Frank Henkel

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Frank Henkel

Frank Henkel



Frank Henkel is a corporate lawyer based in Munich. He has extensive experience of acting for clients in the financial institutions, technology and automotive sectors, for domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, as well as for corporate restructuring and  reorganisation.

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

Frank has 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 studied at the University of Munich, Oxford University and was admitted as a lawyer in 2006, joining us later that same year.

A native German speaker, Frank is also fluent in English and French.

Professional experience

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  • Rechtsanwalt
  • Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft – advised on the global joint venture with Daimler AG, combining the mobility services offering (including ride-hailing, car-sharing, charging, parking and multimodality)
  • Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft – assisted with the buy-out of several minority shareholders in parking services provider Parkmobile
  • Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft – advised on the reorganisation of its fleet leasing services in Germany, including the merger between Alphabet and LHS
  • BMW Bank – guided on the reorganisation 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 – advised on the acquisition of a majority stake in online payment company Heidelberger Payment
  • AnaCap Financial Partners, the specialist European financial services private equity firm – suppoered with the acquisition of POS terminal provider StarTec Payment & Service GmbH
  • ReachLocal GmbH, a leading provider of online marketing and advertising solutions – guided on the sale of its business to RegioHelden GmbH
  • International private equity group – assisted with 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 – advised on the collaboration with a European bank for the provision of regulated clearing and settlement services for cryptocurrency trades
  • European bank – supported with the establishment of an electronic platform for private wealth management services in Germany
  • German Landesbank – guided on the structuring of an investment into a block-chain based platform designed to facilitate interbank trading of assets
  • Middle Eastern bank – supported with the structuring of a joint-venture with several European FinTech companies in the payments services sector
  • OnVista Bank – guided on the acquisition of the German operations of the Swedish online broker Nordnet Bank
  • Ikano – advised on the reorganisation of the business of the German subsidiary for the cross-border merger with the Swedish bank
  • Nordea Bank – advised on the transfer of the German business operations from the Finnish to the Swedish branch
  • Amundi – supported with the merger of its asset management activities in Germany, including setting up a new branch office
  • Encore Capital and JC Flowers as shareholders of Cabot Financial – advised on the bidding process for German debt collection group GFKL
  • IMI Plc – advised 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 and Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group – supported with the acquisition of the global starter motors and generators business of Robert Bosch in an auction process
  • Instrument Systems Optische Messtechnik – advised on the sale to Konica Minolta Optics
  • US-based Nexovation group – assised with the bidding process for the Nürburgring racetrack
  • Pedal to the metal or slamming on the brakes?, Worldwide Regulation of Autonomous Vehicles, September, 2018
  • The legal landscape of dedicated short range communication in the US, UK and Germany, Autonomous vehicles, July, 2017
  • Regulatorische Rahmenbedingungen für FinTechs in Deutschland, Venture Capital Magazin, March, 2017
  • The legal landscape in Germany, Autonomous vehicles, July, 2016
  • Le secteur de la finance en mutation – une renaissance pour les FUSAQ?, March, 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, Norton Rose Fulbright, London
  • 'Banks and FinTechs – observations on digitisation, regulation and collaboration', FinTech – the digital transformation of financial services, Norton Rose Fulbright Munich
  • 'Legal aspects of online financings', Business Breakfast Mittelstand meets FinTech, Norton Rose Fulbright Munich
  • 'Digital transformation as driver for M&A', Award of World Honour for Dr Jürgen Reul, General Counsel of Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft, Norton Rose Fulbright Munich
  • German and Munich bar association
  • European Finance Forum (EFF)
  • English
  • French
  • German