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Dr. Matthias Schatz

Matthias advises listed and non-listed corporations, shareholders as well as members of management boards and supervisory boards on matters of corporate law, in particular stock corporation law and the law concerning groups of companies (including aspects of capital markets law) as well as reorganization law. A more recent practical focus of his is on advising venture-capital-funded companies in the context of their transition into an AG (German stock corporation) or an SE (European stock corporation), legal forms which enable access to the capital market.

An additional focus of his work is on corporate litigation. Matthias has particular expertise in the field of disputes involving stock corporation law (such as legal actions regarding personal liability of members of management boards and supervisory boards; lawsuits regarding deficiencies in shareholders' resolutions; court proceedings to determine the adequacy of an offer for indemnifying minority shareholders; and disputes in connection with the appointment of special auditors or special representatives) as well as in providing support in connection with contentious general meetings. In addition, Matthias regularly acts as counsel and referee in post-M&A arbitration matters and arbitration proceedings with a corporate law focus.

The JUVE Handbook lists Matthias as a frequently recommended advisor in the area of corporate law, while the Handelsblatt (in co-operation with Best Lawyers Verlag) ranks him among the best lawyers in Germany for conflict resolution. Matthias is recognised by clients as an 
"expert in directors' and officers' liability", "outstanding corporate lawyer, particularly well versed in stock corporation and SE law; for many of our portfolio companies the go-to guy for SE conversions and restructurings", competitors praise him as "professionally excellent, assertive in court" and "experienced and good" (Juve Handbook 2023/2024). 

Education and Career

Matthias studied law in Bonn, Cologne, Valladolid (Spain) and at Harvard Law School. Matthias started his career at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Before co-founding YPOG (in 2021) and SMP (in 2017), Matthias was a Partner at the corporate-law boutique firm Meilicke Hoffmann & Partner and an Associated Partner at Flick Gocke Schaumburg. Matthias regularly gives presentations and publishes on matters of corporate law. He has co-authored a commentary on stock corporation law and capital markets law.


Matthias’ recent work highlights include:

  • advising Porsche Automobil Holding SE on the transformation of Isar Aersopace GmbH into an SE
  • advising Taxfix on the change of legal form into an AG and subsequently into an SE
  • advising several investors in context of the establishment of advastore SE
  • advising flaschenpost on their change of legal form into an AG, on the formation of an SE, on reshaping their governance and group structure as well as on their exit to Oetker
  • advising Flink on the establishment of an SE holding structure as well as on shaping their group structure for their German and European business operations
  • advising Trade Republic on a wide range of corporate-law matters
  • advising Ströer in post-M&A proceedings before state courts and in arbitration proceedings
  • representing the majority shareholder of a listed SE in a contentious general meeting
  • advising various current and former members of management boards and supervisory boards as well as managing directors on matters of personal liability in their respective capacity in listed and non-listed companies
  • representing shareholders in miscellaneous shareholder disputes before state courts and in arbitration proceedings


  • German qualified attorney (Rechtsanwalt)
  • Attorney-at-Law (New York)
  • Business mediator (Wirtschaftsmediator)
  • Ph.D. in law (Dr. iur.) (Cologne University)
  • LL.M. (Harvard)


  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • The appointment of a curator ad litem for the recipient of a third-party notice who is under legal disability
    Monatsschrift für deutsches Recht (MDR), 5/2023, S. 268 ff. (together with Christoph Lüttenberg) [in German]
  • Representation power of the special representative as a separate part of the comprehensive representation power of of an AG's management board
    in: EWiR 22/2022, S. 677 f. [in German]
  • Appointment of a guardian ad litem in corporate disputes
    in: Neue Zeitschrift für Gesellschaftsrecht (NZG), 31/2022, S. 1473 ff. (together with Christoph Lüttenberg) [in German]
  • Applicability of Art. 25 Brussels Ia Regulation to jurisdiction agreements between German partnerships and foreign general partners
    in: EWiR 21/2022, S. 670 f. (together with Christoph Lüttenberg) [in German]
  • Specifics of the Listed European Company (SE)
    in: Marsch-Barner/Schäfer, Handbuch börsennotierte AG, 5th ed., 2022 (together with Dr. Eberhard Vetter) [in German]
  • Legal entities and partnerships as special representatives within the meaning of section 147 (2) of the German Stock Corporation Act (AktG)
    Essays in honor of Thomas Heidel, 2021, pp. 713 et seqq. (together with Christoph Lüttenberg) [in German]
  • The Right to Information of the Special Representative within the meaning of Sec. 147 German Stock Corporation Act (AktG) as reflected in Case Law
    Essays in honor of Barbara Grunewald on the occasion of her 70th birthday, 2021, pp. 961 et seqq. [in German]
  • Commentary on Sec. 246a German Stock Corporation Act (AktG)
    in: Hirte/Heidel (eds.), The New German Stock Corporation Law — following the German Act Implementing the Second Shareholders' Rights Directive (ARUG II) and Corona Legislation, 2020 [in German]
  • Liability for legal costs incurred by a contractual partner in connection with legal action brought in the U.S. contrary to a choice-of-forum agreement 
    EWiR 2020, pp. 95 et seq. [in German]
  • Questions of law regarding venture-capital financing of German stock corporations
    Festschrift für [Essays in honor of] Eberhard Vetter on the occasion of his 70th birthday, 2019, pp. 681 et seqq. [in German]
  • No establishment of a co-determined supervisory board in an SE following reorganization from a German stock corporation without such co-determined supervisory board
    EWiR 2019, pp. 655 et seq. [in German]
  • Representation of a German stock corporation by its supervisory board even when entering into an agreement with the single-member company of a management-board member
    EWiR 2019, p. 199 et seq. (together with Sebastian Schödel) [in German]
  • Commentary on Secs. 29, 32, 41, 42, 42a, 46 nos. 1–1b German Limited Liability Companies Act (GmbHG) – Accounting and Appropriation of Profits
    in: Hachmeister/Kahle/Mock/Schüppen (eds.): Accounting Law, 2017 (together with Falko Braun) [in German]
  • Can a stockholders’ meeting dismiss its chairperson?
    NJW-Spezial 2016, pp. 335–336 (together with Philipp Stein) [in German]
  • Preventing the passing of stockholders' resolutions by the chairperson of a stockholders' meeting and possible reactions of stockholders 
    AG 2015, pp. 696–708 [in German]
  • The isolated request for a court to appoint the chairperson of a stockholders' meeting 
    EWiR 2015, pp. 599–600 [in German]
  • Commentary on Sec. 246a German Stock Corporation (AktG) – Procedure governing petitions for registration of contested resolutions of the stockholders’ meeting with the commercial register
    in: Heidel (ed.), Stock Corporation Law and Capital Markets Law, 4th edition 2014, 5th edition 2019 [in German]
  • Commentary on Secs. 311–318 German Stock Corporation Act (AktG) – De facto group 
    in: Heidel (ed.), Stock Corporation Law and Capital Markets Law, 4th edition 2014, 5th edition 2019 (together with Sebastian Schödel) [in German]
  • No impact of the assessment by a majority of the stockholders on the court proceedings to determine the adequacy of an offer for indemnifying minority shareholders ("Ergo/Victoria") 
    EWiR 2013, pp. 703–704 (together with Sebastian Schödel) [in German]
  • The invalidity of stockholders’ resolutions on the election of the supervisory board
    EWiR 2013, pp. 333 (together with Sebastian Schödel) [in German]
  • The obligation of supervisory board members to conduct an independent risk analysis ("Porsche/Piëch") 
    EWiR 2013, pp. 229–230 (together with Thomas Heidel) [in German]
  • Embezzlement offences committed by supervisory board members by billing attendance fees contrary to the articles of association 
    EWiR 2013, pp. 27–28 (together with Sebastian Schödel) [in German]
  • The constitutionality of the Macrotron case law concerning delisting 
    EWiR 2012, pp. 483–484 [in German]
  • The misuse by stockholders of the right to challenge stockholders' resolutions and the reform of the German stock corporation law regarding deficiencies in stockholders' resolutions 
    Treatises on German and European Commercial and Business Law, Carl Heymanns publishing house, 2012, 389 pages; reviewed by Vetter, NZG 2012, p. 773; Fleckner, WM 2012, p. 2122; Noack, Handelsblatt 'Rechtsboard' of 4 March 2013) [all of them in German]
  • The comprehensive jurisdiction of Californian courts – Case note on 433 F.3d 1199, 9th Cir. 2006 – "Yahoo! Inc. v. La Ligue Internationale contre le Racisme et l'Antisémitisme (LICRA)" 
    IPRax 2006, pp. 292–297 (together with Eckart Gottschalk) [in German]
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