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

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

Private equity > Transactions Tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has an 'extremely experienced international transactions team'. It regularly supports financial investors on the seller side in standard private equity and LBO transactions, secondary and tertiary buyouts, add-ons and in the sale of portfolio companies as well as in restructuring issues and taking-privates. The practice group is led by Gerhard Schmidt and active in cross-border mid- and large-cap transactions. Christian Tappeiner is another key contact and well versed in the growth capital space alongside PE.

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Testimonials

‘Extremely experienced transaction team on the international stage. Very professional, pragmatic and service-oriented, on time, all areas are covered including R&W insurance.’

‘Gerhard Schmidt is the doer and, as a project manager, demonstrates extreme commitment and a pragmatic solution orientation in addition to his technical expertise. The cooperation with the in-house team and also with the opposing representatives was very productive in terms of content and time.’

Responds very well to inquiries.

Key clients

KKR

Advent International

Bain Capital Private Equity

3i

TCV

PSG

Ardian

Motive Partners

Inven Capital

TPG Capital

Novalpina Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Advent International on the acquisition of a stake in Aareon AG.
  • Advising TCV on an investment in Mambu GmbH.
  • Advised Providence Strategic Growth on the acquisition of a majority stake in billwerk GmbH.

Restructuring and insolvency > Restructuring Tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's German restructuring practice is closely linked to the firm's global network, making international – and in particular transatlantic – restructuring cases a key element of its practice. With a focus on financial restructuring, the group advises portfolio companies, lenders, sponsors and financial institutions on NPL transactions, debt-equity swaps, bond restructuring and distressed M&A. Through the cross-practice cooperation, the team also covers various related topics, including the representation in insolvency disputes. Managing partner Gerhard Schmidt is regularly instructed by clients from the automotive and shipping sectors.

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Testimonials

Technically very solid. Great customer service.

Key clients

Exide Technologies

Odeon Cinemas Group

Joint Special Administrators von MF Global

Vallourec

Work highlights

  • Global restructuring for Exide Technologies.
  • Financial restructuring for the Odeon Cinemas Group.
  • Representing a financial services company in an insolvency challenge action.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 5

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is primarily instructed to assist with corporate and competition disputes as well as contentious insolvency and restructuring matters, while the team also increasingly focuses on IP and IT issues. The client portfolio includes various players, including German banks and international companies. Practice head Britta Grauke focuses on corporate and capital market disputes.

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Testimonials

‘Britta Grauke is an experienced partner in the litigation field with a deep understanding of facts and a reliable assessment. She enjoys a very high level of trust up to the management board and supervisory board level and is able to convey the content of the advice in a comprehensible and pragmatic manner.’

Key clients

Ryanair

Work highlights

  • Successful representation of a financial services company in an insolvency challenge action.
  • Advising a financial investor on a dispute arising from an M&A transaction.

Corporate and M&A > M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) Tier 6

Led by Gerhard Schmidt, the Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP team advises on public, private and distressed M&A transactions, takeover bids, taking-private transactions and joint ventures in the mid-market segment. These mandates often feature cross-border aspects, which are handled in close cooperation with the international network. Christian Tappeiner is another key contact and has experience in transactions in the restructuring context.

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Testimonials

‘Weil is incredibly responsive. The team reacts very quickly and proactively to new inquiries and changing conditions.’

‘Extremely dedicated, focused and commercial. Creative structuring.’

‘Gerhard Schmidt: Extremely hands-on, goal-oriented, fast and agile, very experienced, very commercial in finding solutions.’

Key clients

Upfield Group

Exide Technologies

ChargePoint, Inc.

CEZ Group

Terreal Group

Santé Cie SAS

Concardis Payment Group

Culligan International

Olympic Entertainment Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Exide Technologies on the legal restructuring of the European and Asian subgroups and the subsequent sale.
  • Advising Terreal on the acquisition of the Creaton Group.
  • Advising the Santé Cie Group on the acquisition of a majority stake in APOSAN.

Germany > Tax Tier 6

At Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, tax structuring of private equity and M&A transactions as well as of strategic cross-border restructuring form the heart of the group's advice, which is usually rendered in cross-practice and cross-location cooperation with practice head Tobias Geerling leading on the tax aspects. In this regard, the group is instructed by investors, sponsors and companies, while the team's experience in asset structuring also results in regular instructions by private individuals.

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Key clients

Exide Technologies

KKR

Upfield Group

Advent International

TCV

Novalpina Capital

Santé Cie

Evernex

Terreal Group

Joint Special Administrators of MF Global UK Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Tax advice to Advent International on the acquisition of a stake in Aareon AG.
  • Tax advice to Exide Technologies as part of the global strategic restructuring.
  • Tax structuring advice from TCV on the investment in Mambu GmbH.

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.

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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
Number of partners worldwide : Approximately 280
Contact : Gerhard Schmidt (Managing Partner)
Other offices : Beijing
Other offices : Boston
Other offices : Dallas
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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