Stefan Rau, Dipl. Verw. (FH)

Stefan Rau, Dipl. Verw. (FH)

Lawyer | Partner

Commercial | Corporate / M&A | IP / IT




Stefan Rau is a lawyer and partner at BDO Legal. He is a member of the Corporate/M&A practice group.

His practice focuses on legal and corporate advice in national and international M&A transactions and international contract law. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in industry and the legal profession (including many years as general counsel and board functions as managing director and supervisory board and/or advisory board member). In particular, he advises national and international companies and groups of various sizes and sectors as well as medium-sized companies in the areas of transactions (M&A), commercial and contract law as well as IT/IP law.

Stefan Rau studied law in Bochum. He previously completed a dual degree course in public administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Hanover.

Before joining BDO Legal, he worked as Managing Partner and Head of Legal M&A, Commercial and IT Law in a multidisciplinary law firm in Munich and previously for various DAX companies, including as General Counsel, CCO and Head of Global Software License Management of a sub-group of a DAX company in Ludwigshafen am Rhein.

When he is not working for his clients, he helps dog owners to better understand their dogs as a qualified dog trainer, plays golf and does fitness training.


  • Service providers
  • Machinery and plant engineering
  • Real estate and construction
  • Chemical sector
  • Automotive
  • Production industry
  • Retail and consumer goods
  • Manufacturing industry
  • Private Equity 
  • Private Clients 
  • FinTech


  • Drafting of contracts
  • Drafting and review of terms & conditions
  • Drafting of distribution structures 
  • Licence agreements 
  • E-commerce 
  • IT-contracts
  • Drafting of corporate agreements 
  • Formation of  corporations and partnerships 
  • Corporate Housekeeping 
  • International business law 
  • Trademark and design law 
  • Copyright and media law 
  • IT and software license contracts 
  • Maintenance and support contracts 
  • Terms of use 
  • Digitization and IT outsourcing projects 
  • Company acquisitions and sales 
  • Joint ventures 
  • Company succession
  • Distressed M&A and restructuring 
  • Private equity transactions 
  • Venture capital transactions
  • Due diligence reviews 
  • Mergers, divisions and transformations 
  • Company formation 
  • Corporate governance 
  • Corporate housekeeping 
  • Company bodies' advice
  • Corporate litigation


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