Christian A.Krebs (Chris)


Frankfurt + 49.69.9726.3939

Christian Krebs has more than 10 years of experience advising international corporations and financial sponsors on cross-border M&A transactions, corporate law, and corporate governance. He is recommended for large M&A transactions in The Legal 500 Germany.

Chris provides counseling on all aspects of sales of private and public corporations. He regularly advises on private equity transactions (including public-to-privates, LBOs, and MBOs) on both the buy- and sell-side. He also provides boardroom advice regarding the latest trends in shareholder activism, corporate governance, and liability prevention strategies for board members.

Clients in recent representations, in which Chris acted mostly as lead or co-lead lawyer, include Aurora Resurgence, Deutsche Beteiligungs AG, Deutsche Börse AG, GfK SE, Hansteen, Infiana, One Equity Partners, PolyOne, Procter & Gamble, and XIO.

Chris gained in-house legal experience in the oil and gas industry during an extended client secondment and worked at international law firms in New York, Brussels, and Buenos Aires. As a result of his international experience, he is especially apt at and has specific experience in advising foreign investors.

Chris has published extensively on matters of corporate and business law and speaks publicly on M&A topics. He is also a coauthor of a leading treatise on the law of reorganizations. As a board member of the German American Lawyers Association (DAJV), he organizes its annual flagship symposium on contemporaneous transatlantic legal issues. He is also a member of the Scientific Association for Company and Corporate Law (VGR).


  • SUEZ to sell its SUEZ Recycling & Recovery operations to PreZeroJones Day advised the French listed company SUEZ SA in its contemplated largest sale of SUEZ Recycling & Recovery operations - excluding plastic recycling and hazardous waste treatment activities - in four continental Europe countries: the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, and Poland to PreZero, the environmental division of Schwarz Group, as part of exclusive negotiations.
  • EDF enters into inaugural and groundbreaking investment in Germany's hydrogen sectorJones Day represented EDF through its affiliates, Hynamics SA and EDF Deutschland, in its inaugural and groundbreaking investment in Germany’s hydrogen sector.
  • Amadeus FiRe AG acquires COMCAVE Holding GmbH, Dortmund for €200 millionJones Day advised Amadeus FiRe AG, Frankfurt, on the €200 million acquisition of 100% of the shares in the retraining specialist COMCAVE Holding GmbH, Dortmund.
  • Timken acquires BEKA Lubrication for $165 millionJones Day advised The Timken Company in its $165 million acquisition of BEKA Lubrication (BEKA), a leading global supplier of automatic lubrication systems.
  • NEP Group acquires SOS Global ExpressJones Day advised NEP Group in its acquisition of SOS Global Express, an independent international freight forwarding and full-service logistics company that specializes in supporting clients in broadcast, entertainment, music, and professional sports teams and leagues.
  • Deutsche Beteiligungs AG sold investment in InfianaJones Day advised DBAG Fund VI, a fund advised by Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG), on the auction sale of the portfolio company Infiana Group GmbH and indirectly all of its subsidiaries to funds advised by Pamplona Capital Management.
  • AURELIUS sells Solidus Solutions for €330 million (US$375.6 million)Jones Day advised AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA on the full shop auction sale of the Solidus Solutions group to funds advised by Centerbridge Partners, L.P.
  • INVISTA sells Apparel & Advanced Textiles business to Shandong Ruyi Investment HoldingJones Day advised INVISTA, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., in its sale of INVISTA’s Apparel & Advanced Textiles business to Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding.
  • Procter & Gamble acquires consumer health business of Merck KGaAJones Day advised The Procter & Gamble Company (“P&G”) in its €3.375 billion ($4.2 billion) acquisition of the worldwide consumer health business of Merck KGaA.
  • Aurora Resurgence sells Alltub Group to One Equity PartnersJones Day advised Aurora Resurgence in the sale of portfolio company Alltub Group to One Equity Partners.
  • Ferro acquires Ernst-Diegel GmbHJones Day advised Ferro Corporation in its acquisition of Ernst-Diegel GmbH.
  • CORSAIR acquires Elgato GamingJones Day advised Corsair Gaming, Inc., a portfolio company of EagleTree Capital, in connection with the acquisition of the gaming division of Elgato Systems GmbH, which develops, designs and manufactures video game streaming software and hardware products.
  • Irving Place Capital portfolio company acquires plant in Netherlands from Graham PackagingJones Day represented Irving Place Capital Management, L.P. in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company Alpha Packaging Inc., a leading blow molder of bottles and jars for rapidly growing consumer markets, of a plant in Etten-Leur, the Netherlands, from Graham Packaging Company, a global leader in plastic packaging solutions.
  • Lincoln Electric acquires Air Liquide Welding for €115 million (US$134 million)Jones Day advised Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. in the €115 million (US$134 million) acquisition of the Air Liquide Welding subsidiary of Air Liquide, a key player in the manufacturing of welding and cutting technologies.
  • Timken acquires Groeneveld Group for $280 millionJones Day advised The Timken Company in its $280 million acquisition of Groeneveld Group, a leading provider of automatic lubrication solutions used in on- and off-highway applications.
  • Hansteen disposes German and Dutch portfolio for €1.28 billion (US$1.4 billion)Jones Day advised Hansteen Holdings PLC in the disposal of its German and Dutch property portfolios and real estate management business for €1.28 billion (US$1.4 billion) to entities owned by funds advised by affiliates of The Blackstone Group L.P. and M7 Real Estate (the "Buyer").
  • Infiana Group amends and extends its senior financingJones Day advised Infiana Group GmbH, a portfolio company of Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG), in connection with the amendment and extension of its senior leveraged buyout financing, to over €100 million.
  • Materion acquires Heraeus' target materials businessJones Day advised Materion Corporation, a global supplier of highly engineered advanced enabling materials, in its $30 million acquisition of the principal portion of the high-performance target materials business of the Heraeus Group.
  • Voluntary public tender offer for all shares of GfK SE by KKR and shareholder agreement between KKR and GfK Verein resulting in joint shareholding of more than 95 percent in GfK SEJones Day advised GfK SE in connection with a voluntary public tender offer by Acceleratio Capital N.V., a holding company controlled by funds advised by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (together with affiliates, "KKR") and a shareholder agreement between KKR and GfK Verein, GfK SE's majority shareholder.
  • Aurora Resurgence portfolio company acquires Karl Höll GmbHJones Day represented Aurora Resurgence in connection with the add-on acquisition and related financing by portfolio company Alltub Group, a producer of collapsible aluminum tubing, of Karl Höll GmbH & Co. KG, a manufacturer of collapsible aluminum and laminate tubes.
  • Additional Publications

    • February 2019
      Author, The In-House Lawyer Comparative Guide on Corporate Governance, Germany Jurisdiction
    • December 2018
      Tailwind for MAC clauses, Börsenzeitung, p. 9
    • November 2015
      Internationale Zuständigkeit bei Geschäftsführerhaftung, GWR 2015, 450
    • October 2015
      Haftung des übertragenden Rechtsträgers nach Ausgliederung für „Goodwill“-Ausgleichsanspruch des Versicherungsvertreters, GWR 2015, 402
    • August 2015
      Aufhebung eines Unternehmensvertrages ist auch im GmbH-Konzern nur zum Ende des Geschäftsjahres zulässig, GWR 2015, 340
    • October 2014
      Commentary on decision II ZR 174/13 of the German Federal Court regarding indemnification of officers of a stock corporation for criminal law penalties, BB 2014, 2512
    • September 2014
      Nicht aus eigener Tasche, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
    • June 2014
      Gewahrte identitaet (Maintained Identity), Unternehmermagazin
    • May 2014
      BGH konkretisiert und stärkt Auskunftsverweigerungsrecht der Aktiengesellschaft/SE, BB 2014, 1168
    • May 2014
      Nicht geltend gemachte Lohnforderungen eines Arbeitnehmer-Gesellschafters sind im Insolvenzfall nachrangig, GWR 2014, 225
    • May 2014
      Gesamtrechtsnachfolge der WEG-Verwalterstellung einer juristischen Person durch Verschmelzung, Kommentar zu BGH V ZR 164/13, GWR 2014, 194
    • April 2014
      Grenzüberschreitender Formwechsel nach Deutschland – Einordnung, Voraussetzungen und Praxisfolgen, GWR 2014, 144
    • May 2013
      Grenzüberschreitender Formwechsel nach Deutschland – Einordnung, Voraussetzungen und Praxisfolgen, GWR 2014, 144
    • February 2013
      Vorsicht bei Zahlungsversprechen an Gesellschafter: BGH konkretisiert Anforderungen, Handelsblatt Rechtsboard
    • February 2013
      BGH-Entscheidung zur HSH-Nordbank, Finance Magazin
    • Oktober 2012
      BGH-Entscheidung zur HSH-Nordbank, Finance Magazin
    • August 2012
      Freeze-Out Transactions in Germany and the U.S.: A Comparative Analysis, German Law Journal 13(8):941-978
    • August 2012
      Non-Reliance Letter - ein wirkungsvolles Gestaltungsinstrument?, NZG 2012, 847

    Speaking Engagements

    • May 15, 2019
      CFIUS and European Foreign Direct Investment Control Event
    • May 8, 2019
      Circular Lecture (Ringvorlesung) on Corporate Law: Shareholder Activism, University of Freiburg Law School
    • April 5, 2019
      Transatlantic Legal Conference 2019, Moderator M&A Panel "The MAC is back"
    • November 6, 2018
      Einführung in den Unternehmenskauf, Universität Freiburg
    • March 2, 2018
      Working Group Day 2018 of the DAJV (German-American Lawyers’ Association)
    • November 6, 2017
      Movers and Shakers: Shareholder Activism in the U.S. and Germany
    • September 29 - October 2, 2014
      Sommerlehrgänge des ILF (Institute for Law and Finance) 2014
    • March 4-15, 2013
      Unternehmensrecht in der Beratungspraxis plus Fallstudie
    • March 4-15, 2013
      Advising on Corporate Law in Legal Practice - Spring Seminar (Frühjahrslehrgang) of the ILF (Institute for Law and Finance) 2013
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