Otto von Gruben

  • Partner
  • Warburgstrasse 50
  • 20354 Hamburg
  • Germany
  • T +49.40.4140.3319


Otto von Gruben advises German and international clients on domestic and cross-border corporate and real estate transactions.

Mr. von Gruben represents both public and private companies, including strategic investors, private equity and sovereign wealth funds, in connection with: 

  • Corporate real estate transactions, including forward deals
  • Mergers and acquisitions (M&A)
  • Joint ventures 
  • Distressed transactions

He advises clients from a variety of industries, including real estate, automotive, and healthcare. Mr. von Gruben brings a results-driven sensibility to complete both German and cross-border deals efficiently.


Mr. von Gruben’s experience includes advising:

M&A Transactions
  • Aliaxis 
    • On the sale of its ceramics business
    • On the sale of Rheinhütte Pumps to ITT Inc.
  • Rhön-Klinikum on its €3.07 billion sale of major assets (including 40 hospitals) to Dax-listed Fresenius SE 
  • SERgroup on the sale of a majority stake to The Carlyle Group 
  • ZF Friedrichshafen on the sale of its global Body Control Systems business to Luxshare
Real Estate
  • Angelo, Gordon on various acquisitions (residential, industrial, retail) 
  • Azure Hotels regarding acquisitions and disposals of several hotels of the Azure Group (Radisson Blu Hotel in Hamburg-Dammtor; Indigo Hotels Hardenbergstraße, and Alexanderplatz in Berlin) 
  • Corpus Sireo on the sale of a residential real estate portfolio to DWS Real Estate (formerly Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, RREEF) 
  • Digital Realty on its US$8.4 billion acquisition of Interxion
  • DWS Real Estate on several real estate transactions 
  • Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund on the acquisition and financing of several large real estate portfolios and shopping centers, including the Christie portfolio and the Rhein Ruhr shopping center 
  • Proprium Capital Partners on joint venture, property, and asset management agreements, as well as acquisition financing of two large residential portfolios in Germany

Thought Leadership

  • COVID-19: Impact on Legal Positions of Landlords in Germany -  June 24, 2020
  • How to Implement Contracts in Germany During the COVID-19 Crisis -  March 23, 2020
  • FCJ Decision Updates Shareholders’ Resolution Requirement for Sale of GmbH Assets  -  May 10, 2019
Bar Qualification
  • Rechtsanwalt (Germany)
  • LL.M., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2011
  • Second German State Exam, Higher Regional Court, Celle, 2010
  • First German State Exam, Muenster University, 2008
  • Hospitality, Gaming & Leisure
  • REITs
  • Automotive
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • German
  • English
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Restructuring & Special Situations
  • Real Estate
  • Private Equity