David Rath is a partner in the Frankfurt office and advises issuers and investment banks on initial public offerings and other capital market transactions.

Mr. Rath advises on:

  • IPOs
  • Spin-offs
  • Capital raisings
  • Block trades
  • Equity-linked transactions

In addition, Mr. Rath has extensive experience advising domestic and international clients on stock corporate law and takeover law matters as well as transactions under the German Transformation Act (UmwG).

Mr. Rath’s experience, working for the issuer or the underwriters, includes:

German IPOs

  • Cheplapharm (proposed)
  • Majorel Group Luxembourg S.A.
  • Synlab AG
  • MeinAuto Group (proposed)
  • SUSE S.A.
  • Siemens Healthineers AG
  • PharmaSGP Holding SE
  • thyssenkrupp Elevator AG (proposed)
  • congatec Holding AG (proposed)
  • Springer Nature AG & Co. KGaA (proposed)
  • Rocket Internet SE*
  • Global Fashion Group S.A.
  • HelloFresh SE
  • Westwing Group AG
  • home24 SE
  • Dermapharm Holding SE
  • Shop Apotheke Europe NV*


  • Jumia Technologies AG
  • MorphoSys AG
  • Mytheresa

Spin-offs (Frankfurt Stock Exchange)

  • Continental AG/Vitesco Technologies Group AG
  • Allgeier SE/Nagarro SE
  • Siemens AG/Siemens Energy AG  
  • E.ON SE/Uniper SE*

Capital raisings (ABB / Rights Issues / PIPEs)

  • Nagarro SE
  • Siemens Healthineers AG
  • Covestro AG
  • Ceconomy AG
  • E.ON SE
  • DEMIRE Deutsche Mittelstand Real Estate AG
  • Evotec AG
  • ThyssenKrupp AG*
  • MorphoSys AG
  • alstria office REIT AG*
  • Deutsche Beteiligungs AG*
  • Sky Deutschland AG*

Block trades

  • Haldex AB
  • HelloFresh SE

Public takeovers

  • Hellman & Friedman and Blackstone on the takeover offer for Scout24 AG
  • Superior Industries International Inc. on the takeover over for Uniwheels AG
  • Sky UK (formerly BSkyB) on the takeover offer for Sky Deutschland*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • Rechtsanwalt (Germany)


  • Second German State Exam, Higher Regional Court Frankfurt, 2011
  • First German State Exam, Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg, 2007
  • Maîtrise en Droit, Aix-Marseille University, 2005

Languages Spoken

  • German
  • English
  • French