Johannes Perlitt has advised German and international clients (strategic buyers, financial investors, and banks) in corporate and transactional matters for more than 25 years. His practice is focused on public takeovers and shareholder activism, with specific experience in the automotive industry.
Notable takeover deals that Johannes has advised on include DAB Bank, a major German online broker, in its takeover by BNP Paribas Group at a company valuation of €435 million; GfK SE in connection with a voluntary public tender offer for all shares of GfK SE by KKR; and the majority owner of Biotest AG in its takeover by Chinese strategic investor Creat Group.
Prior to joining Jones Day in 2014, Johannes served as lead or co-lead partner advising clients on numerous transactions, including: J.P. Morgan 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% 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.
- February 2019
Author, The In-House Lawyer Comparative Guide on Corporate Governance, Germany Jurisdiction
- January 2015
Trends in German Public M&A, The American Lawyer, Global M&A Guide 2015
- August 22, 2019
How U.S. Law Can Impact Takeover Offers in Europe
- May 4, 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)
- Higher Regional Court of Hamburg (Second State Examination 1993); University of Göttingen (First State Examination 1988)
- Federal Republic of Germany
JUVE: recognized as one of 21 (2019/2020) and as one of 18 leading senior partners (2018/2019) for corporate law in Germany and recommended for M&A
Handelsblatt in cooperation with Best Lawyers (2019): "Lawyer of the Year" for Corporate Governance & Compliance as well as among the best in M&A and corporate law
Who's Who Legal Germany 2016: recommended for corporate governance and M&A
- German and English