Gabriele Apfelbacher
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Banking & Finance
+49 69 97103 216
Main Practice Area

Banking & Finance

  • Columbia Law School LL.M. 1994
  • State of Bavaria, Germany, Second State Examination 1991
  • Universität Regensburg, First State Examination, 1988
  • Universität Regensbur, Doctorate in Law, summa cum laude, 1992

Gabriele Apfelbacher’s practice focuses on securities, banking and corporate matters, in particular international securities offerings, public mergers and acquisitions, capital markets regulation and corporate governance issues.

Gabriele joined the firm in 1993 and became a partner in 2001. She has also been resident in the New York office. 

Prior to joining the firm, Gabriele was a staff member of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Notable Experience

  • Postbank on their capital increase as well as on the German aspects of Qimonda’s convertible bond, the first U.S. dollar-denominated, SEC-registered convertible bond issued by a German stock corporation. 
  • The underwriters on the IPO of centrotherm photovoltaics and of SMA Solar Technology. 
  • STRABAG SE in its IPO on the official market of the Vienna Stock Exchange, the then-largest IPO on the Vienna Stock Exchange.
  • TUI on two convertible bond offerings and on its capital increase, including a rights offering. 
  • HypoVereinsbank in its business combination with the Italian bank UniCredit, one of the largest European cross-border M&A transactions in the banking sector.


  • “Crypto Assets – Is National Bespoke Regulation Necessary?”, European Banking Institute BrieFin – 2nd Edition, July 2019 (with Valentin Pfisterer)
  • “The EU Prospectus Regulation and German “Implementing” Legislation – More Flexibility for Issuers, Tougher Sanctions and a More Powerful Regulator,” March 8, 2019 (with Manuel Metzner, Valentin Pfisterer, and Claudius Straub)
  • “The Next Crisis Is Bound to Come,” Börsen-Zeitung, January 5, 2019 (with Christof von Dryander and Thomas Kopp)
  • “German Federal Court of Justice on Acting in Concert of Shareholders,” Cleary M&A and Corporate Governance Watch Blog, November 28, 2018 (with Oliver Schröder)
  • Authorizations for Capital Raisings and Convertible Bond Issues, November 27, 2018 (with Manuel Metzner and Claudius Straub)
  • Derivate, in Habersack/Mülbert/Schlitt, Unternehmensfinanzierung am Kapitalmarkt, 4. Auflage 2019 (with Dr. Thomas Kopp)
  • Authorizations for Capital Raisings and Convertible Bond Issues, December 4, 2017 (with Manuel Metzner)
  • “Angepasst, aber auch angemessen?” Börsen-Zeitung, July 2016 (with Manuel Metzner)
  • “Debt Capital Markets 2016—Germany,” Getting the Deal Through, May 2016 (with Manuel Metzner)
  • Authorizations for Capital Raisings and Convertible Bond Issues, February 2016
  • “Mitglied im Aufsichtsorgan eines Kreditinstituts im Jahr 2013,” Die Aktiengesellschaft, Issue 21, November 2013, pp. 773-789 (with Manuel Metzner).
  • “Das Wertpapierprospektgesetz in der Praxis - Eine erste Bestandsaufnahme” (co-author: Manuel Metzner). BKR (Zeitschrift für Bank- und Kapitalmarktrecht), p. 81 et seq, March 2006.

Language Capability

  • German (Native)
  • English (Fluent)

Honors and Distinctions

  • Manager Magazin, Top 100 Most Influential Women in German Business
  • Chambers Global, Capital Markets: Equity: Germany
  • Chambers Europe, Capital Markets: Equity; Corporate/M&A: Germany
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Law Firms, Capital Markets: Equity; Mergers and Acquisitions
  • The Legal 500 EMEA, Recommended Lawyer for Banking and Finance - Financial Services - Regulatory; Capital Markets - Debt and Equity Capital Markets; Corporate and M&A - M&A - Large International Deals (€500m+)
  • PLC Global Counsel Equity Capital Markets Handbook, Capital Markets
  • JUVE German Commercial Law Firms Handbook, Banking & Finance: Debt Issues, Banking and Regulatory, Equity Issues and IPOs, Corporate/M&A
  • Who’s Who Legal, Capital Markets

Bar Admissions

  • Frankfurt am Main
  • New York
Practice Areas
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate Advisory
  • Corporate Governance
  • Germany
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Ventures
  • Privatizations
  • United States
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