Gleiss Lutz advises Stifel Europe on acquisition of MainFirst Bank AG
Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited has taken over MainFirst Bank AG, an independent European investment bank, as well as MainFirst Schweiz AG and MainFirst Securities US Inc. Gleiss Lutz advised Stifel Europe extensively on the transaction. Closing of the deal, which is subject to approval by the authorities, is expected during the first quarter of 2019.
Stifel Europe is a subsidiary of Stifel Financial Corp., a financial services holding company publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange and headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, that conducts its banking, securities brokerage and financial services through several wholly owned subsidiaries. Its European subsidiary, London-based Stifel Europe, advises mainly medium-sized clients on capital structure issues, corporate broking, equity and debt capital markets topics, as well as on mergers and acquisitions. The deal will help Stifel strengthen its position in Europe, in particular as MainFirst has a full German full banking license, guaranteeing unrestricted access to the single market in the wake of Brexit.
MainFirst is an independent European financial services provider with offices in Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Mailand, Munich, New York, Paris and Zurich and specialises in equity brokerage, equity capital markets and asset management. It serves institutional and corporate clients on key European markets.
Gleiss Lutz advised on the transaction together with teams from UK law firm Macfarlanes, Swiss law firm Bär & Karrer, French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel and Italian law firm Chiomenti.
The following Gleiss Lutz team advised Stifel extensively on German law: Dr. Jan Balssen (partner, lead), Dr. Olaf Hohlefelder (both corporate/M&A, Munich), Dr. Stefan Mayer (partner), Dr. Ocka Stumm, (both tax), Dr. Maximilian von Rom (Partner), Dr. Timo Bühler, Eva Legler (all banking regulatory), Dr. Stephan Aubel (partner, corporate and capital markets), Jan-Rasmus Roßkamp (corporate and capital markets), Dr. Walter Andert (corporate and capital markets, all Frankfurt), Dr. Thomas Winzer (partner), Henrike Korthoff, Lea Kuhr (all employment), Dr. Eva Reudelhuber (partner), Anastasia Dressler (both finance,), Dr. Dirk Scherp (of counsel, corporate/compliance), Marina Stoklasa (corporate/compliance, all Frankfurt), Dr. Alexander Molle (counsel), Dr. Hannah Bug (both IP/IT), Dr. Christian Hammann (counsel), Simon Wegmann (both data protection, all Berlin), Dr. Philipp Naab (counsel), Oksana Weber-Kim (both real estate, Frankfurt), Dr. Marc Ruttloff (counsel, Stuttgart), Dr. André Lippert (Berlin, both public law).