Mario Schmidt

Partner

Frankfurt
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
An der Welle 4
D-60322 Frankfurt am Main
T +49 69 79302 190
F +49 69 79302 222
mschmidtwillkie.com

Mario Schmidt is a partner in the Corporate and Financial Services Department and Co-Chair of the firm’s European Committee. Mario has experience in cross-border and national merger and acquisition transactions, corporate finance and commercial law.  He predominantly advises financial investors and private equity firms on private equity transactions and in the area of mergers and acquisitions.

Chambers Europe (2015) ranks Mario in the number 1 tier for leading individuals practicing in the area  Private Equity in Germany.  He has also been named in various other publications, including JUVE Handbook  and The Legal 500.  He was featured as a “European Hot 100 Lawyer” by The Lawyer in 2005.

Mario is fluent in German, English, French and Spanish.

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Highlights

Mario Schmidt is a partner in the Corporate and Financial Services Department and Co-Chair of the firm’s European Committee. Mario has experience in cross-border and national merger and acquisition transactions, corporate finance and commercial law.  He predominantly advises financial investors and private equity firms on private equity transactions and in the area of mergers and acquisitions.

Selected Significant Matters

Mario’s significant matters include advising:

  • The shareholders of exocad GmbH in the sale of a majority stake to The Carlyle Group as well as their reinvestment
  • Ardian in its acquisition of Gantner
  • 3i in its sale of Amor Group to Gilde Buy Out Partners
  • Management of t-online.de and InteractiveMedia in the sale of t-online.de and InteractiveMedia to Ströer SE
  • Ardian in its acquisition of the Exclusive Synthesis (ES) and Maleic Anhydride Intermediates & Specialties (IM) business from DPx Holdings B.V.
  • Ardian in its investment in Chal-Tec GmbH
  • Hudson’s Bay Company in its €2.82 billion cross-border acquisition of Galeria Kaufhof
  • GEA Group’s management team in the €1.3 billion sale of the company’s Heat Exchangers segment to funds advised by Triton
  • Waterland Private Equity in its acquisition of shares of PREMIUM group, a leading European fashion show organizer, from one of the founders in connection with the ownership structure reorganization of the company
  • Wendel in its acquisition of a majority interest in Constantia Flexibles, a deal valuing Constantia Flexibles at €2.3 billion
  • 3i in its acquisition of a majority stake in leading German jewelry and watch retailer Christ
  • Ardian in its acquisition of ADA Cosmetics International GmbH from the Carlyle Group
  • 3i in its €473 million sale of global automotive supplier Hilite International to China’s AVIC Electromechanical Systems
  • Ardian in its acquisition of German Toy Manufacturer Schleich from European private equity investor HgCapital
  • Scout24 on the USD 2 Billion Sale of German Advertising Company Scout24
  • 3i on its investment in global transmission testing company GIF
  • Riemser Pharma GmbH in the sale of its Animal Health Division and its production facility located in the Greifswald-Isle of Riems to IDT Biologika (Riems) GmbH & Co. KG
  • Rockwood Holdings, Inc. on its $1.98 billion sale of CeramTec to Cinven
  • Ekkio Capital and Inventoriste on the acquisition of Sigma Inventuren und Bestandskontrollen GmbH
  • TA Associates on its investment in Onlineprinters GmbH
  • Rockwood Holdings, Inc. in its acquisition of Kemira Oyj’s 39 percent interest in titanium dioxide business joint venture Sachtleben
  • AXA Private Equity in its acquisition of Riemser Arzneimittel AG
  • AXA Private Equity in the sale of a majority stake in Home Shopping Europe (HSE24) to Providence Equity
  • 3i-backed Hilite International on the sale of its heavy duty emissions control business to Cummins Inc.
  • 3i on the acquisition of a majority stake in Hilite International Inc.
  • Cognetas LLP on sale of German marketing services network Commarco GmbH (parent company of Scholz & Friends) to global advertising group WPP PLC
  • AXA Private Equity on its sale of portfolio company CABB
  • Palamon Capital Partners on the sale of dress-for-less to strategic buyer Privalia Venta Directa
  • RHM Group’s founder in the sale of RHM’s clinics and nursing homes to Waterland Private Equity
  • AXA Private Equity on the acquisition of German shopping network HSE 24
  • Labco in its acquisition of Aesculabor Karlsruhe as part of a strategic collaboration with the Medivision/Endokrinologikum group
  • e.n.o. energy in its sale of a portfolio of six wind farms to Dutch investor DIF Renewable Energies, and in its acquisition of a portfolio of 17 wind farms in development from French wind park developer Energie Eolienne France
  • 3i and funds managed by 3i in connection with the buyout of DruckChemie, a specialty service provider to the printing industry, from SG Capital Europe and Quartus
  • AXA Private Equity in its acquisition of a majority interest in German gaming operator Löwen Play Group
  • Argantis on the acquisition of a majority interest in W.I.S. Holding GmbH & Co. in a management buyout
  • 3i in connection with the acquisition of Scandlines Group
  • Permira on the acquisition of the frozen food operations from Unilever
  • 3i on the acquisition of Azelis Group, and on the sales of betapharm and Jung Pumpen
  • STAR Capital on the acquisition of Abellio Group
  • Veronis Suhler Stevenson and Mecom Group on the acquisition of Berliner Verlag
  • KKR on the acquisition of MTU Aero Engines
  • 3i on the acquisitions of the Wendt Group, Jung Pumpen GmbH and Lichtwer Pharma AG
  • Rockwood Specialties and KKR, DLJ Merchant Banking Partners/CSFB Private Equity on the acquisition of Dynamit Nobel
  • Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd. on the acquisition of Clariant Cellulose Ethers
  • Billerbeck Group on the acquisition of Billerbeck Group together with DZ Equity Partner GmbH
  • Hellman & Friedman on the acquisition of a stake in Axel Springer Verlag (Publisher)
  • Orlando Partners on the acquisition of Bally Wulff
  • Dana Corporation on the sale of FTE automotive to HgCapita
  • DBAG on the management participation in connection with the purchase of the HTE Group
  • ABN AMRO Ventures on the acquisition of Loewen Play GmbH
  • CVC Capital Beratungs GmbH on the acquisition of Lenzing AG, a publicly listed Austrian stock corporation
  • Permira on the acquisition of TakkoModeMarkt and Kiekert AG

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Willkie, Mario was a partner in the Frankfurt office of Clifford Chance.

Selected Professional and Business Activities

Mario is a lecturer (Lehrbeauftragter) on private equity at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management for the LL.M. program.