Prof. Dr. Christian C.-W. Pleister

Rechtsanwalt (Lawyer)
Partner
Co-Head Private Equity
Practice Group: Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions

Christian Pleister is a specialist in complex transactions, including restructuring. He also regularly advises key clients in the fields of technology, media, telecommunications, financial services and energy.

Expertise

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate law
  • Capital markets law
  • Restructuring/reorganisation
  • Intellectual property/media

Career

  • Graduate of the Axel Springer School of Journalism, Berlin/Hamburg
  • Legal studies at the University of Munich, including doctorate
  • Research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich
  • Experience abroad: Los Angeles (Irell & Manella), New York (Random House)
  • Admitted to the Berlin and Frankfurt Chamber of Lawyers
  • At Noerr since 1999

Selected Projects

  • Advising Hertha BSC GmbH & Co. KGaA in a strategic partnership with the investment company Tennor Holding B.V. on an equity investment of € 125 million (June 2019).
  • Advising the Global Fashion Group S.A. (GFG) in the preparation of the planned IPO in Prime Standard of the regulated market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (June 2019).
  • KATHREIN SE on the sale of its mobile networks antenna business (around 4,000 employees worldwide) to the listed group Ericsson (2019)
  • Linio: Advising on the sale of leading Latin-American e-commerce platform Linio to listed Falabella Group (2018)
  • Steinhoff International: Advising on the sale of the group's subsidiaries Impuls and Puris (2018)
  • Rocket Internet: Advising on the sale of leading online market platform Daraz to Alibaba (2018)
  • HelloFresh: Providing comprehensive corporate advice to HelloFresh SE on its initial public offering on the Frankfurt stock exchange (2017)
  • Rocket Internet: Advising on a €700 million block trade in Frankfurt listed food delivery entity Delivery Hero to listed South African internet investor Naspers (2017)
  • Alteri Investors/Apollo Global Management: Advising on restructuring the Basler Fashion Group (2017)
  • Shareholder Group: Advising the shareholders of Lazada Group on Alibaba’s takeover of a majority stake (2016) and the subsequent complete takeover (2017) of Southeast Asia’s leading shopping portal
  • AURELIUS: Advising on the sale of the SECOP Group to the major listed Japanese group Nidec (2017)
  • Gegenbauer: Advising the facility management group on the takeover of RGM Holding (2016)
  • HelloFresh: Advising on a financing round and SE transformation (2016)
  • Bremer Kreditbank: Advising the bank on the purchase of the Neelmeyer bank (2016)
  • Rocket Internet: Advising on a €330 million financing round for Global Fashion Group (2016)
  • HelloFresh: Advising on the company's conversion into a stock corporation (Aktiengesellschaft) (HelloFresh AG) (2015)
  • Zalando: Advising on takeover of the Bread & Butter fashion fair (2015)
  • HelloFresh: Advising on an investment by Baillie Gifford (valued at €2.6 billion) and transformation into a stock corporation (2015)
  • Apollo/Alteri: Advising on the acquisition of mail order delivery group Versandhaus Walz (2015)
  • HelloFresh: Advising on a funding round based on a post-money valuation of €624 million (2014/2015)
  • Investor group: Advising on the formation of the Global Fashion Group by Kinnevik, Rocket, Access Industries, Tengelmann, Summit Partners and other investors (value of transaction €2.8 billion) (2014/2015)
  • Sale of patent portfolio and partial settlement between Qimonda/Infineon (2014) 
  • ATU Group: Advising on complex refinancing (2013/2014)
  • Hertha BSC: Advising on the investment by KKR as the first financial investor in the German Federal Football League (2014))
  • Sal. Oppenheim: Advising the bank on the Oppenheim Esch restructuring (€4.5 billion) (since 2010)
  • Arenales: Advising the Spanish solar project company and its bank syndicate in the course of the insolvency of shareholder Solar Millennium (project value €450 million) and the takeover by the STEAG Group (2012)
  • Advising on the sale of the foundry group Halberg-Guss (2011/2012)
  • Insolvency administrator: Advising on the sale of Cinterion Wireless Modules (2010)
  • DyStar: Advising on the sale of the global market leader in textile dyes with 36 worldwide subsidiaries (2010)

Distinctions

  • Acritas Star lawyer 2019
  • Selected by independent research with clients and peers for recognition in both the M&A and Corporate Governance chapters of Who’s Who Legal: Germany (2020)
  • Acknowledged as on of the „ most renowned restructurers“ on the Top-List of WirtschaftsWoche (WW Nr. 031 from 26.07.2019 page 094)
  • Leading expert in Corporate Law, Intellectual Property Law, Media und M&A Law, Restructuring and Insolvency Law, Best Lawyers Award, Lawyer of the Year 2020
  • Thought Leaders in Germany 2019 / M&A, WWL April 2019
  • Acknowledged as one of the "best German Corporate Lawyers" (WirtschaftsWoche 2019)
  • "Comes highly recommended for his top-notch practice advicing technology and media companies and financial clients on large-scale transactions.", Who's Who Legal: Germany (2019)
  • Recommended as a highly regarded leading lawyer, IFLR1000 (2019)
  • Recommended as one of the best lawyers for insolvency and restructuring, Wirtschafts-Woche (2018)
  • Recommended as a highly regarded lawyer for restructuring and insolvency, IFLR1000 (2018)
  • “Most highly regarded” and “Christian Pleister is a ‘specialist in dealing with complex transactions’ and has built a reputation in the industry for providing ‘the highest-quality advice’”, Who’s Who Legal (2017)
  • “Christian Pleister is highly sought after by clients for his ‘fast responses and excellent market knowledge’. Sources highlight his ‘strong negotiation skills and vast transactional experience’, as well as ‘his strong commitment to the lawyer-client relationship’”, Who’s Who Legal - M&A and Governance (2018)
  • Leading expert in corporate law, intellectual property law, media law, mergers and acquisi-tions law, restructuring and insolvency law, Handelsblatt (2017)
  • Frequently recommended lawyer for corporate, M&A, restructuring and media, JUVE Handbook (2017)
  • Leading individual in Restructuring/Insolvency, Chambers Germany (2017)
  • Recommended lawyer for corporate/M&A, Legal 500 (2017)
  • Leading expert in corporate law, intellectual property law, media law, mergers and acquisi-tions law, restructuring and insolvency law, Best Lawyers in Germany (2017)
  • Leading expert in corporate governance and M&A, Who’s Who Legal: Germany (2017)
  • M&A Deal of the Year: Southeast Asia at Asia Legal Awards (2017)
  • Leading lawyer for restructuring and insolvency, IFLR 1000 (2016)
  • Leading expert for Corporate Governance and M&A, Who’s Who Legal: Germany (2016)
  • Leading expert in corporate law, intellectual property law, media law, mergers and acquisi-tions law, restructuring and insolvency law, Best Lawyers in Germany (2016)
  • Leading expert in corporate/M&A, Handelsblatt (2016)
  • “Fights hard for impressive results”, JUVE Handbook (2015/2016)
  • Most highly regarded lawyer for mergers and acquisitions, Who’s Who Legal: Germany (2015)
  • Frequently recommended lawyer for corporate, M&A, restructuring and media, JUVE Handbook (2015/2016)
  • “Hands-on” partner who “has an excellent network and is on top of the newest cases”, Chambers Europe (2015)
  • Leading expert in corporate, intellectual property, media and M&A, Best Lawyers (2015)
  • “Creative in his solutions” and “always finds innovative ways to get the best results”, Cham-bers Global (2014)
  • Leading expert for M&A, Who's Who Legal: Germany (2014)
  • Leading expert in M&A and media, Best Lawyers (2014)
  • Leader for Corporate/M&A, Restructuring & Insolvency, Chambers Global (2014)
  • Leading lawyer for restructuring, IFLR 1000 (2014/2015)
  • Recommended lawyer for corporate/M&A, Legal 500 (2014/2015)

Memberships

  • International Bar Association: Corporate and M&A Law Committee
  • M&A Working Group of the German-American Lawyers’ Association
  • Restructuring and Insolvency Law Working Group of the German Lawyers’ Association (DAV)
  • Association for Corporate and Business Law (VGR)

Selected Publications

  • Shareholders' rights in private and public companies in Germany: overview (mit Dr. Gerald Reger) (http://Global.practicallaw.com/shareholdersrights-guide), in: Thomson Reuters Practical law, Shareholders’ Rights in Private and Public Companies Global Guide, 2018
  • Need for repair on the ESUG instrument box (with Fabian Kunkel): ZIP 4/2017, p. 153 ff.
  • Treatment of third-party security in the financial restructuring of corporations: ZIP 23/2015, p. 1097 ff.
  • The New American Way of Bankruptcy or the renationalization of international insolvency law (with Philipp Takjas): Commemorative for Bruno M. Kübler on his 70th birthday, published by C. H. Beck oHG, 2015, p. 507 ff.
  • Zum Siegeszug des insolvenzrechtlichen Freigabeverfahrens (mit Laurenz Tholen), in: ZIP 9/2015, S. 414 ff. 
  • Manual on Corporate Insolvency Law (with Dr. Ingo Theusinger), Sections 4 V 4, VIII 2 and 5 I, II, III, IV; published by C.H.Beck-Verlag, 2015
  • Commentary Insolvency Plan (Sections 235-253, 280-289 InsO), in: Kübler, Prütting, Bork (ed.), InsO, Commentary on the Insolvency Regulations
  • Restructuring according to the ESUG: The most important practical cases, in: GWR 11/2013, p. 220 ff.
  • The special coordination procedure under the draft discussion for a law to facilitate the management of corporate insolvency, in: ZIP 21/2013, p. 1013 ff.
  • Case law on insolvency and restructuring law (with Laurenz Tholen), in: ZIP 11/2013, p. 525 f.
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