Firm Profile > Milbank > Frankfurt, Germany


Transactions Tier 1

Milbank's 'proactive' team advises sponsors and investors on domestic and cross-border mandates, which frequently require expertise at the intersection with corporate and M&A, financing, antitrust and tax law, and 'is equally committed to handle follow-up issues arising in the aftermath of a transaction'. The team handles the full remit of PE and acts both in the large and mid-cap space with Michael Bernhardt being one of the main contacts for the latter. Other key individuals include the two founding partners of the Munich office Norbert Rieger and Peter Nussbaum, who 'gets complex matters to the point', as well as Steffen Oppenländer, who, in addition to PE and M&A, also handles succession issues, and 'good negotiatorSebastian Heim, who made partner in January 2019.


Understand the importance of comprehensively incorporating the business side.

‘High degree of competency and availability.’

Peter Nussbaum is one of the most experienced transactional lawyers in Germany and due to his broad experience knows well how to arrange negotations, especially in transactions with contractual partners in the US.

Key clients

Advent International

Apax Partners LLP


CVC Capital Partners

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

ECM Equity Capital Management GmbH


General Atlantic

Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division

H.I.G. European Capital Partners GmbH

L-GAM Advisers LLP

MB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH

PAI Partners

Partners Group AG

The Carlyle Group

Lending and borrowing Tier 2

Milbank focuses on advising banks, debt funds and other lenders as well as financial investors and corporates on acquisition and corporate finance. The team demonstrates particular expertise in financing transactions with cross-border elements and involving capital markets products. In corporate finance, the team regularly acts for investment grade and sub-investment grade borrowers and frequently advises on refinancing and IPO preparation issues as well as on restructuring-relating matters. The 'very reliable, quick and solution-orientedThomas Ingenhoven and Mathias Eisen are the main contacts.

Key clients

Advent International


Athens International Airport S.A.

Axel Springer SE

Bayerische Landesbank (BayernLB)

Commerzbank AG

DZ Bank AG

Funke Mediengruppe GmbH & Co. KGaA

HSBC Burckhardt & Trinkaus AG

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

Pemberton Capital Advisors LLP

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

UniCredit Bank AG

H.I.G. Capital

Kaefer Isoliertechnik GmbH & Co. KG

Körber AG


Tax Tier 2

Milbank advises on transactional tax law matters, including transaction structuring, and has solid expertise in providing tax law assistance with IPOs and capital increases. Clients also instruct the team to advise on group and reorganisation tax law alongside tax audits and tax law aspects that arise from employee participation and incentive programmes. Co-heads Rolf Füger, Thomas Kleinheisterkamp and Matthias Schell focus on national and cross-border M&A transactions, while associate Moritz Philipp is well versed in international tax law. Its client roster includes key names from the finance, real estate and media sectors.

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The tax law team gives advice at the highest level, both in transactions and general tax advice and expert opinions.

A very cooperative and therefore very pleasant and harmonious team, which acts across practice areas with a pragmatic orientation. The clients’ interest is always the guiding idea.

Very strong advice, pragmatic solutions, totally reliable and exact.

The practice is characterised by extremely good legal advice, a high volume of experience and very efficient and quick working methods.

The firm has outstanding legal expertise, negotiation skills and lots of experience in drafting contracts in international M&A transactions. The team delivers comprehensive tax clauses, which cover all possible scenarios.

Cooperating with the firm is not only always successful but also fun, because there is no vanity involved.

Thomas Kleinheisterkamp and Matthias Schell are both first-quality tax lawyers.

Matthias Schell has a quick grasp of matters, is very much to the point and stands out for well thought-out solutions and alternatives. He always works extraordinarily well, is approachable and very pleasant and friendly in his manner.

Key clients

Advent International


Bilfinger SE

ECM Equity Capital Management

H.I.G. European Capital Partners GmbH

Hensoldt Group

KAEFER Isoliertechnik GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft

Nordwind Capital

Otto (GmbH & Co KG)

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Deutsche Invest Capital Partners GmbH

The Carlyle Group

Corporate Tier 3

Corporate aspects of private equity and M&A transactions are one of the central pillars of Milbank's corporate practice, while the team also advises on conversions, executive contracts, corporate governance, executive liability as well as on compliance; the team also handles annual general meetings. Ulrike Friese-Dormann advises on capital markets-related matters and Christoph Rothenfußer has particular expertise in stock corporation, company and conversion law. Both lawyers are based in the Munich office, while Arndt Stengel is the key contact in Frankfurt.


Excellent knowledge and high business acumen.

Precision and very good communication.’


Key clients


Auto1 Group

Axel Springer



Dermapharm Holding SE

F.C. Bayern München

Hauck & Aufhäuser Privatbankiers AG

Hauptaktionär der mediantis AG


Otto Group

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE



Sixt Leasing SE

Sixt SE

Antitrust Tier 4

Milbank has a fine reputation in assisting leading manufacturing companies and financial investors with merger control proceedings. As well as handling work for private equity funds, the team led by Alexander Rinne has a strong focus on antitrust law matters pertaining to the media and telecommunications, consumer goods and innovation sectors. In addition to handling antitrust law matters at the intersection with digitalisation, the team also covers various associated issues. Counsel Katharina Kolb is particularly active in antitrust damage proceedings.

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‘Alexander Rinne displays a wealth of expertise that translates well into clear and practicable guidelines.’

Key clients

Advent International

Brugg Kabel


Deutsches Milchkontor




Flint Group


Goldman Sachs


H.I.G. European Capital Partners GmbH



Ingram Micro




Otto Group


ProSiebenSat.1 Media

Roche Diagnostics



The Carlyle Group


Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller

M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) Tier 4

The M&A practice at Milbank focuses strongly on the interface between M&A and private equity and additionally offers comprehensive transactional advice on tax optimisation and the creation of efficient corporate structures. Based on specific sector expertise in the infrastructure, health, biotechnology, technology and telecommunication industries, the group advises international corporations and financial investors. Michael Bernhardt acts with 'a clear business focus' in private equity transactions.


Very pragmatic and goal-oriented.

Commercially thinking.

High legal quality of the work.

Key clients

Affinitas GmbH

Auto1 Group

Bilfinger SE


H. C. Starck Group


NuCom Group SE

Otto Group

Philipp Lahm Holding GmbH

ProSiebenSat. 1 Media SE

PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG



Smith & Nephew plc

Restructuring Tier 6

Milbank's main areas of expertise include distressed M&A, management board assistance and financial restructuring matters, such as debt equity swaps, loan and collateral structuring and crises-related capital increases, as well as creditor representation in insolvency scenarios. Matters at the financial intersection are frequently handled by team head Mathias Eisen, who regularly advises on syndicated loans and bond issues, while Sebastian Heim, who made partner in January 2019, is the main contact for distressed private equity transactions.

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Key clients

BOC Aviation Limited

Carlyle Aviation Partners

Deutsche Bank


Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.


Firm overview: Milbank LLP is a leading international law firm. More than 700 lawyers worldwide provide integrated services combined with technical excellence and genuine sector expertise throughout the world, as they have been doing for over 150 years. Milbank is headquartered in New York and has offices in Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Munich, São Paulo, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington DC.

The first German office opened in 2001 in Frankfurt, followed by Munich in 2004. As part of the global network, these offices give Milbank a strong local presence. The experienced resident partners there have a long standing and in-depth knowledge of the German market. More than 45 lawyers in Germany provide high-level legal advice in all areas that are key to the structuring, financing and successful implementation of transactions. Listed groups, SMEs, financial institutes and global investors have placed their trust in Milbank’s expertise for many years, and continue to do so with great success.

In order to achieve the best possible solutions for its clients, Milbank works in refined, partner-led teams individually staffed to meet the specific demands of each mandate. The highly specialised lawyers offer top-level legal advice and master the most complex projects. Lawyers regularly counsel on transactions that set new standards in their sector.

Main areas of practice
Antitrust and competition: The lawyers in Milbank’s German and European antitrust and competition practice in Munich advise on matters covering the entire spectrum of this practice area. These include applying merger control regulations to complex private equity and hedge fund structures, as well as in the strategic planning and subsequent implementation of acquisitions by companies that are already market leaders in their respective areas, cartel and dominance investigations, antitrust litigation, compliance know-how.
Contact: Alexander Rinne

Banking and acquisition finance: Milbank’s Frankfurt finance practice focuses on complex cross-border and domestic financing transactions, ranging from acquisitions to corporate, structured, asset and project financings. Working as an integrated team with the London and New York offices, the firm’s finance lawyers in Frankfurt provide comprehensive advice on the German, US and English law in connection with financings in the public and private market to lenders, underwriters/arrangers, sponsors, institutional and corporate clients.
Contacts: Mathias Eisen, Thomas Ingenhoven

Corporate advisory: Milbank’s corporate advisory practice is well known for its expertise on all aspects of German corporate and capital markets law and corporate reorganisations. Given the potential impact of minority shareholders’ actions for a successful and timely implementation of corporate reorganisations in Germany, the corporate team focuses on the preparation and the coaching of shareholders’ meetings of public companies, as well as corporate litigation and appraisal proceedings following corporate reorganisations. The team also advises on liability matters of board members.
Contacts: Ulrike Friese-Dormann, Christoph Rothenfusser, Arndt Stengel

Litigation: German qualified lawyers represent clients on corporate litigation resulting from M&A transactions as well as in the context of shareholder meetings, corporate reorganisations and liability matters of board members. In addition, US-qualified litigation lawyers in the Munich office specialise in IP litigation, in particular related to the pharmaceutical industry.
Contacts: Ulrike Friese-Dormann, Peter Nussbaum, Christoph Rothenfusser

Private equity: Integrated teams of highly specialised lawyers support sponsors in their investments at home and abroad. Clients turn to Milbank in all stages of private equity transactions from the establishment of funds and the acquisition of portfolio companies to exit strategies. The range of services includes: leveraged buy-outs, take privates, PIPEs, public M&A, fund formation, venture capital, joint ventures, management incentive programs.
Contacts: Michael Bernhardt, Sebastian Heim, Steffen Oppenländer, Peter Nussbaum, Norbert Rieger

Private M&A: The team focuses on advising public groups, financial institutions and medium-sized companies on complex national and international acquisitions, sales of companies, joint ventures and other transactions. The range of services includes: transaction structuring, due diligence, sale and purchase documentation, post-merger integration, restructuring.
Contacts: Michael Bernhardt, Martin Erhardt, Sebastian Heim, Steffen Oppenländer, Peter Nussbaum, Norbert Rieger

Public M&A: Milbank’s public M&A team focuses on advising on all aspects of takeovers and mergers of public companies. A close working relationship with the German Securities Agency, broad experience in advising on all corporate law aspects and intensive cooperation with Milbank’s public M&A teams in London and New York ensure a high-level service which is complemented by the corporate advisory practice.
Contacts: Peter Nussbaum, Norbert Rieger, Christoph Rothenfusser, Arndt Stengel

Restructuring (insolvency and finance): The Frankfurt and Munich restructuring teams advise companies, funds, private equity houses and their portfolio companies, financial institutions and other creditors and debtors in respect of all areas of financial restructurings, corporate workouts, turnarounds and insolvencies, and represent entities interested in acquiring troubled companies, their assets or their debt. Together with Milbank’s market leading restructuring practices in the USA and London, the team provides seamless legal advice spanning all major jurisdictions.
Contacts: Mathias Eisen, Martin Erhardt, Thomas Ingenhoven

Tax: The tax team advises on all aspects of national and international corporate tax law, focusing on the development and implementation of tax-optimised acquisition and financing structures. The team further advises clients on tax matters of corporate restructurings and other complex and constantly changing matters of corporate tax law.
Contacts: Rolf Füger, Thomas Kleinheisterkamp, Matthias Schell