David Rath advises corporate clients and investment banks on a broad range of complex German and international equity capital markets transactions.

Mr. Rath draws on his breadth of transactional experience to combine sophisticated legal advice and a pragmatic approach to crafting solutions for clients in Germany and around the world. His work encompasses many of the German market’s most significant deals in recent years. He regularly guides clients on:

  • IPOs
  • Spin-offs arising from complex corporate carve-outs
  • Cross-border capital markets transactions, in particular US registered offerings 
  • Capital raisings
  • Block trades
  • Public takeovers

He also helps corporate clients navigate life as a public company after a listing, including advising clients on German stock corporate law and capital markets law, as well as takeover law matters.

Mr. Rath’s experience, acting on behalf of the issuer or the underwriters, includes:

European IPOs

  • Douglas AG
  • thyssenkrupp nucera AG & Co. KGaA
  • 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*

US IPOs and Capital Raisings

  • Birkenstock Holding plc
  • 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