Firm Profile > Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP > Frankfurt, Germany

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
TAUNUSANLAGE 1 (SKYPER)
60329 FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany

Private equity > Transactions Tier 3

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.

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Key clients

Novalpina Capital

Advent International

Bain Capital

KKR

Apax Digital

EQT

TCV

Providence Equity

palero capital

PSP Investments

TPG Capital

Inven Capital

Restructuring and insolvency > Restructuring Tier 4

Through its network, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has a strong international orientation with special focus on transatlantic matters. Numerous mandates have cross-border references, particularly to the US and the United Kingdom, and most recently were from the financing, automotive, shipping, energy and technology sectors. Due to the group's know-how in private equity, strong emphasis is placed on advice to sponsors, portfolio companies, senior and mezzanine creditors on distressed corporate situations, as well as loan restructurings, debt for equity swaps or non-performing loan transactions. The acquisition and restructuring of financial institutions is another focus, as well as insolvency litigation. Practice head Gerhard Schmidt specialises in M&A transactions and advises on acquisitions and sales of insolvency assets or in crisis situations. If required, expertise from other practices such as corporate, tax, employment and finance law as well as dispute resolution is incorporated.

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Key clients

Syncreon Group

Exide Technologies

Joint Special Administrators fromMF Global

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 5

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP mainly handles disputes with regard to corporate, insolvency and antitrust law, and the team recently noted an increase in contentious IT as well as IP matters. Practice head Britta Grauke puts a predominant focus on national and international procedural law.

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Key clients

Ryanair

Corporate and M&A > M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) Tier 5

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP advises comprehensively on private and public takeovers as well as matters pertaining to distressed M&A. The firm can utilise its global network expertise in cross-border transactions and also offers its clients transactional advice on private equity, tax and real estate matters. The team is led by Gerhard Schmidt in Frankfurt, who regularly advises on takeover bids and distressed M&A. At the end of 2020, Kamyar Abrar joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

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Key clients

Upfield

CEZ Group

Concardis Payment Group

Panasonic Avionics Corporation

Culligan International Company

Elementis plc

SiriusXM Holdings Inc.

Olympic Entertainment Group

Germany > Tax Tier 6

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP specialises in advising national and international investment companies, corporates and private equity funds on the tax structuring of private equity and M&A transactions. While the focus of practice head Tobias Geerling lies on these core areas, he also advises clients on restructuring and succession issues and represents them in tax disputes before tax courts, including the Federal Tax Court. Ludger Kempf, who specialises in transactional tax work, joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP as counsel in July 2020.

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Testimonials

' Strong commitment to the customer, full availability and commitment from the team. Top-class advice. '

' Personal advice that goes one step further. Resources are used wisely, which leads to differentiated solutions. '

Key clients

KKR

Upfield Group

Novalpina Capital

CEZ Group

Apax Digital

HPS Investment Partners

palero capital

Joint Special Administrators of MF Global UK Ltd.

Culligan International

The firm: Founded in 1931, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been a preeminent provider of legal services for the past 90 years. With approximately 1,100 lawyers in offices on three continents, Weil has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint that has allowed the Firm to partner with clients wherever they do business. The Firm’s four departments, Corporate, Litigation, Restructuring, and Tax, Executive Compensation & Benefits, and more than two dozen practice groups are consistently recognized as leaders in their respective fields.

Areas of practice: With its two locations in Frankfurt, founded in 2000, and Munich, established in 2004, Weil’s German offices have positioned themselves as one of the premier transactional practices in the country, seamlessly supporting sophisticated, cross-border transactions for international and domestic clients. Areas of focus include PE, M&A and restructuring/distressed M&A. Other practice areas include dispute resolution, finance, tax, antitrust and employment.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust/competition
Banking and finance
Business finance and restructuring
Capital markets
Dispute resolution
Energy
International arbitration
M&A
Private equity
Private funds
Real estate
Tax, benefits and executive compensation
Photo Name Position Profile
 Britta Grauke photo Britta Grauke Partner
 Christian Tappeiner photo Christian Tappeiner Partner
 Ansgar Wimber photo Ansgar Wimber Partner
Number of partners worldwide : Approximately 280
Contact : Gerhard Schmidt (Managing Partner)
Other offices : Beijing
Other offices : Boston
Other offices : Dallas
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : Houston
Other offices : London
Other offices : Miami
Other offices : Munich
Other offices : New York
Other offices : Paris
Other offices : Princeton
Other offices : Shanghai
Other offices : Silicon Valley
Other offices : Washington DC
Number of other lawyers worldwide : Approximately 900