Ludger Kempf is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department who is admitted to practice as lawyer and tax advisor in Germany.  Ludger advises large corporates, financial sponsors and their portfolio companies on complex corporate matters, including cross-border restructurings/reorganizations and the establishment/liquidation of fund structures. Advising on the cross-sections of legal, tax and accounting, Ludger's special areas of expertise are employee/management incentive programs (MIPs) and contractual trust arrangements (CTAs).


Ludger has advised on the following transactions:

  • Advised the Italian-based Sodalis Group on the sale of Lornamead Germany with well-established brands such as CD and a portfolio of brands in the UK from Hong Kong-based beauty company Meiyume as well as on post-closing restructuring measures
  • Assisted CVC Capital Partners in the RETT processing of the acquisition of STARK Group A/S
  • Advised Lone Star and MBCC Group, the former BASF Construction Chemicals and one of the most recognized companies in construction chemicals worldwide, in connection with the sale of MBCC Group to SIKA
  • STARK Deutschland GmbH on its acquisition of German building material distributor KONZ Group
  • STARK Group on the acquisition of Dach & Wand Handels GmbH, a leading Austrian building material distributor
  • STARK Deutschland GmbH on the acquisition of Tröger & Entenmann Group, a leading German provider of water and gas supply and wastewater disposal solutions
  • GHO Capital on its investment in Sanner Group
  • SGT Capital on the acquisition of Utimaco Group from private equity fund EQT Mid Market Europe
  • STARK Deutschland GmbH in its agreement to acquire Melle Gallhöfer, a leading German specialist dealer for roofs and facades, from private equity fund palero
  • Advised Questel and its financial sponsors Eurazeo, IK Investment Partners and Raise Investissement on the contemplated acquisition of NovumIP from Paragon Partners
  • Consortium comprising lead investor Apax Partners, Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners, Summit Partners, GP Bullhound and the Founders in the sale of portfolio company Signavio, a leader in the enterprise business process intelligence and process management space, to SAP
  • Apax Digital on the investment in Price f(x) AG (series C round)
  • Advised Lone Star and STARK Group A/S on the acquisition of building materials merchant SGBDD (including Raab Karcher) with revenues of around €3 billion, from Saint Gobain and on their bid for CRH's European building materials business valued €1.6 billion* and on post-closing corporate and tax measures (e.g. CTA, sale-and-lease-back)
  • Advised Lone Star in setting-up a management equity program for managing/advisory board members of a German bank*
  • Advised Apax Digital on its investment into Signavio, a leading provider of business transformation solutions valued €350 million*
  • Advised GHO Capital on the acquisition of Linimed group, a leading German provider of care services, from Vitruvian Partners and its founders as well as setting-up a management equity program*
  • Advised Towerbrook's portfolio company Infopro Digital on the acquisition of DOCUGroup Group from GMT Communications Partners as well as on post-closing restructuring measures (e.g. cross-border merger)*
  • Advised EQT on its sale of Roeser Group, Germany's leading manufacturer-independent distributor of medical supplies, to Sana Kliniken AG*
  • Advised Centerbridge on the acquisition from Suzlon group and on a management incentive program; furthermore, advised the 1.5 billion IPO of SENVION as well as represented Senvion in a tax indemnity litigation*
  • Advised and represented Lone Star on tax indemnity litigation relating to the acquisition of Corealbank AG, one of the largest mortgage banks in Germany*
  • Advised Tipico Group on the sale of the founders/shareholders of Tipico Group in the sale of a majority stake in the company to CVC Capital Partners*

*Ludger advised on these transactions prior to joining Willkie.



Tax Advisor Exam, 2008 University of Wales, M.B.A., 2004 Higher Regional Court of Koblenz, Second State Exam, 2003 University of Würzburg, First State Exam, 2001 University of Toulouse, LL.M., 1998

Bar Admissions

Frankfurt am Main, 2004