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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Private equity > Transactions Tier 2

According to clients, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is 'absolutely the best at transaction management'. The team acts for private equity houses and in particular for their portfolio companies and advises on P2P mandates, auction processes, buyouts and takeovers. Although the practice's core business lies in the mid-market segment, it also handles large-cap transactions. Practice head Georg Linde is experienced in the high-tech sectors. Kamyar Abrar and Axel Wahl have combined PE and VC expertise.

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‘Great team that is very experienced in mid-cap PE and late stage VC. Absolutely top in transaction management. Very responsive, work extremely hard, fast yet accurate. The client is the absolute focus and – unlike with others – this is not just an empty phrase, but is already inoculated into the interns.’

‘Axel Wahl: Most complete lawyer I know. Never makes mistakes. Works fast and incredibly accurate. Empowers his associates while always keeping an eye on the quality of the product.’

‘Max Schwab: Very smart, great lawyer. Super networked, especially in the mid-cap PE area.’

‘Georg Linde: Incredibly experienced in M&A. Has the right answer for everything. Has shaped the Willkie culture with its incredible customer focus.’

‘Strong PE team, both partners and associates.’

‘Dr. Kamyar Abrar is very pleasant to deal with/to work with, strong client management, top PE lawyer.’

Key clients


Adiuva Capital

Apax Partners


Blantyre Capital

Castik Capital

CVC Capital Partners

EQT Partners

Genstar Capital

GHO Capital

Lone Star Funds

Maxburg Capital Partners

PAI Partners

TA Associates

The Sterling Group


Banking and finance > Lending and borrowing Tier 5

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is renowned for advising sponsors and their portfolio companies on cross-border LBOs and refinancings, with a focus on the IT and healthcare sectors. Jan Wilms heads the practice and, in addition to LBOs, also assists with corporate finance and project finance matters.

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Key clients



CVC Capital Partners

Insight Partners

IK Investment Partners

Arcmont Asset Management

Baring Asset Management

LGT Private Debt

Capital Four

Permira Debt Managers

Telemos Capital

Novum Capital

Pemberton Asset Management

SGT Capital

HIG Whitehorse


Adiuva Capital

Platinum Equity

Work highlights

  • Advising Questel and its financial sponsors Eurazeo, IK Investment Partners and Raise Investissement on the planned takeover and the associated acquisition financing of NovumIP by Paragon Partners.
  • Advised Baring Asset Management as lender on the acquisition financing of Sanoptis by Telemos Capital.
  • Advising Berlin Brands Group in connection with its growth financing to drive the expansion of its direct-to-consumer brand portfolio, which it sells via Amazon and other channels.

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

Led by Georg Linde, the Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP team advises clients from the PE and finance industries on M&A transactions, public takeovers and exits. Axel Wahl is another key member of the group and, in addition to M&A and PE transactions, is also active in the VC arena.

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‘Willkie has an excellent pan-European practice in private equity transactions and special situations. The speed of reaction and the economic understanding of the consultants is enormous. Every single lawyer is technically outstanding and has extensive transaction experience, including in cross-border situations.’

‘Axel Wahl is extremely well connected and experienced in the German market. He knows how to achieve the best possible results for his clients through great negotiating skills, without missing the necessary pragmatism. He masters complex situations with innovative solutions and technical brilliance.’

‘Very good competence across all levels of contact persons. Seamless interface management across different topics.’

‘Integration into the topic.’

‘Expertise, availability, speed of response.’

‘A very professional, responsive and commercially minded team with good knowledge of the market.’

‘Kamyar Abrar is a very professional lawyer with a commercial mindset. He’s also very responsive and ‘to the point’ in his advice.’

Restructuring and insolvency > Restructuring

United States > Real estate > Real estate finance

Partner, Corporate & Financial Services Georg Lindeglinde@willkie.com+49 69 7930 2193
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Stefan Jörgens photoDr Stefan JörgensPlease see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/j/jorgens-stefan
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Markus Lauer photoDr Markus Lauerhttps://www.willkie.com/professionals/l/lauer-markus
Georg Linde photoMr Georg LindePlease see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/l/linde-georg
Patrick Meiisel photoDr Patrick MeiiselPlease see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/m/meiisel-patrick
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Maximilian Schwab photoDr Maximilian SchwabPlease see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/s/schwab-maximilian
Cornelia Thaler photo Cornelia ThalerPlease see https://www.willkie.com/professionals/t/thaler-cornelia
Moritz Vettermann photoDr Moritz VettermannPlease see https://www.willkie.com/professionals/v/vettermann-moritz
Axel Wahl photoDr Axel WahlPlease see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/w/wahl-axel
Jan Wilms photoMr Jan WilmsPlease see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/w/wilms-jan
Daniel Zakrzewski photo Daniel ZakrzewskiPlease see https://www.willkie.com/professionals/z/zakrzewski-daniel
Total number of lawyers : Approx. 1000

CLIENT:  Matt Maslowski, President and CEO


TESTIMONIAL:“Eight years ago when our USA attorney and I decided to begin looking for representation for our company Mangia Inc, due to the growth of our business interests in Campania, we began an odyssey we could not have imagined.  Fortunately after a long and exhaustive search we found and settled on Studio Legale Scognamiglio of Naples Italy  .Our reasons for selecting Giovanni Scognamiglio and his firm are based upon a shared philosophy of finding solutions to all problems through honest and forthright negotiations, but a willingness to stand firm when necessary. Giovanni and his team not only have a keen sense of the legal aspects of doing business in the Campania Region, but understand the local, cultural and business issues surrounding the area.  Today,  Studio Legale Scognamiglio represent us in Campania, Italy and Europe for all matters concerning, legal, contractual, cultural and strategic surrounding our relationships with our Co-Packers and suppliers. The relationship has been beyond client-attorney. Guidance on our plans for the MangiaCampania® Culinary Center and trade mission-educational relationship with the Region of Campania have been invaluable. Maslowski  further states “When Mangia Inc  made the decision to retain Studio Legale Scognamiglio to represent our interests in Campania, we can confidently state there is no better firm for our needs.”

CLIENT: Emilio Iodice, manager, diplomat and ex member of the United States President’s cabinet

TESTIMONIAL:Clients seek lawyers to sort out their legal problems often complex, but that can be simplified. This is what we have found at Studio Scognamiglio, professionals taking care of our problems as they were theirs, looking for solutions enhancing the value of our mission. I have worked with many lawyers, “however, only a few can be compared to Scognamiglio and his team in terms of knowledge, efficiency and hard-work. Only if more lawyers had such spirit, managers could administer their time and work better”.