Our Expertise

Private Equity / M&A

Private Equity / Venture Capital

Advice for private equity clients is the key focus area of our firm. Based on our broad transaction experience, we advise financial investors on platform and add-on acquisitions, management participations and exits.

We are intimately familiar with the specific demands of financial investors, are experienced negotiators and strategic sparring partners for commercial decision makers and manage our clients’ transactions with an eye for the essentials.

Venture capital is another field of activity for Massing Werner. We advise venture capital investors, corporates and entrepreneurs on all types of venture capital transactions.

Highlights:

  • Ardian on the acquisition of Schleich Group from HgCapital
  • Ergon Capital on the acquisition of Sausalitos from EQT
  • REEF Infrastructure / Borealis on the bidding process for Thyssengas
  • IK Investments on the acquisition of Hansa Metallwerke
  • AURELIUS on the acquisition of VAG Group from Rexnord
  • AURELIUS on the acquisition of the Distrelec and Nedis Group from Dätwyler
  • AURELIUS on the acquisition of Hellanor from Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA
  • AURELIUS on the acquisition of the European Consumer Battery Business from Panasonic
  • AURELIUS on the sale of Solidus-Solutions to Centerbridge Partners
  • AURELIUS on the sale of Scandinavian Cosmetics to Accent Equity
  • AURELIUS on the sale of the Getronics Group
  • AURELIUS on the sale of SECOP to Nidec Group

M&A

Advising companies, financial investors, managers and board members on M&A transactions is a cornerstone of our firm.

Based on our extensive experience with leading law firms and private equity investors, we are able to cover the full range of M&A transactions.

Our advisory services include:

  • Public and private M&A transactions
  • Comprehensive advice to strategic and private equity investors in buy- and sell-side processes
  • Legal Due Diligence
  • Bidding Processes
  • Transitional Service Agreements
  • W&I insurance policies and processes
  • Advice to board members and target companies in connection with (public) takeover processes
  • Real estate transactions

Highlights:

  • Listed company on an ultimately aborted public takeover by a financial investor
  • Deutsche Börse on the planned merger with NYSE Euronext
  • Deutsche Börse on the (majority) acquisition of Eurex
  • ThyssenKrupp on the sale of ThyssenKrupp Xervon to Remondis
  • Ardian on the acquisition of Schleich Group from HG Capital
  • Ergon Capital on the acquisition of Sausalitos from EQT
  • Barclays on the sale of the BauBeCon portfolio
  • AURELIUS on the acquisiton of Minova Group from Orica

Real Estate Transactions

We have broad experience in real estate transactions, particularly in the acquisition and sale of large real estate portfolios.

Highlights:

  • JP Morgan on the acquisition of a European mortgage-backed loan portfolio of Hypothekenbank Frankfurt
  • Barclays on the acquisition of the BauBeCon portfolio (approx. 22,000 apartments) from Prelios
  • Barclays on the sale of the BauBeCon portfolio to Deutsche Wohnen
  • GSW Immobilien on the attempted acquisition of the BauBeCon portfolio
  • U.S. insurer on the acquisition of a portfolio of supermarket properties
  • Quantum Immobilien AG on the acquisition of a real estate portfolio
  • Data center operator on the acquisition of a data center business including real property
  • GHOTEL on the acquisition of the Intercity Hotel Göttingen
  • TAG Immobilien AG on the acquisition of a real estate portfolio

Corporate

Corporate Law

Corporate law is another special focus of our practice. We advise on all issues of limited liability companies law and stock corporation law, the law governing corporate groups and partnership law including all matters of corporate governance. We also have special expertise in complex restructurings such as carve-outs, spin-offs, mergers and changes of legal form.

We act as trusted advisors to companies and entrepreneurs, board members and high-net-worth individuals.

Highlights:

  • Transformation of Siegwerk Druckfarben AG into an AG & Co. KGaA
  • Stock corporation law advice to the management board of Sixt Leasing SE
  • Stock corporation law advice to Qiagen AB
  • Stock corporation law advice to Adva Optical Networking SE
  • Media Saturn Holding GmbH on the shareholder dispute Metro AG / Convergenta GmbH (Kellerhals) including representation in arbitration proceedings

Stock Corporation and Capital Markets Law

We advise listed companies on all issues of stock corporation and capital markets law, in particular on the preparation and conduct of their shareholders’ meetings and all matters relating to ad hoc publicity, transparency of shareholdings, manager liability and corporate governance.

In addition, we advise target companies, board members, shareholders and bidders on all stock corporation and capital market law issues in the context of public takeover processes.

Highlights:

  • Listed company on an ultimately aborted public takeover by a financial investor
  • Deutsche Börse on the planned merger with NYSE Euronext
  • JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley on the IPO of Deutsche Annington
  • Management board of Sixt Leasing SE on stock corporation and capital market law matters
  • Qiagen AB on stock corporation and capital market law
  • Adva Optical Networking SE on stock and capital market matters
  • Sixt Leasing SE on the conduct of annual general meetings
  • Adva Optical Networking SE on the conduct of annual general meetings
  • Sixt Leasing SE on the establishment of a stock option program

Corporate Litigation

Our lawyers have particular expertise in corporate litigation. These include actions for damages for breach of duty (manager liability and D&O issues), actions for rescission and nullity against shareholders’ resolutions, board disputes and shareholder disputes.

Highlights:

  • Advising the management of Media Saturn Holding GmbH in the shareholder dispute Metro AG / Convergenta GmbH (Kellerhals) including representation in arbitration proceedings
  • Advising a minority shareholder in a large publishing company in the context of a shareholder dispute, including representation in various court proceedings
  • Advising a minority shareholder in a life sciences company in the context of a shareholder dispute including the conduct of various court proceedings

 

Massing Werner
Partnership of attorneys mbB

Residenzstraße 22
80333 München, Germany