Otto von Gruben

  • Associate
  • Warburgstrasse 50
  • 20354 Hamburg
  • Germany
  • T +49.40.4140.3319


Otto von Gruben, associate in the Hamburg office of Latham & Watkins and member of the firm’s Real Estate and Mergers & Acquisitions Practices, advises German and international clients on domestic and cross-border transactions.

Mr. von Gruben represents both public and private companies, including strategic investors, and private equity funds, in connection with: 

  • Real estate and corporate transactions  
  • Joint ventures 
  • Forward deals 
  • General corporate matters 

He advises clients from a variety of industries, including real estate, automotive, and healthcare.


Mr. von Gruben’s experience includes advising: 

M&A transactions
  • Aliaxis 
    • On the sale of ceramics business 
    • On the sale of Rheinhütte Pumps to ITT Inc. 
  • Rhön-Klinikum on its €3.07 bn sale of major assets (e.g. of 40 hospitals) to Dax-listed Fresenius SE 
  • SERgroup on the sale of a majority stake to The Carlyle Group 
  • ZF Friedrichshafen on the sale of its global Body Control Systems business 
Real Estate
  • Angelo, Gordon on various acquisitions (residential, industrial, retail) 
  • Azure Hotels in connection with acquisitions and disposals of several hotels of the Azure Group (Radisson Blu Hotel in Hamburg-Dammtor; Indigo Hotels Harden-bergstraße, and Alexanderplatz in Berlin) 
  • Corpus Sireo on the sale of the project development Allianz Campus in Berlin 
  • Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (RREEF) on several transactions 
  • Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund on the acquisition and financing of several large real estate portfolios and shopping centers, e.g. of the Christie portfolio and the Rhein Ruhr shopping center 
  • Proprium Capital Partners on joint venture, property, and asset management agreements, as well as on the acquisition financing of two large residential portfolios in Germany

Thought Leadership

  • FCJ Decision Updates Shareholders’ Resolution Requirement for Sale of GmbH Assets  -  May 10, 2019
Bar Qualification
  • Rechtsanwalt (Germany)
  • LL.M., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2011
  • Second German State Exam, Higher Regional Court, Celle, 2010
  • First German State Exam, Muenster University, 2008
  • Healthcare Services & Providers
  • Hospitality, Gaming & Leisure
  • REITs
  • Automotive
  • German
  • English
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Restructuring & Special Situations
  • Real Estate
  • Private Equity