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Comprehensive competence in all areas

Gleiss Lutz is one of the leading M&A advisors in Germany. As one of the largest law firms in Germany, we also have the necessary clout for the most voluminous and complex M&A transactions. Our full service approach ensures that we can include respected experts from all areas of law relevant to M&A transactions in one mandate. Well-coordinated teams of consultants with their extensive expertise and experience offer tailor-made solutions from a single source. In the past 15 years, according to Mergermarket, together with our international network law firms, we have supported clients in around 800 successfully completed M&A transactions with legal, strategic and tactical advice. Cross-border M&A transactions have steadily increased in importance and complexity for our clients. We support our clients in all phases of a transaction, especially in acquisitions, mergers and sales including carve-outs, strategic alliances and joint ventures.

"They have particular strength in complex transactions as well as in setting up and co-ordinating an international team of lawyers. (client) "
Almost all M&A transactions that Gleiss Lutz accompanies are of a cross-border nature. Through our international network of first-class law firms that are closely related to us, we cover all relevant jurisdictions worldwide. Depending on your needs, we put together the best international team in consultation with our clients. ... As an independent law firm, we are able to cater to the specific needs of the client and the mandate when selecting local consultants and thus ensure consistently high quality advice across borders that is appropriate to the transaction. Our proven global consulting approach is characterized by: One central contact person, one mandate contract, one invoice.

Company acquisitions and sales

Advising on company acquisitions and sales with regard to non-listed target companies has been a cornerstone of our practice for decades. We support cross-border transactions in all facets of the M&A business. ... Our advice begins with the strategic preliminary considerations and planning, also with an eye on the antitrust aspects, as well as initial discussions with potential interested parties and leads to the design of the purchase or sale including carve-out (as an auction process or exclusive procedure with a prospective customer) , the preparation of the necessary documentation and the negotiation, up to the successful completion of the purchase or sale. In addition, integrated teams of M&A and capital market specialists advise extensively on dual track procedures and all related special issues.
Supporting public takeovers is a focus of our M&A advice. The firm has proven experts who have been involved in almost 100 planned or executed public takeovers (both friendly and hostile) over the past 15 years - be it for the acquirer, the target company or for investment banks. ... On the part of the purchaser, our advice begins in particular with the strategic preliminary considerations and planning, also with a view to the antitrust aspects, the development of the appropriate transaction structure, the preparation of the offer documents, negotiations with any major shareholders of the target company and coordination with the supervisory authorities as well post-closing measures, such as a possible squeeze-out and support for the target company in the event of measures following a successful takeover. On the part of the target company, we develop and support appropriate defensive measures in the event of a hostile takeover and advise on all contractual, regulatory and corporate law, capital market law and tax issues.
Gleiss Lutz has traditionally been involved in the establishment of national and cross-border joint ventures. The pronounced industry know-how of our sector specialists e.g. in the automotive industry, energy industry, in the areas of healthcare, media and telecommunications, banking and insurance as well as other sectors is a decisive advantage. ... Together with clients and other consultants, we develop tailor-made concepts that implement the requirements of our clients not only on the purely legal side, but also in particular with regard to the respective industry-specific features.

Private Equity Transactions

Gleiss Lutz advises financial investors including family offices on all legal and tax aspects of the various acquisition options in the form of leveraged buy-outs, management buy-outs, management buy-ins and similar constellations, public takeovers and take-private transactions as well as the acquisition of minority stakes. ... A particular focus of our advice is on large-cap transactions. We also advise on complex mid- and small-cap transactions.

Distressed M & A / restructuring in and out of the crisis

Advice on company acquisitions or sales in a crisis situation or from bankruptcy is one of our specialties. In doing so, we draw on the expertise and experience of both our M&A and our restructuring practice. ... Gleiss Lutz has been one of the most respected international addresses here for many years and regularly advises companies, shareholders, creditors, insolvency administrators and investors on major restructuring cases. Our range of advisory services also includes transactions for the reorganization of company and group structures, regardless of whether these are carried out for strategic reasons, for tax optimization or in connection with a crisis situation.
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