Franziska Albers-Schönberg

Senior Associate, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A

Fran’s practice focuses on capital markets transactions for issuers in a broad range of industries. She also advises on M&A transactions and general corporate and securities law matters.


Fran has extensive experience advising issuers, investment banks and investors on cross-jurisdictional cap­it­al mar­kets trans­ac­tions including initial public offerings, rights issues, private placements, bond issuances and liability management transactions. Fran also advises on M&A transactions and general corporate and securities law matters.

Prior to joining NKF, Fran was an associate at Linklaters LLP in London and Frankfurt, where she acted as U.S. counsel on headline capital markets transactions for clients across Europe, the United States and emerging markets.

Recent matters on which Fran has acted include the representation of:

  • Sulzer AG and medmix AG on medmix’s spin-off and listing on SIX Swiss Exchange and concurrent CHF 315 million capital increase*

  • SoftwareONE on its CHF 750 million initial public offering on SIX Swiss Exchange in 2019*

  • Volkswagen AG and its truck and bus unit TRATON SE on TRATON’s EUR 1.55 billion IPO on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stockholm*

  • the underwriters on rights issues by numerous Swiss issuers, including Dufry, Idorsia, Sunrise, Aryzta and Lonza*

  • the underwriters on the capital markets financing of Bayer AG’s acquisition of Monsanto*

  • issuers and underwriters on numerous bond issuances, including by Allianz, ams, Volkswagen, Bayer, Severstal, the Russian Federation, and LafargeHolcim*

  • * Matters handled prior to joining NKF.