Kerstin Henrich has more than 15 years of experience advising corporates and financial investors on complex M&A transactions and venture capital investments, with particular experience in the renewable energy and infrastructure sectors. She is recognized as one of the most renowned corporate and M&A lawyers in Germany by Handelsblatt / Best Lawyers and recommended for M&A, corporate law and energy (transactions / financing), by the JUVE Handbook of German Commercial Law Firms.
Kerstin's recent engagements include advising Parkwind NV, an independent green energy company, on the financing of a 257 MW offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea; a German developer on the conclusion of a co-development agreement with Italian ERG group to implement a 600 MW subsidy-free photovoltaic power portfolio in Germany; and a German investment holding on the sale of the majority shareholding in Italy's largest photovoltaic power plant. In the infrastructure sector, she recently advised Atlas Arteria, a global owner and operator of toll roads, on the capital restructuring of a German toll road.
In the venture capital space, Kerstin recently acted for a European shareholder of Mister Spex, the German online eyewear retailer, in connection with the IPO of Mister Spex on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
Kerstin is a member of Women of New Energies e.V. (w.one) and of the German-American Lawyers' Association. She is an alumna of the prestigious German National Merit Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Advised a listed Swedish telecom company on a €300 million financing round of a joint venture with Rocket Internet and MTN Group.
Advised Imperial Logistics on the disposal of port and transport logistics provider Neska to Häfen und Güterverkehr Köln AG.
Advised French-listed Plastivaloire Group on the acquisition of Karl Hess GmbH & Co. KG, a leading German system supplier for plastics technology and tools, and on the planned acquisition of a German injection molding supplier from the insolvency administrator.
Advised Mistras Group, which is listed on the NYSE, on the acquisition of the GMA Group, a German provider of nondestructive testing solutions, and the planned acquisition of a German provider of nondestructive testing solutions from the insolvency administrator.
Advised an Indian investor on the planned acquisition of a German valve manufacturer from the insolvency administrator.
Advised a foreign strategic investor on an investment in a leading German online venture.
Advised Holidaybreak, an education, leisure, and activity travel group based in the United Kingdom, on the acquisition of the Meininger Group, which operates hotels in Germany, the U.K., Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
Advised Findos Investor on the acquisition of Faist ChemTec Group, a manufacturer of products for reducing structure-borne sound for the automotive and home appliances industries from the Hannover Finanz Group and Faist Invest.
Advised the main shareholders of Metro AG (the Beisheim, Haniel, and Schmidt-Ruthenbeck family offices) on the sales of: a portfolio of 45 retail properties (mostly METRO Cash & Carry wholesale-retail properties) to affiliates of Cerberus Capital Management L.P. and a portfolio of 23 retail properties (mostly food retailing markets) to a consortium of Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund (MSREF) Global VII and Redos Real Estate.
Advised EDEKA Group on the sale of 36 beverage and liquor wholesale stores to Oetker Group, Veltins Group, and REWE Dortmund.
Advised the shareholder of the trinkgut Group, Germany's leading operator of beverage and liquor wholesale stores, on the sale to EDEKA Group.
Hölters, Handbook Acquisition of Companies (Handbuch Unternehmenskauf), 9th edition, chapter 10 "Special Features of the Anglo-American Contract System"
"[Kerstin Henrich has] an excellent reputation in the market."JUVE Handbook of German Commercial Law Firms
- University of Bonn (Dr. jur. magna cum laude 2006); Second State Examination (Düsseldorf, 2005); Duke University (LL.M. 2001); First State Examination (Bonn, 2000)
Handelsblatt / Best Lawyers in Germany (2021): recognized for M&A
JUVE Handbook of German Commercial Law Firms (continuously since 2014): recommended for M&A, corporate and energy — "[has] an excellent reputation in the market"
Acritas "Star Lawyer" (2018-2021)
- German, English, and French