Dr. Nikolaos Paschos is a partner in Latham & Watkins' Düsseldorf office. He advises clients on corporate law, M&A, and related capital markets matters.

Strategic and financial clients turn to him for his expertise in complex domestic and cross-border transactions, including: 

  • Public takeovers and defense
  • Public company mergers and spin-offs
  • Strategic acquisitions and divestitures
  • Going-private transactions

He also advises public companies and their boards on general meetings, shareholders’ litigation, activist and stockholder matters, and corporate governance.

Mr. Paschos, one of the leading corporate and M&A lawyers in Germany, is regularly ranked in leading legal publications, including JUVE, IFLR1000, and Handelsblatt.

He regularly writes and publishes on corporate and takeover law, notably the 2016 Paschos/Fleischer, Handbook on Public Takeover Law (Handbuch des Übernahmerechts).

Mr. Paschos’ experience includes advising:

  • Allgeier on the spin-off of its global technology and software development business  
  • Brookfield Asset Management on the attempted acquisition of thyssenkrupp Elevators from thyssenkrupp
  • CPPIB on a €500+ million co-investment in the public takeover offer and the delisting offer for Axel Springer by KKR
  • CANCOM on the squeeze out of minority shareholders of Pironet AG
  • Hellman & Friedman and Blackstone Group on the public tender offer for Scout24
  • Playtika on the acquisition of Berlin based mobile games developer Wooga GmbH
  • Siemens AG on the IPO of its healthcare business (Siemens Healthineers)
  • The financing banks on public takeover bids for:
    • OSRAM by Bain Capital/The Carlyle Group
    • VTG by Morgan Stanley Infrastructure
    • STADA by Bain Capital/Cinven

Bar Qualification

  • New York
  • Rechtsanwalt (Germany)


  • Dr. jur., University of Cologne, 2000
  • Second State Exam, Higher Regional Court, Düsseldorf, 1998
  • LL.M., Columbia Law School, 1993
  • First State Exam, University of Cologne, 1992

Languages Spoken

  • German
  • English