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Hengeler Mueller

With a focus on regulated industries, Hengeler Mueller's team often appears in large-cap and mid-cap deals. The group advises across the entire private equity spectrum, including financing structures, divestitures and exits and acts for both private equity funds as well as companies. Christof Jäckle is well versed in assisting state funds, Emanuel Strehle has experience in the venture capital sphere and Thomas Müller focuses on the real estate sector. Other key contacts include Hans-Jörg ZiegenhainAlexander Nolte and Daniel Möritz.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP stands out for its 'excellent expertise' in large-cap and mid-cap transactions where it is instructed by a high-profile client base predominantly composed of international investors; here, the group's close cooperation with the firm's US and European offices is of particular advantage. Renowned expert Oliver Felsenstein is experienced in acquisitions and divestitures, while practice head Burc Hesse is considered a 'proven pro in negotiations'. Other key contacts of the diverse team include Rainer TraugottLeif Schrader and Nils RöverSebastian Pauls and Susanne Decker made partner in January and March 2020 respectively.

Practice head(s):

Burc Hesse

Testimonials

'' Excellent specialist knowledge paired with charming, goal-oriented negotiation based on partnership. '

' Burc Hesse is a proven negotiation professional – as a client you can always rely on him. He always thinks ahead and always offers creative solutions for difficult situations . '

Key clients

Ardian

CDH Investments

CVC Capital Partners

DPE Deutsche Private Equity

EMH Partners

EQT Partners

Hg

KKR / Hyperion Materials & Technologies Inc.

Lindsay Goldberg

OMERS Infrastructure

Partners Group

Permira

Stirling Square Capital

The Carlyle Group

Triton

Work highlights

  • Ardian: Advising on the sale of the Competence Call Center (CCC), a Germany-based provider of outsourced customer communication solutions, to Telus International.
  • Brookfield/Temasek/QIA, CVC Capital Partners: Participation in various trees, including for CVC Capital Partners, in the planned acquisition of the elevator division from ThyssenKrupp.
  • Triton: Advice on the acquisition of a 76% stake in RENK AG and the subsequent public takeover offer.

Milbank

Milbank has an active team that assists private equity funds with buy-outs, minority interests and joint ventures among other matters; particularly notable is the well-coordinated cooperation with the firm's financing, corporate, tax and antitrust practices. The 'extremely client- and solution-oriented' group further advises on fund structuring as well as management participation matters. Norbert Rieger is well versed in corporate reorganisations, Michael Bernhardt is considered an expert in LBOs and MBOs and Sebastian Heim is 'efficient and quick'; this key team also includes Steffen Oppenländer and Peter Nussbaum.

Testimonials

'You are probably the strongest team on the market (expertise, speed, capacity) and extremely customer- and solution-oriented; The link with related areas of law (e.g. tax, finance) should also be emphasized. '

' Always available and responsive; commercial approach . '

' Sebastian Heim: always available, commercial mindset, efficient and fast .'

Key clients

Advent International

Apax Partners

Ardian

CVC Capital Partners

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

ECM Equity Capital Management

EQT

General Atlantic

Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division

H.I.G. European Capital Partners GmbH

L-GAM

MB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH

PAI Partners

Pamplona Capital Management LLP

Partners Group

The Carlyle Group

Work highlights

  • Pamplona Capital Management LLP: Advising on the takeover and combination of Loparex (from Intermediate Capital Group) and Infiana (from Deutsche Beteiligungs AG).
  • The Carlyle Group: Advice on their joint takeover offer with Bain Capital for all shares in the listed OSRAM Licht AG.
  • The Carlyle Group, Blackstone Group Inc., CPPIB: Advice on the multi-billion dollar offer for ThyssenKrupp Elevators.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance covers a variety of sectors such as energy, health care and infrastructure among others, thereby cooperating closely with other industry experts across the firm's practice groups. The group acts for both mid-cap and large-cap players and is particularly experienced in acquisition financing, portfolio company consultancy and cross-border transactions. Anselm Raddatz heads the team which also includes Frederik MühlJoachim Hasselbach and Markus MuhsSonya Pauls is a renowned expert in fund structuring.

Practice head(s):

Anselm Raddatz

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is sought after for advice on the entire cycle of private equity funds, ranging from formation and fundraising to transactions, divestitures and exits while the lawyers demonstrate particular expertise in buy-outs; matters frequently entail cross-border aspects. Benjamin LeyendeckerVolkmar Bruckner and of counsel Jörg Kirchner stand out. Bernhard Guthy joined GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB in December 2020.

Linklaters

Linklaters advises on national and international transactions under close involvement of the firm's corporate and tax practices. The team has longstanding relationships with clients such as Macquarie, Montagu and DBAG and is further increasingly active for investors interested in the real estate sector. The highly regarded Ralph Drebes heads the group; he has considerable experience across a multitude of transactions. Furthermore, Florian Harder is adept in company restructuring and venture capital matters. Sebastian Daub is well versed in the infrastructure sector.

Practice head(s):

Ralph Drebes

POELLATH

POELLATH has a particularly strong reputation in fund structuring and management consultancy, while alongside its transaction expertise the team also boasts experience in matters touching on regulatory, tax and restructuring issues. Jens Hörmann and Eva Nase head the practice that also includes Benedikt Hohaus, an established advisor on management participation programmes and management consultancy. Other key contacts are transaction expert Andrea von Drygalski and Tim Kaufhold, who is regularly instructed by private equity investors, as well as Tobias Jäger, who made partner in January 2020, Amos Veith and Philipp von Braunschweig.

Practice head(s):

Eva Nase; Jens Hörmann

Testimonials

Very high customer focus, very pleasant contact and friendly communication. High level of expertise in the field of private equity and, accordingly, very targeted advice. Flexibility and experience in dealing with younger startups are very helpful . ‘

Key clients

INNIO (Mgm)

Gimv

Adco Gruppe (Mgm)

Core Media

Bosch Packaging (Mgm)

MCL Computer & Zubehör GmbH

SwanCap Partners

Capiton

Equistone

EQT

Elvaston Capital

Brockhaus Capital

Bregal Unternehmerkapital

NKD (Mgm)

Pharmazell (Mgm)

FC Bayern Media Lab

Avira

Silverfleet Capital

Schleich (Mgm)

Work highlights

  • capiton: Advice on the majority stake in KD Pharma Bexbach GmbH from the capiton IV fund.
  • SwanCap Partners: Advising on the sale of shares in UniCredit Bank AG and the management holding company in Swancap Partners GmbH to funds managed by Ardian.
  • EQT / OMERS re MPP on acquisition of Deutsche Glasfaser and EQT re MPP on acquisition of inexio.: Advice on the acquisition of Deutsche Glasfaser GmbH.

CMS

CMS focuses on the mid-cap sphere where it advises both on national as well as cross-border transactions; additionally, the team is also well versed in portfolio management and distressed M&A. The group is instructed by private equity funds and family offices and has experience in the life sciences, energy and technology industries. Tobias Schneider, who is considered a key contact for buyers and sellers alike, jointly heads the team with Oliver Wolfgramm.

Other key lawyers:

Maximilian Grub; Holger Kraft

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz has deep expertise in large-cap and mid-cap transactions, add-ons as well as distressed asset matters, while the team behind practice head Jan Balssen also cooperates with other practice groups to advise on tax and financings aspects; key clients include Apax Capital and Blackstone. The group has further industry knowledge of the real estate and infrastructure sectors, while Christian Cascante frequently assists with matters touching on TMT and digitalisation issues.

Practice head(s):

Jan Balssen

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

Apax Partners

Blackstone Group

Brookfield Global Asset Management

Cerberus/BAWAG Group

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

HQ Equita

KKR

Lindsay Goldberg

Porterhouse Group

Robus und Whitebox

Triton

Work highlights

  • Apollo Global Management: Advice in the bidding process for the Condor airline.
  • Apax Partners: Advice on the multi-billion dollar bidding process for AutoScout24 and Finanzcheck.
  • Blackstone Group: Advice on the acquisition of a majority stake in the Essel Propack Group.

Noerr

Noerr is mainly visible in the mid-cap space, although the practice most recently also attracted a number of large-cap transactions. The team's expertise ranges from buy-outs, fund formation to management participation and is also utilised in restructuring matters, while a multitude of these transactions stem from the digital, health and technology sectors. Practice heads Georg Schneider and Christian Pleister both have broad expertise, while Holger Ebersberger is well versed in leveraged deals and portfolio consultancy. Christoph Thiermann made equity partner in the beginning of 2020.

Testimonials

Well-rehearsed team, very reliable and quick to react. Output is delivered on time and in high quality. Good internal coordination with restructuring and tax practice. Note the client’s preferences for contract variants . ‘

Absolutely reliable, know the client’s needs exactly, good and creative advice .’

Very good know-how, commercial and customer-oriented .’

Noerr law firm has in-house expertise in all relevant areas of PE transactions. With branches in all important centers in Germany, the right lawyers are always on site.

Georg Schneider is a great support and thanks to his experience and calm in difficult negotiations he is always in control of the situation .”

Good, motivated team .’

Christoph Thiermann shows very good involvement and good commercial thinking .’

The team is able to provide appropriate resources for the respective deal. For small transactions, a small, very agile core team is just as effective as the various areas of law orchestrated by the core team for large transactions.

Holger Ebersberger always goes the extra mile. Even if clients would like to close the deal quickly without annoying questioners, he protects the interests of his clients – as a mediator in his own camp and a goal-oriented negotiator for the other side.

Reliable, binding and very professional. The team thinks about the client’s situation and makes active suggestions for optimization . ‘

‘The speed of reaction and service orientation of a medium-sized law firm combined with the premium quality and breadth of a leading international law firm .’

Holistic advisory approach is fully implemented.

Georg Christoph Schneider is an outstanding problem solver for every kind of challenge in PE transactions and as an absolute confidante in all other legal matters.

Key clients

Armira

CMP

DPE Deutsche Private Equity

DICP Deutsche Invest Capital Partners

Mandarin Capital Partners

Avista Capital

Apollo Global Management

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

Global Fashion Group

Bregal Unternehmerkapital

Emeram Capital

NORD Holding

AEQUITA SE & Co.KG

Next Big Thing AG

Adjust GmbH

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR)

Alteri Investors

Orlando Management

AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & CO.KGaA

Work highlights

  • 3G Capital: Advice in the bidding process for the Thyssenkrupp elevator division.
  • Apollo Global Management: Advising the funds managed by the client on the sale of a real estate package to Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC.
  • Bregal entrepreneurial capital: Advice on the takeover of the Reline Group.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP covers an impressive advice spectrum in the large-cap and mid-cap private equity sphere  which includes assistance with buy-outs and add-on acquisitions alongside advising sellers on divestitures of portfolio companies; at this, the team cooperates across practices and offices. Gerhard Schmidt, who is adept in restructuring matters, leads the group which also includes Christian Tappeiner and newly appointed partner Ansgar Wimber. Kamyar Abrar joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Gerhard Schmidt

Other key lawyers:

Christian Tappeiner; Ansgar Wimber

Key clients

Novalpina Capital

Advent International

Bain Capital

KKR

Apax Digital

EQT

TCV

Providence Equity

palero capital

PSP Investments

TPG Capital

Inven Capital

Work highlights

  • KKR: Advice on the acquisition of a majority stake in heidelpay from AnaCap.
  • TCV: Advice on investing in FlixBus.
  • Bain Capital: Advising on the acquisition of a majority stake of 60% in the market research institute and research division Kantars from WPP.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP's internationally oriented practice frequently advises on majority interests and acquisitions in the large-cap and mid-cap space and works closely with the firm's offices in Asia, US and Europe, while the group was recently increasingly active for Scandinavian investors. Practice head Stefan Koch is a key contact for a number of private equity funds and Ingrid Wijnmalen, who made partner at the beginning of 2020, as well as local partner Tomislav Vrabec also stand out.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Koch

Other key lawyers:

Tomislav Vrabec; Ingrid Wijnmalen

Testimonials

' Stefan Koch and Tomislav Vrabec are key contacts. '

Key clients

Allianz Global Investors (AGI)

Altor

Ardian

Battery Ventures

CVC

Duke Street

Five Arrows Principal Investors

FSN

Goldman Sachs

Hillhosue Capital

IK Investment Partners

Nordic Capital

Quad-C

Triton

Valedo

Verdane Capital

Work highlights

  • Ober Scharrer Group (Nordic Capital): Advising the portfolio company on the acquisition of Spa Medica.
  • IK Investment Partners (IK) / IK VIII Fund: Advice on the majority stake in MDT technologies GmbH (MDT).
  • Ardian: Advice on the acquisition of a majority stake in Saal Digital.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP advises private equity firms, portfolio companies and other investors on both seller and buyer side. The team is experienced in the regulated industries and mainly acts in the mid-cap space.  Georg Linde, who is also well versed in corporate law, heads the practice in which Axel Wahl and Markus Lauer are additional key contacts; the latter joined the team from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in March 2020. Additionally, the practice welcomed Kamyar Abrar from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Georg Linde

Other key lawyers:

Axel Wahl; Markus Lauer; Kamyar Abrar

Key clients

3i Group plc

Ardian Private Equity

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

  • Ardian: Advice on the sale of the Riemser Group to a subsidiary of Esteve.
  • CVC Capital Partners: Advice on the acquisition of the Robert Bosch packaging machine division.
  • Insight Partners: Advising on its $ 145 million stake in commercetools.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP offers 'holistic advice that integrates other practices seamlessly'. The team is led by Nils Koffka, who is considered a seasoned key contact for private equity funds, investors and family offices. The group assists with transactions in the financial services, health care and infrastructure sectors in the mid-cap as well as occasionally in the large-cap segment, but is also experienced in advising on private equity investments, in which Michiel Huizinga is particularly adept. Astrid Krüger and Dominik Stühler are additional key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Nils Koffka

Testimonials

' Nils Koffka – very experienced, good balance between real problem identification / red flags and commercial mindset and guidance, leaves a good impression on management teams and owner-managed companies and is a valued conversation partner .'

' Top quality in all areas and focus on the right commercial topics. Always reliable and available 24/7 with short turnaround times . '

' Holistic advice that seamlessly integrates different areas .'

' Michiel Huizinga: excellent infrastructure competence. Comprehensive customer focus and delivery . '

Key clients

3i Group plc

Advent

BC Partners

Bencis Capital

Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

Capiton AG

Chequers Capital

EQT

Macquarie

One Equity Partners (OEP)

PAI Partners

Patrizia AG

Riverside

Work highlights

  • PAI Partners: Advice on the acquisition of the Armacell Group from Blackstone.
  • RAG Foundation: Advising the client as part of a consortium led by private equity investors Advent and Cinven on the acquisition of the elevator technology division from thyssenkrupp AG.
  • One Equity Partners: Advice on the purchase of the IT reseller and service provider MCL Beteiligungs GmbH in Böblingen.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP's practice has 'multifarious expertise' which it utilises in mid-cap and large-cap transactions. The team cooperates closely with the firm's international network, an ability that is particularly beneficial in cross-border transactions; notably, Markus Nauheim is admitted in Germany as well as in New York. Dirk Oberbracht is a key contact for private equity investors and companies as well as family offices and management teams. Lutz EnglischFerdinand Fromholzer and Wilhelm Reinhardt all combine corporate, private equity and M&A experience.

Testimonials

' Excellent support in selling a portfolio company – quality of draft contracts, negotiation support, speed of implementation is convincing .'

' Broadly diversified expertise, constant availability, friendly environment, extreme performance. '

' Dirk Oberbracht: highest M&A expertise, excellent negotiating skills, excellent implementation of the negotiation result in legal documents. Great accuracy even in stressful situations . '

' Wilhelm Reinhardt: Super smart, excellent tax-based corporate lawyer. '

' A strong team of experienced M&A lawyers who work closely with clients to understand their business and other opportunities. '

' Dirk Oberbracht is – together with his team – characterized by constant responsiveness and always proactive management of mandates. Despite the manageable size of German unity, he can also handle large mandates with a wide variety of international connections . '

Key clients

DPE Deutsche Private Equity

One Equity Partners

OpenGate Capital Management, LLC

Sequoia Capital China Advisors Limited

Triton

Work highlights

  • OpenGate Capital Management: Advising on the acquisition of CoreMedia AG from Lauderdale GmbH & Co. KG, an investment vehicle from Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners, and a group of private investors.
  • Triton: Advice on the acquisition of Lamina Technologies SA.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is a well-established address for financial as well as strategic investors, portfolio companies and management teams seeking advice on a multitude of transaction types, while the practice has particular expertise in the TMT, health care and life sciences industries; other core competencies include advice to family offices as well as on regulatory issues. Practice head Matthias Jaletzke and Hanns Jörg Herwig are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Jaletzke

Other key lawyers:

Hanns Jörg Herwig

Key clients

Align Technology, Inc.

All4Labels Group GmbH

Castik Capital S.à r.l.

GEMoaB Monoclonals GmbH

Halder Equity Fonds

HR-Gruppe

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries / Primetals

Quadriga Capital V GP Limited

Alasco GmbH

Dreamlines GmbH

Finn GmbH

FlixMobility GmbH

Limehome GmbH

Santander InnoVentures

Springlane GmbH

Work highlights

  • Align Technology, Inc: Advice on the acquisition of all shares in excoad Global Holding GmbH from the Carlyle Group.
  • All4Labels Group GmbH: Advice on investments by Triton funds.
  • HR group: Advice on the sale of two real estate portfolios to the Pandox Group.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Under the leadership of the experienced Jan BauerSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has established itself as an advisor for a number of private equity firms in mid-cap and occasionally also large-cap transactions. The team focuses on the areas software, IT and energy and frequently advises on cross-border matters in close cooperation with its international offices. Holger Hofmeister and counsel Rüdiger Schmidt-Bendun are additional active key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Jan Bauer

Key clients

Castik Capital

Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners

Goldman Sachs Capital Partners

I Squared Capital

KONE Corporation/CVC

SCP Group

Silver Lake Partners

The Blackstone Group

Work highlights

  • SCP Group: Advising on the acquisition of 100% of the real group from METRO with a transaction volume of € 1.2 billion as part of a leveraged buyout.
  • KONE Corporation / CVC: Advice on a joint offer with private equity investor CVC for the elevator division of ThyssenKrupp.
  • Energy Infrastructure Partners: Advising on the acquisition of 25% of the Arkona offshore wind farm from Equinor with a total asset valuation of around € 2 billion.

Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP's team regularly acts in mid-cap transactions on both national as well as international level, while the practice has particular expertise in matters stemming from the real estate, infrastructure and renewable energy industries. Benedikt von Schorlemer heads the practice, Jan Krekeler is well versed in management participation programmes and Stephan Hennrich joined from Hengeler Mueller in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Benedikt von Schorlemer

Other key lawyers:

Jan Krekeler; Stephan Hennrich

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's team assists national and international private equity funds with M&A transactions as well as with the reorganisation of portfolio companies and exits. Practice heads Ingo Strauss and Berthold Hummel, who is well versed in the bio technology and life sciences sectors, are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Ingo Strauss

Key clients

Advent International

ALLNEX Group

Aurelius Invest

Avedon Capital Partners

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

Gottfried Stiller Gruppe

LSP Life Sciences Partners

Pagoda Investment

Ufenau Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Paragon Partners: Advice on the acquisition of all shares in Castolin Eutectic from the MEC Group.
  • Gottfried Stiller Group: Advice on the investment by VR Equitypartner GmbH.
  • LSP Life Sciences Partners: Advised on leading an oversubscribed Series B fundraising of US $ 38.5 million for accelerated product development and commercial operations of DNA Script in the United States.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is well versed in transactions entailing capital markets aspects as well as in the regulated industries, while the team has particular experience in the technology sector and also assists with fund structuring. Nils Krause  heads the practice and acts both in M&A as well as private equity deals. Andreas Füchsel  'combines high quality with excellent business acumen' and Simon Vogel is a key contact for investment funds.

Practice head(s):

Nils Krause

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Füchsel; Simon Vogel; Michael Rebholz

Testimonials

' DLA Piper is one of the law firms that has good expertise and a good track record in the areas that are important for our fund (corporate law close to capital markets, private equity, special situations) .'

' Andreas Füchsel's private equity team acts as a trusted advisor. Andreas Füchsel combines high quality with an excellent understanding of business. '

Key clients

Active Ownership Capital

exceet Group

Metric Capital Partners LLP

Sun Capital Partners

The Carlyle Group

EQT Ventures

FinLab AG

FinLab EOS VC Europe I GmbH & Co. KG

Space Capital

Surplus Invest GmbH

Sviper GmbH

Work highlights

  • The Carlyle Group: Advice on the sale of vwd Vereinigte Wirtschaftsdienste GmbH to the Norwegian Infront ASA.
  • Active Ownership Capital: Advice on public offers for the stem cell blood banks Vita 34 AG and the Polski Bank Komórek Macierzystych SA
  • FinLab: Advice on investing in the Gapless blockchain platform.

Jones Day

Not least due to its close-knit, international network, Jones Day maintains particularly good relationships with Chinese investors who can also rely on the group's aptitude in foreign trade law. The client portfolio is composed of financial investors and investment departments of banks that are advised on both large-cap and mid-cap transactions. Ansgar Rempp and Ivo Posluschny jointly head the practice; Adriane Sturm, who has expertise in the automotive sector, and Stefan Schneider, who is experience in venture capital matters, are particularly visible.

Practice head(s):

Ansgar Rempp; Ivo Posluschny 

Other key lawyers:

Adriane Sturm; Stefan Schneider

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP is primarily instructed by clients from the real estate and health care industries seeking advice on mid-cap transactions, whereas Nikolaus von Jacobs' team  recently expanded its sector focus. Michael Cziesla specialises in regulated industries, Stephan Rau is well versed in private equity matters in the life sciences industry and Norman Wasse is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus von Jacobs

Testimonials

'' Cooperative, practical, solution-oriented. '

' Tobias Koppmann & Norman Wasse: Both colleagues are very pleasant to work with, solution-oriented and willing to compromise where it makes sense. Personal interaction is also always professional, but also collegial and always constructive . '

'' Central skills: in-depth understanding of private equity; Partners are always deeply involved; Solution-oriented advice with a focus on the issue of the client; Team strength: minimum staff, which ensures the availability of the client and the processing of the case. '

'' Specific and in-depth knowledge in certain industries, especially healthcare and energy. '

' Stephan Rau has deep and profound regulatory and economic knowledge in the healthcare sector. Coupled with many years of M&A experience, this makes him an indispensable companion in healthcare transactions. '

Key clients

Ajax Health

AUCTUS Capital Partners AG

CWS-boco International GmbH

EMH Partners

Gimv NV

Global Growth Capital

Halder VI GmbH & Co. KG

Investcorp Technology Partners

Mitglieder des Managements der Saal Digital Gruppe

Penta Investments Limited

Union Park Capital

Rubicon Partners / ABL Gruppe

Silver Investment Partners

Silverfleet

Süd Beteiligungen GmbH

VR Equitypartner GmbH

Work highlights

  • GROWTH Capital Partners AG: Advising on transactions in the healthcare sector in Europe and the USA, including the acquisition of various companies.
  • EMH Partners: Advising the funds advised by the client on the acquisition of a majority stake in Avantgarde.
  • Investcorp Technology Partners: Advising on the € 165 million acquisition of Avira.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP impresses with an international client roster which the team assists with private equity transactions and transactions for portfolio companies on both buyer and seller side. Thomas Schmid is well versed in private equity as well as M&A and venture capital transactions and Christoph Brenner, who jointly heads the German offices with Oliver Duys, has longstanding experience in management buy-outs and minority interests. Fabian von Samson-Himmelstjerna joined Simmons & Simmons in October 2020.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Brenner; Oliver Duys

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Schmid; Sven Greulich

Testimonials

' Sven Greulich: great person and competent partner. Fast, reliable and always on the topic . '

Key clients

Ardian

CRCI China Renaissance Capital Investment

DBAG

EQT

Findos Investor

Genui

Gimv NV

Jolt Capital

Luxempart

RSBG

State Street Global Advisors

VR Equitypartner

Work highlights

  • EQT: Advising on the sale of the aerospace supplier EIS Aircraft Products and Services to HANNOVER Finanz.
  • Gimv: Advice on the acquisition of a majority stake in the Köberl Group including Fink Gebäudetechnik and Gema Gebäudemanagement.
  • CRCI China Renaissance Capital Investment (mit Estun): Advice on the € 200m acquisition of Carl Cloos Schweißtechnik GmbH.

Taylor Wessing

With a focus on mid-cap transactions in the technology and health care sectors, Taylor Wessing's team is regularly instructed by private equity firms seeking advice on their portfolio companies, but the group also assists with management participation programmes. Walter Henle heads the practice and is a well-versed key contact for financial investors, while Ernst-Albrecht von Beauvais often advises Japanese clients.

Practice head(s):

Walter Henle

Testimonials

'' A clear structure with a central contact person who, if necessary, can add targeted experts for special issues (e.g. personnel, IT, insolvency). '

' Ernst-Albrecht von Beauvais is very good at negotiating and also always has the client's commercial interests in mind. He achieves very good negotiation results even under pressure . '

Key clients

Adiuva Capital

AFINUM Management GmbH

Borromin Capital Fund IV

Equistone

Keith & Koep GmbH

Kleffmann Group

NORD Holding

NRW.Bank

Oberberg Gruppe (Portfoliounternehmen der Trilantic Europe)

Pinova Capital

Portfolio-Gesellschaften von Borromin Capital Fund IV

REWE Digital

Work highlights

  • AFINUM Management GmbH: Advising on the sale of Meridian Spa & Fitness Deutschland GmbH to the David Lloyd Leisure Group.
  • Oberberg Group: Advice on the acquisition of the Panorama specialist clinics.
  • REWE Digital: Advising on the inclusion of Insight Partners as a further partner in the portfolio company commercetools.