Dr. Axel Wahl

Partner

Frankfurt
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
An der Welle 4
D-60322 Frankfurt am Main
T +49 69 79302 126
F +49 69 79302 222
awahlwillkie.com

Dr. Axel Wahl is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department, focusing on cross-border and national mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity/venture capital transactions.  In this role Axel has represented financial investors as well as corporate clients.  He further advises the management of companies in transaction situations as well as in general corporate matters.

Axel is fluent in German and English.

Dr. Axel Wahl is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department, focusing on cross-border and national mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity/venture capital transactions.  In this role Axel has represented financial investors as well as corporate clients.  He further advises the management of companies in transaction situations as well as in general corporate matters.

Axel is fluent in German and English.

Selected Significant Matters

Axel has advised on the following significant matters:

  • 3i on the sale of ATESTEO, an international drivetrain testing specialist, to IHO Holding GmbH & Co. KG, a holding company of the Schaeffler family
  • A.S.Adventure Group, a portfolio company of private equity fund PAI Partners, in its agreement to acquire McTREK from YEAH! AG
  • Constantia Flexibles in the approximately $1.3 billion sale of its Labels division to Multi-Color Corporation 
  • Castik Capital in its acquisition of the transport services unit of Wolters Kluwer
  • Castik Capital in a majority investment (by its funds) in inet, GmbH Austria
  • EQT Expansion Capital II in the sale of Internetstores Holding GmbH to SIGNA Retail
  • The shareholders of exocad GmbH in the sale of a majority stake to The Carlyle Group as well as their reinvestment
  • IK Investment Partners in the sale of Sport Group
  • Hudson’s Bay Company in its €2.82 billion cross-border acquisition of Galeria Kaufhof
  • Wendel on the €2.3 billion acquisition of Constantia Flexibles from One Equity Partner
  • SK Capital on its acquisition of BASF’s Textile Chemicals Business
  • GFI Software SA on the sale of TeamViewer
  • Insight Venture Partners on its investment in Delivery Hero Holding GmbH
  • Insight Venture Partners on its investment in HelloFresh GmbH
  • Rockwood Holdings, Inc. in the $ 1.325 billion sale of its titanium dioxide pigments and four other non-strategic businesses to Huntsman Corporation
  • Rockwood Holdings, Inc. on its $ 1.98 billion sale of CeramTec to European private equity firm Cinven
  • EQT on its acquisition of Avenso
  • TA Associates on its investment in Onlineprinters GmbH
  • RHJ International on the acquisition of BHF-Bank from Deutsche Bank*
  • Axel Springer on the creation of a joint venture with Swiss publishing house Ringier relating to their activities in Eastern Europe*
  • NYSE Euronext on the combination with Deutsche Börse*
  • CIT on the sale of its German banking business to akf bank*
  • LGT Group, Lichtenstein, on the sale of its German banking business to ABN AMRO*

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Willkie, Axel worked for another international law firm.

Selected Publications and Lectures

  • “Kein Neugläubigerschaden des Vermieters infolge Insolvenz-verschleppung bei Überlassung des Mietobjekts vor Insolvenz-reife“, EWiR 2014, p. 277 (co-author Christina Mann)
  • “Zur Treuwidrigkeit der Aufhebung qualifizierter Mehrheitsklauseln in einer Publikumspersonengesellschaft”, EWiR 2013, p. 241 (co-author Christina Mann)
  • “Erzwungene Offenlegung von Informationen bei feindlichen Übernahmeangeboten”, CFL 2013, p. 23 (co-authors Dr. Stefan Jörgens, Christina Mann)
  • “Nichtigkeit eines Ausschließungsbeschlusses bei Beeinträchtigung des Stammkapitals durch Abfindung”, EWiR 2011, p. 537 (co-author Dr. Ludger Schult)
  • “BGH: Anwendbarkeit des Kündigungsschutzgesetzes auf GmbH-Geschäftsführer”, BB 2010, p. 2571 (co author Dr. Ludger Schult)
  • “Eigenkapitalersatzrecht der AG – Unternehmerisches Interesse auch gegeben bei Vergabe von Darlehen zur Verhinderung der Insolvenz”, GWR 2010, p. 372 (co-author Ludger Schult)
  • “Sanierungsunwillige Anleger können aus Immobilienfonds ausgeschlossen werden”, BB 2010, p. 10 (co-author Dr. Ludger Schult)
  • "BGH: Anwendbarkeit der Lehre von der fehlerhaften Gesellschaft nach Widerruf eines Gesellschaftsbeitritts aufgrund HWiG – Friz II”, BB 2010, p. 2396
  • “Die Auswirkungen des MoMiG auf abgetretene Gesellschafterdarlehensforderungen”, NZG 2010, p. 889 (co-author Dr. Thorsten Führ)
  • “Reichweite der Unterbilanzhaftung bei wirtschaftlicher Neugründung einer GmbH”, NZG 2010, p. 611 (co-author Dr. Ludger Schult)

    * *Mr. Wahl advised on some of these matters at a prior firm.