Dr. MarkusWeber

Partner

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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: 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, Plastic Omnium in several strategic acquisitions in the hydrogen field, VREP in connection with the sale of ZMDI to IDT for $307 million, GfK SE's sale of its animal and crop health division, 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, Fosun, NGK, PAG, PolyOne, Tenneco, and Suez.

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).

Experience

  • Sumitomo Heavy Industries to acquire InvertekJones Day is advising Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. in the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Invertek Drives Ltd.
  • 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).
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • MAHLE sells its forging activities to Austrian Frauenthal GroupJones Day advised MAHLE in the sale of its forging activities, MAHLE Motorkomponenten GmbH, to the Austrian Frauenthal 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.
  • MAHLE sells its industrial filtration business to Filtration GroupJones Day advised MAHLE in the sale of its industrial filter business to Filtration Group Corporation.
  • Plastic Omnium sells SULO Emballagen GmbH to FIELDS GroupJones Day advised Plastic Omnium Environment, the environment division of Compagnie Plastic Omnium, in the sale of SULO Emballagen GmbH to FIELDS Group.
  • Celonis raises capital in $27.5 million Series A roundJones Day represented Celonis GmbH, a leading process mining company, in connection with its issuance of $27.5 million of Series A Stock in a private placement to Accel and 83North.
  • Shore Capital Partners invests in IZI Medical ProductsJones Day represented Shore Capital Partners, LLC in connection with its investment in IZI Medical Products, a manufacturer of medical consumable accessories used in radiology, radiation therapy and image guided surgery procedures.
  • VREP sells interests in ZMDI to IDT for $307 millionJones Day advised VR Equitypartner GmbH ("VREP), a joint subsidiary of DZ BANK and WGZ BANK, on the $307 million sale of all interests in Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden AG (ZMDI) by Global ASIC GmbH ("Global ASIC"), family office Elber GmbH and Freistaat Sachsen (the Free State of Saxony) to a wholly owned subsidiary of Integrated Device Technology, Inc. ("IDT").
  • GfK sells animal and crop health divisionJones Day is representing GfK SE, a market research provider, in connection with the sale of its global animal and crop health division to a consortium consisting of Inflexion, a private equity investor, and the current management.
  • Additional Publications

    • 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)

    Speaking Engagements

    • May 7, 2019
      Sustainability from a Legal Perspective, Deutsche Kreditmark-Standards e.V., Frankfurt am Main, Germany
    • May 8, 2019
      Circular Lecture (Ringvorlesung) on Corporate Law: Shareholder Activism, University of Freiburg Law School, Germany
    • July 1, 2013
      Share Purchase Agreements in M&A-transactions, Summer Seminar M&A („Der Unternehmenskaufvertrag“, Sommerlehrgang Unternehmenskauf, Verlag Dr. Otto Schmidt, Köln)
    • March/April 2011
      Current Demands and Challenges for Board Members – Avoiding Liabilities („Aktuelle Anforderungen für Vorstände und Aufsichtsräte – Haftungsfallen vermeiden“)
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