Christian A.Krebs (Chris)

Partner

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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).

Experience

  • Deutsche Beteiligungs AG sells 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 to sell Solidus Solutions for €330 million (US$375.6 million)Jones Day is advising 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.
  • Atlas Holdings completes first phase of purchase of NCR Corporation's Interactive Printer Solutions DivisionJones Day represented affiliates of Atlas Holdings, LLC in its acquisition of the Interactive Printer Solutions ("IPS") division of NCR Corporation.
  • Wasserstein & Co. acquires leading global experiential marketing solutions company MossJones Day advised Wasserstein & Co., LP in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Moss Inc., the leading global provider of highly engineered, three-dimensional fabric structures and customized environmental branding solutions, from funds advised by Century Park Capital Partners II, L.P.
  • Yaskawa acquires remaining stake in VIPAJones Day advised Yaskawa Electric Corporation in its acquisition of the remaining 20 percent interest in VIPA Gesellschaft für Visualisierung und Prozessautomatisierung mbH.
  • XIO acquires Lumenis for approximately $510 million, $14 per share, in cashJones Day advised XIO Group in its acquisition of Lumenis Ltd., the world's largest energy-based medical company for surgical, ophthalmology, and aesthetic applications, for $14 per share in cash, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $510 million.
  • XIO Group acquires COMPO EXPERT business from Triton PartnersJones Day advised XIO Group on the fund's inaugural investment in the secondary leveraged buyout from Triton Partners of the COMPO EXPERT business, a leading supplier of specialty fertilizer products for professional applications.
  • The following represents notable experience prior to joining Jones Day:

    Advised on the sale of a German stock exchange.

    Advised Deutsche Bank in the acquisition of a financial institution in southeast Europe.

    Advised BP on the consolidation of its European downstream business, formation of a European Company (SE), and corporate governance issues.

    Advised SGL Carbon on its conversion into a European Company (SE).

    Advised Klöckner & Co on its conversion into a European Company (SE).

    Advised Equens on its conversion into a European Company (SE).

    Represented a Japanese insurance company in its equity participation in and strategic alliance with a German insurance company.

    Represented a family office in several investments into a German solar technology company.

    Advised a German financial institution on profit participation rights.

    Speaking Engagements

    • 29. September bis 2. Oktober 2014
      Sommerlehrgänge des ILF (Institute for Law and Finance) 2014
    • 29. September bis 2. Oktober 2014
      Sommerlehrgänge des ILF (Institute for Law and Finance) 2014
    • 4. - 15. März 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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