Dr. Achim Herfs

Partner Capital Markets
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP


Achim is a ‘very good lawyer‘ and an ‘exceptionally gifted all-rounder’, ‘a real coup for Kirkland.’ 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 leading senior partner for corporate law in the 2020/2021 edition of JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms. He is also honored as “Lawyer of the Year” for capital markets (2019) and corporate law (2021) in Germany by Handelsblatt Best Lawyers. IFLR1000 recognizes Achim in its 2022 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 (2021) and M&A (2020). FINANCE ranks Achim as one of the top 10 dealmakers 2020 in Germany and Chambers Global as well as Chambers Europe recommend him for Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability in 2021.

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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