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Hengeler Mueller

BENRATHER STRASSE 18-20, 40213 DÃœSSELDORF, GERMANY
Tel:
Work +49 211 83 04 0
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Fax +49 21 18 30 41 70
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Web:
www.hengeler.com
Berlin, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Munich

Dr Maximilian Schiessl

Tel:
Work +49 211 8304 435
Email:
Hengeler Mueller

Work Department

Mergers & Acquisitions; Corporate, Private Equity.

Position

Public takeovers, cross-border M&A, corporate, private equity.

Career

Admitted to Bar 1986. Joined Hengeler Mueller in 1989 after practicing in New York law firm (Partner since 1991).

Languages

English, German, French.

Member

Chairman Committee Corporate and M&A of International Bar Association 1996-2002; Chairman IBA Capital Markets Forum 2002-04; Lecturer on corporate law (Düsseldorf Law School).

Education

Munich Law School (JD, 1982; Doctorate in Corporate Law 1985); Harvard Law School (LLM 1986).

Leisure

Tennis, skiing, collector of books.


Germany: Corporate and M&A

Corporate

Within: Leading individuals

Maximilian Schiessl - Hengeler Mueller

Within: Corporate

Hengeler Mueller’s 40-strong corporate law team is not only one of the largest and most stable in the market, but is also regarded as the ‘clear market leader’. A highlight was advising Metro on a group split including a carve-out. In other work, the group assisted numerous family-owned businesses with the ​​change of legal form and advised the parent company of a global technology group, which converted into a KGaA. Other areas of focus, in addition to advising on corporate structures, is assisting with annual general meetings for clients including innogy, Osram Licht, Porsche, United Internet and Linde. The group advised Linde on the question of whether the merger of equals agreement between Linde and Praxair should have been submitted to the general meeting for approval. This instruction was handled by Jochen Vetter, who works alongside the ‘highly esteemed’ and ‘very dedicated and exceptionally intelligent’ Simon Patrick Link in Munich. Daniela Favoccia is based in Frankfurt; Thomas Meurer, Maximilian Schiessl (one of the leading lawyers for board level and supervisory law consulting) and Andreas Austmann, who provides ‘practical and useful advice’, are key names in Dusseldorf.

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M&A: large deals (€500m+)

Within: Leading individuals

Maximilian Schiessl - Hengeler Mueller

Within: M&A: large deals (€500m+)

‘Outstanding legal competence, business acumen and unambiguous binding statements, especially in crucial, critical situations’ lead clients of major German law firm Hengeler Mueller to have ‘the greatest confidence in its advice’. The transactions handled often have an international component, as advising Vitol on the €1.37bn acquisition of Petrol Ofisi shows. Another highlight was assisting innogy with the merger of npower, innogy’s UK distribution business, with SSE’s end customer and EnergiePlus business to create an energy distribution company in the UK. Maximilian Schiessl, Martin Ulbrich, Nicolas Böhm and Daniela Favoccia are noted. Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain has ‘excellent business acumen’ and Matthias Hentzen stands out for his ‘ingenuity and negotiation skills’. Daniel Möritz and Sebastian Schneider made partner at the beginning of 2018. Steffen Oppenländer joined Milbank in August 2017.

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Germany: Private equity

Transactions

Within: Transactions

Hengeler Mueller has a substantial portfolio of large and mid-cap transactions covering a wide range of instructions for private equity houses and strategists, including both buy- and sell-side support. Annika Clauss and Peter Weyland acted for Oaktree Capital Management on the acquisition of nursing home operator Vitanas from the Burkhart family and the Andreas Franke group; Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain acted as counsel for EQT Partners on the agreement to acquire a 20% stake in Otto Bock HealthCare. On the sale side, the group acted for Trius Holdings on the sale of its majority stake in the energy service provider ista Luxembourg to Lamarillo; while advising Hensoldt Holding Germany on the acquisition of EuroAvionics from Equistone, and assisting Axel Springer with the sale of the publisher’s new building in Berlin, which is still under construction, to Norwegian sovereign wealth fund Norges Bank Real Estate Management are among the investor-side highlights. Goldman Sachs is also a client. Maximilian Schiessl, Emanuel Strehle and Christof Jäckle are the key names. Sebastian Schneider was made up to partner in November 2017.

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