Dr. Nikolaus von Jacobs - McDermott Will & Emery


Dr. Nikolaus von Jacobs advises private equity funds and German industrial players on private equity, venture capital, and private and public mergers and acquisitions.

Before joining McDermott, he was a partner of another international law firm and headed its German private equity practice. He has also worked in investment banking and European capital markets for Merrill Lynch in London.


Nikolaus advised

  • Shareholder of tsd Technik-Sprachendienst GmbH on the sale of the company to Spain’s SeproTec Multilingual Solutions
  • Family Trust Investor FTI GmbH on the acquisition of Tiefenbach Control Systems GmbH, including its subsidiaries and investments in the USA, Russia, and China.
  • Shareholders and CEO of ADWEKO on the sale of 100 percent of the shares in ADWEKO Consulting GmbH, including its five national and international subsidiaries, to X1F GmbH


  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™ Germany 2021-2023: Leading Lawyer for Corporate Law and Private Equity Law
  • Chambers Europe 2022: Recommended for Private Equity-Germany
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2022: Recommended for Private Equity Transactions
  • WirtschaftsWoche 2020: Recommended as “Top Lawyer 2020” for M&A Law
  • Chambers Europe 2023, Band 5 in Germany: Private Equity


  • Ongoing work for Ananda – a German social venture fund
  • Ongoing work for Bonvenutre – a German social venture fund


Humboldt University of Berlin, Dr. jur., 2001
Higher Regional Court of Munich, 1997
Universities of Bonn, Passau, and Munich, First State Exam, 1995


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