Ami de Chapeaurouge
Phone: +49-40-37 09 05-0
Languages: German, English, French
Mr. de Chapeaurouge is among the founding partners of the Germany-based cross-border corporate, banking, finance and corporate finance boutique law firm de Chapeaurouge+Partners (a close cooperation partner of Brödermann Jahn’s). He is admitted to practice in Frankfurt and New York. Having studied initially at the Universities of Lausanne and Freiburg/Br. – reading law at several universities is an integral part of the European learning experience – he completed his legal education in Germany at Frankfurt University, whereas in the United States he holds law degrees from Columbia Law School (LL.M.) and the Harvard Law School (S.J.D.), respectively.
Mr. de Chapeaurouge practiced for well over 20 years with some of the world’s most respected law firms in Paris, New York, Chicago and Frankfurt in leading positions (International Coordinator, Corporate Finance and Banking Practice Head), before setting up a Practice of his own, with the help of several former Harvard Law School classmates based in different offices in Germany, at first in Frankfurt and New York, with a second-stage expansion into Singapore and Hong Kong, and a final third stage extension in London and San Francisco for a moderately global reach, predicated as it is on sustained exposure to a far-flung cross-cultural network of alliances in the legal, corporate, and financial communities forged over a life-time.
As both (1) trusted counsel to corporations, their senior management and board members in matters of Corporate Governance and compliance, strategic advice, risk-gauging and risk-liability reduction, takeover and otherwise challenge preparedness, and overall corporate, capital and balance sheet structure improvements through restructurings, refinancings, acquisitions or divestiture approaches such as spin-offs, split-offs, institutional leveraged buy-outs, management buy-outs and management buy-ins, and (2) as a transactional lawyer, he advises technology firms, family-owned businesses and publicly held corporations in good and hard times in their life-cycle.
Beyond the representation of corporate clients, he is acting, among others, for financial investors/sponsors, hedge funds, commercial banks, investment banks, family offices and Sovereign Wealth Funds in connection with capital-raising, acquisition and restructuring projects and sometimes even investment decisions.
His life-cycle emphasis explains the focus on different developmental stages covered by such practice areas as Venture Capital, Private Equity, Hedge Fund activism, traditional M&A, acquisition finance, capital markets law and corporate restructurings.
Part of his experience has translated into a deep knowledge base of, and heightened sensitivity towards, an ever more precise industry-specific point of view in disclosure and acquisition documents, as well as during negotiations so as to add value to a transaction from a legal point of view aligned with business risks and opportunities typical and different for each industry, especially with a view to understanding the universe of distressed and under-appreciated assets for corporate restructurings, rescue refinancings or as targets for value-enhancing buy-out or distressed M&A structures such as “loan-to-own” transactions in economic down-cycles.
This has proven useful especially in down-turn periods of the economic cycle, with important ramifications for documentation drafting, transaction structuring and transaction execution.
Furthermore, Mr. de Chapeaurouge has helped structure, negotiate and document a variety of cross-border joint ventures and strategic alliances in the U.S., Latin America, across Europe, Northern Africa and the Far East.
In addition, he has represented the Federal and local governments in Germany in connection with the post-1990 privatization movement and the sale of communal provision of basic utility services to the private sector, as well as a variety of national Governments in emerging markets in their quest to maximize income and distributive justice in connection with deliberate State sell-offs, privatizations and transformation of State-owned properties (Algeria, Bolivia, Ecuador, Bangladesh, Paraguay, Ukraine, Serbia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Vietnam, one Chinese Province).
In the context of such privatization advice, he has either served as advisor to the respective Governments, or else acted as counsel on behalf of foreign consortiums in bids or otherwise infrastructure and project financings reconciling the public and private sectors.
An outgrowth of multiple contacts with central bank and privatization ministry staffers in a couple of emerging market countries during the 1990s in conjunction with such State sell-offs and divestitures, de Chapeaurouge+Partners have established meaningful relationships with several Sovereign Wealth Funds originating in the Middle and Far East, respectively, as these professionals have moved on in their lives into positions of decision-making authority over significant capital resource deployment.
As an add-on, Mr. de Chapeaurouge is actively participating in the public debate in Europe, Asia and the United States with respect to public policy and legal issues affecting his Practice, with well over two-hundred speeches, presentations and publications in the further refinement of some of the areas of his concerns at the cross-roads of cross-border corporate finance theory and legal disclosure practice, accounting, structure and efficiency optimization of both transactions and securities/financial services/banking regulatory regimes.
Frankfurt Bar Organization, New York Bar Association
German, English and French