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Dr Johannes Tieves

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Hengeler Mueller

Work Department

Financing; Capital Markets (DCM); Restructuring, Insolvency.


Johannes advises listed and unlisted domestic and international companies, banks and funds on syndicated loans, high yield bonds, hybrid financings and restructurings / insolvency related matters. His practice also includes financing matters in connection with M&A transactions, public takeovers and IPOs.


Qualified 1996; McKinsey & Company, Inc. 1996; joined Hengeler Mueller 1997, becoming Partner 2002 (foreign associate US Investment Bank in London and New York, 1999-2000).


Universities of Bonn and Heidelberg (Dr jur).

Germany: Banking and finance

Lending and borrowing

Within: Leading individuals

Johannes Tieves - Hengeler Mueller

Within: Lending and borrowing

Hengeler Mueller’s strength lies in providing advice on syndicated acquisition finance and promissory loans. Acting as lead counsel, Johannes Tieves acted for a bank consortium on matters pertaining to a €2.5bn revolving syndicated loan for SAP to refinance its existing credit line, and advised HeidelbergCement on a €3bn syndicated revolving multi-currency credit facility for cash drawings and loan guarantees in euros and other currencies. Daniel Weiß assisted Erwin Hymer Group with the reorganisation of its group financing by concluding a syndicated credit facility and a promissory note in the aggregate amount of €400m, while Nikolaus Vieten assisted Finland-based energy company Fortum Oyj with the €12bn acquisition finance for the launch of a voluntary public takeover offer to all Uniper shareholders. In other significant work, Ralph Defren advised Metro on various financial instruments including private and public bonds, bilateral credit facilities, promissory loans and revolving credit facilities, and Daniela Böning acted as lead counsel for Davis-Standard and its majority owner Oncap on the acquisition of Maillefer International Oy including related financing matters. Other key individuals include Heinrich Knepper and co-managing partner Dirk Bliesener. In November 2018, Andreas Lischka joined White & Case LLP as local partner.

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Germany: Capital markets

Debt capital markets

Within: Debt capital markets

The strength of Hengeler Mueller’s ‘very good’ DCM practice lies in advising on the issuance of bonds and issuance programmes, leading to regular instructions on the issuance, restructuring and transaction of classic tier 1 and tier 2 notes and hybrid instruments. The ‘clever’ Dirk Bliesener acted as lead counsel when advising Bayerische Landesbank on the structuring and documentation of new debt products for the issuance of the Krügerrand Gold bond comprising 250,000 securities, while Johannes Tieves assisted the parent company of Brenntag Group with the issuance of a €600m bond. Also acting as lead counsel, Hendrik Haag advised a banking consortium led by Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas on the issuance of eurobonds from Deutsche Telekom International Finance, the Dutch financing arm of Deutsche Telekom, in three tranches and with a total value of €3.5bn. He also advised innogy on the issuance of the first green bond totalling €850m, and assisted Schmolz + Bickenbach with the refinancing and restructuring of a €650m financing by issuing a €200m high-yield bond. In November 2018, Andreas Lischka joined White & Case LLP as local partner.

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