The Private Equity Practice at Gleiss Lutz is among the leaders in the German market. According to Mergermarket, we have for years consistently ranked among the top five legal advisers for Germany-related private equity transactions. The success and reputation of the Practice is due to the first-class legal advice that it delivers, its excellent service, and the entrepreneurial approach of its lawyers to “getting the deal done”.
We support financial investors through the entire lifecycle of an investment. Our range of advisory services covers support in the identification of deal opportunities, the acquisition including the development of a tax-efficient acquisition structure, leveraged finance and high-yield debt capabilities to support European and US style financing, and management participation programs.
We advise on all aspects of the deal and provide support to the portfolio company to increase the company’s value, standing ready to advise on add-on acquisitions and disposals as well as on post-acquisition or distress-induced restructuring measures. We also support equity syndications, refinancings, and recapitalisations.
Finally, at the end of the investment cycle, we help clients evaluate exit options, such as private sales, IPOs, or dual-track processes. Our full-service approach ensures that our private equity lawyers can at any point bring on board acknowledged experts in relevant legal fields as well as leading partners with in-depth sector expertise.
Management incentive schemes
When it comes to equity syndications, our experience in this area ranges from “plain vanilla” post-closing equity syndications to other financial or strategic investors, to friends and family programs, as well as special forms of equity syndication, such as club deals and equity bridges.
Refinancings and recapitalisations
Integrated teams made up of both private equity and financial lawyers advise on all types of refinancings and recapitalisations. Our advice covers the coordinated development and implementation of all measures relating to tax and corporate law as well as financing strategies.