Prof. Dr. Christian C.-W. Pleister

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

Prof. Dr. Christian Pleister is a partner in the Berlin office of Noerr and Head of the Corporate department. He is a leading expert for complex M&A transactions, private equity investments and restructuring. He regularly advises national and international key clients on cross-border transactions, especially 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

  • KATHREIN Advising on the restructuring and sale of its core business (around 4,000 employees worldwide) to Ericsson (Oktober 2019)
  • Hertha BSC Advising in a strategic partnership with the investment company Tennor Holding B.V. on an equity investment of EUR 224 million (June 2019)
  • Global Fashion Group (GFG) Advisig for merger, reorganisation and IPO (April 2019)
  • Sal. Oppenheim jr. & Cie. (now Deutsche Oppenheim Family Office) Advising in the Oppenheim Esch complex (2019)
  • Linio Advising on the sale of Latin America’s leading e-commerce platform Linio to the major listed Chilean Falabella Group, value of transaction USD 138 million (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 EUR 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)
  • Lazada Shareholder Group Advising the shareholders 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)
  • Zalando Advising on takeover of the Bread & Butter fashion fair (2015)
  • 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 EUR 330 million financing round for Global Fashion Group (2016)
  • HelloFresh Advising on the company's conversion into a stock corporation HelloFresh AG (2015)
  • HelloFresh Advising on an investment by Baillie Gifford (valued at EUR 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 EUR 624 million (2014/2015)
  • Global Fashion Group (GFG) Advising on the formation of the investor group by Kinnevik, Rocket, Access Industries, Tengelmann, Summit Partners and other investors (value of transaction €2.8 billion) (2014/2015)
  • Qimonda/Infineon Sale of patent portfolio and partial settlement (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 (EUR 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

  • Leading senior consultant for M&A (JUVE Handbuch 2019/2020)
  • One of the "best German corporate lawyers", top list of WirtschaftsWoche
  • One of the best lawyers for insolvency law and restructuring, top list of WirtschaftsWoche
  • "Though Leader in Germany 2019" / M&A und Corporate Governance, Who's Who Legal
  • Acritas Star lawyer 2019
  • Leading lawyer for restructuring and insolvency, IFLR1000 (since 2014)
  • Leading individual in Restructuring/Insolvency, Chambers Europe (seit 2014)
  • Recommended expert for M&A, Best Lawyers Handelsblatt (since 2012)
  • Recommended media law expert, Best Lawyers Handelsblatt (since 2013)
  • Recommended expert in corporate law and industrial property protection, Best Lawyers Handelsblatt (since 2015)
  • Recommended expert for restructuring and bankruptcy law, Best Lawyers Handelsblatt (since 2017)
  • „'a strong negotiator who understands well how to realise the interests of his clients'“, Chambers Europe (2019)
  • „'he is masterly in getting the deal done'“, Chambers Europe (2018)
  • "Most highly regarded", "specialist in dealing with complex transactions", “reputation in the industry for providing the highest-quality advice"", Who’s Who Legal (2017)
  • "Comes highly recommended for his top-notch practice advising technology and media companies and financial clients on large-scale transactions.", Who's Who Legal: Germany (2019)
  • " 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

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

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  • Gesellschafterdarlehen in der Insolvenz – ein europäischer Flickenteppich (with Kenny Koa) in: ZRI 2020, 273. 
  • Gläubigerbeteiligung in Zeiten von COVID-19 (mit Nicholas Palenker) in: ZRI 2020, 245. 
  • Handbuch Restrukturierung in der Insolvenz – Eigenverwaltung und Insolvenzplan, in: § 39 Planänderungen, § 50 Insolvenzplan im nationalen Konzern und § 51 Insolvenzplan im internationalen Konzern (jeweils mit Dr. Ingo Theusinger), 2019. 
  • Handbuch zum Konzerninsolvenzrecht, § 4 V 4, VIII 2 (with Dr. Ingo Theusinger) und § 5 I, II, III, IV, 2018.
  • Shareholders' rights in private and public companies in Germany: overview (with 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, 2015, p. 507 ff.
  • Zum Siegeszug des insolvenzrechtlichen Freigabeverfahrens (mit Laurenz Tholen), in: ZIP 9/2015, S. 414 ff. 
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