April 11, 2013
Willkie Team Honored for Private Equity Deal of the Year at IFLR Europe Awards
Frankfurt office recognized for its representation of AXA Private Equity in the sale of its majority stake in Home Shopping Europe (HSE24).
March 26, 2013
Frankfurt Office Advises TA Associates on Investment in Onlineprinters GmbH
Global private equity firm TA Associates completes investment in Onlineprinters, one of Europe’s largest web-to-print providers.
March 11, 2013
Willkie Advises PAI Partners in Acquisition of ADB
PAI partners acquires ADB, the world’s leading airfield lighting technology company, from Montagu Private Equity.
February 22, 2013
Frankfurt Office Advises Rockwood Holdings in Acquisition of Stake in Sachtleben Joint Venture
Rockwood Holdings, Inc. acquires Kemira Oyj’s 39 percent interest in Sachtleben, a titanium dioxide business joint venture, for an equity value of €97.5 million.
January 2, 2013
Willkie Announces New Partners and Counsel
Promotions effective January 1, 2013.
December 26, 2012
Firm Advises PAI partners in Acquisition of IPH
PAI partners agrees to acquire leading French industrial supply distribution company IPH from Investcorp.
November 6, 2012
Firm Advises The Sterling Group on Sale of Velcon Filters
The Sterling Group, L.P., a Houston, TX-based private equity firm, completes sale of portfolio company Velcon Filters, LLC to Parker Hannifin Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems.
October 15, 2012
Frankfurt Office Advises on First Phase of Realignment of Gigaset Group
Global communications technology company Gigaset reaches agreement to realign its business into three business units and reduce workforce.
August 27, 2012
Willkie’s Frankfurt Office Nominated by JUVE Magazine for “Law Firm of the Year - Private Equity and Venture Capital”
Leading German legal magazine JUVE recognizes Willkie’s outstanding private equity and venture capital work, marks four JUVE award nominations already in five years and having won the award in 2009.
August 22, 2012
Frankfurt Office Advises AXA Private Equity on Acquisition of Riemser Arzneimittel AG
AXA Private Equity acquires shareholdings of Riemser’s founding family and other minority stakeholders.
July 12, 2012
Frankfurt Office Advises AXA Private Equity on Sale of International Home Shopping TV Group
AXA Private Equity sells majority stake in Home Shopping Europe (HSE24), the international TV home shopping group, to media investor Providence Equity Partners.
July 10, 2012
Willkie Receives Top Rankings for Advising on U.S. and Global Buyouts
Mergermarket ranks Willkie #1 among leading firms advising on U.S. buyouts during the first half of 2012, based on combined deal value.
June 14, 2012
Frankfurt Office Advises Sachtleben on Acquisition of Titanium Business and on €430 Million Refinancing Transaction
Sachtleben GmbH, the TiO2 venture of Rockwood and Kemira, agrees to acquire titanium dioxide production assets and inventory of crenox GmbH from the company’s insolvency administrator, and enters into new Facility Agreement.
May 8, 2012
Willkie Advises on Sale of Hilite Business Unit
Firm assists 3i-backed Hilite International on the sale of its emissions control business to Cummins Inc.
March 13, 2012
Firm Advises Varroc Group on Acquisition of Visteon’s Lighting Unit
India-based Varroc Group agrees to acquire Visteon Corp.’s automotive lighting business for $92 million in cash.
January 25, 2012
Law360 Names Willkie One of its 2011 Private Equity Practice Groups of the Year
Law360 honors Willkie for its significant accomplishments and extensive range of services in the area of private equity.
January 1, 2012
Willkie Announces New Partners and Counsel
Promotions effective January 1, 2012.
October 10, 2011
Frankfurt Office Broadens Corporate Practice with the Arrival of Georg Linde
Mr. Linde to join the firm as a partner in the Corporate and Financial Services Department, effective November 1, 2011.
September 22, 2011
New York and Frankfurt Offices Advise on Google’s Acquisition of Leading German Deals Website
Firm advises Insight Venture Partners as selling shareholder in Google’s acquisition of Berlin-based DailyDeal GmbH.
July 27, 2011
Firm Advises WEBER-HYDRAULIK on Acquisition of Hyco International
Germany-based WEBER-HYDRAULIK acquires U.S.-based Hyco International Inc. from U.S. financial investor Centre Partners Management LLC.
June 28, 2011
Frankfurt Office Moves to New Location
Effective immediately, the Frankfurt office has moved to: An der Welle 4, D-60322 Frankfurt am Main.
May 18, 2011
Firm Advises 3i on Acquisition of Majority Stake in Global Automotive Products Supplier
Frankfurt and New York offices advise 3i on acquisition of a majority stake in Hilite International Inc., a global supplier of automotive products that enhance fuel efficiency and emissions control.
April 21, 2011
Willkie Advises France Telecom-Orange in Procurement JV with Deutsche Telekom
French and German telephone companies’ joint venture to purchase equipment expected to yield savings of €1.3 billion after three years of implementation.
April 19, 2011
Frankfurt Office Advises Cognetas on Sale of Scholz & Friends Group to WPP
Cognetas LLP, the London-based private equity firm, agrees to sell German marketing services network Commarco GmbH (parent company of Scholz & Friends) to global advertising group WPP PLC.
April 14, 2011
Frankfurt Office Advises Roth & Rau on Tender Offer from Meyer Burger Technology
Voluntary public takeover offer values German solar power company at €350M.
April 4, 2011
Frankfurt Office Advises SLV Management Team on SLV’s Acquisition by Cinven
European buyout firm Cinven reaches agreement to acquire lighting company SLV Group from HgCapital.
March 16, 2011
Frankfurt Office Advises AXA on Sale of CABB Group
AXA Private Equity, Europe’s leading diversified private equity firm, sells portfolio company CABB to Bridgepoint Capital.
March 9, 2011
Frankfurt Office Advises Palamon on Sale of dress-for-less
Palamon Capital Partners sells dress-for-less to strategic buyer Privalia Venta Directa.
January 1, 2011
Willkie Announces New Partners and Counsel
Promotions effective January 1, 2011.
December 28, 2010
Willkie Advises Founder in Sale of RHM Group to Waterland Private Equity
Waterland Private Equity acquires RHM Group clinics and nursing homes from its founder, and plans a strategic expansion of the company’s presence in the German nursing and rehabilitation market through acquisitions.
December 22, 2010
Frankfurt and Paris Offices Advise E.N.O. Energy on Latest Wind Farm Sales
Willkie assists e.n.o. energy in sale of wind farms in Germany and France to DIF Renewable Energy.
December 8, 2010
Willkie Advises Arkema on €550 Million Planned Acquisition of Total’s Resins Business Units
Arkema announces planned acquisition of the Coatings Resins (Cray Valley and Cook Composite Polymers) and Photocure Resins (Sartomer) businesses of Total SA.
November 8, 2010
Frankfurt Office Advises Salzgitter AG on €295.5 Million Issue of Exchangeable Bonds
Salzgitter Finance B.V., a wholly owned Dutch subsidiary of Willkie client Salzgitter AG, issues bonds exchangeable into shares of Aurubis AG.
September 27, 2010
Willkie Deal Named “Distressed M&A Deal of the Year”
Willkie recognized for its role in providing multidisciplinary counsel to Oaktree Capital Management, which led the massive financial restructuring of the SGD Group.
July 20, 2010
Frankfurt Office Advises E.N.O Energy on Latest Wind Farm Sale
e.n.o. energy sells wind farm in Plauerhagen, Germany to MVV Energie AG.
February 19, 2010
Frankfurt and London Offices Assist Credit Suisse in Roth & Rau’s €35.9 Million Capital Increase
German solar energy company Roth & Rau AG successfully places 1,379,999 shares of stock priced at €26.00 per share by way of an accelerated bookbuilding.
January 14, 2010
Firm Advises Oaktree Capital Management in Financial Restructuring of the SGD Group
A unanimous agreement has been reached with all the stakeholders to strengthen the financial structure of SGD and massively decrease its debt.
November 11, 2009
Firm Assists AXA in Acquisition of German Shopping Network HSE 24
AXA Private Equity acquires HSE 24, Germany's first shopping broadcaster, which is part of insolvent Arcandor AG.
November 2, 2009
Frankfurt Office Honored as Private Equity & Venture Capital Law Firm of the Year
Frankfurt office named "Private Equity & Venture Capital Law Firm of the Year 2009" by JUVE, Germany's leading legal magazine.
August 20, 2009
Frankfurt Office Advises Commerzbank in €12 Billion Mid-Term Financing Plan for Schaeffler Group
Firm assists Commerzbank in its role as largest lender.
August 14, 2009
Frankfurt Office Advises Bank Syndicate in €460 Million RHÖN-KLINKUM Rights Issue
Firm advises bank syndicate led by Commerzbank and Morgan Stanley on the €460 million rights issue of RHÖN-KLINKUM AG -- one of the largest German rights issues in 2009.
May 8, 2009
Frankfurt Office Assists Munich Re in Sale of Shares of its Equity Holding in Admiral Group
Munich Re sells 13 million shares of its equity holding in Admiral Group Plc. by way of a block trade.
April 7, 2009
Frankfurt Office Advises Labco on its Ongoing German Expansion
Labco acquires Aesculabor Karlsruhe, a leading German medical laboratory -- Willkie serves as legal adviser to Labco and assists with the tax structuring aspects of the deal.
April 4, 2009
Frankfurt and Paris Offices Assist E.N.O. Energy in Wind Farm Portfolio Transactions
e.n.o. energy sells a portfolio of six wind farms to Dutch investor DIF Renewable Energies, and acquires a portfolio of 17 wind farms in development from French wind park developer Energie Eolienne France.
December 23, 2008
Firm Assists Teva in $8.9 Billion Acquisition of Barr Pharmaceuticals
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. completes its $8.9 billion acquisition of Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc., creating a combined company with a significant presence in over 60 countries.
September 23, 2008
Willkie Frankfurt Gains Capital Markets Leader Dr. Michael Schlitt
On September 23, Willkie announced that Dr. Michael Schlitt has agreed to join the firm as a partner in the Frankfurt office, effective October 1, 2008.
June 20, 2008
Frankfurt Office Advises on €3.5 Billion Sale of German Property Portfolio
German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, represented by Willkie, agrees to sell its residential property and project development company LEG to Whitehall Funds in the largest private equity transaction in Germany for the year 2008 to date.
May 11, 2008
Frankfurt and Paris Offices Advise 3i on Acquisition of DruckChemie
Willkie client 3i and funds managed by 3i sign €133 million agreement to back the buyout of DruckChemie, a specialty service provider to the printing industry, from SG Capital Europe and Quartus.
April 21, 2008
Frankfurt Office Advises AXA Private Equity on the Acquisition of Löwen Play Group
AXA Private Equity acquires majority stake in Löwen Play Group from Dutch investor Waterland Private Equity Investments.
February 6, 2008
Frankfurt Office Represents Argantis in Majority Acquisition of W.I.S. Holding
German private equity firm Argantis acquires majority share of German security firm W.I.S. Holding GmbH & Co. in a management buyout.
December 4, 2007
Frankfurt Office Assists Palamon in Majority Investment in Dress-for-Less
Palamon Capital Partners, one of Europe’s leading mid market private equity firms, acquires majority stake in Dress-for-Less GmbH, Europe’s largest online designer fashion outlet.
November 20, 2007
Willkie Represents Pharmion in $2.9 Billion Sale to Celgene
Willkie client Pharmion Corp., a leading manufacturer of blood cancer treatments, agrees to be sold to biotechnology company Celgene Corp. for $2.9 billion in cash and stock.
June 19, 2007
Frankfurt Office Assists 3i in the €1.5 Billion Acquisition of Scandlines
A consortium under the leadership of Allianz Capital Partners GmbH (ACP), Munich; 3i, Copenhagen and Frankfurt; and strategic partner Deutsche Seereederei GmbH (DSR), Rostock is purchasing the shares of Scandlines Group.
May 31, 2007
Frankfurt Office Represents Sparda in the Sale of a Majority Stake in NetBank AG
Landesbank Berlin acquires majority stake of 75% minus one share of the share capital of NetBank AG.
March 23, 2007
Firm Announces Additional Expansion in Frankfurt Office
Firm welcomes additional corporate and tax specialists to Frankfurt office.
March 2, 2007
Paris and Frankfurt Offices Advise Sartorius AG on Acquisition of Stake in Stedim SA
German lab-equipment maker Sartorius AG announces agreement to purchase a controlling stake in French peer Stedim SA.
February 1, 2007
Mario Schmidt Joins the Firm in Frankfurt
Willkie is pleased to announce that on February 1, 2007 Mario Schmidt joined the firm as a partner in the Frankfurt office.
December 7, 2006
Frankfurt and Paris Offices Advise PAI on $3.2 Billion Acquisition of Lafarge’s Roofing Division
PAI partners SAS agrees to acquire the roofing division of Lafarge SAS for $3.2 billion (€2.4 billion) in cash and liabilities assumed.
May 9, 2006
Frankfurt Office Advises Fortress in €1.75 Billion Real Estate Portfolio Purchase
Private equity funds managed by Willkie client Fortress Investment Group LLC purchase portfolio of 43,000 city-owned residential units from the east German City of Dresden.