Dr. MarkusKappenhagen


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Markus Kappenhagen has been advising companies in all aspects of labor and employment matters for more than two decades. His practice is particularly focused on complex reorganizations and restructurings, employment issues in mergers and acquisitions, business transfers, mass dismissals, negotiations with works councils and trade unions, the structuring of variable compensation plans, and the hiring of and separation from managerial employees.

Markus advises Magna, the car manufacturer and automotive supplier, in acquisition matters (labor) and restructurings. In 2012-2013, he was retained by a textile company when it closed down a plant with 300 employees, including the negotiations with unions and works councils. Furthermore, he advised the international hotel group Pandox when it acquired hotels in Germany. Prior to joining Jones Day, Markus worked for E-Plus on several employment transactions and for CapGemini in social plan negotiations regarding an intra-group spin-off.

Markus has written and edited numerous articles and presentations in German and English on employment law. He is a member of the Association of Employment Lawyers in the German Lawyers' Association.


  • 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.
  • Fosun acquires FFT GroupJones Day advised Fosun International Limited with the acquisition of FFT GmbH & Co. KGaA ("FFT") from ATON GmbH.
  • Garmin® acquires Tacx, the leading manufacturer of indoor bike trainersJones Day advised Garmin Ltd. in its acquisition of the Tacx group, a Dutch family business that designs and manufactures high end indoor bike trainers, tools and accessories, as well as indoor training software and applications.
  • Essilor acquires Brille24Jones Day advised Essilor in the acquisition of 100 percent of Brille24 GmbH, one of the leading online retailers of optical products in Germany.
  • ANSYS acquires Granta Design LimitedJones Day advised ANSYS, Inc., the global leader and innovator of engineering simulation software, in their acquisition of Granta Design, the premier provider of materials information technology, and Granta Design Limited has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of ANSYS.
  • Findos Investor acquires worldwide business of Röder HTS Höcker GmbHJones Day advised funds managed by Findos Investor in connection with acquisition of the entire worldwide business operations of Röder HTS Höcker GmbH.
  • 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.
  • Georgia-Pacific sells European nonwovens business to Glatfelter for $185 millionJones Day advised Georgia-Pacific LLC ("GP") in the sale of its European nonwovens business to Glatfelter, a global manufacturer of specialty papers and engineered products, for $185 million.
  • Ferro acquires Ernst-Diegel GmbHJones Day advised Ferro Corporation in its acquisition of Ernst-Diegel GmbH.
  • Reifen Krieg Group acquired by European FinTyre Distribution LimitedJones Day advised the current owners of Reifen Krieg on the disposal of privately held Reifen Krieg Group, a leading full-range tire wholesaler in Germany, to European FinTyre Distribution Limited ("EfTD").
  • 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.
  • David Lloyd Leisure enters German market with acquisition of HealthCity clubJones Day advised David Lloyd Leisure in its acquisition of a HealthCity-branded club in Bad Homburg, near Frankfurt.
  • Fintech company seeks advice on development of blockchain platformJones Day is advising a fintech company on the development of a blockchain platform.
  • EagleTree Capital acquires Airtech GroupJones Day advised EagleTree Capital in its acquisition of a majority stake in and related financing of Airtech Group, a provider of specialized pressure technologies.
  • Compagnie Plastic Omnium acquires Swiss Hydrogen SAJones Day advised Compagnie Plastic Omnium in its investment in Swiss Hydrogen SA, a Swiss-based company, specialized in the design and production of solutions for the management and control of energy in fuel cell systems dedicated to mobility.
  • Groupe Solmax acquires GSE Environmental from Littlejohn & Co. and Strategic Value PartnersJones Day acted as international counsel to Groupe Solmax, Inc., a Canadian-based industry leader in the production of high-quality polyethylene geomembranes for industrial and environmental applications, in connection with the acquisition and related financing of GSE Environmental, a global industry leader in the production of polyethylene geomembranes for industrial and environmental applications, from Littlejohn & Co. and Strategic Value Partners.
  • EMERAM Capital Partners invests in MeonaJones Day represented EMERAM Capital Partners GmbH in connection with its investment in Meona GmbH, a Germany-based innovative clinical software leader.
  • FVB sold to TalanxJones Day advised the sole shareholder of FVB (Gesellschaft für Finanz- und Versorgungsberatung mbH) in the sale of 100 percent of the shares to Talanx Deutschland AG.
  • Western Digital acquires Tegile SystemsJones Day represented Western Digital, a leading provider of storage technologies and solutions that enable people to create, leverage, experience, and preserve data, in connection with its acquisition of Tegile Systems, Inc., a developer of flash and persistent-memory storage solutions for enterprise data center applications.
  • Additional Publications

    • 2013Kommentierung zu Artikel 3 GG sowie AGG, Dornbusch/Fischermeier/Löwisch: Fachanwaltskommentar Arbeitsrecht 5th ed.
    • 15 July 2013Unbegrenzt ist nicht vorübergehend, Legal Tribune Online (LTO)
    • 28 June 2013Sozialauswahl bei teilweiser Stilllegung eines Gemeinschaftsbetriebes, Gesellschafts- und Wirtschaftsrecht (GWR), 13/2013
    • 18 March 2013Betriebsübergang durch Übernahme von Personal, Betriebsberater (BB), 12/2013
    • 4 February 2013Wie aus zehn plötzlich elf Mitarbeiter wurden, Legal Tribune Online (LTO)
    • 30 April 2012Whistleblower riskieren immer noch ihren Job, Legal Tribune Online
    • 16 June 2011BAG zum Betriebsübergang: Betriebsverlagerung ins Ausland kein Grund für Entlassung, Legal Tribune Online (LTO)
    • 2010Wer wird denn gleich in die Luft gehen? Der Pilotenstreik und seine Lehren, Arbeit und Arbeitsrecht (AuA), 238
    • 2007Streik um Tarifsozialplan zulässig, Urteilsanmerkung, Betriebsberater (BB), 2238

    Speaking Engagements

    • February 16, 2015New Rules in the German Social Security System for Inhouse Lawyers, German Association of HR Managers (BPM)
    • February 5-6, 2015Labor law issues in M&A transactions, 3rd IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference
    • November 29, 2013Buying is fun, merging is hell, Rechtliche Herausforderungen der Post-Merger Integration, JDialog: Post-Merger Integration
    • April 18, 2013Annual European Labor & Employment Conference
    • February 12, 2013Demographic Changes and Labor Law, German Association of HR Managers (BPM)
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