Dr Alexander Retsch

Partner | Corporate | Lawyer since 2015

Phone: +49 211 20052-140
Fax: +49 211 20052-100
Email: a.retsch(at)glademichelwirtz.com

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Short Profile

Alexander Retsch is a partner at GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ in the CORPORATE practice. He advises German and international clients on the field of litigation and issues relating to general corporate law and capital markets law.

Alexander Retsch studied law at the University of Cologne with a focus on corporate law. In 2013 he received a doctorate degree in law (Dr. jur.) from the University of Cologne with a thesis on capital markets law questions.

During his legal clerkship, Alexander Retsch worked at the German Consulate General in Miami, USA, as well as at the cologne office of a leading international law firm. Also, he worked at GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ during his legal clerkship. In 2017 he worked several months at a British law firm in London.

Alexander Retsch is the author of numerous publications in the field of corporate and capital markets law and regularly lectures on these topics. Since 2018, he has been a lecturer for the Capital Markets Law lecture in the Master's program "Business Law" at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Since 2020, Alexander Retsch has been listed in the category "Rising Stars Europe" in capital markets law by LMG Expert Guides and ILFR. He was awarded by Handelsblatt / Best Lawyers in the category "Germany's Best Lawyers 2023" in corporate law.

As well as his native German, Alexander Retsch is fluent in English. In his leisure time, Alexander Retsch likes to spend time with his two children and with sports.


Experience and Matters

His professional experience includes, inter alia, the following matters:

  • Vonovia SE: Advice to the Management Board on stock corporation law
  • Advising a DAX 40 company in connection with a post-M&A dispute
  • Encavis AG: Advise to Supervisory Board
  • Mercedes-Benz AG in relation to a share buyback program with a volume of up to EUR 4 billion
  • Mercedes-Benz Group AG : Advice on the separation of the commercial vehicle business from the Daimler Group through the spin-off of a majority shareholding in Daimler Truck AG (Project Focus 2021)
  • GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft  in relation to a share buy-back program
  • Mercedes-Benz Group AG : Advice on the reorganization of the Daimler Group by spinning off the Cars & Vans and Trucks & Buses divisions into two independent stock corporations (Project Future 2017 to 2019)
  • Mercedes-Benz Group AG: Ongoing advice on capital markets and corporate law
  • Mercedes-Benz Group AG: Re defense against investor lawsuits in relation to Diesel exhaust emissions (capital market model case)
  • Deutsche Bank AG: Advice to Supervisory Board
  • Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund LP on voluntary public takeover offer of AIXTRON SE 
  • GFKL Financial Services AG regarding the preparation of annual general meetings and extraordinary general meetings as well as regarding restructuring measures
  • Mercedes-Benz Group AG: In relation to the capital markets model case in connection with the ad-hoc announcement of the departure of Prof Schrempp


  • Sustmann/Retsch/Gerding, Kapitalmarktrechtliche Pflichten und Haftungsrisiken im Zusammenhang mit der ESG-Berichterstattung, AG 2022, S. 602-611
  • Merkner/Sustmann/Retsch, Das Spannungsverhältnis zwischen der kapitalmarktrechtlichen Ad-hoc-Publizitätspflicht und kartellrechtlichen Kronzeugenprogrammen, NZG 2021, 1198
  • Merkner/Sustmann/Retsch, Update: Insiderrecht und Ad-hoc-Publizität im neuen (und nun finalen) Emittentenleitfaden der BaFin, AG 2020, 477
  • Merkner/Sustmann/Retsch, Das neue Modul C des Emittentenleitfadens der BaFin – Auswirkungen auf die Kapitalmarktkommunikation bei M&A-Transaktionen, NZG 2020, 688
  • Merkner/Sustmann/Retsch, Insiderrecht und Ad-hoc-Publizität im neuen Emittentenleitfaden der BaFin, AG 2019, 621 (at the same time comment in the context of the BaFin Consultation 14/2019)
  • Retsch, Die Selbstbefreiung nach der Marktmissbrauchsverordnung, NZG 2016, 1201 et seq.
  • Retsch, Marktmissbrauchsrechtliche Regelungen des WpHG und der REMIT-VO im Stromspothandel, Dissertation, 2013