Dr. Michael Ilter

Counsel

Frankfurt
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
An der Welle 4
D-60322 Frankfurt am Main
T +49 69 7930 2269
F +49 69 79302 222
milterwillkie.com

Dr. Michael Ilter is a counsel in the Corporate & Financial Services Department, advising on M&A and private equity transactions as well as on corporate law and restructuring matters. His practice focuses on representing international clients in complex national and cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. Further, Michael specialises in advising on joint ventures, consortia, strategic carve-outs and restructurings. He has handled numerous transactions including public, real estate, infrastructure and distressed transactions. Michael has particular experience in the sectors automotive, aviation, financial services, healthcare, medical technology and software.

Michael is fluent in German and English.

Dr. Michael Ilter is a counsel in the Corporate & Financial Services Department, advising on M&A and private equity transactions as well as on corporate law and restructuring matters. His practice focuses on representing international clients in complex national and cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. Further, Michael specialises in advising on joint ventures, consortia, strategic carve-outs and restructurings. He has handled numerous transactions including public, real estate, infrastructure and distressed transactions. Michael has particular experience in the sectors automotive, aviation, financial services, healthcare, medical technology and software.

Michael is fluent in German and English.

Selected Significant Matters

Michael has advised on the following significant matters:*

Private Equity

  • Intermediate Capital Group in connection with its investment in Circet, the leading telecommunications network service provider in Europe
  • American Industrial Partners on various transactions including the business combination of its portfolio company Goss Printing with manroland web systems and the acquisition of the personal care business of Domtar for USD 920 million
  • Apax Partners on various transactions including the multi billion Euro bid for AutoScout24 and the acquisition of Contraload Group by its portfolio company Tosca Services
  • Ardian on the acquisition of a majority stake in investment manager SwanCap Partners from Unicredit
  • Armira on the sale of SaaS provider F24 group to Hg Capital
  • Blackstone on various transactions and bidding processes including the sale of the offshore wind project Nördlicher Grund to Dong Energy, the acquisition of 400,000 sqm logistics assets from TREI Real Estate (Tengelmann Group), the sale of its European logistics platform Logicor to China Investment Corporation (CIC) for EUR 12.25 billion as well as the bidding processes for Xella and Airbus defense electronics
  • Corpus Sireo on the sale of a nursing home portfolio to a Dutch investor
  • H.I.G. Capital on the acquisition of Leuna-Tenside GmbH by its portfolio company Vantage Specialty Chemicals
  • HQ Equita on the acquisition of microwave and plasma systems manufacturer Muegge GmbH and various bidding processes
  • Invesco Real Estate and BNP Paribas REIM on the acquisition of Designer Outlet Wolfsburg for Bayerische Versorgungskammer
  • KKR on various transactions including the acquisition and restructuring of the diabetes care division from Bayer AG for EUR 1.02 billion by way of a world-wide asset deal and the acquisition and restructuring of the anatomical pathology business of Thermo Fisher Scientific for USD 1.14 billion
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on various transactions including the EUR 2.6 billion acquisition of CeramTec and the EUR 4.6 billion acquisition of Techem as a member of the consortia led by BC Partners
  • Porterhouse on various transactions and bidding processes including the sale of Paracelsus clinic Osnabrück, the acquisition of the acute geriatrics department of the Marienkrankenhaus Nassau and the sale of hospital hard- and software provider BEWATEC group
  • Pradera on the acquisition of a pan-European real estate portfolio of IKEA centres for EUR 900 million
  • Serafin on the public takeover of porcelain manufacturer BHS tabletop AG
  • Siris Capital on the sale of software provider Xura Secure Communications GmbH to CLX Communications
  • Swiss Life REIM France on the acquisition of ten buildings from LFPI Hotels Holding Deutschland
  • TSG Consumer Partners on various transactions including its investment in Zoeva cosmetics

Strategic M&A

  • SGT Capital on the acquisition of Utimaco Group from private equity fund EQT Mid Market Europe
  • Constellation Pharmaceuticals in connection with MorphoSys’s acquisition of Constellation Pharmaceuticals
  • Advanced Energy Industries on the acquisition of Artesyn's Embedded Power business from Platinum Equity for USD 400 million
  • Alcoa on various transactions including the acquisition of aerospace supplier TITAL
  • AVIC Electromechanical System Co. on the acquisition of the automotive supplier KOKI TECHNIK Transmission Systems GmbH
  • BAWAG on various transactions including the acquisition of Südwestbank AG and Deutscher Ring Bausparkasse and in the bidding process for various banks, financial institutions and payment processors
  • Brainlab on various transactions including the sale of the orthopaedic joint reconstruction division to Smith & Nephew
  • Deutsche Lufthansa (while on secondment) on various transactions including the acquisition of the outstanding minority stakes in time:matters by Lufthansa Cargo and Stegmann Aircraft Maintenance by a subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik
  • HeidelbergCement on various transactions including the sale of the German lime business to Rheinkalk and the sale of the DACH sand-lime bricks business to H+H for EUR 110 million
  • Magna on the acquisition and restructuring of automotive supplier Stadco Group
  • Nippon Life on a cornerstone investment of EUR 360 million in connection with the IPO of Deutsche Bank's asset management subsidiary DWS Group and on the strategic alliance between Nippon Life and DWS
  • Perella Weinberg on the merger of Linde and Praxair with a transaction value of EUR 65 billion
  • Shareholders on the sale of automotive supplier ZKW Group to LG Corporation for EUR 1.1 billion
  • Showa Denko on the acquisition of the world-wide graphite electrodes business of SGL Carbon for EUR 350 million and the sale of the US graphite electrodes business of SGL GE to Tokai Carbon for USD 150 million
  • Spectris on the acquisition of software products and services provider VI-grade group
  • Valeo on various transactions including the joint venture with Siemens in the area of high voltage powertrains and the acquisitions of automotive suppliers Peiker, Spheros Group and the German start-up Gestigon GmbH


*Michael advised on these matters prior to joining Willkie.


Prior Experience

Prior to joining Willkie in 2021, Michael was an associated partner at Gleiss Lutz in Frankfurt. In 2016, he worked in the legal department of Deutsche Lufthansa AG as a secondee in the area of corporate/M&A.

Selected Publications and Lectures

  • Corporate Governance in der GmbH - Grenzen der Realisierbarkeit effizienter Corporate Governance Strukturen im geltenden GmbH-Recht und Optimierungsbedarf de lege ferenda unter Berücksichtigung des gesetzlichen Leitbildes; Dissertation, Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden, 2015; rezensiert von Theisen in: Der Aufsichtsrat 2015, p. 119