Martin Kniehase - McDermott Will & Emery

Martin Kniehase

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How did the opportunity at Berenberg present itself?

Berenberg was a Firm client, and the last transaction I worked on was an IPO in relation to which Berenberg and Citi acted as joint global coordinators and we acted as issuer’s counsel. When that deal closed, my contact at Berenberg, who by that time had known me for a number of years, asked me if I would like to join the organization in a senior role. It was a tough decision as I wasn’t looking to leave McDermott. I had previously been asked to present an in-house training seminar at Berenberg, where I met around 40 people, and they saw my presentation skills. In retrospect, I think that was part of the screening process, to see if those individuals thought I would be a good fit.

How does being in-house with an investment bank compare to working at a large international law firm?

My position at Berenberg is really a hybrid. I do legal work, such as negotiating underwriting documents, but I am also on the investment banking business side, so I am always expanding professional relationships, which is very important in the ECM space. I probably spend half of my time on pure legal work, and investment banking business matters take up the other half of my time. We are very busy. At any given time, I probably have six to eight active ECM transactions in the works.

How do you spend your time outside of work?

My wife and I have six-year-old twins—a boy and a girl—who started school in August. I enjoy running, and I am in the process of completing the education to receive my boating license, which I hope to put to use when our family travels to the south of France for holiday.

Martin may be reached at martin.kniehase at