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Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
80539 MUNICH

Private equity > Transactions Tier 1

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.

Restructuring and insolvency > Restructuring Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP focuses on financial restructuring. Thus, the team advises investors and debtors on the restructuring of liabilities in the form of debt-equity swaps among others; investors on securities of distressed German financial institutions; and distressed debt funds on the acquisition of distressed loan portfolios and loan funds in relation to new funding for companies in distress. Leo Plank is a key contact for distressed debt and high-yield investors and Sacha Lürken for distressed M&A transactions and manager liability litigation. Josef Parzinger, among others, advises lenders on the adjustment of financing agreements and credit conditions, while Bernd Meyer-Löwy assists creditors with large international insolvencies. The group is also well versed in liability claims, both on behalf of defendant and claimant, as well as in defending clients against rescissory actions. Reorganization and restructuring expert Wolfram Prusko joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in May 2021.


‘The entire team was available at all times, including Christmas Eve and New Year’s. Tax, Corporate, Restructuring Advice was readily available at all times. The range of the team was very good and associates were able to clarify questions.’

‘Leo Plank always works in a customer-oriented manner and with a steady hand. Professional competence is of course out of the question.’

‘We have used Kirkland’s restructuring professionals extensively in the past and will continue to do so in the future.’

They are real experts in their field who have outstanding specialist knowledge and never lose sight of the latest trends.’

Despite their legal know-how, they don’t get bogged down in trifles. They set the right priorities, are very commercial and speak our language.’

‘Dr. Josef Parzinger is characterized by his enormous expertise, his eye for detail and his passion. He’s always available and incredibly easy and enjoyable to work with.’

Sacha Lürken has been one of the best lawyers for restructuring in the German market for years. He is very systematic, objective and always wants the best result.

‘Josef Parzinger is highly professional and knows his field extremely well. On our joint projects, he always knows all the details, but also has an eye for the big picture. He responds quickly and accurately to inquiries, no matter the time. I’m very happy about the cooperation and hope we can work on other projects in the future.’

Key clients

Gordon Brothers

Ad-hoc-Gruppe von Hertz Anleihegläubigern

Orchard Global Asset Management und Deutsche Bank

Galapagos Holding

Senvion GmbH

Anleihegläubiger von Thomas Cook

Work highlights

  • Advised Gordon Brothers on a €100 million asset-based credit facility to a leading German hypermarket chain.
  • Advised an ad hoc group of holders of Wirecard’s senior €500 million bond maturing in 2024 and creditors under Wirecard’s €1.75 billion revolving credit facility in Wirecard AG’s insolvency proceedings.
  • Advised the funds managed by Orchard Global Asset Management LLP and Deutsche Bank AG as lender on the financial repositioning of HIT Holzindustrie Torgau GmbH & Co. KG and its group companies. The transaction involved the transfer of the majority stake from HIT Group’s previous sponsor to the lenders and the reorganization involved a restructuring of the group’s capital structure.

Corporate and M&A > M&A: large deals (€500m+) Tier 4

The internationally-oriented team at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP advises on public takeover offers and demonstrates particular strength at the interface with private equity. Among the key team members are Achim Herfs, who also handles capital markets law matters, and Benjamin Leyendecker, a key contact for taking private transactions.

Key clients


EP Investment S.à r.l.

Tele Columbus

Work highlights

  • Advising Vitruvian Partners on the sale of Technogroup IT-Service GmbH to the 3i portfolio company Evernex.
  • Advising EP Global Commerce GmbH on a voluntary public takeover bid for the acquisition of all no-par common shares and preferred shares not directly held by EP Global Commerce GmbH in MDAX-listed METRO AG.
  • Advising Tele Columbus on a public takeover bid by Kublai GmbH, a bidder of Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners.

Germany > Tax

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP exhibits particular expertise in the tax structuring of private equity and M&A transactions.

Kirkland & Ellis is a global law firm with more than 3,000 attorneys representing clients in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, restructuring, and intellectual property matters. The Firm has 18 offices around the world: Austin, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.

Corporate Benjamin Leyendecker
Corporate Attila Oldag
Restructuring Leo Plank
Restructuring Sacha Lürken
Capital markets Achim Herfs
Debt finance Wolfgang Nardi
Tax Daniel Hiemer
Philip Goj photoDr Philip GojDr. Philip Goj is a corporate partner in the Munich office of…
Sebastian Häfele photoDr Sebastian HäfeleDr. Sebastian Häfele is a corporate partner in the Munich office of…
Achim Herfs photoDr Achim HerfsDr. Achim Herfs is a corporate partner in the Munich office of…
Daniel Hiemer photo Daniel HiemerDaniel Hiemer is a tax partner in the Munich office of Kirkland…
David Huthmacher photoDr David HuthmacherDr. David Huthmacher is a corporate partner in the Munich office of…
Christoph Jerger photoDr Christoph JergerDr. Christoph Jerger is a corporate partner in the Munich office of…
Jörg Kirchner photoDr Jörg KirchnerDr. Jörg Kirchner was a corporate partner at Kirkland & Ellis in…
Alexander Längsfeld photoDr Alexander LängsfeldDr. Alexander Längsfeld is a finance partner in the Munich office of…
Benjamin Leyendecker photoDr Benjamin LeyendeckerBen Leyendecker is a corporate partner in the Munich office of Kirkland…
Sacha Lürken photo Sacha LürkenSacha Lürken is a restructuring partner in the Munich office of Kirkland…
Bernd Meyer-Löwy photoDr Bernd Meyer-LöwyDr. Bernd Meyer-Löwy is a restructuring partner in the Munich office of…
Wolfgang Nardi photo Wolfgang NardiWolfgang Nardi is a debt finance partner in the Munich office of…
Attila Oldag photo Attila OldagAttila Oldag is a corporate partner in the Munich office of Kirkland…
Josef Parzinger photoDr Josef ParzingerDr. Josef Parzinger is a restructuring partner in the Munich office of…
Leo Plank photoDr Leo PlankLeo Plank is a restructuring partner in the Munich office of Kirkland…
Anna Schwander photoDr Anna SchwanderDr. Anna Schwander is a corporate partner in the Munich office of…
Number of lawyers : more than 3,000
At this office : approximately 40
Other offices : Beijing, Bay Area, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Salt Lake City, Shanghai, Washington, D.C.

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