Firms To Watch: Transactions

Arqis Rechtsanwälte predominantly focuses on matters in the healthcare and healthcare services sectors, with Jörn-Christian Schulze mainly in the lead.
RENZENBRINK & PARTNER's team assists PE firms with small and mid-cap transactions.
Watson Farley & Williams LLP has expertise in advising infrastructure funds as well as on transactions in the infrastructure and adjacent sectors.

Transactions in Germany

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Practice head(s):

Markus Paul

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller has 'deep knowledge of the industry backed by excellent technical skills'. The team excels at advising on PE transactions in regulated industries such as healthcare, defense and energy; here, the group cooperates closely with the firm's relevant practice groups and acts for both PE houses and companies. Transactional matters are usually located in the upper market segment. Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain, Christof Jäckle and Daniel Wiegand are among the team's key contacts for transactions, including M&A and secondary buyouts.


‘Collaborative, friendly and business minded team with great industry knowledge backed by excellent technical skills.’

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP focuses on high-end transactions and public-to-private matters. In close cooperation with the firm's US offices, advice is also offered with regards to SPAC transactions which were in greater demand in Germany in 2020/21. The strong cooperation with the restructuring team is also notable. Benjamin Leyendecker is experienced in advising financial investors and strategists on taking-private transactions. Attila Oldag (M&A, PE and VC), Philip Goj (M&A and public takeovers) and of counsel Jörg Kirchner (M&A and PE) are other key contacts.

Key clients

L Catterton

Advent, Cinven



EP Investment S.à r.l.

Oakley Capital

Searchlight Capital

BC Partners

Core Equity Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advising the investment company L Catterton on the intended acquisition of a majority stake in the BIRKENSTOCK Group.
  • Advising the bidder consortium of Advent, Cinven and the RAG Foundation on the acquisition of the elevator business of thyssenkrupp AG.
  • Advising Advent International on its partnership with the Otto Group regarding the Hermes Group’s UK and German businesses.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP has experience in both large-cap and mid-market transactions. Led by Burc Hesse, the team regularly engages in cross-border auctions, takeovers and acquisitions, which are handled in close collaboration with the firm's international offices. Matters often stem from the technology, healthcare and life sciences sectors; industries that Oliver Felsenstein specializes in. In addition to private equity houses, Rainer Traugott also advises infrastructure investors. In June 2021, M&A and PE specialist Ingo Strauss joined from Baker McKenzie.

Practice head(s):

Burc Hesse

Key clients

Allianz Capital Partners




Chequers Capital


Deutsche Beteiligungs AG / Deutsche Infrastruktur und Netzgesellschaft

EMZ Partners

Equistone Partners Europe

FSN Capital

Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking


IK Investment Partners


Quadriga Capital

Rockaway Capital

Swissbit Holding

The Carlyle Group


Work highlights

  • Advising Allianz Capital Partners, one of the asset managers for the Allianz Group, on the establishment of a fiber optic joint venture with Telefónica Deutschland and Telefónica Infra, SLU.
  • Advising various bidders on the planned takeover of Schülke + Mayr from Air Liquide.
  • Advice to Ardian on the acquisition of a majority stake in Swissbit Holding AG.


Milbank is one of the top addresses for private equity transactions in the upper market sphere. The M&A and PE team covers the entire spectrum, from acquisitions and sales over leveraged buyouts and PIPEs to distressed deals and fund structuring. Additionally, the team assists with interface issues such as financing, antitrust law and taxes. Michael Bernhardt is an experienced advisor in public-to-private, LBOs and MBOs, while Sebastian Heim also handles insolvency and restructuring issues. Norbert Rieger heads the global corporate practice group, which welcomed Markus Muhs (specializing in infrastructure transactions and investments in technology-driven companies) from Clifford Chance in December 2020. Peter Nussbaum retired from the legal profession in February 2022.


‘Milbank compares itself excellently to other M&A law firms: particularly fast in processing various issues; very pragmatic approach; very good industry knowledge.

Key clients

Advent International


capiton AG

CVC Partners

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

ECM Equity Capital Management

EnTrust Global

EQT Partners

General Atlantic

Goldman Sachs

H.I.G. Capital


LEA Partners

PAI Partners


Partners Group

Strategic Value Partners

The Blackstone Group Inc.

The Carlyle Group

Work highlights

  • Advised The Carlyle Group on the €2.2 billion acquisition of all shares in Flender from Siemens.
  • Advising EQT on the €1.6 billion sale of Apleona Group GmbH to PAI Partners SAS.
  • Advising the Blue Sky Aviation strategy of EnTrust Global and funds managed by Strategic Value Partners and its subsidiaries on the acquisition of DVB Bank Group’s aviation investment and asset management business.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance maintains strong relationships with large and mid-cap private equity houses and their portfolio companies and has a sector focus on healthcare, infrastructure, energy, financial services and technology. It also works closely with the firm's capital markets, ESG, antitrust and restructuring teams. Practice head Anselm Raddatz has longstanding experience in private equity investments, while Sonya Pauls is the main contact for fund structuring issues and Frederik Mühl counts infrastructure investors among his clients. Markus Muhs, who also specializes in infrastructure, joined Milbank in December 2020 and Joachim Hasselbach became self-employed in October 2020.

Practice head(s):

Anselm Raddatz


Linklaters offers 'smooth cooperation within the team' and an 'efficient' exchange with other practice groups and branches of the firm. The team assists national and international private equity houses with various transactions, which often take place in the real estate and energy sectors. Ralph Drebes, among others, is a key contact for this, who also collaborates with Sebastian Daub to assist infrastructure and other financial investors. Managing associate Katharina Engels is another key member and advises extensively in the PE, M&A and corporate spheres. Florian Harder (focus on advising investors) joined Shearman & Sterling LLP in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ralph Drebes


‘Smooth collaboration within the team. Managing Associates have the quality to substitute and step in for the work of partners. Working efficiently with other Linklaters teams.’

‘Commercial flair and judgment in the assessment of the facts; Efficient, clear and to the point answers.’

‘The team provided us with excellent support throughout the transaction and was completely focused on our interests. You look ahead and think long-term. This allowed us to anticipate issues that we need to keep an eye on. We felt that we were in good hands and could rely on the advice completely and at any time. Top cooperation with the other consultant teams too.’

‘Sebastian Daub: Always available for us, very immersed in the issues and not only masters the legal issues, but always has an eye on the big picture and sees the context of the transaction. He thought a lot further than the current situation dictated.’

‘Katharina Engels was always available for us, coordinated all the details and always had a complete overview.’


POELLATH 'offers a unique combination of advising on legal and tax aspects of fund matters'. In addition to transactions, the practice primarily focuses on assisting management teams and investment programs as well as with fund structuring and related tax structuring and design. Benedikt Hohaus is regularly instructed by management teams. Transaction specialist Jens Hörmann and Eva Nase, who alongside PE also covers corporate and capital markets law, jointly head the practice group. Andreas Rodin and Amos Veith are among the key contacts for fund structuring.

Practice head(s):

Eva Nase; Jens Hörmann


‘Expertise, quick availability, team strength, accuracy.’

‘Strong communication, high partner involvement, very good negotiation skills, very high availability, excellent advice.’

‘Philipp von Braunschweig excels at managing family-run transactions. Very patient and conscientious in preparing his clients on the sell side. Focused on finding a balanced solution. Very pragmatic.’

‘Pöllath offers a unique integration of the legal and tax aspects in fund advice. On the tax side, there is also an extremely useful connection between transaction advice and structuring on the one hand, and practical tax advice on the other. The price of the whole “package” is nowhere near as high as that of international competitors.’

‘High level of competence, comprehensive industry knowledge, strong legal personalities.’

‘Excellent team, trusting working relationship, forward-thinking.’

‘Friendly relationship with everyone, 100% commitment to us as clients – day and night!’

‘Excellent specialist knowledge, experts recognized throughout Germany, very fast and competent processing, very high accessibility and availability, very good and close support, exact adherence to deadlines.’

Key clients

DPE Deutsche Private Equity

SwanCap Partners

Astorius Consult Partners

ECE Real Estate Partners

EIB Europäische Investitionsbank

EIF European Investmentfund

KfW Capital

Earlybird VC Management GmbH

Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners

Werte-Stiftung / Land Hessen

Beyond Black VC

Cavalry Ventures

Ampega Asset Mgm.

Heal Capital

BPE Beteiligungsmanagement

Uniqa Insurance Group

Caplantic GmbH

Castik Capital S.à.r.l.

DN Capital / Piton Capital


Mgm. Axel Springer

Equistone Partners

HPE Growth Capital

Union Investment




BayWa AG

Multimon Gruppe


Rubicon Technology Partners

Egeria Investor

Brockhaus Private Equity

Caldec Investor

Work highlights

  • Advising DN Capital and Piton Capital on all corporate and capital market law issues related to the IPO of Auto1 and pre-IPO share sales.
  • Advising shareholder HPE Growth on the partnership between AEVI and Mastercard Payment Gateway Services.
  • Advising DPE Deutsche Private Equity on the launch of its mid-cap buyout fund with a volume of over €1 billion.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

According to clients, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is 'absolutely the best at transaction management'. The team acts for private equity houses and in particular for their portfolio companies and advises on P2P mandates, auction processes, buyouts and takeovers. Although the practice's core business lies in the mid-market segment, it also handles large-cap transactions. Practice head Georg Linde is experienced in the high-tech sectors. Kamyar Abrar and Axel Wahl have combined PE and VC expertise.

Practice head(s):

Georg Linde


‘Great team that is very experienced in mid-cap PE and late stage VC. Absolutely top in transaction management. Very responsive, work extremely hard, fast yet accurate. The client is the absolute focus and – unlike with others – this is not just an empty phrase, but is already inoculated into the interns.’

‘Axel Wahl: Most complete lawyer I know. Never makes mistakes. Works fast and incredibly accurate. Empowers his associates while always keeping an eye on the quality of the product.’

‘Max Schwab: Very smart, great lawyer. Super networked, especially in the mid-cap PE area.’

‘Georg Linde: Incredibly experienced in M&A. Has the right answer for everything. Has shaped the Willkie culture with its incredible customer focus.’

‘Strong PE team, both partners and associates.’

‘Dr. Kamyar Abrar is very pleasant to deal with/to work with, strong client management, top PE lawyer.’

Key clients


Adiuva Capital

Apax Partners


Blantyre Capital

Castik Capital

CVC Capital Partners

EQT Partners

Genstar Capital

GHO Capital

Lone Star Funds

Maxburg Capital Partners

PAI Partners

TA Associates

The Sterling Group


Allen & Overy LLP

Clients appreciate that Allen & Overy LLP's coordination with its international offices 'happens smoothly'. The team assists clients, including asset managers and opportunity investors, with small and mid-cap transactions and is increasingly active in the upper market segment. Transactions stem from various sectors, such as banking and financial services, consumer goods, energy, life sciences, TMT and automotive. The group is led by Nils Koffka and includes corporate law and PE specialist Michiel Huizinga. The departure of Dominik Stuhler (specializing in multi-jurisdictional transactions) in May 2021 to Dechert LLP was countered by the arrival of former Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP partner Hendrik Röhricht the following month; he advises on PE transactions across all investment phases.

Practice head(s):

Nils Koffka


‘The team showed a lot of initiative and foresight and worked very result-oriented. The project required a lot of coordination with various international A&O offices, which worked really smoothly. All colleagues were available around the clock and showed great commitment. The team was also super efficient and effective during the contract negotiations and managed to create a buyer-friendly SPA.’

‘Holistic advice; put yourself in the position of the customer; solution-oriented; strong commitment of the partner.’

‘Michiel Huizinga represented our perspective in advising on complex legal issues, seamlessly involving peers on expert topics; very pragmatic approach to dealing with transaction challenges.’

‘Dr. Michiel Huizinga: Lead Partner who coordinates all work streams. Incredibly hard working and fully in control of all workflows. Very organized and a strong communicator. All results, negotiations and documents were of first class quality.’

Key clients

Advent International Corporation

Apax Partners


Charterhouse Capital Partners

Cube Infrastructure

Hg capital

NORD Holding Unternehmensbeteiligungsgesell-schaft mbH

One Equity Partners (OEP)



The Riverside Company

Waterland Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Advising Advent International on the sale of the allnex group to the Dutch PTTGC International (Netherlands) BV for around €4 billion.
  • Advising Bridgepoint on the acquisition of the Infinigate Group, a leading European value-added distributor of enterprise cybersecurity solutions, from HIG Capital.
  • Advising Charterhouse on the acquisition of the telecommunications company Telio from Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG).


CMS' team demonstrates 'results-oriented and efficient negotiation skills' and, due to its sizeable practice group, is able to oversee numerous small and mid-cap transactions. The team is particularly strong in assisting with buyouts and add-on transactions with a focus on the life sciences and technology sectors. Oliver Wolfgramm and Igor Stenzel head the group which also includes Jörg Lips (sector focus in the areas of technology, manufacturing, e-commerce, real estate and life sciences) and counsel Jessica Mohaupt-Schneider (expertise at the interface of corporate law and financing issues).

Practice head(s):

Igor Stenzel; Oliver Wolfgramm


‘High availability and commitment of the team, very good commercial understanding in the interests of the client, result-oriented and efficient negotiation, very good knowledge of the German M&A market, good network with foreign partner law firms.’

‘Dr. Oliver Wolfgramm: Result-oriented, very good commercial understanding in the interests of the client, efficient negotiation, even with difficult negotiating partners.’

‘Dr. Jessica Mohaupt-Schneider is characterized by immense specialist knowledge, goal-oriented thinking, perfect project management and a strong personality.

Key clients



Partners Group

RSBG SE / RAG Stiftung

FINEXX GmbH Unternehmensbeteiligungen


NORD Holding

Seafort Advisors


VR Equitypartner

One Square Advisors


Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen

Work highlights

  • Advising Armira on the sale of all shares in M-Sicherheitsbeteiligungen GmbH (Mehler Vario System Group) to the investment company Deutsche Private Equity (DPE).
  • Advising Luxcara on the investment agreement with the Danish project developer BeGreen A/S for a solar portfolio with a total capacity of up to 415 MW peak power (MWp).
  • Advising NORD Holding on the carve-out of all shares in the Bock Group from GEA Group AG.

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz' team demonstrates know-how in supporting financial investors throughout the entire life cycle of an investment, which is not least due to its close interaction with other practice and industry groups. The practice advises on business opportunities, buy-outs and add-on acquisitions as well as acquisition financing, management participation and the sale of portfolio companies; these matters take place in both the mid-cap and high-end sphere. Jan Balssen and Christian Cascante jointly head the practice group and act extensively in the private equity sector.

Key clients

Apax Partners

Apollo Global Management


Cerberus/BAWAG Group

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

H.I.G. Capital

HQ Equita



Porterhouse Group

Tiger Global


Work highlights

  • Advice to Apollo Global Management in the bidding process for the Wirecard Bank.
  • Advising the previous majority owner Armira and the management of F24 AG on the sale of the F24 Group to the financial investor HgCapital.
  • Advising Tiger Global on the sale of its stake in the online beverage delivery service Flaschenpost SE to the Oetker Group as part of an overall exit by the previous shareholders.


Noerr has special expertise in assisting with mid- and large-cap investments as well as buy-out transactions. Instructions mainly stem from the digital, health and technology areas and frequently entail restructuring aspects, which are handled in cooperation with the relevant team. The group's key clients include KPS, Apollo and KKR. The group's interdisciplinary corporate and capital markets expertise was strengthened in autumn 2020 with the additions of Natalie Daghles and Martin Neuhaus from Latham & Watkins LLP, while Florian Sippel joined as associated partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in January 2022; he advises private equity investors on their investments and divestments. In addition to transactional matters, Georg Schneider also oversees fund structuring issues and jointly heads the practice with Christian Pleister, who is well versed in the media, telecommunications and energy sectors.


‘Professionally and personally very good team, efficient and goal-oriented.’

‘Very approachable and easygoing team, very “user friendly”.’

‘Good and friendly personalities, nice and easy to deal with while being sharp and aggressive (in a good way); commercially thinking.’

‘High professionalism and depth of knowledge.’

‘Noerr’s transaction team is technically extremely competent and at the same time pragmatic. High level of expertise in the implementation of corporate transactions with optimization of individual options for action (balancing opportunities/risks).’

‘Dr. Martin Neuhaus has extraordinary professional competence, high speed of action and familiarization with complex issues, balanced opportunity/risk assessment, use of a large network.’

‘The team was available at all times. It was particularly positive that they came up with a transaction structure for a complex M&A transaction in the shortest possible time that implemented what was economically desired within the best possible legal framework. Even over the Christmas holidays the team has been working to make signing possible by the end of the year.’

‘Sebastian Voigt has broad knowledge and good solutions, and was very helpful in completing the transaction on time and professionally.’

Work highlights

  • Advising KPS Capital Partners on the acquisition of the rolling business of the Norwegian aluminum producer Norsk Hydro ASA.
  • Advising Ergon Capital on the acquisition of the Fair Doctors Group.
  • Advice to DBAG on the investment in Hausheld AG and on the investment in the R+S Group.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has an 'extremely experienced international transactions team'. It regularly supports financial investors on the seller side in standard private equity and LBO transactions, secondary and tertiary buyouts, add-ons and in the sale of portfolio companies as well as in restructuring issues and taking-privates. The practice group is led by Gerhard Schmidt and active in cross-border mid- and large-cap transactions. Christian Tappeiner is another key contact and well versed in the growth capital space alongside PE.

Practice head(s):

Gerhard Schmidt


‘Extremely experienced transaction team on the international stage. Very professional, pragmatic and service-oriented, on time, all areas are covered including R&W insurance.’

‘Gerhard Schmidt is the doer and, as a project manager, demonstrates extreme commitment and a pragmatic solution orientation in addition to his technical expertise. The cooperation with the in-house team and also with the opposing representatives was very productive in terms of content and time.’

Responds very well to inquiries.

Key clients


Advent International

Bain Capital Private Equity





Motive Partners

Inven Capital

TPG Capital

Novalpina Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Advent International on the acquisition of a stake in Aareon AG.
  • Advising TCV on an investment in Mambu GmbH.
  • Advised Providence Strategic Growth on the acquisition of a majority stake in billwerk GmbH.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP focuses on advising private equity investors and their portfolio companies on transactions that usually take place in the mid-market segment. In international transactions, clients benefit from the team's close links with locations in Europe, Asia and the US. Practice head Stefan Koch has longstanding experience in assisting with takeovers, LBOs and MBOs. His team includes Jan Ole Eichstädt and Tomislav Vrabec, who both made partner in early 2021 and extensively cover M&A and PE.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Koch


‘Very fast, responsive, pragmatic and very deep into the issues with an excellent commercial understanding. Compared to other law firms, they really care about finding the best way for the client and not getting bogged down in theoretical problems!’

Key clients


Battery Ventures

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG)

Duke Street

IK Investment Partners

Nordic Capital

Goldman Sachs

The Carlyle Group





Verdane Capital

wefox Holding AG (vormals FinanceApp AG)

Work highlights

  • Advised Nordic Capital on the acquisition of BearingPoint RegTech.
  • Advising Quad-C portfolio company AIT Worldwide Logistics on the acquisition of the European transport logistics division of the German FIEGE Group through a cross-border carve-out and advising Quad-C on the subsequent $1.2 billion sale of AIT Worldwide Logistics to The Jordan Company.
  • Advising Battery Ventures on the voluntary public takeover bid for EASY SOFTWARE AG.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP's team has 'strong industry knowledge and excellent technical skills'. The group advises on transactions in the mid- and large-cap sector and, thanks to seamless cross-practice cooperation, also assists with financing as well as corporate and tax law issues. Markus Nauheim is experienced in advising on private equity investments as well as venture capital transactions and, like Ferdinand Fromholzer, is also well versed in cross-border matters. Dirk Oberbracht counts families and management teams among his clients and maintains a 'high level of commitment to transactions until completion'.


‘First class P2P franchise in Germany.’

‘Wilhelm Reinhardt is great at P2Ps. Lots of experience navigating the fine nuances that are so relevant in Germany.’

‘The team is led by Dirk Oberbracht who develops good relationships with the in-house legal team as well as with the business people. Very capable of large transactions, well organized and commercial.’

‘The main contact is Dirk Oberbracht, who is heavily involved in the transactions and maintains a high level of engagement with the transactions through to completion.’

‘Dr. Dirk Oberbracht: Excellent lawyer for M&A. Pragmatic approach and very good negotiation skills.’

‘Dr. Jan Schubert: Excellent legal knowledge and very precise work (even in small details). Indispensable when handling a more complex transaction.’

‘Friendly, open-minded and collaborative team with good industry knowledge and excellent technical skills.’

Key clients

Advent International

DPE Deutsche Private Equity


One Equity Partners

OpenGate Capital Management

Platinum Equity Advisors

Sequoia Capital China Advisors

Stone Canyon Industries


Work highlights

  • Advising Triton on the acquisition of a majority stake in Inwerk GmbH.
  • Advising Platinum Equity in connection with the acquisition of Brandwatch by portfolio company Cision US Inc.
  • Representing Apollo Global Management/ad hoc lender group in connection with the acquisition of Global Eagle Entertainment out of bankruptcy.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

In addition to traditional investors and portfolio companies, Hogan Lovells International LLP also focuses on advising private capital investors. The team has experience in the TMT, healthcare and life sciences sectors and primarily acts in the middle market segment. In addition to PE transactions, Jörg Herwig also takes on restructuring issues, and practice head Matthias Jaletzke further deals with corporate governance issues. In November 2020, Nikolai Sokolov, previously at Allen & Overy LLP, joined the team in Frankfurt where he assists large PE investors and strategic investors, while Christoph Naumann (M&A, PE and VC) joined from Watson Farley & Williams LLP in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Jaletzke


‘Very experienced and professional. Partners and associates are friendly and both know their way around the case. The lawyers are also very good with people, always friendly and professional.’

‘Dr. Herwig is very professional and knowledgeable and always takes the time to explain. He is extremely knowledgeable and always has the right recommendations ready, which gives security. He is very good at dealing with negotiators, always friendly but still determined.’

‘First class partner engagement (ie partner led service); responsiveness; clear business language with clear and practical recommendations; Business understanding and focus on what really matters commercially; identification with the customer and his business; excellent value for money; high quality of advice and attention to detail at all levels, i.e. from junior associate to partner.’

‘Hanns-Jörg Herwig, Matthias Jaletzke, Nikolas Zirngibl and Volker Geyrhalter are outstanding professionals dedicated to the needs of their customers.’

Key clients

Chequers Capital

Dana Incorporated


HR Group


Partners Group

Quadriga Capital



Goldman Sachs

HV Holtzbrinck Ventures

Jennewein Biotechnologie

Maguar Capital



Tengelmann Ventures

The Mobility House

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Oldenburgische Landesbank

Würth Leasing GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising a subsidiary of Dana Incorporated on the acquisition of all shares in rational motion GmbH.
  • Advising the hotel operator HR Group on the change of operator of the Hotel Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof and on the takeover of a hotel portfolio from the Vienna House Group.
  • Advising Quadriga Capital on the refinancing of their portfolio company LR Group through a Nordic bond.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is experienced in advising German, London and US companies and investors on their large-cap private equity ventures. These, typically cross-border, transactions often stem from the financial services, technology and energy sectors. Practice head Jan Bauer complements this offering with experience in corporate and M&A, and Holger Hofmeister with expertise in capital markets law.

Practice head(s):

Jan Bauer

Key clients

American Industrial Partners

Black Diamond Capital Management

Castik Capital


Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

Energy Infrastructure Partners

I Squared Capital

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

The SCP Group

TSG Consumer Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising Coty Inc. on the strategic partnership with KKR including the carve-out sale of 60% of the Darmstadt-based Wella group to KKR with an enterprise value of $4.3 billion.
  • Advised Energy Infrastructure Partners AG on their €530 million investment for 49% in BayWa re renewable energy GmbH.
  • Advising the SCP Group on the acquisition of 100% of the real group from METRO with a transaction volume of €1.2 billion.

Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP advises on private equity transactions in the infrastructure and renewable energy, digitisation, real estate and healthcare sectors. Clients benefit from its close cooperation with the financial law team and from experience in cross-border transactions. Benedikt von Schorlemer heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Benedikt von Schorlemer


‘The team of Benedikt von Schorlemer, Jan Ischreyt and Max Uibeleisen did an incredible job bringing all the different parties together and reflecting all interests objectively, challenging different perspectives from both sides (client and other parties) and finding pragmatic solutions. The whole team responded very quickly (usually less than an hour) and always made themselves available when needed. With its specialists, Ashurst covers all inquiries from labor law to M&A .’

‘Benedikt von Schorlemer: Perfect partner to work together on the transaction. He always reflects both sides objectively and advises the respective situation with a strong focus on the overall performance. He offers well-prepared solutions and prevents the company from problems after the transaction is completed. He supports very flexible deal structures and supports them with his extreme experience, knowledge and focus on closing a deal. Almost always available, concrete answers and solutions.

‘The practice is characterized by the fact that it has many different competencies in-house and so other internal colleagues/experts in the respective areas can always be consulted at short notice and unbureaucratically for various questions.’

‘We have in particular with Dr. Benedikt von Schorlemer worked together. His advice is characterized by his ability to develop creative and pragmatic solutions to complex issues. He also has a good sense of where in the contract negotiations you should be more or less aggressive.’

‘Jan Ischreyt: Very committed associate with a lot of experience for his age and a very pragmatic way of solving problems. Jan can have different views on a deal and will recommend the best options for the current situation.’

DLA Piper

DLA Piper offers clients a 'well-established team with creative solutions, even in complex situations '. Headed by Nils Krause, the practice assists investment companies with capital markets-related transactions and advises on PE transactions in regulated sectors. Here, the technology sector represents a particular focus for the group, especially fintech; hereby, the team regularly consults its data protection practice, although it also routinely cooperates with the capital markets, real estate and medical law teams. Andreas Füchsel is experienced in public takeovers and LBOs and Simon Vogel combines VC and PE expertise.

Practice head(s):

Nils Krause


‘Excellent quality, very responsive, well-established team with creative solutions even in complex situations.’

‘The DLA relationship partner Andreas Füchsel is involved in all of our transactions. We value Andreas Füchsel’s in-depth legal expertise coupled with an excellent commercial mindset.’

Jones Day

Jones Day's 'pragmatic, strategic and thorough' team has expertise in advising pure financial investors as well as investment departments of large corporations and investment banks. Alongside the team's traditional mid-cap business it also increasingly assists with large-cap transactions, where clients also benefit from its experience in China-related matters. Ansgar Rempp, who is also well versed in corporate governance, jointly heads the practice group with VC specialist Ivo Posluschny. Adriane Sturm is another key contact and often advises on software and automotive transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ansgar Rempp; Ivo Posluschny 

Other key lawyers:

Adriane Sturm; Stefan Schneider


‘Great office. Efficient.’

‘Stefan Schneider is extremely to-the-point. Very efficient and reliable.’

‘Pragmatic, strategic, thorough.’

‘Very efficiently operating law firm. Works in small teams while providing access to experts in many jurisdictions. Extremely transparent, accessible and extremely responsive. Distinguished by outstanding orientation towards the end of the year, finds the balance between legal risk management and commercial relevance.’

‘Ansgar Rempp: Excellent lawyer and negotiator. The most commercial lawyer I know, able to balance legal risk with commercial relevance at all times. Outstanding deal orientation, rigid advice on legal deal breakers. Excellent network within JD ensures availability of all necessary experts to execute transactions.’

Key clients


Aurora Resurgence

Bessemer Venture

Cardinal Health


Deutsche Börse

EDF (Electricité de France)

Findos Investor


Koch Industries

Nordson Corporation


Renewable Energy Holding S.à r.l.

Rising Point Capital



Solvay S.A.


Wellington Partners Life Sciences

yabeo Advisors GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising SAP on the planned joint venture with dediq GmbH. Transaction value over €500 million.
  • Advised Cardinal Health on the successful sale of the Cordis business to Hellman & Friedman (H&F) for approximately $1 billion.

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP's 'well-established team' is well positioned to advise on matters related to employment, tax, TMT and public law and thus holistically assists private equity investors with national and international mid-cap transactions. The group acts across various sectors, but has special know-how in the real estate and healthcare industries. Nikolaus von Jacobs heads the practice, which also includes Michael Cziesla, who specializes in regulated industries, as well as healthcare sector expert Stephan Rau. Tobias Koppmann is also part of the core team and comprehensively covers PE and M&A.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus von Jacobs


‘Holistic expertise in international transactions to cover all aspects of a deal as a team.’

‘Partner very close to the customer/ mandate. Goes the extra mile (even beyond classic legal issues).’

‘Dr. Tobias Koppmann: Very flexible, open to innovative/ out-of-the-box solutions.’

‘Rehearsed team.’

‘Tobias Koppmann clearly stands out technically.’

‘Good reputation and good expertise.’

‘Dr. Stephan Rau and Dr. Nadine Hartung perfectly implemented the combined advice on M&A and medical law.’

‘Carsten Böhm: Good support, high quality of advice.’

Key clients

Investcorp Technology Partners

Apax Capital Partners LLP


Gimv NV


KSK Beteiligungsmanagement GmbH

Silverfleet Capital

089 Immobilienmanagement GmbH

VR Equitypartner

Main Capital Partners GmbH

Windjammer Capital (samt Portfoliounternehmen The Hilsinger Company)

karriere tutor GmbH

iPoint-systems GmbH

GREENPEAK Partners Advisory GmbH

Ampersand Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising Investcorp Technology Partners on the sale of cybersecurity company Avira to NortonLifeLock Inc..
  • Advising Gimv on an internal restructuring; Advice on the intended acquisition of the country bakery; and advising private equity firms Gimv and CSP as members of a consortium of investors led by EMERAM Capital Partners on their growth investment in digital company sofatutor.
  • Regulatory and industry-specific advice to Apax Capital Partners LLP on transactions in the field of diagnostics and strategic issues of the laboratory service provider Unilabs.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP demonstrates expertise in mid-cap PE transactions as well as buyer-side and seller-side portfolio company transactions. The team is well positioned to advise both national and international clients, who often focus on the technology and healthcare sectors. Here, Thomas Schmid is a key contact; he is part of the team led by Christoph Brenner and Oliver Duys.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Brenner; Oliver Duys

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Schmid; Sven Greulich

Key clients

Access Industries



CRCI China Renaissance Capital Investment

DBAG Deutsche Beteiligungsgesellschaft AG


Findos Investor


Gimv NV

GII Gulf Islamic Investments



Knauf Family Office


MCP Monitor Clipper Partners


SHS Gesellschaft für Beteiligungsmanagement


VREP VR Equitypartner

Waterland Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised Convergenta, the investment vehicle of the Kellerhals family, on the €815 million investment in Ceconomy and on the agreement to simplify the corporate structure at MediaMarktSaturn.
  • Advising Waterland on the acquisition of the show jumping company Ludger Beerbaum Stables GmbH and its contribution to the newly founded Global Equestrian Group.
  • Advising MCP Monitor Clipper Partners on the sale of Reverse Logistics GmbH (RLG) to the English Reconomy Group.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing focuses on advising on PE transactions in the middle market segment and in this context assists numerous portfolio companies of private equity houses. The group has particular expertise in the healthcare and technology sectors. Thanks to cross-practice cooperation, the team is also well equipped to assist with transactions in the distressed area as well as with related financing issues. Walter Henle and Maria Weiers jointly head the practice which also includes corporate and commercial law expert Ernst-Albrecht Von Beauvais.

Practice head(s):

Walter Henle; Maria Weiers


‘Balanced team, covers all relevant legal areas and prepares contract negotiations well and professionally. Close coordination with the client on the negotiation structure and role allocation in the negotiation. Often offers creative solutions that make negotiations easier for the client.’

‘Dr. Ernst Albrecht von Beauvais always has the client’s commercial interests in mind. He is an excellent negotiator who keeps his cool even in difficult situations and achieves the best results for the client.’

‘TW has a very accomplished PE practice with vast experience. Unique is above all Albrecht von Beauvais, who distinguishes himself as an excellent negotiator.’

‘Albrecht von Beauvais is an absolute asset in the negotiation. Always excellently prepared. He always remains polite and tough on the matter. With this mixture of professionalism and competence, he achieves excellent results.’

Key clients

Alpina Partners

Borromin Capital Fund III, L.P.

Cordet Capital Partners

ECM Equity Capital Management GmbH

Pinova Capital

Regent L.P.

Nord Holding

Oberberg Gruppe (Portfoliogesellschaft von Trilantic)

REWE digital

Work highlights

  • Advising Borromin Capital Fund III, LP and the other shareholders on the sale of all shares in Guntermann & Drunck Holding GmbH.
  • Advising the fund German Equity Partners V, managed by the investment company ECM Equity Capital Management GmbH, on the investment in YellowFox GmbH.
  • Advising PINOVA Capital on the majority stake in AT – Automation Technology GmbH.