Julian D. Klose

Julian D. Klose

European Counsel, Private Equity; Mergers and Acquisitions
Julian Klose focuses his practice on complex international M&A transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, cross-border mergers, and joint ventures. He also advises on corporate governance matters and corporate restructurings.


Mr. Klose advises domestic and international clients on the buy-side and sell-side in a variety of industries, including technology, automotive, consumer goods, financial and manu­facturing. He has significant experience working on complex cross-border M&A transactions involving private equity. In addition, his practice focuses on general corporate law, corporate finance and corporate restructuring matters. Mr. Klose has been repeatedly named to Best Lawyers’ Ones to Watch list (including 2023).

Mr. Klose joined Skadden in October 2018 from another major law firm. His significant representations since joining Skadden include advising:

  • Trimble in its €1.9 billion acquisition of Transporeon, a leading cloud-based transportation management software platform, from Hg;
  • Celonis, a German decacorn and global leader in execution management, currently valued at US$13 billion, in its US$400 million Series D extension led by the Qatar Investment Authority, including both new and existing investors;
  • The Kraft Heinz Company in its acquisition of an 85% stake in Just Spices GmbH;
  • HeidelbergCement in its partnership with Thoma Bravo and the acquisition of a 45% stake in Command Alkon, a company specializing in cloud-based supply chain technology solutions for heavy building materials, from Thoma Bravo at an implied pre-money valuation of the business of US$1.7 billion;
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in relation to the €3.8 billion sale of CeramTec to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and BC Partners;
  • the shareholders of SEEPEX in the US$514 million sale of SEEPEX to Ingersoll Rand;
  • the shareholders of Canyon Bicycles, Roman Arnold and TSG Consumer Partners, in the sale of a majority stake in Canyon Bicycles to Groupe Bruxelles Lambert;
  • Black Diamond Capital Management, along with InvestIndustrial, in their US$425 million acquisition of the phenolic specialty resin, hexamine and European forest products resins businesses of Hexion Inc.;
  • Coty in its strategic partnership with KKR & Co. Inc. including the carveout sale of 60% of its professional beauty and retail hair businesses to KKR with an enterprise value of US$4.3 billion;
  • funds advised by Castik Capital:
    • in the acquisition of a majority stake in Element Logic;
    • the acquisition of Customs Support Group (CSG) from Mentha Capital and Oscar Driessen, the founder of CSG;
    • in the sale of approximately 25% of portfolio company Waterlogic Holdings Limited to British Columbia Investment Management Corporation; and
    • in their acquisition of AddSecure from Arby Partners;
  • Goldman Sachs in its investment in windeln.de;
  • The SCP Group in its €1.2 billion acquisition of the Real Group from METRO; and
  • Gulf Energy Development in its:
    • acquisition of a 24.99% indirect equity stake in Outer Dowsing Offshore Wind Project, an early-stage development of a 1,500 MW offshore wind farm located off the Lincolnshire coast in eastern England that is expected to commence commercial operation in late 2029; and
    • acquisition of a 50% stake in the €2.6 billion offshore wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 2 from Global Infrastructure Partners and its joint venture with Ørsted.

His significant representations prior to joining Skadden include advising:

  • American Industrial Partners in the combination of its Goss printing business with manroland web systems;
  • KKR in various transactions, including its:
    • €1 billion acquisition of the global diabetes care business of Bayer;
    • €1 billion sale, together with Goldman Sachs, of a minority stake in KION to Weichai Power through a primary share issuance and the subsequent IPO of KION; and
    • €1 billion bidding process for the ZF/TRW body controls business;
  • Blackstone in numerous transactions, including its acquisition of a 45% stake in Leica Camera followed by a public takeover offer;
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in its:
    • €2.6 billion acquisition, together with BC Partners and PSP, of CeramTec; and
    • €4.6 billion acquisition, together with Partners Group and CDPQ, of Techem;
  • TSG Consumer Partners in its:
    • investment in Canyon Bicycles; and
    • investment in Zoeva; and
  • Valora in the €190 million acquisition of BackWerk.



  • LL.M., University of Virginia School of Law, 2012
  • Second State Exam, Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main, 2015
  • First State Exam, University of Muenster, 2011


  • Frankfurt am Main
  • New York


  • English
  • German
  • French

Julian D. Klose

European Counsel, Private Equity; Mergers and Acquisitions