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Dr Nils Krause

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Dr Nils Krause advises German and foreign companies on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions including public takeovers, private equity / venture capital transactions and on matters of German corporate law and corporate group law. His experience encompasses corporate restructurings, on-going advice on capital markets law and the formation of joint ventures. Nils also advises private clients, fiduciaries and charitable organisations with respect to the structuring of assets and administration. In addition, Nils advises management boards, supervisory boards and managing directors on corporate governance, corporate compliance as well as on shareholders' meetings. While being legally qualified in Germany, Nils is also qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales. He is also qualified as German Certified Specialist for Corporate Law as well as being a German Certified Specialist for Tax Law in light of his practical experience. Nils heads jointly with Kirsten Girnth the German Corporate group of DLA Piper.

Germany: Corporate and M&A


Within: Corporate

DLA Piper ‘handles mandates in the agreed timeframe, provides transparent invoices’ and is able to draw on its large international network. The group has a strategic focus on expanding its client portfolio in the DAX/MDAX segment and in the area of large medium-sized companies; clients include BASF, Lufthansa, Siemens, Syngenta and Rolls-Royce Power Systems. The group advised on men’s fashion manufacturer Ahlers on its annual general meeting, where the conversion of the previous preference shares into ordinary shares was approved by a preference shareholders’ resolution. Practice head Nils Krause is responsible for China-related matters, while co-managing partner Benjamin Parameswaran maintains good relations with Indian companies. The firm recently reinforced its capital markets group. Kerstin Schnabel and Mathias Schulze-Steinen are noted; Carlos Robles y Zepf joined the partnership in May 2018.

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M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m)

Within: M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m)

DLA Piper has seen a number of personnel changes recently: it strengthened the Frankfurt office with several lateral hires and promoted Carlos Robles y Zepf to the partnership at the beginning of 2018; following this, Florian Hirschmann joined the Munich office in April 2018. Fifteen partners, including Nils Krause and Benjamin Parameswaran, provide advice on mid-cap transactions. The group assisted IT consulting firm Wipro Limited with the $405m sale of Hosted Data Centre Services to Ensono and advised Stillfront Group on the acquisition of the German Goodgame Studios.

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Germany: Private equity


Within: Transactions

DLA Piper’s team is headed by Nils Krause in Hamburg and Andreas Füchsel in Frankfurt. The latter advised Active Ownership Capital on the voluntary takeover offer for all shares in Luxembourg technology holding exceet Group, which is listed in Germany; on the sale of a minority stake in Stada Arzneimittel to the private equity funds Cinven and Bain Capital; and on the acquisition of Pintsch Bubenzer. Krause assisted Arsenal Capital Partners and its portfolio company IGM Resins with the acquisition of BASF’s photoinitiators business. Personnel changes include the departures in 2018 of Dominik Stühler and counsel Kai Terstiege to Allen & Overy LLP and Florian Hirschmann to Reed Smith, as well as the September 2018 arrival of Gerald Schumann from Baker McKenzie

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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