Oliver Felsenstein, Global Chair of the Private Equity & Investment Funds Practice and a former member of the firm’s Executive Committee, helps private equity firms navigate every stage of the investment life cycle, from acquisition through exit.

Widely recognized among the world’s leading private equity lawyers, Mr. Felsenstein advises private equity firms on many of their largest and most complex transactions involving target companies in Germany and internationally. His several decades of experience span well more than 100 completed transactions exceeding €100 billion in value across a diverse range of industries, including technology, industrials, and healthcare.  

A strong relationship builder and keen strategist, Mr. Felsenstein serves as a trusted advisor to many of the world’s most prominent private equity clients. He brings a commercial perspective to clients’ most significant business challenges and drives consensus in negotiations. Mr. Felsenstein regularly leads large, international Latham teams and acts as the primary liaison for clients throughout all phases of a transaction.

Mr. Felsenstein is a member of the curatorship of the Foundation Deutsche Sporthilfe, an organization supporting the German Olympic team.


  • Leading Individual for Private Equity
    JUVE 2021-2023
  • Band 1 – Private Equity
    Chambers Europe 2018-2021
  • Lawyer of the Year – Private Equity in Germany
    Handelsblatt Best Lawyers 2020
  • Market Leader – Private Equity
    IFLR1000 2020
  • Leading Individual – Private Equity
    The Legal 500 Deutschland 2018-2021
  • 30 Most Influential Lawyers – Private Equity Industry Worldwide
    Private Equity International 2013
  • European Hot 100 Lawyer
    The Lawyer 2002

Mr. Felsenstein’s experience includes regularly advising:  

  • Bregal
  • Carlyle
  • Chequers Capital
  • Clayton Dubilier & Rice
  • CVC
  • Doughty Hanson
  • GetYourGuide
  • Hellman & Friedman
  • Hg
  • PAI
  • Permira
  • Quadriga Capital
  • Terra Firma
  • Triton

Bar Qualification

  • Rechtsanwalt (Germany)


  • LL.M., University of Miami School of Law
  • Second State Exam, Higher Regional Court, Frankfurt
  • First German State Exam, University of Freiburg

Languages Spoken

  • German
  • English