Dr. MarkusKappenhagen

Of Counsel

Düsseldorf + 49.211.5406.5500

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.


  • Real Alloy sells European business to SpeiraJones Day advised Real Alloy Holding, LLC in the sale of its European aluminum and magnesium recycling operations to Speira GmbH, an affiliate of KPS Capital Partners.
  • Aurelius sells remaining Office Depot Europe business to strategic buyer RAJA GroupJones Day advised AURELIUS Equity Opportunities in the sale of Office Depot Europe, which includes the remaining Viking and Office Depot Europe activities to strategic buyer RAJA Group.
  • Eastman sells tire additives business product lines to One Rock Capital PartnersJones Day advised Eastman Chemical in the $800 million sale of the rubber additives (including Crystex™ insoluble sulfur and Santoflex™ antidegradants) and other product lines and related assets and technology of the global tire additives business of its Additives & Functional Products segment to an affiliate of One Rock Capital Partners, LLC.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Timken acquires BEKA Lubrication for $165 millionJones Day advised The Timken Company in its $165 million acquisition of BEKA Lubrication (BEKA), a leading global supplier of automatic lubrication systems.
  • Deutsche Beteiligungs AG sold 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 sells Solidus Solutions for €330 million (US$375.6 million)Jones Day advised 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.
  • Intertoys files for bankruptcyJones Day assisted the trustee of Intertoys Holding B.V., the market leader in retail toy shops, in the company’s bankruptcy.
  • 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 International in the acquisition of 100% 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.
    • May 18, 2017
      European Labor & Employment Conference 2017
    • May 10, 2017
      Employment Law, The new Pay Transparency Act: Higher fairness by transparency?
    • 19 mai 2016
      European Labor & Employment Conference 2016
    • May 19, 2016
      European Labor & Employment Conference 2016
    • May 21, 2015
      Jones Day’s European Labor & Employment Conference 2015: Managing Change Across Europe
    • February 16, 2015
      New Rules in the German Social Security System for Inhouse Lawyers, German Association of HR Managers (BPM)
    • February 5-6, 2015
      Labor law issues in M&A transactions, 3rd IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference
    • May 15, 2014
      European Labor & Employment Conference 2014: Managing Today’s Employment Relationships Across Europe
    • November 29, 2013
      Buying is fun, merging is hell, Rechtliche Herausforderungen der Post-Merger Integration, JDialog: Post-Merger Integration
    • April 18, 2013
      Annual European Labor & Employment Conference
    • February 12, 2013
      Demographic Changes and Labor Law, German Association of HR Managers (BPM)
    • October 4, 2012
      German Labor & Employment Seminar