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In his more than 20 years in practice, Johannes Perlitt has advised German and international clients (strategic buyers, financial investors, and banks) in corporate and transactional matters. His practice is focused on public takeovers, and he has specific experience in the automotive industry.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2014, Johannes served as lead or co-lead partner advising clients on numerous transactions, including: J.P. Morgan and other financing banks on the Douglas Holding AG takeover offer made by Advent; Deutsche Bank in connection with the takeover offer made by Grohe Asia AG to the shareholders of Joyou AG; Volkswagen AG on the mandatory tender offer of Porsche SE, the creation of an integrated automotive group with Porsche AG, the acquisition of Porsche Holding (Salzburg), and the sale of Volkswagen's Brazil truck business to MAN; Evonik Industries AG on the acquisition of a 25.01 percent stake by CVC Capital Partners; and RAG AG on the Degussa takeover offer and on the sale of its stake in Ruhrgas to E.ON. Other clients Johannes has represented include Dana Corporation, Norsk Hydro ASA, and Spectrum Brands.

Johannes is a member of the Scientific Association for Company and Corporate Law (VGR). He is also coauthor of leading legal commentaries on stock corporation law and reorganizations.


  • Takeover of Biotest AG by Chinese strategic investor Creat GroupJones Day advised OGEL GmbH as holder of 50.61 percent of the Ordinary Shares in Biotest AG, Germany, in connection with the acquisition of Biotest by way of a public takeover offer made by a company controlled by CREAT Group, China.
  • 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.
  • Atmel receives unsolicited superior proposal and terminates definitive agreement to be acquired by Dialog for $4.6 billionJones Day represented Atmel Corporation in connection with its definitive agreement to be acquired by UK-based Dialog Semiconductor plc in a cash and stock transaction for $4.6 billion.
  • Diebold obtains $3.1 billion financing to finance tender offer and refinance existing facilitiesJones Day represented Diebold, Incorporated, a global provider of innovative self-service technology, security systems, and related services, in connection with a $3.1 billion bank financing.
  • Unicredit Bank AG sells 81.4 percent stake in DAB Bank to BNP Paribas Group for €354 million (US$469.4 million)Jones Day advised DAB Bank, a major German online broker, in its takeover by BNP Paribas Group at a company valuation of €435 million (US$576.9 million).
  • Additional Publications

    • January 2015Trends in German Public M&A, The American Lawyer, Global M&A Guide 2015

    Speaking Engagements

    • 4. Mai 2015
      JDialog: How to Cross the Atlantic – U.S./German M&A
    • May 19, 2014
      JDialog: Aktuelles im Übernahme- und Prospektrecht (Recent Developments in German Takeover and Prospectus Law)
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