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Associated Partner*

Dr. Stefan Witte

Stefan advises and represents corporate clients, private equity funds and other financial and also strategic investors as well as listed companies on all kinds of national and cross-border transactions. In addition, Stefan advises on issues of general corporate and capital markets law. Another focus of his work lies on advising in the context of incorporating AGs (German stock corporation) or SEs (European stock corporation), legal forms which enable access to the capital market.

Education and Career

Stefan studied law at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, as well as the University of Cape Town. After obtaining his doctorate, he completed his practical legal training at the Hamburg Higher Regional Court, including a stint at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Before joining YPOG, Stefan worked as a lawyer at Allen & Overy for over six years.

Experience

Stefan's recent work highlights include advising:

  • The founders of m+m Gebäudetechnik GmbH at the entry of Süd Beteiligungen GmbH (a 100% subsidiary of Landesbank Baden-Württemberg)
  • The Eco Group on the acquisition of JM Group (Ben & Anna)
  • Project A on the management buy-out of kfzteile24
  • The founders of AMANA Consulting GmbH on the exit to LucaNet AG
  • MSM.digital (nowadays 1SP Agency) on the acquisition of the promotion agency PRofiFLITZER GmbH as well as the influencer agency Insight
  • BPE on several transactions, in particular including (i) the acquisition of the Full-Service-Digital-Provider MSM as an Owners Buy-out, (ii) the acquisition of the DeutschAkademie Group via Management Buy-in and (iii) the acquisition of the tech-focused digital agency OPEN as an Owners Buy-out
  • Founders of ComX on the entry of FLEX Capital
  • Kopernikus Automotive on the Series A and Series A extension financing rounds lead by Continental
  • SinnerSchrader Aktiengesellschaft with regard to the merger squeeze-out initiated by Accenture Digital Holdings

Before he joined YPOG, Stefan's work highlights included advising:

  • Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) in connection with the strategic investment by COSCO Shipping Ports Limited (CSPL) in HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT).
  • B&C Group on the acquisition of a majority stake in Schur Flexibles
  • Indorama Ventures and PHP Fibers on the acquisition of UTT as well as Indorama Ventures on the acquisition of Invista Resins & Fibers
  • M.M. Warburg & Co. on the sale of its Luxemburg business
  • Kharis Capital on the acquisition of the Nordsee fish restaurants
  • CPO Holding (GmbH & Co.) KG on the sale of the Claus-Peter Offen Tankschiffreederei (GmbH & Co.) KG to ZEABORN Shipping GmbH & Co. KG
  • Cerberus on the acquisition of HSH Nordbank
  • Naspers on its investment in Delivery Hero
  • Studio 100 N.V. on the acquisition of a majority stake in m4e AG

* not a partner within the meaning of the German Partnership Company Act (Partnerschaftsgesellschaftsgesetz – PartGG)

Qualifications

  • Lawyer (since 2015)
  • Second German Law Degree (Higher Regional Court of Hamburg, 2015)
  • Dr. iur. (Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, 2015)
  • First German Law Degree (2011)
  • Bachelor of Laws (2010)

Languages

  • German
  • English

Stefan Witte (2015), "Leiharbeit beim Betriebsübergang", Doctoral Thesis

Dr. Stefan Witte

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