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Rainer Traugott

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Dr. Rainer Traugott is a partner in the Munich office. He practices in the firm's Corporate Department. Mr. Traugott has more than 20 years of experience in M&A, private equity, corporate law and corporate restructurings.  

In JUVE 2016/2017 and The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 Mr.Traugott is listed as a “leading name” for M&A as well as a “leading name” for Private Equity. He is ranked in Band 1 for Private Equity in Chambers Europe Germany 2016. Rainer Traugott is “focused” and “pragmatic” and “gets to the point” (The Legal 500 EMEA 2016). Handelsblatt Best Lawyers 2016 lists Mr. Traugott among the “best lawyers” for M&A and Private Equity in Germany. In February 2017, Rainer Traugott was named by The American Lawyer among its “Lateral All-Stars” of 2016, which highlighted the most notable and intriguing moves by attorneys to new law firms during the past year.


Mergers and acquisitions

Within: Mergers and acquisitions

Latham & Watkins demonstrates particular strength in cross-border transactions, acting for private and public-sector clients alike, and shoulders a busy caseload of high-profile transactions. Recent highlights include advising Worldline on its strategic partnership with SIX through which Wordline would acquire SIX Payment Services for €2.3m. Pierre-Louis Cléro and Patrick Laporte, jointly with Munich-based Rainer Traugott, assisted Siemens with its €15bn merger with Alstom. Other clients include Shandong Ruyi, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and PAI Partners. Olivier du Mottay and Thomas Forschbach, who is partly based in London, are also recommended. Bénédicte Bremond made counsel and Alexander Crosthwaite made partner. Practice head Gaëtan Gianasso splits his time between Paris and London.

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Germany: Corporate and M&A

M&A: large deals (€500m+)

Within: M&A: large deals (€500m+)

Latham & Watkins LLP is commended for its work in transactions with an international component, particularly due to its good network with its US and UK offices. As part of a cross-office team, the group advised Siemens on the merger of its mobility business with Alstom. Other highlights include assisting Henkel with the $1.05bn acquisition of the Darex Packaging Technologies business from GCP Applied Technologies, and advising Israel Chemicals on the $1bn sale of its fire protection and oil additives businesses to SK Capital Partners. Harald Selzner leads the group, which also includes Martin Neuhaus, Rainer Traugott and Henning Schneider. In early 2018, Natalie Daghles made partner and in March 2018 Tobias Larisch, who is particularly experienced handling energy sector transactions, joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

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M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m)

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

Latham & Watkins LLP’s M&A team in Germany regularly advises on international mid-cap transactions. For example, it acted for Boston Scientific on the $435m acquisition of Symetis, a company specialising in minimally invasive cardiac surgery; advised congatec, a company specialising in the development and sale of embedded computer boards and modules, on the acquisition of Real-Time System; and assisted medical technology company Novanta with the acquisition of W.O.M. World of Medicine. At a national level, advising Autogrill Germany on the acquisition of Le Crobag was a highlight. Martin Neuhaus, Rainer Traugott and Christoph Engeler are key names within Henning Schneider’s team. Personnel changes include the promotion of Natalie Daghles to the partnership at the beginning of 2018 and Tobias Larisch’s arrival from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in March 2018.

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Germany: Private equity


Within: Leading individuals

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