Corporate/M&A (Band 2)Germany
Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 4)
Practice Areas: Gerhard Schmidt is the Managing Partner of Weil's German offices and one of the leading M&A and restructuring lawyers in Germany. He was invovled in a number of landmark transactions such as advising Summit Partners on the acquisition of a majority stake in 360 Treasury Systems AG; Bregal Capital LLP on its acquisition of 100% of the shares in German automotive supplier Novem Beteiligungs GmbH; French IT services group Atos Origin S.A. on its €850 million takeover of the Siemens IT Solutions and Services business, one of the largest Franco-German cross-border transactions to date; Grohe, the world's leading premium brand for sanitary fittings, on its successful voluntary public tender offer for Joyou AG, the first takeover offer of a German enterprise for a Chinese group of companies; Platinum Equity on its bid to acquire manroland AG out of insolvency; and (WKO) Wilhelm Karmann GmbH & Co. KG, the holding company of insolvent automotive supplier Wilhelm Karmann GmbH, in the framework of the restructuring transactions with Volkswagen and the sale of the car top system unit to Valmet.
Personal: Universities of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Lausanne and Strasbourg (law degree 1982; Dr. jur. 1984). Business administration studies at the Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires (INSEAD), Fontainebleau, France (MBA 1984). Admitted to practice in Germany in 1986 and licensed as a tax advisor in 1988.