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Dr Michael Schlitt

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Michael Schlitt "has what it takes". Technically one of the best, he advises investment banks and International groups of companies on capital markets and corporate finance matters. Being head of the German Capital Markets practice, he and his team fight for their clients.

Widely recognized as one of the outstanding capital markets lawyers in Germany, Michael has significant experience in international capital markets transactions, particularly IPOs, right issues, block trades/accelerated book builds, convertible, exchangeable hybrid, high yield and corporate bond transactions as well as public takeover and finance transactions.

Germany: Capital markets

Debt capital markets

Within: Debt capital markets

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s broad client base predominately consists of international investment banks as well as German and European financial institutions, which routinely retain the team to advise on various national and international capital markets transactions with particular focus on bonds, pfandbriefe and promissory notes alongside emission programmes, liability management and bond restructuring matters. Jochen Seitz advised Commerzbank on the update of Deutsche Pfandbriefbank’s debt issuance programme, and, in a similar matter, assisted UniCredit Bank with the update of the issuance programmes of Volkswagen Financial Services and Volkswagen Bank, while he acted for a banking consortium on the placement of mortgage bonds by Deutsche Pfandbriefbank totalling €500m. In other work, Michael Schlitt advised Deutsche Bank on SLM Solutions Group’s convertible bond offering worth €58.5m, and, together with the banking team, he assisted Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale with the inaugural issue of promissory notes to the International Investment Bank. Sina Hekmat is the main contact for US law matters; he divides his time between New York and Frankfurt and assists issuers and intermediaries with government bonds, investment grade and high-yield bonds under US law. Sven Brandt heads the team.

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Equity capital markets

Within: Leading individuals

Michael Schlitt - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Within: Equity capital markets

The ‘flexible team’ at Hogan Lovells International LLP provides ‘excellent work’ and ‘a very high service level’: while ‘all issues are dealt with quickly’, the advice remains ‘pragmatic and detailed’. The team covers a wide range of ECM work including IPOs, rights issues and capital increases and frequently acts for the issuer but also assists investment banks. Team head Michael Schlitt is ‘an excellent thinker’; he ‘knows the market’ and ‘understands the client’s situation and where to go from there’. Recently, he advised, among others, Vapiano and the German manufacturer of high-performance lithium-ion battery systems Akasol on their respective IPOs, in both cases shares were offered in a public offering in Germany and Luxembourg and private placements in other countries. He also advised Commerzbank on the payment of a share dividend and a related rights issue by Vonovia, and assisted Shop Apotheke Europe with the takeover of the mail-order pharmacy Europa Apotheek, which included the takeover of all shares in Europa Apotheek’s parent, EHS Europe Health Services, by way of contribution in kind of such shares against issuance of new ordinary shares in Shop Apotheke. Counsel Susanne Lenz is also noted.

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