The Frankfurt and Munich offices work together closely to provide seamless support to domestic and international clients, handling both sophisticated cross-border transactions and multi-jurisdictional disputes. The German practice focuses in particular on Private Equity, M&A, Restructuring, Dispute Resolution, Finance, Tax, Antitrust and Employment. Our remarkably diverse client base is engaged in various industries and includes some of the world's leading financial institutions as well as many major international corporations.
The German offices have positioned themselves as one of the premier practices in the country, in particular for Private Equity and M&A transactions as well as for Restructuring.
The Frankfurt and Munich offices have been advising clients on a number of recent high-profile transactions over the past few years. Most recently, we advised Advent/Bain Capital in the acquisition of payment services provider Concardis GmbH including the related debt financing, the founders/shareholders of Tipico in the sale of a 60% stake in Tipico Group to CVC Partners, General Atlantic in the sale of a 30% stake in Axel Springer Digital Classifieds GmbH to Axel Springer SE as well as Centerbridge Partners in the acquisition of a 100% share in Senvion SE including the related acquisition financing (high-yield bond issue, bank financing) and subsequent listing of Senvion S.A.’s shares on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and private placement with institutional investors. We further acted as legal advisor to ČEZ Group, the largest Czech energy company, in the acquisition of several wind parks in Germany and the acquisition of Elevion Group as well as Eli Lilly in its $5.4bn acquisition of the animal health division of Novartis. Other prominent matters include advising Centerbridge Partner in the sale of German automotive services leader A.T.U Group to French Mobivia Groupe and Charterhouse Capital in the restructuring of its portfolio company Bartec (“Amend & Extend”).
Awards and Recognition
- Commendation for Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability, Private Equity and Restructuring/Insolvency, Germany
— Chambers Europe 2019
- Named “Private Equity Law Firm of the Year”
— Best Lawyers in Germany 2016
- Named a “Leading” Firm in Corporate/M&A
— Chambers Global
- Weil wins European Private Equity Tax Deal of the Year and European Financial Services Tax Deal of the Year
— International Tax Review’s European Tax Awards 2017
- Gerhard Schmidt named “Leading Senior Partner in M&A” and "Leading Advisor for Private Equity Transactions"
— JUVE Handbuch 2019