Dr. Rüdiger Malaun, a highly regarded German capital markets lawyer and former Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Capital Markets Practice, advises clients on strategic financing transactions, with a particular focus on high-yield bond offerings and other debt instruments. He draws on more than 20 years of experience, handling a remarkable volume of the largest and most sophisticated offerings in Europe, among them more than 60 high-yield bond transactions.

Dr. Malaun has earned widespread recognition for his work. JUVE notes he is the “clear leader on high-yield bonds” who “plays in a league of his own” and Chambers interviewees describe him as “the biggest name for high-yield work in Germany” and “highly skilled, very effective and technically brilliant.” He is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers Europe and has been recognized by Chambers Global, IFLR, The Legal 500 Deutschland, and JUVE.

Dr. Malaun advises corporates, sponsors, and investment banks on:

  • Complex high-yield bond transactions (both under US and German law), including related liability management transactions
  • Equity and equity-linked financings
  • Large corporate bonds
  • Commitment papers for bridge-to-bond financing transactions
  • P2P financing transactions
  • ‘Cross-over’ bonds (e.g. in the real estate sector in the DACH Region)
  • High yield bond advise in restructuring context

Mr. Malaun's experience, working for the issuer, sponsor, or the initial purchasers, includes:

Debt Capital Market Financings

  • High-yield bond offerings (e.g. TUI AG, TUI Cruises, Grünenthal GmbH, Profine Group, Schaeffler Group, Wepa AG, Cheplapharm Arzneimittel GmbH, Progroup AG, Hapag-Lloyd AG, Pfleiderer GmbH, Consolidated Energy Limited, KAEFER Isoliertechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Löwen Play GmbH, Summit Germany Ltd., CBR Fashion Holding AG, INEOS Styrolution Group GmbH)
  • ‘Cross-over’ bonds in real estate sector (e.g. ACCENTRO Real Estate AG, Peach Property Group, Demire Real Estate AG)
  • Corporate bond offerings (e.g. BMW Group, DEA AG)
  • Green bond offerings (e.g. BayWa AG, Hapag-Lloyd, DIC Asset AG)
  • Bank/Bond financings (e.g. Tank & Rast GmbH, Kongsberg Automotive ASA, Selecta AG, Consus Real Estate AG) 
  • Complex financings in relation to corporate transactions (e.g. in connection with the acquisition of RENK Group, the public takeover of Stada Arzneimittel Group, the merger of TUI AG with TUI Travel plc, and the acquisition of CeramTec GmbH)

Equity and Equity-linked Financings

  • Initial public offerings on European and US stock exchanges (e.g. Birkenstock Holding plc, Morphosys AG, Varta AG)
  • Convertible and hybrid bond offerings (e.g. BayWa AG, Consus Real Estate AG)
  • Rights offerings (e.g. Stabilus S.A., Kapsch TrafficCom AG)

Bar Qualification

  • Rechtsanwalt (Austria)
  • Rechtsanwalt (Germany)


  • Bar Exam (Germany), Higher Regional Court, Frankfurt, 2004
  • Bar Exam (Austria), Court of Appeals Vienna, Austria, 1998
  • Dr. jur., University of Innsbruck, Austria, 1995

Languages Spoken

  • German
  • English