Dr. Achim Herfs

Partner Capital Markets
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP


Achim is ‘versatile, pragmatic, fast’ and has ‘very good technical knowledge.’ He is an ‘exceptionally gifted all-rounder’ and ‘has built an extremely powerful and high-performing team at Kirkland & Ellis.’ Moreover, he works ‘absolutely solution-oriented and always in the very best interest of the client.’ - JUVE, Chambers

Dr. Achim Herfs is a corporate partner in the Munich office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. Prior to joining Kirkland, he was a partner in the Munich and Frankfurt offices of Hengeler Mueller.

He advises listed companies on capital markets transactions, corporate restructurings and M&A transactions, as well as corporations and their bodies on general capital markets and stock corporation law, including the support of general meetings, and internal investigations. Furthermore, Achim Herfs advises issuers and banks on capital markets transactions, including IPOs, rights offerings, share placements without pre-emptive rights and block trades, as well as the issuance of convertible bonds and high yield bonds.

He is a lecturer for corporate and capital markets law at the University of Augsburg and is frequently published on his area of law in journals and textbooks.

Achim is listed as a frequently recommended lawyer for corporate law in the 2023/2024 edition of JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms. He is also honored as “Lawyer of the Year” for capital markets law (2019), corporate law (2021) and venture capital law (2022) in Germany by Handelsblatt Best Lawyers. IFLR1000 recognizes Achim in its 2023 Financial and Corporate Guide as a highly regarded lawyer for capital markets, M&A and private equity. In addition, he is listed in WirtschaftsWoche as one of the most renowned lawyers for corporate law (2023) and M&A (2020). FINANCE ranks Achim as one of the top 10 dealmakers 2020 in Germany and Chambers Global (2023) as well as Chambers Europe (2023) recommend him for Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability.

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Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1993Germany
  • 1993New York


  • German
  • English
  • French


  • Ludwig Maximilians University MunichDr. jur.1994
  • Cornell Law SchoolLL.M.1992
  • Higher Regional Court of MunichSecond State Examination1991
  • Ludwig Maximilians University MunichFirst State Examination1988