Dr Martin Neuhaus, M.B.L.-HSG

Rechtsanwalt (Lawyer)
Partner
Practice Group: Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions

Martin Neuhaus draws on insights gained through nearly 20 years of experience, advising on a broad range of transactions representing well in excess of EUR 80 billion. He advises DAX30 and other publicly listed companies, private companies, as well as private equity and sovereign wealth funds on domestic and cross-border corporate M&A projects. He also advises management and supervisory boards on corporate governance and capital markets issues.

Expertise

  • Domestic and cross-border M&A transactions
  • Public takeovers / PIPEs
  • Private equity and sovereign wealth fund transactions
  • Corporate (re-)structurings (incl. carve-outs)
  • Ongoing corporate advice
  • Minority investments
  • Joint venture transactions
  • Boardroom advice for management board and supervisory board
  • Compliance-related questions

Career

  • First German State Exam, Münster University
  • Postgraduate program: Master of European & International Business Law (M.B.L.-HSG,) at the University of St. Gallen
  • Ph.D. at the University of Münster
  • Second German State Exam, Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf
  • Partner in an international law firm in their Coporate/ M&A department, Düsseldorf
  • At Noerr since 2020
  • Admitted to the Düsseldorf Chamber of Lawyers

Selected Projects

  • CECONOMY on reorganization of MSH shareholder base and roll-over of Convergenta's stake (2021)
  • Novelis on the divestiture of European aluminum activities (2020/2021)
  • Scout24 on its sale of its AutoScout24 platform to financial investor Hellman & Friedman (2020/2021)
  • VR Equitypartner on its participation in KTN group (2020/2021)
  • DuMont on the divestiture of its newspaper subgroup Morgenpost Verlag to Chronic Capital and the contemplated divestiture of mopo online to Funke Mediengruppe (2019/2020)
  • Haniel on the contemplated acquisition of a global business (2020)
  • LogMeIn on a contemplated public takeover (2020)
  • Omnicom/DDB on a compliance investigation regarding the Volkswagen advertisement campaign (2020)
  • TVEL on the formation of a cross-border joint venture for the production of nuclear fuels (2020)
  • Allianz Capital Partners on the re-design of its global executive LTIP schemes (2019)
  • DuMont on the divestiture of its newspaper subgroups (i) Mitteldeutsche Zeitungsgruppe to Bauer Media and (ii) Berliner Zeitung to CCG Commercial Coordination Germany (2019/2020)
  • Hamburger Hochbahn on the disentanglement and divestiture of BeNEX, a joint venture with infrastructure fund INPP (2016/2019)
  • Haniel on the contemplated carve-out and acquisition of a global business (2019)
  • Lanxess on the design, formation and expansion of CheMondis, the world’s second largest digital B2B chemicals trading platform (2018 through 2020)
  • Modine on the contemplated divestiture of a strategic business segment (2019)
  • Scout24 on the contemplated formation of global joint venture (2019)
  • CECONOMY on the contribution of the MediaMarkt business in Greece into a joint venture with Olympia Group (2019)
  • VR Equitypartner on compliance investigations and restructuring of European Convenience Food Group
  • ArcelorMittal on the corporate restructuring of its entire German steel activities (2017/2018)
  • Bosch SEG on its carve-out and divesture by Bosch to Zhenzhou Coal Mining Machinery (ZMJ) / China Renaissance Capital and formation of a separate global group (2017/2018)
  • CECONOMY on the divestiture of a minority stake in Metro to EP Global Commerce (2018/2019)
  • Daimler on its carve-out and divestiture of Toll Collect to the German Government (2018/2019)
  • DuMont on the acquisition of Deutsche Auftragsdienst AG (DTAD) (2018)
  • Isreal Chemicals Ltd. on the carve-out and divestiture of its European fire safety chemicals / oil additives business to SK Capital (2017/2018)
  • Omnicom / BBDO on the divestiture of its global outsourcing business (Sellbytel) to Webhelp / KKR and subsequent minority shareholder litigation (2018 through 2020)
  • Stada on corporate and capital markets matters (including DPLTA and delisting) and compliance investigation matters (2017/2018)
  • ARAG family shareholders in the divestiture of ARAG Lebensversicherung to Heidelberger Leben / Fosun and carve-out of ARAG Krankenversicherung (2017/2018)
  • CECONOMY on the divestiture of MediaMarktSaturn Russia and the acquisition of a 15% stake in Russian M.video/Safmar by MediaMarktSaturn (2017)
  • Henkel on the global carve-out and acquisition of Darex Packaging Technologies (2016/2019)
  • Tengelmann on the group’s divestiture of its supermarket division Kaiser’s Tengelmann and Tengelmann E-Stores to the EDEKA-group (2016/2017)
  • Uniper on the contemplated divestiture of a stake in Nord Stream 2 pipeline project (2017)
  • Uniper on the divestiture of its stake in the giant Russian gas field Yuzhno-Russkoye (2016/2017)
  • ITW on the acquisition of the global Engineered Fasteners and Components business from ZF Friedrichshafen (2016)
  • Novartis/Sandoz on the acquisition of a biosimilar pipeline product from Pfizer (2016)
  • CanitaCorp. on the divestiture of Draht + Schutz Group to Securitas (2017)
  • VR Equitypartner on the acquisition/divestiture and restructuring of various investments (ongoing)

Distinctions

  • Leading partner in M&A in Germany (JUVE 2021)
  • Among the most renowned lawyers for M&A in Germany (Handelsblatt Best Lawyers 2020)
  • Frequently recommended for M&A and Private Equity & Venture Capital (large-cap and mid-cap) as well as Corporate (JUVE 2021); "Excellent transaction management" (client); "Getting-the-deal-done mentality" (client)
  • Recognized practitioner for Corporate/M&A (Chambers Europe Germany 2020)
  • Highly regarded for M&A in Germany (IFLR1000 2020)
  • Highly recommended for Corporate Law by clients (The Legal 500 Germany 2016)
  • Selected as one of the Top "40 under 40" lawyers in Germany, (JUVE 2012)

Memberships

  • German Corporate Law Association (VGR)
  • German-American Lawyer’s Association (DAJV)

Selected Publications

  • Handbook on “Purchase Price Adjustments”, Co-Author, first edition 2015 and second edition 2018, C.H. Beck
  • “Acquisition of Companies”, Chapter 27, Handbook "Business Transactions in Germany", 2014
  • “New Legal Environment for Secondary Offerings in Germany,” Co-Author, AmLaw, 2012
  • “Share for Share Transactions in Germany,” Co-Author, AmLaw, 2012
  • “Third-party Remuneration of Supervisory Board Members,” NZG 2011, p. 1361 et seq.
  • “Private Equity Investments in Minority Participations,” 2007
  • “Liability Risks for the Management in Company Crisis,” Handbook Corporate Restructuring, Co-Author, 2006
  • “Dividend in Kind pursuant to the German Stock Corporation Law,” Handbook Corporate Finance, 2005
  • “Share Buy-back in the Context of Acquisition Finance,” M&A Yearbook, 2004
  • “Legal Topics as to International Protection of Intellectual Property Rights,” 2002
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