Harald Selzner

  • Partner
  • Eharald.selzner@lw.com
  • Dreischeibenhaus 1
  • 40211 Düsseldorf
  • Germany
  • T +49.211.8828.4600


Dr. Harald Selzner is Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Germany. He has extensive experience in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, including corporate restructurings, public takeovers, private equity transactions, carve-outs, minority investments, and joint venture transactions.

He has advised clients such as Allianz, Daimler, E.ON, the German Federal Government, IPIC, Novartis, and Siemens on some of their most significant transactions.

Mr. Selzner was recommended for M&A and Corporate Law in JUVE 2016/2017. He was named Leading Senior Partner for M&A with clients emphasizing his “constructive negotiations” (JUVE 2015/2016). Other sources describe him as having an “extremely quick grasp,” “one of the top M&A lawyers,” and “a strong negotiator, flexible and resilient” (JUVE 2012/2013).

Chambers Europe Germany 2016 ranks Mr. Selzner in Band 1 for Corporate/M&A in Germany, and highlights that “Harald Selzner is sought out by a number of DAX 30 clients due to his reputation as an accomplished deal maker” (2015).

Interviewees describe Mr. Selzner as follows: “really good − a smart guy and someone I like to do business with because he is frank, open and direct. Working with him is always a pleasure,” and “he manages to simplify very complex and difficult issues so that business people, as well as lawyers, can understand them” (Chambers Europe Germany 2014 and 2016). In addition, Mr. Selzner has been recognized and recommended as a leading lawyer for mergers and acquisitions in Germany by IFLR1000, WiWo, Handelsblatt Best Lawyers, The Legal 500 EMEA, Who’s Who Legal, and Kanzleimonitor.de.

Mr. Selzner was a member of the Adam Opel Task Force instituted by the German Federal Government. He is a member of the German Corporate Law Association (VGR), the German-American Lawyer’s Association (DAJV), the mentoring program of Bucerius Law School, and an alumni of Harvard Law School Executive Education.


Mr. Selzner’s experience includes, amongst others, advising:

  • Stada in corporate and capital markets law matters
  • CECONOMY in corporate and capital markets law matters
  • ZF Friedrichshafen on the carve-out and divestiture of its global BCS business
  • Henkel on the carve-out and acquisition of Darex Packaging Technologies
  • The German government in connection with the divestiture of Adam Opel by GM to PSA
  • Uniper on the divestiture of its stake in giant Russian gas field Yuzhno-Russkoye
  • Uniper in respect of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project
  • Henkel on the acquisition of EGI group
  • Daimler in corporate law matters relating to Toll Collect
  • E.ON Kernkraft in the context of the E.ON spin-off
  • Novartis on the acquisition of a Pfizer biosimilar pipeline product
  • Cerner Corporation on the acquisition of Siemens’ health information technology business unit
  • Tengelmann Group on the divestiture of its supermarket business Kaiser’s Tengelmann and its e-stores business to EDEKA

Thought Leadership

  • Outbound Chinese Investment into the EU: What You Need to Know about Regulatory Roadblocks -  March 23, 2017
  • Activism Spreads to Europe -  December 01, 2015
  • What’s Driving the Rise of Shareholder Activism in Europe? -  June 08, 2015
  • Mergers & Acquisitions: Rückblick 2014 und Ausblick 2015 für den Corporate- und Private Equity-Transaktionsmarkt -  December 01, 2014
  • Shareholder Activism 2.0 -  May 10, 2014
  • Tauziehen im Übernahmegeschäft -  January 11, 2014
“A brilliant corporate lawyer.”IFLR1000 Germany 2017
Bar Qualification
  • Rechtsanwalt (Germany)
  • Second German State Exam, Higher Regional Court, Cologne, 1995
  • Dr. jur., University of Bonn, 1994
  • First German State Exam, University of Bonn, 1991
  • Power
  • Life Sciences
  • Automotive
  • Industrials & Manufacturing
  • German
  • English
  • Public Company Representation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Activism
  • Private Equity