Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Vera Hahn in Reutlingen

Curriculum vitae

I have studied at universities in Paris, France (culture and language of France), Berlin, Germany (law) and Krems, Austria (MBA). I was admitted to practice as an Attorney-at-Law in Berlin in 1997 and, following my relocation to southern Germany, in Tübingen in 2006. I have worked in corporate legal departments, insolvency and tax consultancy firms, established and developed a controlling department in BASF AG's Printing Systems Division and have assisted a team of management consultants with the preparation of profitability forecasts for major investments.

Over the last 16 years I have primarily been engaged in building up the legal department of Flint Group, an international, global leader in the printing supplies industry (sales of €2.2 billion, around 6,500 employees in 2015, over 140 locations worldwide), where I was head of department alongside my function as managing director in the Group's biggest company in Germany. I have taken on managing directorships and held board posts in Group companies, primarily in Europe. In Flint Group I was a permanent member of the Risk & Compliance Committee, which set up a comprehensive risk reporting and compliance programme.

Owing to the growth of the company group, which originated with the merger in 2004 of BASF Printing Systems and ANI Printing Inks, an Akzo Nobel management buy out, I was responsible over a period of ten years for the acquisition and disposal of company groups and for setting up international joint ventures. I also supported numerous divestment projects of the private equity owner CVC Capital Partners which led, in 2014, to the sale of Flint Group to Goldman Sachs / Koch Industries, Inc..

Specialist areas of law

I advise national and international private individuals and companies in corporate, trade and commercial law, and focus in particular on drafting contracts in German and English.

 

  • Corporate law
  • Mergers & acquisitions (M&A)
  • Antitrust / Competition law
  • Advice for start-up businesses
  • Trade law
  • Real estate law
  • Copyright and trademark law

General contract law

Drafting of e.g. commercial contracts such as sales contracts, contracts of supply, service contracts, rent and lease agreements; general terms and conditions; license or cooperation agreements for intellectual property rights or know-how; settlement agreements as part of extra-judicial dispute resolution; distribution and sales agency agreements; IT contracts; testaments.

In the area of M&A practice, I work on national and international corporate transactions for both buyers and sellers. I support share and asset deals, from the determination of purchase prices, due diligence, the preparation of data rooms and negotiation of purchase agreements right through to closing.

I offer tailored solutions to issues involving company law from the founding of new companies and start-ups through to amendments of statutes or restructuring. I accompany the founding of charitable foundations and non-profit associations.

Other activities

I advise the management committees of charitable associations and play a supportive role in setting up new NGOs or implementing changes in their governing documents.

I am a lecturer and mentor at the SIBE School of International Business and Entrepreneurship.

I am a member of the German Bar Association, Deutscher Anwaltverein (DAV).

I speak and write fluent English and excellent French.

 

Network

I am able to draw on a network of specialists: my own expertise is complemented by individually selected colleagues, each with their own specialist know-how, as well as tax and management consultants.