemens

Works very diligently irrespectively of the high time pressure and always delivers work of a high quality... in each project a very valuable, reliable, and highly regarded legal advisor.
Client, DAX-listed company

Dr Philipp Clemens has longstanding and comprehensive experience in advising German and international clients on complex, cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures and investments, with a particular focus on the Renewable Energy, Infrastructure and Technology sectors (incl. Venture Capital investments). In addition, he has specific experience with corporate restructurings and distressed M&A.

Philipp has advised international DAX and S&P 100 companies on key strategic transactions, joint ventures and investments and is named as one of Germany’s leading lawyers for Corporate by Handelsblatt in cooperation with Best Lawyers.

He is an active member of DLA Piper’s Technology Sector Group, the Energy and Natural Resources Sector Group and the Sustainable Investments Focus Group.

Professional QualificationsRechtsanwalt admitted with Hanseatische Rechtsanwaltskammer Hamburg


  • Advising on Renewable Energy M&A projects, especially Offshore Wind and Solar-projects.
  • Advising infrastructure-investors on investments and transactions, including EV-charging infrastructure and Battery Energy Storage Systems.
  • Advising PE-backed Buy-and Build platforms and corporates on acquisitions of IT, software and SaaS-businesses.
  • Advising on strategic joint ventures for Critical Raw Materials, including Battery-Materials.
  • Advising (Corporate) Venture Capital investors and tech-focused emerging growth-companies on the entire investment life-cycle.
  • German
  • English
  • Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, First State Examination and Ph.D.
  • Higher Regional Court of Celle, Second State Examination


  • Handelsblatt in cooperation with Best Lawyers 2024/2025: Recommended for corporate and M&A


  • Bergmann/Clemens: 'Accounting treatment of subordinated liabilities', DER BETRIEB, 2015, 1867 ff.
  • Liability of Managing Directors / Comment on BGH-Decision dated 8.12.2015 

Prior Experience

Before Philipp joined DLA Piper in 2015, he worked as a lawyer for an international corporate law firm in Hamburg.

Memberships And Affiliations

  • German Bar Association (DAV)
  • Corporate Law Association (VGR)
  • North German Insolvency Forum