Lutz Zimmer



Corporate Transactions, Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity


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Dr. Lutz Zimmer advises national and international clients in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures, takeovers and MBOs. His clients include private equity funds, investment banks and industrial companies.

Representative clients, deals or matters include:

  • funds managed by Apax Partners Worldwide LLP in their acquisition of a majority stake in IFCO Systems N.V. from the Schoeller family and in the €920 million sale to Brambles Limited (Australia). IFCO Systems and Brambles are both logistics companies;
  • Arcelor SA in its defence against an unsolicited US$22.8 billion bid from Mittal Steel NV;
  • Capital Equipment Resources, a portfolio company of Atlas Holdings LLC (USA), in its acquisition of add-ons for Pangborn Corporation (USA). The target companies are Berger Strahltechnik GmbH (Germany), V+S Vogel & Schemmann Maschinen GmbH (Germany) and WG Technology S.r.l. (Italy) and the vendor is Canadian Wheelabrator Group;
  • Daimler AG in connection with its disposal of Daimler dealerships throughout Germany and regarding its acquisition of 10 percent of the share capital of Kamaz Incorporated from Troika Dialog;
  • eCircle AG and its shareholders in connection with the sale of all shares in eCircle AG to TA Associates, Inc. in 2010 and to Teradata Inc. in 2012;
  • Equistone Partners Europe GmbH (formerly known as Barclays Private Equity), a private equity firm, in its acquisition and sale of Siteco Beteiligungsverwaltungs GmbH, Fahrzeugelektrik Pirna, Etimex Holdings GmbH, Schneider Versand Holding GmbH and Ratioform Verpackungsmittel GmbH and its acquisition of Konrad Hornschuch Group as well as Caseking GmbH;
  • Evonik Industries AG (formerly RAG) in connection with the divestiture of all shares in Rütgers Chemicals GmbH, a subsidiary of Evonik Industries AG to financial investor Triton; and in the US$731 million sale of DBT GmbH to Bucyrus International, Inc.;
  • Fresenius Kabi AG in its contemplated but terminated joint venture with Sistema JSFC (Russia) and Zenitko Finance Management LLC (Russia) to combine Fresenius’ Russian business with CJSC Binnopharm (Russia);
  • Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA, a health care company in Germany, in the sale of Fresenius Biotech GmbH (Germany) to the Fuhrer family, owners of Neopharm Ltd. (Israel), a pharmaceutical company;
  • Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA in connection with various undisclosed contemplated acquisitions outside of Germany;
  • Halder in the acquisition and sale of BHS Getriebe GmbH and the acquisition of the Klingel Group and of the Amoena Group;
  • the management of HSE24 (Germany), a television shopping channel, in connection with HSE24’s sale by AXA Private Equity (France) to funds advised by Providence Equity Partners LLC and in their re-investment in the company. This transaction was named “Private Equity Deal of the Year” by IFLR (2013);
  • IAC/InterActiveCorp in its US$270 million sale of Home Shopping Europe GmbH & Co. KG and its affiliated television station HSE24 to KarstadtQuelle AG (now Arcandor);
  • Konrad Hornschuch AG in its acquisition of the O’Sullivan Group in the U.S. and the related management participation;
  • Nextech Ventures and other shareholders in the sale of their interests in Ganymed AG to a subsidiary of Gebrüder Strüngmann;
  • Outokumpu Oyj (Finland) in its €2.8 billion acquisition of the Inoxum business unit from ThyssenKrupp AG (Germany). The combined entity will be a global leader in stainless steel manufacturing. This transaction was named “M&A Deal of the Year” by IFLR (2013);
  • Silverfleet Capital (formerly PPM Capital) in its acquisition and sale of Jost Group and BST Berger Safety Textiles Group and in the acquisition of M+W Dental Group;
  • Tele Columbus in connection with corporate law aspects and contemplated M&A transactions related to its scheme of arrangement under U.K. law; and
  • Telegraaf Media Group in the sale of its interest in SBS Broadcasting and its option to purchase a minority stake in ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG. This transaction was valued at €3 billion.

Dr. Zimmer regularly gives presentations on German corporate law and compliance topics.

Dr. Zimmer is named as a “leading individual” by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe. He also is included in Best Lawyers International 2015: Germany for private equity and mergers and acquisitions.

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Dr. jur., University of Munich, 1997

University of Mainz, Germany, 1990

LL.M., University of Texas at Austin, 1993