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

Hengeler Mueller

In the midcap-segment, Hengeler Mueller frequently advises on transactions with regard to the regulated industries, such as chemistry, healthcare and automotive as well as media. Most recently, the team assisted with several public takeovers and cooperated closely with the firm's restructuring practice in the course of distressed M&A mandates. The client portfolio includes major national and international corporations and DAX30-companies. Maximilian Schiessl has a strong focus on cross-border transactions, while Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain predominantly acts with a focus on major corporations and private equity.

Linklaters

The M&A team at Linklaters is instructed by major multinational corporations, DAX30-companies and financial investors on all forms of domestic and cross-border deals. Strong synergies exist with the firm's corporate, capital markets and private equity practices. Hans-Ulrich Wilsing and Ralph Wollburg are renowned transaction experts, Kristina Klaaßen-Kaiser manages the German Latin America desk and has strong expertise in cross-border mergers and takeovers, and Tim Johannsen-Roth heads the team from the Düsseldorf office.

Practice head(s):

Tim Johannsen-Roth

Baker McKenzie

The transaction practice at Baker McKenzie particularly stands out due to numerous cross-border mandates, predominantly with reference to China, Japan and Europe, as well as profound industry know-how in the areas of healthcare, telecoms and automotive. Practice heads Christian Atzler and Ingo Strauss and their team assist DAX30-companies, international corporations and family businesses with mergers and takeovers on both the buyer and seller side, but also advise on carve-outs and post-M&A scenarios. In Germany, Heiko Gotsche has longstanding experience in advising family offices and listed companies and regularly assists with cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Christian Atzler; Ingo Strauss 

Other key lawyers:

Heiko Gotsche 

Testimonials

Available at any time, even on weekends. Well informed about the matter and the state of affairs. Ready to listen.

Key clients

Evonik

Bayer

Metro

GEA

Sika

ZF Friedrichshafen

Visa

Deutsche Hospitality

SPIE

Hitachi Chemicals

Abott

Schneider Electric

Toppan Printing

Evergrande Health

Air Liquide

Sulzer

Dassault Systemes

Grundfos

Toppan Printing

Work highlights

  • Hitachi Chemical Company, Ltd.: Advice on the takeover of the German apceth Biopharma.
  • Toppan Printing Co Ltd: Advising on the takeover of the German Interprint Group from Wrede Industrieholding.
  • AESKU.GROUP: Advising on the acquisition of the Des Plaines, Illinois-based immunofluorescence testing specialist MBL BION from MBL International Inc., a company of JSR Corporation.

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz comprehensively advises major listed corporations and family companies on mid-cap transactions on the buyer and seller side. The group regularly assists with public takeovers and distressed M&A at the intersection with insolvency law. The team frequently advises on mandates in connection with the energy sector, where the most recent focus was on outbound transactions. Due to the full-service approach, clients are advised with adjoining expertise from the areas of financing, restructuring and reorganisation, as well as cross-border expertise through a global network of leading independent law firms. Ralf Morshäuser in Munich heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ralf Morshäuser

Key clients

BAWAG Group

Bertelsmann

Bosch

Deutsche Telekom

HeidelbergCement

Henkel

Infineon Technologies

Mitsubishi

Linde Group

Refinitiv

Schaeffler Group

Scout24

Siemens

Volkswagen Group

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP's service offering in the mid-cap field includes acquisitions, sales, joint ventures and mergers, but the practice particularly stands out for its expertise in public takeovers. The client portfolio is mainly composed of major German and international stock-listed corporations, upper medium-sized companies, DAX30-companies and family businesses, which can count on the team's capital markets, financing, restructuring and corporate expertise. In the course of cross-border transactions, the team frequently co-operates with the firm's European and American offices. Burc Hesse in Munich heads the team. Natalie DaghlesMartin NeuhausRainer Wilke and Harald Selzner joined Noerr.

Practice head(s):

Burc Hesse

Key clients

Aareal Bank AG

BayWa AG

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Ceconomy

Cerner

DuMont

Hyundai

Körber AG

Linde AG

Novelis Inc.

Omnicom

PNE AG

Prüftechnik AG

Rhön Klinikum AG

RWE

PreussenElektra

EnBW

Vattenfall

Scout24 AG

ZF Friedrichshafen

Work highlights

  • Aareal Bank AG: Advice on shareholder activist engagement.
  • BayWa AG: Advice on the planned financing round at BayWa.
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB): Advice on co-investments in the KKR takeover process for Axel Springer, including the voluntary takeover offer and the subsequent delisting offer for Axel Springer.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP regularly advises on mid-cap-transactions in the energy, life sciences and insurance sector. The client base mainly consists of German blue-chip companies, listed corporations and financial investors; the latter regularly seek the private equity expertise of the team. Cross-practice know-how is also evident in connection with stock corporation, banking and capital markets law. With regard to cross-border matters, the group frequently co-operates with the firm's global offices. Nicolaus Ascherfeld heads the team from the Hamburg office.

Practice head(s):

Nicolaus Ascherfeld

Testimonials

No processing according to the files, it is incorporated into the mindset and mentality of the company, the client’s peculiarities are always taken into account. Theory and pragmatism always go hand in hand.

Very quick familiarization, although the company was not yet known, repeated consultation with the company in order to understand the needs correctly, very flexible in terms of time, reliable keeping of promises in terms of time and content.

Key clients

TUI AG

ISRA VISION AG

Hamburger Gesellschaft für Vermögens- und Beteiligungsmanagement (HGV)

Allianz SE

KWS SAAT SE

Elmos Semiconductor Aktiengesellschaft

CPO Holding (GmbH & Co.) KG

CORESTATE Capital Holding S.A.

PAI Partners

Advent International

Bridgepoint

Tokai Carbon Co. Ltd.

Zurich Insurance Plc

ENGIE

Great-West Lifeco Inc.

Work highlights

  • Engie: Advising on the takeover of the Powerlines Group via Engie Energy Services International SA from Gilde Buy Out Partners.
  • KWS SAAT SE: Advising on the acquisition of the Dutch company Pop Vriend Seeds.
  • GERRY WEBER International AG: Advising on the sale of its most important subsidiary, the Hallhuber Group, as a first step in connection with its restructuring to the distressed funds Robus and Whitebox.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance focuses on national and cross-border mid-cap deals with reference to the energy, infrastructure, healthcare, life sciences, automotive and technology industries. Besides listed companies and major corporations, the team also advises financial institutions and investors. The management of the practice is shared by energy expert Anselm Raddatz and cross-border specialist Thomas Krecek. Martin Weitenberg and Werner Brickwedde joined Eversheds Sutherland.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Krecek; Anselm Raddatz

Testimonials

‘High quality and enormous penetration in all jurisdictions. One stop shop approach.’

Dr. Brother is an experienced M&A lawyer who reaches the goal with calm and prudence. Extremely good negotiator.

CMS

The corporate and M&A team at CMS predominantly assists major international corporations, listed companies and family businesses in Germany and abroad with transactions in the mid-sized segment. Buyers as well as sellers are advised on acquisitions, mergers and increasingly on distressed M&A. The team has particular sector expertise in technology, energy, automotive, infrastructure and life sciences; Thomas Meyding in particular has longstanding expertise in the media, automotive and financial sectors. Maximilian Grub in Stuttgart, Ernst-Markus Schuberth in Düsseldorf and Richard Mitterhuber in Munich jointly head the practice.

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Meyding

DLA Piper

For transactions in the mid-cap segment, DLA Piper has an experienced team of M&A experts who regularly advise DAX30-companies, upper mid-sized companies and international corporations on high-profile mergers, takeovers and increasingly on distressed M&A. The practice has particular expertise in the energy, technology, chemistry and healthcare sectors, as well as financial service providers. The team regularly handles cross-border matters; particularly noteworthy here is the firm's Africa desk, managed by Sebastian Decker who was promoted to partner in May 2019. Nils Krause and Benjamin Parameswaran are known for their transactional expertise in cross-border deals and jointly head the practice.

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Decker

Key clients

BASF

Bauer Media Group

BrewDog

ControlExpert

France Air

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Helios Investment Partners

KRAHN Chemie GmbH

Rolls-Royce plc

Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG

Senvion Holding GmbH

Sopra Steria

Syngenta

Tirona Ltd.

VARTA AG

Wipro Limited

Wundr Co.

Work highlights

  • France Air: Advice on the takeover of the ventilation technology division of SIG plc.
  • Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG: Advice on the comprehensive package of measures announced by the company to increase profitability, as well as on all M&A transactions during the transformation.
  • Wipro Limited: Advising on the acquisition of International TechneGroup Incorporated (ITI), a global company for digital technology and manufacturing solutions.

Eversheds Sutherland

The M&A team at Eversheds Sutherland mainly advises DAX-companies, upper medium-sized companies and financial investors on mid-cap transactions, with an industry focus on technology, telecoms, healthcare and real estate; clients often seek simultaneous advice from the firm's adjoining private equity, tax and employment law practices. In 2020, the team notably expanded with the additions of Michael Prüßner from Pinsent Masons Germany LLP as well as Werner Brickwedde and Martin Weitenberg from Clifford Chance. The practice group is led by Christof Lamberts.

Practice head(s):

Christof Lamberts

Key clients

Deutsche Glasfaser

Ricoh

DER Touristik Group (Rewe Group)

Sims Metal Management

EuroEyes

AURELIUS Equity Opportnunities

Harmonic Drive SE

Nuveen Real Estate

HBB Capital Investors

Kingspan

Work highlights

  • German fiber optics: Advice on the sale of the company to EQT and OMERS.
  • Ricoh: Advice on the takeover of the German-American workflow specialist Docuware.
  • DER Touristik Group (REWE Group): Advising on the takeover of CK Fischer by its Prague subsidiary Exim.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH predominantly advises upper medium-sized companies, DAX30 companies and international companies on transactions in the mid-cap segment. The team is experienced in the telecoms, healthcare and energy sectors. The firm also has strong cross-border expertise through its foreign desks, including China and Italy. Thomas Kuhnle in Stuttgart heads the M&A group. Michael Krömker and Xi Xie joined Dentons in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Kuhnle

Testimonials

Very pragmatic and efficient team. Adequate leverage. Highly recommended.

Tailored, cost-effective advice for midcap mandates.

Dr. Christian Horn: good knowledge of the industry and negotiating skills, adequate support ensured even for smaller mandates.

Key clients

Knorr-Bremse AG

ENECO NV

E.ON SE

Benteler SE

H.B. Fuller

Ärzteversorgung Niedersachsen

Mahle GmbH

MANN + HUMMEL GmbH & Co. KG

Wielton S.A.

Continental AG

IDT Biologika GmbH

TrailStone GmbH / TrailStone UK Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Eneco BV: Advising on the sale of Eneco BV to Mitsubishi and Chubu Electric Power in the amount of €4.1bn, in particular vendor due diligence for the German companies of the Eneco Group.
  • IDT Biologika GmbH: Comprehensive advice on the sale of the Animal Health division to the French company CEVA SANTE ANIMALE.
  • TrailStone Germany GmbH: Advice on the sale of Energy2 Market GmbH to the French EDF group.

Noerr

Noerr stands out due to 'exceptionally fast, direct advice', and assists major corporations as well as German medium-sized companies with transactions in the financial services, media and energy sectors, as well as retail. The team is also regularly active in distressed M&A transactions. Besides the Japan desk, which is still in a developing stage, Florian Becker also advises Chinese investors on cross-border transactions via the established China desk. He jointly heads the group with Alexander Hirsch, who advises DAX30 and MDAX companies on investments and joint ventures, with a strong focus on technology companies.

Practice head(s):

Florian Becker; Alexander Hirsch

Testimonials

Very cost-efficient M&A team for companies – with exceptionally fast, direct advice and guidance of the highest quality.

Florian Becker’s attention and responsiveness is extraordinary.

Extremely customer-oriented, very pragmatic and business-minded in the approach, broad expertise, always available, fast response times, high quality.

Always solution-oriented, infinitely pragmatic, but always technically precise.’

Dr. Tibor Fedke – always calmly analyzing, always good ideas, always looking for a way out, thinking economically.

Key clients

Andritz Gruppe

AURELIUS Equity Opportunities

Bauer Media Group

comdirect bank

Condor Flugdienst

Cushman & Wakefield

Deutsche Telekom

Firmenich SA

Gasum Oy

Hertha BSC

Thomas Cook Group

ISS Deutschland

Kaufland

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR)

Mutares

Panasonic Corporation

PPRO Holding

RIB Software

Wumei Technology Group

3G Capital

Work highlights

  • Equity SE & Co. KGaA: Advice on the acquisition of the Willi Elbe Group.
  • AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA: Advising on the takeover of two divisions from the American corporation Woodward, Inc.
  • comdirect bank AG: Advice on the public acquisition offer by Commerzbank.

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

The transaction experts at SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH assist mainly medium-sized German companies and major corporations with mergers, company acquisitions and sales in Germany as well as abroad. The team also frequently advises on cross-practice matters with the help of its corporate, antitrust, employment and foreign trade colleagues. Jochem Reichert in Mannheim and Marc Löbbe in Frankfurt jointly head the practice with Oliver Schröder, who joined from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; the latter predominantly focuses on strategic investors and private equity transactions. The team also welcomed Martin Kolbinger from CMS.

Other key lawyers:

Martin Kolbinger

Testimonials

The quality of each individual consultant in their specialty is exceptional, combined with an overarching understanding of entrepreneurial needs and combining both in a goal-oriented and profitable manner.

The individual persons are characterized by excellent specialist knowledge, but at the same time also have excellent overarching knowledge. You are in constant contact with specialists and add this knowledge according to your task .

‘The team has a homogeneous, very high level of knowledge and knowledge of the client. Very good business approach. Team big enough to be able to react to failures and other circumstances at short notice.

Key clients

ISARIA Wohnbau AG

innogy SE

Gesellschafter der Lekkerland AG & Co. KG

JM Holding GmbH & Co. KGaA

Neel Metal Limited

ZIM Flugsitz GmbH

Nolte Holzwerkstoff

Investoren der Kumovis GmbH

StoryBox GmbH

Heimkapital GmbH

Gesellschafter der Weinstil oHG

Euromicron AG

Good Brands AG

Heidelberg Engineering

Marabek International LLC

Büschl-Unternehmensgruppe

Work highlights

  • ISARIA Wohnbau AG: Advice in connection with the sale of a substantial part of the portfolio, including the associated platform, to Deutsche Wohnen.
  • innogy SE: Advising the Supervisory Board on the planned transaction between RWE AG and E.ON SE and the takeover offer from a subsidiary of E.ON SE.
  • Company of the Lekkerland AG & Co. KG: Advice on the sale of the company to the Rewe Group, in particular on negotiating the share purchase agreement.

Taylor Wessing

Companies from the technology, energy, infrastructure, life sciences and healthcare sectors seek out Taylor Wessing's transactional expertise in the mid-cap segment. The practice is particularly well versed in transatlantic transactions, due to the firm's connections to the US market. The group, led by Klaus Grossmann, regularly co-operates with the corporate and capital markets practices, and the China desk, managed by Michael-Florian Ranft, also contributes to a busy workload. Among the client base are listed national and international companies, upper medium-sized companies, banks and startups.

Practice head(s):

Klaus Grossmann

Testimonials

Mr von Beauvais is one of the few lawyers who, in addition to excellent legal advice, not only understands and anticipates the economic implications, but also takes them into account directly or even steers the WPs in the deal in the right direction.

The M&A team around Albrecht von Beauvais is characterized by its high technical quality as well as its ability to work under extreme time pressure. Albrecht von Beauvais is an excellent negotiator.

Albrecht von Beauvais is an excellent negotiator. Sonja Leutnant impresses with her excellent organizational skills and her professional competence and accuracy.

Key clients

]init[ AG

Aroundtown S.A.

Bank Schilling & Co. AG

Carl Cloos Holding GmbH & Co. KG

Compagnie de Saint Gobain

DEAG Deutsche Entertainment AG

ENCAVIS

Imperial Logistics International B.V. & Co. KG

kolibri Games

Lightspeed POS

REWE Group

Rubix Gruppe

Sixt Leasing SE

Wuxi OFC Commercial Carpet Co.

Work highlights

  • REWE Group: Advice on all legal issues in connection with the takeover of the Lekkerland Group.
  • Imperial Logistics International B.V. & Co. KG: Advice on the sale of the European inland shipping division to Häfen und Güterverkehr Köln AG by way of a bidding process.
  • Aroundtown SA: Advice on the public takeover offer in the form of an exchange offer by TLG Immobilien AG, which is listed in the SDAX.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP's core business includes deals in Germany and abroad as well as distressed M&A, which are often advised on in co-operation with the insolvency and restructuring practices. The team, led by Darragh Byrne, mainly advises major corporations and listed companies from the technology, automotive, chemistry, real estate and energy industries, but also assists financial investors, especially with private equity transactions. Clients seeking transactional advice with reference to the Middle East can rely on Murad Daghles as a well versed point of contact.

Practice head(s):

Darragh Byrne

Other key lawyers:

Murad Daghles

Testimonials

We have been working together for over 6 months and are fully satisfied with the quality, availability and expertise of the entire team provided by W&C.

‘In particular, we would like to highlight our leading partner on the W&C side, Mr Matthias Kasch, for his exceptional commitment to the project, his very valuable insights and strategies and the coordination of his legal team.

Key clients

ABB

AIXTRON

Clariant AG

Daimler

dSPACE

Saudi Arabian Industrial Investments Company (DUSSUR)

IT4process GmbH

Mubadala Investment Company

Orascom Development Holding

Pernod Ricard

Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures

Work highlights

  • Clariant AG: Advising on the sale of its healthcare packaging business to the New York private equity fund Arsenal CapitalPartners in a bidding process.
  • Syncier GmbH (subsidiary of Allianz SE): Advising on the acquisition of the software consulting companies Expleo Group Management Consulting Austria GmbH and Expleo Consulting Germany GmbH.
  • Tradegate Exchange GmbH: Advice on the acquisition of Börse Berlin AG.

Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP advises mainly medium-sized and listed companies as well as financial investors on mergers, takeovers, company acquisitions and sales in the mid-cap sector. The department co-operates on a cross-practice basis with the financing and restructuring teams. Thomas Sacher in Munich heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Sacher 

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP advises medium-sized companies, startups and multinational corporations on acquisitions, mergers and takeovers and is mainly active in the technology, automotive and life sciences sectors. The team assists with both pre and post aspects of a transaction with the help of expertise from the finance, antitrust, employment and real estate practices. Marc Seeger joined the firm in the autumn of 2020 from Hengeler Mueller. Peter Veranneman heads the group.

Practice head(s):

Peter Veranneman

Other key lawyers:

Marc Seeger

Testimonials

Excellent M&A advice throughout the transaction, always available and focused.’

The team around Alfred Herda and Stephanie Orttmann did a great job and supported us in all business legal and practical challenges. Always available and fast.

Key clients

Avery Dennison Corporation

DBAG Expansion Capital Fund (DBAG ECF)

DWS Group

Concepta Projektentwicklung GmbH

EllabA/S

FAST LEAN SMART Group GmbH

FUJIFILM Gruppe

Infront ASA

ISR – International School on the Rhine

Korian Deutschland AG

Luxoft GmbH

Materia Ventures

Matomy Media Group Ltd.

MaxLinear

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

Netzkontor Gruppe

NürnbergMesse GmbH

PBU CAD-Systeme GmbH

PostNL

Precision for Medicine

Sapiens International Corporation

Schnaitt Internationale Messe- und Ladenbau GmbH

Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd.

STG Braunsberg-Gruppe

Vitronet GmbH

Work highlights

  • Avery Dennison Corporation: Advice on the €225m takeover of Smartrac’s RFID transponder business.
  • FUJIFILM Group: Advice on the acquisition of medwork GmbH.
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation: Advice on the acquisition of all shares in cmp GmbH.

Dechert LLP

Led by Federico Pappalardo, the M&A practice at Dechert LLP predominantly assists institutional investors as well as national and international companies with transactions in the mid-cap sector and shares a big part of its workload with the venture capital and private equity teams. Besides strong expertise in M&A, private equity and venture capital, Giovanni Russo also focuses on cross-border restructurings as well as joint ventures, while Carina Klaes-Staudt has experience in M&A, private equity and venture capital, especially with reference to different forms of management participation schemes.

Practice head(s):

Frederico Pappalardo

Other key lawyers:

Carina Klaes-Staudt; Giovanni Russo

Testimonials

Mr Russo is an excellent expert advisor. He is very responsive to the needs and requirements of the client. Mr. Russo structures the M&A transactions in a very target and success-oriented manner. He is able to solve very complex and difficult tasks in the interests of the client.

Key clients

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT)

Akka Technologies

Assmann Holding GmbH

Berwind Gruppe

Crown Holdings

Lazada Group

Mid Europa Partners

One Equity Partners

Onefootball GmbH

Osgood Capital

Shurgard Europe

Work highlights

  • American Express Global Business Travel (GBT): Advice on the purchase of the business travel chain DER Business Travel from DER Touristik Central Europe, part of the REWE Group.
  • Shurgard Self Storage SA: Advice on the acquisition of the Munich company ZeitLager Self Storage GmbH with four storage centres in Munich and Landshut.
  • Assmann Holding GmbH: Advising on the sale of 50% of the shares in the ASSMANN Group as part of an auction process to the Luxembourg-listed investment holding Luxempart SA.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

In the mid-cap segment, Hogan Lovells International LLP's service offering includes sales, mergers and joint ventures. The team is frequently active in the healthcare, life sciences and automotive sectors as well as financial service providers. Lutz Angerer, whose transactional expertise in life sciences is highly appreciated, heads the team, which also counts Volker Geyrhalter as a member; the latter manages the continental European corporate and M&A group and focuses on international TMT and real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Lutz Angerer

Key clients

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur GmbH (Deutsche Finanzagentur)

Covestro AG

Daimler Group

Dialog Semiconductor

drom fragrances GmbH & Co. KG

Endemol Shine Group Germany

ESTEVE

Ford Motor Company

Harry-Brot

Intuitive Surgical Inc.

Media-Saturn-Holding GmbH

Sasol-Gruppe

TSR Recycling GmbH & Co.KG

Vienna House Hotelmanagement GmbH

Vifor Pharma

Work highlights

  • Intuitive Surgical Inc.: Advice on the takeover of the robotic endoscope business from Schölly Fiberoptic GmbH.
  • Endemol Shine Group Germany: Advice on the sale of its shares in W&B Television GmbH & Co. KG to LEONINE.
  • WAS: Advising on the acquisition of the German pharmaceutical company Riemser von Ardian.

Mayer Brown LLP

Mayer Brown LLP has profound expertise in acquisitions, sales and joint ventures as well as distressed M&A; the team also often advises at the intersection with private equity and capital markets. Led by Julian Lemor, the group focuses on the technology, foods, finance, automotive and real estate sectors, among others. The client portfolio is mainly composed of national and international investors, as well as private equity funds.

Practice head(s):

Julian Lemor

Testimonials

Very reliable and efficient team with a sense for the essentials and feasible. Marco Wilhelm (partner), Tina Hoffman and Stefanie Skuruppa (associates) embody the characteristics mentioned in particular.

Key clients

Avedon Capital Partners

Bain Capital LLC

Hauck & Aufhäuser Privatbankiers AG

Kouros France SAS

Webhelp Groupe

Bisquiva GmbH & Co. KG

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

Knorr-Bremse Steering System

TUI AG

Goodyear Gruppe

Benteler International AG

Nestlé S.A.

The Jordan Company

Mitsubishi Corporation SAS

Work highlights

  • TUI AG: Advice on the sale of the two German specialist tour operators Berge & Meer Touristik GmbH and Boomerang Reisen GmbH to the holding company GENUI Partners.
  • Hauck & Aufhäuser Privatbankiers AG: Advising on the acquisition of Bankhaus Lampe KG from the Oetker Group.

Milbank

Milbank advises financial investors, listed German and international corporations as well as media groups on medium-sized transactions in Germany and abroad, with a focus on post-merger integration, public takeovers, due diligence as well as transactions at the intersection with venture capital and private equity. The team has particular industry expertise in energy, pharma, automotive, telecoms and software. Besides M&A know-how, Peter Nussbaum also has experience in dispute resolution and Arndt Stengel frequently advises financial institutions and investors on cross-border matters.

Testimonials

The Milbank team based in Frankfurt is special in that customers of senior partners with a broad corporate and M&A background receive maximum attention so that complex situations and transactions can initially be analyzed very quickly and holistically and ultimately carried out with the greatest possible feasibility. Really impressive display.

Key clients

Auto1 Group SE

Bilfinger SE

CECONOMY

Conet Technologies AG

d&b audiotechnik GmbH

H. C. Starck Group

HENSOLDT

INNIO Gruppe

NuCom Group SE

Oncare GmbH

Otto Group

Philipp Lahm Holding GmbH

ProSiebenSat. 1 Media SE

PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG

Quarton International AG

REIFF Group

Schoeller Group GmbH

SHL Medical AG

Sixt SE

Smith & Nephew plc

Work highlights

  • SHL Medical majority shareholder: Advising the majority shareholders on an agreement on a minority stake in the Swiss-based SHL.
  • Smith & Nephew plc: Advising on the acquisition of Atracsys Sàrl, a Swiss provider of optical tracking technology for computer-aided surgery.
  • Futrue GmbH: Advice on the sale of PharmaSGP GmbH and other investments in a dual-track process (IPO or trade sale).

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright frequently assists financial investors, upper medium-sized companies and listed national and international companies with mid-cap transactions in the healthcare, energy, technology, automotive, insurance and financial industries. The team often advises in conjunction with the private equity and capital markets groups, and seeks assistance from the firm's global offices on cross-border issues. Stefan Feuerriegel in Hamburg and Frank Regelin in Frankfurt jointly head the team, which welcomed Philipp Grzimek from Jones Day in July 2020; he is particularly well versed in transactions pertaining to the insurance sector.

Testimonials

Very pragmatic, forward-looking and targeted legal advice; practically very usable.

Karsten Kühnle – very close to the client, always available, forward-looking, proactive legal advice, which is dealt with in a practical manner and is conveyed without too many “if then” reservations. Thus, high practical benefit of the advice; very pleasant cooperation. In difficult negotiations, mediating rather than confrontational, but still determines what is in the client’s business interests. Very good partner for the in-house department.

Advice to the point.

The team is very competent and works very solution-oriented. For us as a customer with a global parent company, it is important to have a team of lawyers who can move around different cultures without offending. As a Norton Rose customer, we have had consistently positive experiences. Price-performance ratio is right at this law firm.

As a partner of Norton Rose, Dr Marco Niehaus looked after us completely. We have been working with Dr Niehaus for over five years and it has always been at the highest level.

Key clients

ADLER Real Estate AG

Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) Aktiengesellschaft

Bilcare Research AG

Brookfield Management

Canopy Growth

Niederländische Pensionsfonds APG

Signal Iduna Holding AG und msg group GmbH

Tenova S.p.a. (Techint group)

Vodafone

Energizer Holdings, Inc

Work highlights

  • Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft (BMW): Advice on the conclusion of a joint venture with Daimler AG (Daimler).
  • Energizer Holdings, Inc.: Advice on the sale of the VARTA consumer battery business to Varta AG.
  • Canopy Growth: Advising on the takeover of the Cannabinoid Compound Company (C3), which was founded by the Germany-based Bionorica SE.

Oppenhoff

Oppenhoff advises domestic and international investors on acquisitions, joint ventures and sales in the mid-cap segment. Its mandates frequently have a cross-border reference and mainly stem from the chemistry, trade, manufacturing, logistics, engineering and IT industries. Practice head Peter Etzbach, among others, advises on financing matters and capital markets law. In the spring of 2020, Christoph Niemeyer joined GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB, whereas Gregor Seikel joined the team from GSK Stockmann at the beginning of 2020.

Practice head(s):

Peter Etzbach

Other key lawyers:

Gregor Seikel

Testimonials

Bundled expertise in complex issues.

Very pronounced knowledge of the industry. Therefore, particularly quick and efficient coordination on the relevant topics. With other law firms, the specifics of the branch would still have to be explained in detail.

Mr. Gaudig is a long-standing, reliable and excellent expert in the industry. In addition to his outstanding legal skills, he is characterized by special negotiation skills.

Key clients

Banijay Group

Deutsche Post AG

Zürich Gruppe Deutschland

Expleo Deutschland Holding

Rheinenergie

Work highlights

  • Zurich Beteiligungs-AG: Advice on the acquisition of InsurTech Dentolo, a digital insurance agent for supplementary dental insurance.
  • Siemens AG: Sale of the eAircraft business to RollsRoyce.
  • Rheinenergie / EnBW: Advice on the joint sale of its respective stake in the listed energy company MVV.

Arqis Rechtsanwälte

Arqis Rechtsanwälte's team focuses on domestic and international mid-cap transactions. The client base consists of medium-sized as well as listed companies. The Japan desk is particularly noteworthy, and is managed by Shigeo Yamaguchi, who jointly heads the transactional and corporate practice with Jörn-Christian Schulze. The latter has profound expertise in the healthcare sector.

Other key lawyers:

Lars Laeger

Testimonials

Very well-founded, solution-oriented feedback. Technically very precise and up-to-date, whereby the commercial perspective is not disregarded.

Jörn-Christian Schulze – Very experienced consultant with in-depth knowledge who is always ready with a solution very quickly. Always quick feedback. I feel well advised all round.

Dr. Lars Laeger – High flexibility.

Mirjam Boche – Very experienced consultant with in-depth knowledge, also in secondary areas, who is always ready with a solution very quickly. Always quick feedback, I feel well advised all round.

High consulting competence, wide range of specialist areas, fast response times.

Good coordination, flexibility and technical expertise.

It’s not just the size of the firm / service that is convincing, but also the quality of advice across all levels. We always receive reliable information on every subject area, especially in M&A matters, we find significant differences compared to the lawyers on the buyer / seller side. The law firm enjoys our full confidence, we provide the lawyers with a full negotiation mandate on a case-by-case basis. Remarkable from our point of view: the law firm does not speak to the client by the mouth, but presents the situation according to legal principles, we know from the start what we are getting into in each individual case.

Dr. Jörn-Christian Schulze: In every point of view, THE consultant you want. Not only of high legal quality, but also strong and convincing. In addition, humanly inspiring. Important in this context: Dr. Schulze selects the lawyers according to his high expectations and standards, which speaks for the broad quality of the law firm.

Value for money boutique. The legal quality is very good, especially due to the high number of partners on mandates.

Dr. Mirjam Boche: High commitment to clients and good negotiating skills. Organizes the M&A process very professionally and with a good overall view. Legal competence in the area of contracts is exceptionally good in comparison to significantly higher-priced competitors.

Key clients

CRH plc.

Ceva Santé Animale SA

Volkswagen AG

Renk AG

Aon Gruppe

Kyocera

Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.

Komori Corporation

Kudan Inc.

HALEX Holding GmbH

Megger Group Limited

Oerlikon

Plukon Food Group B.V.

Sankyo Tateyama, Inc.

SkyFive GmbH

Gesellschafter der INTORQ GmbH & Co. KG.

Work highlights

  • CRH plc.: Advising on the sale of its European distribution business to a private equity fund managed by Blackstone for an enterprise value of € 1.64bn.
  • Ceva Santé Animale SA: Advising on the acquisition of the global animal health division and the associated R&D unit of IDT Biologika GmbH.
  • Kyocera: Advice on the acquisition of the high-performance ceramics division of Friatec GmbH.

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Multidisciplinary and cross-border-oriented, the team at Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH advises investors, medium-sized companies and listed corporations on mid-cap transactions. Recently, the group welcomed counsel Marc Oliver Stock from Allen & Overy LLP. Markus Schackmann advises on national and international transactions, including carve-outs and financing matters and Michael von Rüden frequently advises on complex domestic and cross-border deals as well as on private equity; both jointly head the practice from the Düsseldorf office.

Testimonials

Suitable for medium-sized companies, proactive use of IT tools.

Dr. Markus Schackmann, pragmatic and good economic understanding, good negotiator.

Small, powerful, always approachable transaction team in Düsseldorf; rich experience; proven expertise; great interaction with StB; Compared to other practices, greater concern with the wishes and goals of the clientele; atmospherically outstanding.

Andreas Jentgens: pragmatic, quick, available at almost any time of the day or night. Train to the gate, get ready. Klaus Gresbrand: precise, reliable, calm, fits perfectly with AJ.

Dr. Michael von Rüden: extremely high level of commitment, excellent quality, good team management, excellent negotiating skills, on the topic at the time and with a good overview of the project, extremely reliable.

Key clients

TRIMET Aluminium SE

capiton AG

Main Capital Partners B.V.

Refresco Deutschland GmbH

KYOCERA Document Solutions

TÜV Rheinland AG

Verifone Holding GmbH

Covestro AG

Rheinische Post Mediengruppe

A.T.U.

Primetals Technologies

Mondelez Deutschland GmbH

DMK Deutsches Milchkontor GmbH

Salzgitter Maschinenbau AG

Jung.INV/Crosslantic

B3i Services AG

Honda Motor Europe Limited

GETEC-Gruppe

Teijin Frontier Co. , Ltd. Japan

Grupo Alimentario Citrus, S.L., Spanien

Gerflor SAS

cws boco International GmbH

SCM Group. Italy

ADC Blackfire Entertainment s.r.o.

Circ IT GmbH & Co. KG

DVV Media Group GmbH

Ganahl AG

Unity Semiconductor SAS, Frankreich

HANNOVER Finanz

ACO-Group

Deutsche Messe AG

Niemeyer Investment

ProServ – Medien Service Gesellschaft mbH / Münchener Zeitungs-Verlag GmbH & Co. KG

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd.

Kumeray OY

Kasai Kogyo Co. LTD.

Mayr-Melnhof Holz AG

Kanematsu

heristo AG

 

Work highlights

  • Deutsche Messe AG: Legal advice on the sale of a subsidiary (trade fair organiser).
  • KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.: Advice on the takeover of the ECM solution provider OPTIMAL SYSTEMS.
  • ProServ - Medien Service Gesellschaft mbH / Münchener Zeitungs-Verlag GmbH & Co. KG: Advice on the sale of a 45% minority stake in Immowelt AG to Axel Springer.

Dentons

The M&A practice at Dentons assists predominantly German medium-sized companies, DAX30 companies as well as international corporations with domestic and international transactions in the mid-cap segment. The team has a pronounced industry focus on the regulated industries, such as healthcare and energy. The practice, led by Christof Kautzsch, also frequently acts at the intersections with corporate, insolvency, restructuring and tax law. Most recently, the team welcomed new additions Frank Tepper-Sawicki  from PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) as well as Predrag Maksimovic from the IKB Deutsche Industriebank. In December 2020, energy specialist Michael Krömker joined the team from Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, along with of counsel and China-expert Xi Xie.

Testimonials

You are always available at short notice and ensure smooth negotiations and the implementation of the transaction.

Dentons Munich has a high level of expertise in corporate law and M&A activities. On the one hand, this expertise is shaped by a strong economic competence that can be classified as entrepreneurial thinking and acting. On the other hand, risks are named and seen, but at the same time these risks are classified in a realistic context. This means that we as a company are also shown how these risks can be avoided. In my opinion, this is the greatest asset that Dentons adequately assesses the risks in comparison to competitors who primarily draw attention to risks but do not offer any solutions to overcome the risks, especially against the background of their own liability.

Strong interdisciplinary team, which is also extremely helpful for medium-sized deals. Absolute service culture with a pronounced interdisciplinary understanding.

Key clients

Enbridge

CPPIB (Canada Pension Plan Investment Board)

KKR

Munich Airport

Gfk

Canopy Growth

KPS Capital Partners

Honeywell

Horiba

Ayala Corporation

Finanzgruppe Deutscher Sparkassen –und Giroverband

Katz Group

ENGIE

Dentsu Aegis

Quantum Capital Partners

Revell

Work highlights

  • Bosch Security Systems GmbH: Advice on the takeover of GFR – Society for Control Technology and Energy Savings Ltd.
  • WebPros: Advice on the entry of investor CVC Capital Partners.
  • Mobisol: Advice on the takeover by the French energy supplier ENGIE.

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Institutional investors as well as national and international companies mainly seek Greenberg Traurig Germany's transactional advice. The team frequently handles cross-border matters and co-operates closely with the firm's European and American colleagues. Clients also appreciate the cross-practice expertise in corporate law as well as private equity. Josef Hofschroer has extensive experience in the regulated industries as well as capital markets and corporate law, while practice head Peter Schorling often advises private equity funds; Nicolai Lagoni focuses on cross-border transactions in the pharmaceuticals, telecoms and technology sectors and the real estate industry.

Practice head(s):

Peter Schorling

Other key lawyers:

Josef Hofschroer; Nicolai Lagoni

Testimonials

Qualitatively better, pragmatic, modern, responsive, human.

Speed, commitment – Nicolai Lagoni.

Convince with absolute professional competence, commitment, always working on economic solutions in the interests of the customer, proactive approaches to complex issues, socially highly competent, cooperative – in every type of situation, looking ahead and overviews the situation. Price / performance ratio given completely. We have been advised by the best law firm for years.

Dr. Josef Hofschroer and his team do highly professional work. Passes on his expertise and market know-how to his colleagues and thus ensures the highest quality of advice.

Good communication between the partners during the negotiations The ability to consult experts on different topics in different countries, e.g. UK and Germany labor law, taxes, corporate structuring, debt.

Henrik Armah stands out in my book as a very calm, very knowledgeable, commercially smart lawyer.

Very commercial, sensible, resourceful.

Peter Schorling, Oliver Markmann always very responsive, very commercial and good leader in complex situations.

Key clients

Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation

NVIDIA Corporation

Rentokil Initial plc

Eltel AB

PLDT Inc.

Investorenkonsortium: SJL Partners LLC, KCC Corporation und Wonik QnC Corporation

The Carlyle Group L.P.

GlobalLogic Inc.

Element Solutions Inc.

IFA Group

CCC S.A.

ZTE Services Deutschland GmbH

Work highlights

  • GEWOBAG Housing Corporation: Advising on the acquisition of nine subsidiaries with almost 6,000 apartments from the listed ADO Properties SA (ADO).
  • Rentokil Initial Plc: Advice on the sale of its stake in CWS-Boco International to Haniel & Cie. GmbH.
  • Dream Global Real Estate Investment Trust: Advising on its public takeover by the Blackstone Group.

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

The M&A practice at GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB advises national and international companies, medium-sized companies as well as investors on national and international transactions, post-M&A disputes and distressed M&A. The team also frequently assists with corporate or tax-related matters. Industry expertise is evident in healthcare, energy, transport and media. Frank Evers in Hamburg heads the practice group, which recently welcomed new team member Christoph Niemeyer, formerly at Oppenhoff.

Practice head(s):

Frank Evers

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Niemeyer; Tobias Fenck

Testimonials

Outstanding M&A partner: Dr. Tobias Fenck (reliable, trustworthy, high level of commitment, strong negotiators, very experienced and extremely resilient in complex deal situations).

Key clients

Alliance Automotive Group

Andersch AG

BWF Unternehmensbeteiligungen International II GmbH & Co. KG

Cohort plc

Dätwyler

Deutsche AVIA Mineralöl-GmbH

FEHRMANN ALLOYS GmbH

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Frankfurt Business Media GmbH

in.ventus

Jilin Jinhong Auto Parts Co. Ltd.

KMT Medical

KÖRBER AG

LB Businesspark GmbH

M.A.T. Malmedie Arbeitstechnik GmbH

MDT Technologies GmbH

MK-Kliniken

Ningbo HuaXiang Electronic Co., Ltd.

PAX Global Technology Limited

Proplast

Riwal Group

SCPI Pierval Santé

S-IMK

Stiftung der Cellitinnen e.V.

Vink Chemicals

Zeitfracht Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Datwyler Switzerland AG: Advice on the sale of the civil engineering business to management and the Hamburg-based investment company BPE.
  • Vink Chemicals: Advising on the acquisition of all shares in ISP Biochema Schwaben GmbH from the Ashland Group and on the acquisition of the technical biocides and fuel, oil and gas divisions from Schülke & Mayr.
  • Cohort plc: Advising on the acquisition of all shares in Wärtsilä ELAC Nautik GmbH from Wärtsilä Deutschland GmbH, a subsidiary of the Finnish Wärtsilä Group.

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP advises upper medium-sized companies as well as international manufacturing and technology companies on domestic and cross-border transactions. The team regularly seeks advice from the firm's international network on cross-border issues and also offers transactional advice with regard to corporate and financial law as well as insolvency law in the course of distressed M&A scenarios. Thomas Lappe has strong expertise in carve-outs and heads the practice from the Berlin office.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Lappe

Testimonials

Solution-oriented hands-on attitude, quick and appropriate advice in all areas.

Thomas Lappe, Wilhelm Hartung, Annette Mutschler-Siebert for everyone: many years of experience in legal matters and good knowledge of the relevant industry, optimal availability and the right team composition for the respective projects.

Key clients

Continental AG

EDF Group

Sinch AB

KKR / European Locomotive Leasing (ELL)

Koenig & Bauer AG

Minebea Mitsumi, Inc.

Robus Capital Management

Bundesdruckerei

Wirecard AG

Work highlights

  • KKR / European Locomotive Leasing (ELL): Advice in connection with the sale of the European locomotive rental company European Locomotive Leasing (ELL) to a consortium of Axa Investment Managers and Crédit Agricole Assurance for a total purchase price of around €1bn
  • Continental AG: Advising on the takeover of the Italian Merlett Group.
  • Robus Capital Management: Advice on the acquisition of an 88% stake in Hallhuber GmbH.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

In the mid-cap segment, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP mainly assists listed companies in Germany as well as abroad. The team regularly works alongside the private equity and venture capital practices. In the course of cross-border transactions, the team co-operates closely with a global network, but also has its own China, India and Middle East desks. Sven Greulich frequently handles cross-border transactions with a technology focus and Thomas Schmid, who has profound expertise in life sciences, healthcare and technology, heads the team from the Munich office.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Schmid

Other key lawyers:

Sven Greulich

Key clients

ACG Pharma Technologies

Beijing Aeonmed Co. Ltd.

Crane Co. (Mandant seit über 5 Jahren)

creditshelf Aktiengesellschaft

Flexera Software (Mandant seit über 5 Jahren)

Giroxx

Nanjing Estun Automation

Neway Valve (Suzhou)

Persico S.p.A.

PHW Group (Mandant seit über 5 Jahren)

ProLeiT AG

STEAG (Mandant seit über 5 Jahren)

Xometry Inc.

Work highlights

  • FLAG: Advice on the acquisition of the “GILDEMEISTER ENERGY SOLUTIONS” division belonging to DMG MORI.
  • Nanjing Estun Automation (with CRCI): Advising on the acquisition of Carl Cloos Schweißtechnik GmbH for €200m.
  • ACG Pharma Technologies Private Limited: Advising on the takeover of the German pharmaceutical process technology provider Xertecs.

POELLATH

The M&A practice at POELLATH assists national and international companies with company acquisitions and sales, especially with regard to public and non-public takeovers, while the latter often require cross-practice advice by the private equity team. The team also advises on matters pertaining to distressed M&A as well as pre- and post-M&A disputes. Eva Nase and Jens Hörmann jointly head the practice from the Munich office.

Practice head(s):

Eva Nase; Jens Hörmann

Testimonials

Experienced M&A lawyers who can map the entire value chain of a transaction (DD, participation documentation, tax structuring, financing documentation) and also have experts in-house for complementary topics (fund structuring, capital market law, real estate transfer tax, etc.).

Philipp von Braunschweig – technically flawless, commercially outstanding (lawyers often tend to subordinate the commercial goal to technical / legal perfection, you then have a nice contract but no deal, PvB, on the other hand, appears with an optimal sense of proportion in the negotiations).

Key clients

Lekkerland

BASS Gruppe (Gesellschafterin)

Contract Medical International (CMI)

Dermapharm

Payworks

Gastrofix (Mgm)

Avira/Avira Mgm.

Felix Swoboda

Deutsche Leasing

MCL Management

Bregal Unternehmerkapital

Carl Zeiss AG

Core Media

Adco-Gruppe (Mgm)

ETL Gruppe

ESR Labs

Zielpuls

Remira GmbH

Bosch Packaging (Mgm).

Adco-Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Shareholder of the Lekkerland Group: Advice on the sale of all shares to the REWE retail chain.
  • Florian Swoboda: Advice on the sale of its shares in Cash Payment Solutions GmbH (CPS) to GLORY Ltd.
  • P&I CEO: Advice on the sale by Permira to Hg Capital.

Paul Hastings LLP

The M&A team at Paul Hastings LLP comprehensively advises on national and international transactions and also has expertise in private equity-related matters. The practice group is under the leadership of Christopher Wolff.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Wolff

Other key lawyers:

Regina Engelstädter

Watson Farley & Williams

Watson Farley & Williams mainly assists with energy, infrastructure and real estate transactions, as well as maritime economy matters; the team also co-operates with the private equity practice. The client portfolio includes companies, investors and financial institutions, among others. Dirk Janssen has a focus on cross-border deals as well as leveraged buy-outs, and the 'very transaction-oriented and pragmatic' practice head Torsten Rosenboom has extensive expertise in joint ventures and internal restructurings, especially with regard to insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Torsten Rosenboom

Other key lawyers:

Dirk Janssen; Christoph Naumann

Testimonials

Flexible, service-oriented, cost-conscious.

Torsten Rosenboom: very transaction-oriented and pragmatic; very good economic knowledge; very solution-oriented; no-nonsense guy!

High availability, flexibility, internationality, high economic understanding, good networking with foreign partner law firms, competent team.

Dr. Torsten Rosenboom (partner) – simple and understandable language also in an international context, thereby gaining trust, excellent economic understanding, strong in negotiations.

Key clients

Alpina Capital Partners LLP

Ambienta

Emeram

European FinTyre Distribution

Finatem

Findos

HQ Equita

Invicto

Naxicap Partners

Nordwind

Riverside

Storengy Deutschland GmbH

Tank & Rast-Gruppe

ZEABORN

Jones Lang LaSalle

Econnext

Work highlights

  • Jones Lang LaSalle Group: Advising on the sale of the property management business in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Portugal, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania to MVGM International BV.
  • Naxicap Partners: Advice on the takeover of the Teufel consumer audio brand from Hg.
  • TUI Cruises: Advising on the takeover of Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten from TUI AG for €1.2bn, excluding net debt.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP advises comprehensively on private and public takeovers as well as matters pertaining to distressed M&A. The firm can utilise its global network expertise in cross-border transactions and also offers its clients transactional advice on private equity, tax and real estate matters. The team is led by Gerhard Schmidt in Frankfurt, who regularly advises on takeover bids and distressed M&A. At the end of 2020, Kamyar Abrar joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

Practice head(s):

Gerhard Schmidt

Key clients

Upfield

CEZ Group

Concardis Payment Group

Panasonic Avionics Corporation

Culligan International Company

Elementis plc

SiriusXM Holdings Inc.

Olympic Entertainment Group

Work highlights

  • Upfield Group: Advising on the acquisition of Arivia, a leading international manufacturer of vegan cheese.
  • KKR / TTL Real Estate GmbH: Advising on the €225m sale of their respective stake in the GEG German Estate Group to DIC Asset AG.
  • SiriusXM Holdings: Advice on their minority stake in the music streaming service SoundCloud.

ADVANT Beiten

ADVANT Beiten assists start-ups, family companies and listed corporations with mid-cap transactions and comes up with 'tailor-made and innovative solutions'. The team mainly focuses on the energy, telecoms and healthcare sectors, but also handles automotive and real estate matters. On cross-border transactions, the team regularly co-operates with offices in China, Russia and Belgium, and most recently advised on numerous inbound transactions, particularly from China. The group is jointly led by Maximilian Emanuel Elspas, Hans-Josef Vogel and Christian von Wistinghausen.

Testimonials

Strong Frankfurt M&A team. Traditionally strong law firm in advising medium-sized companies. Broad industry experience in medium-sized companies, partner-centered advice, tailor-made and innovative solutions in transactions, pragmatic approach.

At Beiten Burkhardt we feel that we are in the best of hands.

The collaboration with Dr. Detlef Koch and Dr. Mario Riechmann is characterized by trustworthy and personal advice, strong commitment and a special feeling for customer concerns. The advice is rounded off by technical excellence with an understanding of the client’s industry.

Contact for corporate law, M&A and real estate law from a single source. Short distances and very good communication.’

Dr. Koch: very high technical expertise, negotiating skills and a good team.

Key clients

Amphenol Corporation, Wallingford, Conneticut (USA)

Audax Group (Boston, Massachusetts)

B. Braun Avitum AG

Ferronordic AB

GUS Holding GmbH

Hotelplan Holding AG

Korn Ferry

Quadpack Industries SA

Stadtwerke Heidenheim Gruppe

Vital Materials Group

Work highlights

  • Ferronordic AB: Advice on entering the German market through the acquisition of dealer locations for Volvo and Renault trucks.
  • Innovative Chemical Products Group: Advising on the acquisition of the Hightech Coatings business from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG as part of a share and asset deal.
  • Quadpack Industries SA: Advising on the takeover of Louvrette GmbH, which specialises in the development and manufacture of packaging solutions for the cosmetics industry.

Flick Gocke Schaumburg

The team at Flick Gocke Schaumburg assists project developers, financial institutions as well as medium-sized and listed companies with mid-cap transactions and increasingly with distressed M&A. A particular industry focus is placed on energy, infrastructure and real estate and the practice also has expertise in private equity. Both in Bonn, Stephan Göckeler and Michael Erkens jointly head the practice, which in the summer of 2019 welcomed M&A lawyer Fred Wendt, formerly at  Gleiss Lutz.

Other key lawyers:

Fred Wendt

Work highlights

  • Deutsche Bahn AG: Advice on the sale of AMEROPA-Reisen GmbH as part of a bidding process.
  • Lindsay Goldberg: Advice on the sale of VDM Metals Holding GmbH to Acerinox, SA.
  • Berenberg Bank: Advising on the sale of the Asset Manager Office division to the Donner & Reuschel bank.

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner

The M&A team at Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner advises medium-sized family companies, start-ups and listed companies on domestic and cross-border transactions, often alongside the firm's IP, competition, real estate, employment and insurance practices. On cross-border matters, the team advises with the help of foreign best friends law firms. The group is particularly well versed in the automotive and healthcare sectors. Gerhard Manz, Barbara Mayer and Arnt Göppert head the practice. Formerly at BRL BOEGE ROHDE LUEBBEHUESEN, Alexander Hartmann opened the firm's new Berlin office in the spring of 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Hartmann

Testimonials

The strengths are certainly the competence, professionalism and speed of reaction.

Gerhard Manz, Barbara Mayer and Morton Douglas are our contacts and we are 100% satisfied with their support.

Corporate law: attention to medium-sized companies, all legal areas covered for medium-sized companies, high quality in all legal areas, quick response times, easy accessibility for quick questions, long-term cooperation.

Dr. Barbara Mayer (corporate law, general legal questions): reliable, competent, easy to reach, good advisor for all legal questions, lots of practical help. Dr. Sven Ufe Tjarks (purchase agreements with large companies, contracts with customers): reliable, competent, easy to reach.

High level of technical and professional competence in corporate law (relevant to us) and insolvency law (unfortunately also “sometimes” relevant). You can listen and offer tailor-made solutions to us and our target companies. We are now working together for the 20th year. Not lifted at all! Also top in human terms.

Mr. Gerhard Manz = outstanding personality. We can call and reach him almost at any time of the day or night. “Vital” in our industry. Miss Dr. Mayer (corporate law) and Dr. Stefan Lammel (insolvency law) = this is how we imagine targeted legal advice. Not only are alternatives shown, but we are also actively helped with implementation.

Key clients

Abas Software AG, Karlsruhe

Blazejewski MEDI-TECH GmbH

Conductix-Wampfler Gruppe

CorTec GmbH

Erbiwa Gruppe

Fifty2 Technology GmbH

Fischer Küchenatelier Gruppe

Oxygen Technologies GmbH

PME fluidtec GmbH

Schölly fiberoptic GmbH

Südvers Gruppe

Swiss Automotive Group AG (SAG)

Thalia GmbH und Gesellschafter der Thalia-Gruppe

THIELMANN AG

Yinlun-Gruppe, China

Work highlights

  • Thalia Group: Advice on the merger with Mayersche Buchhandlung.
  • Conductix-Wampfler Group; The company employs around 1,000 people and recently generated total sales of over 250 million euros. The company was founded in 1959 by Manfred Wampfler in Lörrach. In 2007 the Delachaux Group acquired all of the shares in what was then Wampfler AG.: Advice on the takeover of LJU Automatisierungstechnik GmbH from Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH; the transaction also included the acquisition of the LJU businesses in the United States, China and Brazil.
  • Swiss Automotive Group AG (SAG): Europe-wide spare parts dealer for cars and commercial vehicles, sales 900 million Swiss francs, 3,200 employees at over 180 locations, based in Cham, Switzerland: Advising on the acquisition of a majority stake in the German online car dealer Auto-teile-Pöllath Handels GmbH (ATP).

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Due to its strong connections with the firm's global network, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has profound expertise in cross-border transactions. The team is also active in domestic matters for its client base, consisting of medium-sized German companies, listed companies and international corporations. The group also frequently acts at the intersection with private equity and financing law. Lutz Englisch and Ferdinand Fromholzer are the key figures.

Other key lawyers:

Lutz Englisch; Ferdinand Fromholzer

Testimonials

The M&A team is characterized by a special insight and understanding of economic and entrepreneurial relationships.

Dr. Lutz Englisch: Due to his many years of experience with highly complex M&A transactions in the industrial sector, he is certainly one of the most prominent M&A lawyers in this field in D.

Strong partners with a lot of expertise and commitment in the Munich office; good international network of offices.

Lutz English: extremely committed and competent; goes every extra mile to make difficult deals possible.

Key clients

Heska Corporation

RKW SE

Robert Bosch GmbH

Work highlights

  • Heska Corporation: Advice on the acquisition of scil animal care GmbH.

Greenfort

Greenfort advises German companies, medium-sized companies and financial investors on transactions in the mid-cap department on both the buyer as well as the seller side, and is particularly active in the infrastructure, energy and media sectors. Andreas von Oppen, Ahn-Duc Cordalis, who was promoted to equity partner at the beginning of 2020, Gunther Weiss and Carsten Angersbach jointly head the group.

Testimonials

Targeted and fast.

Andreas von Oppen: excellent legal know-how, very good economic understanding and extremely quick comprehension.

Well positioned, very practical, efficient, strong in implementation, good, compact solutions, no empty phrase.

Andreas von Oppen: Experienced, a lot of business sense and intuition, good negotiator, social skills AND legal skills.

Key clients

Warner Chilcott / Allergan

Pandriks

Blue World Group

Bertelsmann

Arvato

CRONIMET Gruppe

Celanese

HIL Invent

InnoEnergy

Interfer Gruppe

ITG

Schaap Martens Group

Knight Vinke

Koch Group USA

LGI Logistics Group International

Lifco

Mc Kesson

Gehe

MDH AG

Mediengruppe RTL

MIND CTI, Israel, börsennotiert (NASDAQ)

MONEYFARM

Planet Partners / Planet Home Group

REMONDIS

Shopify

Styria Media Group

Tagueri Group

Tata Steel

Glatfelter

Cantel Medical

Stratasys

Seibel Gruppe

Varta

Work highlights

  • Bertelsmann / arvato: Advising on the sale of a majority stake in the Arvato Financial Solutions Risk Management Division to a subsidiary of Experian Plc.
  • Koch Group USA: Advice on the acquisition of Julius Montz GmbH from the Pfaudler Group (portfolio company of Deutsche Beteiligungs AG).
  • Warner Chilcott / Allergan: Advising on the partial sale of the assets, the partial restructuring (and partial liquidation) of Warner Chilcott and the subsequent merger with Allergan.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek's M&A team, which is 'very talented and pleasant to work with', mainly advises family businesses and German medium-sized companies on national and cross-border transactions in the mid-cap segment and also has expertise in tax and capital markets law. Additionally, the team has comprehensive experience in transactions regarding the energy sector. Thorsten Kuthe in Cologne and Boris Dürr in Munich jointly head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Boris Dürr; Thorsten Kuthe

Testimonials

Very practical. Solutions tailored to our society and the environment.

Stuttgart: Dr. Rainer Herschlein, Charlotte Schmitt, Benedikt Raisch: The team reacts quickly, always provides competent answers / assessments within a short reaction time, leads the deals in the right direction and shows commitment at all times.

The team is very talented and pleasant to work with. They have in-depth knowledge, are fast, reliable and deliver high quality work.’

What distinguishes them is the involvement of the partners.

Excellent team – efficient and pragmatic with a high quality of work at the same time.

All team members did very well under the supervision of Helge-Torsten Wöhlert.

The law firm is very solution-oriented and entrepreneurial. They know the problems and what to focus on. At the same time, the collaboration between the teams seems to work seamlessly, so that the necessary skills are available promptly at all times.

Helge Wöhlert: very committed, articulate, dynamic. Mathias Schröder: very experienced, never loses track of things.’

The team is very impressive. Highly qualified lawyers in many offices. Very good knowledge of the German and French markets.

Helge-Torsten Wöhlert and Stefan Degen are excellent. You work perfectly in three languages (German, English and French) and know the French market very well.

Stephen Degen and Helge-Torsten Wöhlert are very good professionals. They are fully committed to the goals of their clients with high legal skills. Both have in-depth legal knowledge of German and French law.

High level of legal knowledge, strong transactions.

Dr. Dorothee Prosteter, partner, enthusiasm, strong and mediative appearance, internationality.

Rainer Herschlein: have worked with him several times; great economic understanding and incredible pragmatism. Great negotiator. Captures the connections quickly. A pleasure to work with him on a personal level too. Martin Imhof: also with him multiple collaborations; great transaction attorney / corporate lawyer. Helge-Thorsten Wöhlert: uncomplicated cooperation.

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP comprehensively advises on mid-sized transactions in Germany and abroad. The team mainly assists financial advisors and investors; it also works alongside the private equity, antitrust, finance and tax law teams. Ben LeyendeckerVolkmar BrucknerJörg Kirchner and Attila Oldag are the key contacts.

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft)

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft)   assists medium-sized companies, DAX30 companies as well as international businesses with mid-cap transactions and the team also advises on private equity deals. Lars Benger joined the team from Hogan Lovells International LLP at the end of 2019; at the same time, former co-head of the corporate and M&A practice Robert Manger left and joined EY Law. Also, Angelika Bartholomäi left the group to start at Rittershaus. Steffen Schniepp in Stuttgart took over the leadership of the national corporate and M&A practice, as well as being global head for M&A.

Practice head(s):

Steffen Schniepp

Other key lawyers:

Lars Benger

Testimonials

Good industry knowledge. Great commitment and enthusiasm.

Very high responsiveness. Broad team. Alternative fee arrangements. Flexible.

Key clients

GENUI Partners

Aradex AG

Boehringer Ingelheim

flatex AG

Hornetsecurity GmbH, HTGF und Verdane (als Bestandinvestoren)

Volume Graphics GmbH

Bayer Aktiengesellschaft

Elanco Animal Health, Inc.

MEC Holding GmbH

Work highlights

  • Partners knee: Comprehensive legal advice on the (indirect) sale of shares in Cherry Holding GmbH to Argand Partners.
  • Volume Graphics GmbH: Comprehensive legal advice on the sale of all company shares to Hexagon Metrology Services GmbH.
  • Bayer Aktiengesellschaft: Advising on the carve-out of the Animal Health division to Elanco in 120 countries.

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP advises its client portfolio, consisting of private equity investors, banks and companies, on mid-cap deals. The team regularly co-operates with the firm's international network, particularly with regard to  North America. Alfred Kossmann frequently assists with private equity-related matters and Thomas König in Frankfurt has extensive experience in public takeovers as well as deals in the chemistry, automotive, mechanical engineering and finance sectors.

Practice head(s):

Thomas König

Other key lawyers:

Alfred Kossmann

Testimonials

The elements that set the S&S team apart the most were their very strong expertise and technical knowledge and extensive experience in M&A transactions, their achievements, their dedication and their positive and proactive approach to the team.

We worked the most with Alfred Kossmann, Aliresa Fatemi and Anders Kraft. All three people have distinguished themselves through their very strong expertise and technical knowledge and their extensive experience in M&A transactions, their achievements, commitment and positive and proactive approach.

Key clients

American Axle & Manufacturing

Ardagh Group

Friedhelm Loh Group

International Chemical Investors

Pfaudler GmbH

Telus International

The Dow Chemical Company

Work highlights

  • American Axle & Manufacturing: Advising on the acquisition of the German division of the insolvent MITEC Automotive AG.
  • Telus International: Advising on the acquisition of Competence Call Center GmbH from the private equity house Ardian and the management.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's M&A team has a strong focus on advising financial investors and private equity companies on transactions in Germany and abroad. In Frankfurt, Georg Linde heads the group with a specialisation in IT, telecoms and energy. Markus Lauer joined the team from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP at the end of 2019.

Practice head(s):

Georg Linde

Key clients

3i Group plc

BBS Automation

Blantyre Capital

Capital 300

Castik Capital

Constantia Flexibles

CVC Capital Partners

DexKo Global Inc.

EQT

Genstar Capital

GoldenTree Asset Management

Grillo-Werke AG

In Mind Cloud Global GmbH

Insight Partners

ITT Inc.

Masterplan

Maxburg Beteiligungen III GmbH & Co. KG

PAI Partners

Palamon Capital Partners

Railpool

Sensovation AG

TA Associates

tbg Technologie-Beteiligungs-Gesellschaft mbH

The Ambassador Theatre Group

The Sterling Group

Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller

Wendel

Yazaki Europe Ltd.

Work highlights

  • HBC: Advice in connection with the sale of its shares in the European retail and real estate joint ventures formed between HBC and SIGNA to the respective joint venture partners.
  • BBS Automation: Advising on the acquisition of the Chinese ReaLead and Italian Team Srl.
  • Grillo-Werke AG: Advice on the sale of intellectual property and know-how relating to the production of methanesulfonic acid to an international chemical company.