Otto von Gruben


Otto von Gruben advises German and international clients on domestic and cross-border corporate and real estate transactions.

Mr. von Gruben represents both public and private companies, including strategic investors, private equity and sovereign wealth funds, in connection with: 

  • Corporate real estate transactions, including forward deals
  • Mergers and acquisitions (M&A)
  • Joint ventures 
  • Distressed transactions

He advises clients from a variety of industries, including real estate, automotive, and healthcare. Mr. von Gruben brings a results-driven sensibility to complete both German and cross-border deals efficiently.

Mr. von Gruben’s experience includes advising:

M&A Transactions
  • Aliaxis 
    • On the sale of its ceramics business
    • On the sale of Rheinhütte Pumps to ITT Inc.
  • Rhön-Klinikum on its €3.07 billion sale of major assets (including 40 hospitals) to Dax-listed Fresenius SE 
  • SERgroup on the sale of a majority stake to The Carlyle Group 
  • ZF Friedrichshafen on the sale of its global Body Control Systems business to Luxshare
Real Estate
  • Angelo, Gordon on various acquisitions (residential, industrial, retail) 
  • Azure Hotels regarding acquisitions and disposals of several hotels of the Azure Group (Radisson Blu Hotel in Hamburg-Dammtor; Indigo Hotels Hardenbergstraße, and Alexanderplatz in Berlin) 
  • Corpus Sireo on the sale of a residential real estate portfolio to DWS Real Estate (formerly Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, RREEF) 
  • Digital Realty on its US$8.4 billion acquisition of Interxion
  • DWS Real Estate on several real estate transactions 
  • Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund on the acquisition and financing of several large real estate portfolios and shopping centers, including the Christie portfolio and the Rhein Ruhr shopping center 
  • Proprium Capital Partners on joint venture, property, and asset management agreements, as well as acquisition financing of two large residential portfolios in Germany
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