Dr. MarkusWeber


Düsseldorf + 49.211.5406.5500

Markus Weber has more than 15 years of experience advising German and international corporate and private equity clients in cross-border private and public transactions, joint ventures, restructurings, and general corporate and capital markets law matters. He also provides boardroom advice on corporate governance and compliance matters and liability prevention strategies for board members.

Recent transactions and projects include: SUEZ's € 1.1 billion divestiture of its recycling and recovery operations in several European countries to PreZero, Plastic Omnium in the acquisition of the automotive lighting systems (AMLS) business from ams OSRAM group, Amadeus FiRe AG in its €200 million acquisition of ComCave Holding GmbH, Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG on its $4.6 billion public takeover by DSV A/S, Fosun's acquisition of FFT from ATON, Lincoln Electric in the acquisition of Air Liquide Welding from Air Liquide, GfK SE in connection with the €2 billion takeover and subsequent taking private by KKR, VREP in connection with the sale of ZMDI to IDT for $307 million, and MAHLE's acquisition of the thermal division of automotive supplier Delphi PLC for $727 million.

Other clients in recent representations, in which Markus acted mostly as lead or co-lead lawyer, include AGIC, Eastman, Fosun, Milliken & Company, NGK, PAG, PolyOne, SAP, and Tenneco.

Markus also has worked in San Francisco, Frankfurt, and London. He has written extensively on the German Stock Corporation Act (AktG) and on M&A-related topics. He is a member of the German-American Lawyers' Association (DAJV), the German-Swiss Lawyers' Association (DSJV), and the Scientific Association for Company and Corporate Law (VGR).


  • Plastic Omnium acquires ams OSRAM Automotive Lighting Systems from ams OSRAM GroupJones Day advised Plastic Omnium in the acquisition of the Automotive Lighting Systems (AMLS) business of ams OSRAM Group in a highly complex international carve-out transaction.
  • SUEZ sells its SUEZ Recycling & Recovery operations to PreZeroJones Day advised the French listed company SUEZ SA in its 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.
  • 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.
  • Milliken & Company acquires Zebra-chemJones Day advised Milliken & Company in its acquisition of Zebra-chem GmbH, a global chemicals company known for its peroxide and blowing agent masterbatches.
  • Panalpina and DSV join forces by way of CHF 4.6 billion (US$4.6 billion) public exchange of stockJones Day advised Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG, Basel, Switzerland, one of the world's leading freight forwarders, with respect to German, EU, and U.S. securities law aspects and foreign direct investment filings in connection with the combination with DSV A/S, Hedhusene, Denmark, by way of a CHF 4.6 billion (US$4.6 billion) public exchange offer of DSV to all Panalpina shareholders to tender their Panalpina shares (listed at SIX Swiss Exchange) against DSV shares (listed at NASDAQ Copenhagen).
  • Furukawa Electric and Superior Essex global joint venture finalizedJones Day advised Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. in its finalization of a global joint venture with Superior Essex Inc.
  • Amadeus FiRe AG acquires GFN AGJones Day advised Amadeus FiRe AG in connection with its acquisition of 100% of the shares in GFN AG, a German IT training provider that cooperates with well-known industry partners to offer specific training and certified qualifications.
  • Amadeus FiRe AG completes €52 million share capital increaseJones Day advised Amadeus FiRe AG, a leading personnel service company, in connection with the €52 million share capital increase for refinancing the acquisition of Comcave Holding GmbH.
  • 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.
  • Convergint Technologies acquires KeyotelJones Day advised Convergint Technologies, a global leader in service-based systems integration, in the acquisition of Keyotel, a leading security integrator across Germany.
  • Milliken & Company acquires Borchers from The Jordan CompanyJones Day advised Milliken & Company in its acquisition of Borchers Group Limited, a global specialty chemicals company known for its innovative high-performance coating additives and specialty catalyst solutions, from The Jordan Company, L.P.
  • Parkwind obtains financing for 257 MW Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farmJones Day advised Parkwind NV, an independent green energy company that develops, finances, and operates offshore wind farms, on the financing of the 257 MW Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farm.
  • Sumitomo Heavy Industries acquires InvertekJones Day advised Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. in the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Invertek Drives Ltd.
  • Pandox AB purchases two hotel properties in Hanover and The Hague (Netherlands)Jones Day advised Pandox AB on the €83 million purchase of two hotel properties and the respective hotel operations in Hanover and The Hague (Netherlands) from Grape Hospitality.
  • Koch-Glitsch acquired Julius Montz from Pfaudler GroupJones Day advised Koch-Glitsch, a subsidiary of Koch Engineered Solutions (KES) and its parent company Koch Industries, Inc., in the acquisition of chemical and pharmaceutical process equipment and technology supplier Julius Montz GmbH (Montz) from the Pfaudler Group, a portfolio company of Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG).
  • Fosun acquires FFT GroupJones Day advised Fosun International Limited with the acquisition of FFT GmbH & Co. KGaA ("FFT") from ATON GmbH.
  • KWS and J.R. Simplot Company establish joint venture for hybrid potato breedingJones Day advised KWS SAAT SE in the formation of a joint venture company, Aardevo B.V., with J.R. Simplot Company to deliver top performing potato varieties through hybrid breeding.
  • PolyOne acquires Fiber-Line for $120 millionJones Day advised PolyOne Corporation, a premier global provider of specialized polymer materials, services, and solutions, in its $120 million acquisition of Fiber-Line, a global leader in customized engineered fibers and composite materials.
  • AGIC Capital sells Gimatic Srl to Barnes Group for €370 million (US$432.2 million)Jones Day advised Asia-Germany Industrial Promotion Limited ("AGIC Capital"), a leading European-Asian private equity firm focused on equity investments in controlling interests and qualified minorities, in connection with its sale of Gimatic Srl to Barnes Group Inc. for €370 million (US$432.2 million) in cash.
  • Ferro acquires Ernst-Diegel GmbHJones Day advised Ferro Corporation in its acquisition of Ernst-Diegel GmbH.
  • PAG invests in Key Safety Systems to finance acquisition of global assets of Takata CorporationJones Day represented PAG Asia Capital Ltd. and PAG Asia II LP in connection with its investment in Key Safety Systems, a subsidiary of China-based Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corporation, to finance the acquisition of substantially all of the global assets of Takata Corporation out of bankruptcy in the U.S. and Japan and certain non-bankruptcy transactions elsewhere in the world.
  • Additional Publications

    • 2022
      Hölters/Weber, Aktiengesetz, Commentary on the German Stock Corporation Act ("AktG"), 4th edition; co-editor and author Sect. 76-89, 162 AktG, provisions regarding the Management Board.
    • 2021
      Schalast/Keibel, Handbuch Deutsche Kreditmarkt-Standards, co-author of chapter: ESG - Sustainable Finance from a credit markets' perspective.
    • 2019
      Hölters, Handbook Acquisition of Companies (Handbuch Unternehmenskauf), 9th edition, author of chapter 9 "The Company and Share Purchase Agreement"
    • 2017
      Hölters, Kommentar AktG, Commentary on the German Stock Corporation Act ("AktG"), 3rd Edition, author Sect. 76 to 90 AktG, provisions regarding the Management Board
    • April 8, 2016
      Subsequent reduction of the compensation of board members because of a deterioration of the situation of the company (Nachträgliche Herabsetzung der Vorstandsbezüge wegen Verschlechterung der Lage der Gesellschaft - zugleich Besprechung des BGH-Urteils vom 27.10.2015 - II ZR 296/14), Der Betrieb 2016, page 815 - 819.
    • 2014
      Hölters, Kommentar AktG, Commentary on the German Stock Corporation Act ("AktG"), 2nd Edition, author Sect. 76 to 90 AktG, provisions regarding the Management Board
    • February 2012
      Manager’s liability (Manager in der Pflicht) – Interview, IT-Director
    • 2011
      Hölters, Kommentar AktG, Commentary on the German Stock Corporation Act („AktG“), author Sect. 76 to 90 AktG, provisions regarding the Management Board
    • 2010
      Reform in permanence: The 2011 draft amendment to the German Stock Corporation Act (Nach der Reform ist vor der Reform: Die Aktienrechtsnovelle 2011), AnwaltSpiegel
    • July 30, 2008
      Betrayal of secrets by supervisory board members (Geheimnisverrat im Aufsichtsrat), Interview, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)
    • February 4, 2006
      Premature Reappointment of Board Members (Vorzeitige Wiederbestellung von Vorstandsmitgliedern), Börsen-Zeitung
    • September 2005
      Still Pie-in-the-sky, Start for the Real Estate Investmemnt Trust (G-Reit) delayed (Noch Zukunftsmusik – Startschuss für die neuen Immobilienaktien G-REITs steht noch aus), Handelsblatt
    • 2005
      Premature Reappointment of Board Members (vorzeitige Wiederbestellung von Vorstandsmitgliedern), AG 2005, 629-634
    • 2002
      The Taxation of Life Estates in Cases of German-Swiss Inheritances (Die Besteuerung von Nießbrauch und Nutznießung in deutsch-schweizerischen Erb- und Schenkungsfällen – Erbschaft- und Schenkungsteuer bei der Übertragung unternehmerisch gebundenen Vermögens)

    Additional Speaking Engagements

    • May 8, 2019
      Ringvorlesung zum Gesellschaftsrecht: Shareholder Activism, Universität Freiburg, Deutschland
    • May 7, 2019
      Nachhaltigkeit aus rechtlicher Sicht, Deutsche Kreditmarkt-Standards e.V., Frankfurt am Main, Deutschland
    • July 1, 2013
      Unternehmens- und Anteilskaufverträge bei M&A-Transaktionen, Sommerlehrgang „Der Unternehmenskaufvertrag“, Verlag Dr. Otto Schmidt, Köln)
    • March/April 2011
      „Aktuelle Anforderungen für Vorstände und Aufsichtsräte – Haftungsfallen vermeiden“