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Clifford Chance

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Dr Bettina Steinhauer

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Clifford Chance

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Banking & Finance


Bettina Steinhauer specialises in acquisition finance and general bank lending, including restructuring. Bettina advises leading German and international banks, private equity houses and corporates on domestic as well as cross-border financings, including transactions involving mezzanine and/or high yield debt and public to private transactions. Bettina's other areas of expertise include restructuring, infrastructure finance and property finance.


University of Konstanz (Dr. jur.) 1996
University of Oxford (M. Juris) 1995
Admitted as a Rechtsanwalt in Germany 1997

Germany: Banking and finance

Lending and borrowing

Within: Leading individuals

Bettina Steinhauer - Clifford Chance

Within: Lending and borrowing

‘Top market player’ Clifford Chance routinely assists banks, private equity investors and corporates, including family-owned companies, with national and international acquisitions alongside corporate finance, restructuring, refinancing and recapitalisation matters as well as with the acquisition finance for listed companies and infrastructure finance. Team head Bettina Steinhauer advised J.P. Morgan on providing Hochtief with the acquisition financing for its voluntary tender offer for Spanish company Abertis Infraestructuras, and, together with Barbara Mayer-Trautmann, she acted for Barclays as mandated lead arranger on a €12bn financing for Fortum’s public takeover offer for Uniper. In other significant work, the team advised an international banking consortium on financing the takeover of PlusServer, a provider of managed hosting and managed cloud solutions, by private equity firm BC Partners, and assisted Commerzbank with two loans for the acquisition of ZF Friedrichshafen’s Global Body Control Systems business by Hong Kong-based company Luxshare. In other work, the group advised Deutsche Glasfaser on a €650m refinancing, and assisted a Chinese consortium with the acquisition of Robert Bosch Starter Motors Generators. In early 2018, Thomas Weitkamp moved to Latham & Watkins LLP and counsel Mattias von Buttlar joined White & Case LLP. Acquisition finance expert Steffen Schellenschmidt joined the team from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in late 2018.

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