Frank Henkel

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Frank Henkel

Frank Henkel



Frank Henkel is a corporate lawyer based in Munich. He has a broad range of experience in acting for clients in the financial institutions, technology and automotive sectors, both on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions and on corporate restructurings/reorganisations.

He regularly advises financial and strategic investors on acquisitions and joint ventures, FinTech related investments including in the payment services and cryptocurrency sectors. Frank frequently speaks at seminars on FinTech regulation in Germany.

Frank recently advised several automotive manufacturers and suppliers on the corporate and regulatory aspects of autonomous driving and mobility services with a focus on joint ventures and co-investments.

Frank is regularly listed as a recommended lawyer for corporate, M&A and FinTech in various legal directories including Best Lawyers, Chambers and JUVE.

Professional experience

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  • Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
  • University of Oxford
  • Rechtsanwalt (German qualified lawyer) 2006
  • Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft – on the global joint venture with Daimler AG combining the entire mobility services offering (including ride-hailing, car-sharing, charging, parking and multimodality); on the buy-out of several minority shareholders in parking services provider Parkmobile; and on the reorganization of its fleet leasing services in Germany including the merger between Alphabet and LHS
  • BMW Bank – on the reorganization of its financial services division in Spain, France and Italy including cross-border mergers
  • AnaCap Financial Partners, the specialist European financial services private equity firm – on its investment in SaaS Fintech company fintus; on its investment in brokerage group MRH Trowe, one of the ten largest industrial brokers in Germany; on the acquisition of a majority stake in online payment company Heidelberger Payment; and on the acquisition of POS terminal provider StarTec Payment & Service GmbH
  • Armira – on the acquisition of Salesfive, one of the leading digital transformation and Salesforce consultancies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
  • FSN Capital VI – on an investment in MEGABAD, a leading e-commerce retailer of sanitary products and accessories in the DACH region
  • Gamut Capital / JPW Industries, a German subsidiary of Baileigh Industrial – on the reorganization of the group following its acquisition by JPW Industries, a portfolio company of US private equity investor Gamut Capital
  • Purplebricks, a leading online real estate agent listed on the London Stock Exchange – on the formation of a joint venture with Axel Springer and the joint acquisition of shares in German online real estate broker Homeday, a real estate appraisals and brokerage services online platform operator as well as on a further financing round in connection with the joint venture with Axel Springer concerning the German online real estate broker Homeday
  • ReachLocal GmbH, a leading provider of online marketing and advertising solutions – on the sale of its business to RegioHelden GmbH
  • International private equity group – on the establishment of a cryptocurrency exchange platform integrated into a financial services/banking services provider as well as on the co-investment into a FinTech platform for the provision of services to a bank specialised in car financing
  • Cryptocurrency broker – on the collaboration with a European bank for the provision of regulated clearing and settlement services for cryptocurrency trades
  • European bank – on the establishment of an electronic platform for private wealth management services in Germany
  • German Landesbank – on the structuring of an investment into a block-chain based platform designed to facilitate interbank trading of assets
  • Middle Eastern bank – on the structuring of a joint-venture with several European FinTech companies in the payments services sector
  • OnVista Bank – on the acquisition of the German operations of the Swedish online broker Nordnet Bank
  • Ikano – on the reorganisation of the business of the German subsidiary in a cross-border merger with the Swedish bank
  • Nordea Bank – on the transfer of the entire German business operations from the Finnish to the Swedish branch
  • Amundi – on the merger of its asset management activities in Germany, including the setting up of a new branch office
  • Encore Capital and JC Flowers as shareholders of Cabot Financial – in the bidding process for German debt collection group GFKL
  • IMI Plc – on the acquisition of the pneumatics division of a leading German industrial group in a bidding process
  • Chinese consortium led by China Renaissance Capital Investment, Inc. and Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group Co., Ltd. – on the acquisition of the global starter motors and generators business of Robert Bosch in an auction process
  • Instrument Systems Optische Messtechnik – on the sale to Konica Minolta Optics
  • US based Nexovation group – in the bidding process for the Nürburgring racetrack
  • Best lawyer in Germany for M&A/corporate law, Best Lawyers, 2021
  • Notable practitioner, FinTech legal: Germany, Chambers and Partners, 2020
  • Recommended lawyer for M&A, JUVE, 2019-2020
  • Recommended lawyer, The Legal 500 Germany
  • Autonomous vehicles: "It's all about you!" The Integration of biometrics into autonomous vehicles, 9/2019
  • Autonomous vehicles: "Pedal to the Metal or Slamming on the Brakes?" Worldwide Regulation of Autonomous Vehicles, 9/2018
  • Autonomous vehicles: The legal landscape of Dedicated Short Range Communication in the US, UK and Germany, 7/2017
  • Regulatorische Rahmenbedingungen für FinTechs in Deutschland, Venture Capital Magazin, 3/2017
  • Autonomous vehicles: The legal landscape in Germany, 7/2016
  • Le secteur de la finance en mutation – une renaissance pour les FUSAQ?, 3/2015
  • German unicorns and their specifics, pre-NOAH conference VC and start-up dinner, Berlin
  • Investment and exit trends in Germany, Billion Dollar Start-ups in the US and Europe, NRF London
  • Banks and FinTechs – observations on digitisation, regulation and collaboration, FinTech – the digital transformation of financial services, NRF Munich
  • Legal aspects of online financings, Business Breakfast Mittelstand meets FinTech, NRF Munich
  • Digital transformation as driver for M&A, Award of World Honour for Dr Jürgen Reul, General Counsel of Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft, NRF Munich
  • German and Munich bar association
  • European Finance Forum (EFF)
  • Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Humboldt University Berlin
  • Stiftung Maximilianeum München
  • English
  • French
  • German