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Dr Cornelius Frie

Reliable, fast & very efficient, very goal-oriented & pleasant cooperation.
Client, JUVE Handbook 2021/2022

The practice of Dr Cornelius Frie focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint venture transactions as well as restructuring and corporate reorganisation projects. Cornelius has a clear industry focus and proven track record in the real estate, energy, IT and banking sectors.

Cornelius advises German and international corporates and financial investors on national and international complex M&A transactions, both from a seller's as well as a purchaser's perspective and on the structuring of such acquisitions (ie auction sale).

His area of expertise further covers all aspects of corporate and commercial law.

Professional QualificationsRechtsanwalt admitted with Rechtsanwaltskammer Cologne


  • Representation of Schroder Real Estate in connection with the sale of the "Victoriastadt Lofts" in Berlin.
  • Advising DIC Asset AG in connection with the acquisition of the landmark properties "Uptown Munich" for approx. EUR635 million.
  • Advising listed globally diversified US corporation in connection with the carve out of certain business units prior to their IPO.
  • Ongoing advice to KGAL in connection with various acquisitions / divestitures (including the sale of a majority stake of the entity owning the Deutsche Telekom HQ).
  • Advising international roofing systems manufacturer in connection with the complete overhaul of its corporate organization and sales structure.
  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Universities of Saarbrucken and Cologne, Law

Awards & Recognitions

  • JUVE Handbook 2023/2024: Frequently recommended for corporate law, energy law: regulatory and energy sector: transactions/financing; “reliable, fast & very efficient, very goal-oriented & pleasant cooperation”, client (2021/2022)
  • Legal 500 Germany 2024: Recommended for corporate law; "fast, professionally outstanding, focussed on efficient processing"

Prior Experience

Prior to joining DLA Piper in 2006, Cornelius Frie has been a research assistant at German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and worked for a major US law firm.

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Corporate Law Association (Gesellschaftsrechtliche Vereinigung (VGR) e.V.)
  • German Association of Antitrust Lawyers (Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V.)
  • Cologne and German Bar Association