Senior partner and founder of our firm is Prof. Dr. Gerhard Picot, a declared expert both in practice and in legal science for the whole scope of commercial law and Mergers & Acquisition issues.
After finishing his degree in law and business sciences and some basic studies in the field of national economy, business administration and tax law, Prof. Picot was firstly an assistant lecturer at the University of Cologne. Until his own law firm PICOT was founded in 2004, he was a lawyer at the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where he had the status of a partner; from 1989 to 1996 he was managing partner and responsible for the IT / Finance section.
Since the beginning of his legal career in 1979, Prof Picot has, due to his legal and diplomatic skills, brought a multitude of domestic and international transactions to a successful end, mainly purchases and sales of companies, company mergers and IPOs as well as cooperations and restructurings. Numerous professional journals recommend him as an expert in business law and Merger & Acquisition issues.
In addition to his job as a lawyer Prof. Picot is director of the Strategic Finance Institute at the EUROPEAN BUSINESS SCHOOL (EBS) International University Schloss Reichardshausen. From 2005 to 2009 Prof. Picot held a chair as professor at the EBS and was the head of the “Mergers & Acquisitions – CMA Center”, which he himself founded. From 1999 to 2004 he acted as honorary professor at the Institute for Mergers and Acquisitions (IMA) at the Private University Witten-Herdecke and as assistant professor at the University of Cologne. He is the editor and author of a high number of publications dealing with business law and economics.
Formerly, he also took over the following positions in addition to his job as a lawyer:
Chairman of the supervisory board of Elephant Seven AG Chairman of the supervisory board of Colgate-Palmolive GmbH Deputy Chairman of the supervisory board of freenet.de AG Member of the supervisory board of MobilCom AG Member of the supervisory board of VIVA Media AG Member of the supervisory board of Vatter / Sara Lee GmbH Member of the advisory board of the IGEPA group Beteiligungs- und Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH Chairman of the advisory board of On Demand distribution AG
Prof. Picot is a member of several domestic and international legal societies.
He speaks German and English.