Dr. Heiko Gotsche, partner in the Düsseldorf office of Latham & Watkins, has considerable experience advising international clients on cross-border M&A transactions (both public and private) as well as on corporate law matters (including joint ventures, reorganizations, and carve-outs). 

Heiko serves an international client base, including listed as well as family-owned companies, private equity investors, financial institutions, and high-net-worth individuals.

Leading legal publications, including JUVE and The Legal 500, rank him as frequently recommended lawyer for M&A.

He is a member of several associations, including the German Association for Corporate and Company Law (VGR).

His representative experience includes advising: 

  • Advent International on a global joint venture with LANXESS and joint acquisition of DSM Engineering Materials
  • Worth Capital on its investment in Deutsche ReGas
  • Deutsche Bank and Orchard Global Asset Management on the sale of HIT Holzindustrie Torgau to Mercer International Inc.
  • Authentic Brands Group on the acquisition of the footwear brand Reebok from Adidas following an international carve-out
  • Bayer on the sale of its majority stake in Chempark operator Currenta to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)*
  • METRO on the sale of its majority stake in METRO China to Wumei* and on the implementation of an IT partnership with Wipro*
  • Stiller Family and VR Equitypartner on the sale of e-commerce sanitary specialist MEGABAD to FSN Capital
  • Shareholders on the sale of Just Spices to Kraft Heinz
  • Accenture on various transactions, including the acquisitions of Mackevision*, designaffairs*, Zielpuls*, and SALT Solutions*
  • Paragon Partners on various transactions, including the acquisition of Castolin Eutectic from Messer Group*, the sale of NovumIP to Questel*, and the acquisition of the Special Copper Business from KME Group
  • Deutsche Beteiligungs AG on various transactions, including the acquisitions of Kraft & Bauer*, congatec*, and freiheit.com
  • Permira/GFKL Lowell on the acquisition of Tesch Group*
  • Grünenthal on the acquisition of Adhesys Medical Group* 
  • ZF Friedrichshafen on the sale of its computer input devices business unit Cherry*
  • Tengelmann on the reorganization of its business in Eastern Europe*
  • Owners of Fragrance Resources on the sale to IFF*
  • Porsche Automobil Holding SE on the integration of the Porsche business into Volkswagen*
  • Various public takeovers including Dürr (HOMAG)*, Sky (Sky Deutschland)*, Rolls Royce (Tognum)*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • Rechtsanwalt (Germany)


  • LLM, London School of Economics, 2010
  • Doctorate of Law, University of Muenster, 2008
  • Second State Exam, Higher Regional Court, Cologne, 2008
  • First State Exam, University of Muenster, 2005

Languages Spoken

  • German
  • English
  • French