Dr. Jan Bauer is head of Skadden’s private equity practice in Germany. He focuses on advising private equity and corporate clients on complex cross-border M&A transactions. This includes private and public deals as well as joint ventures. He also advises on corporate governance matters, corporate restructurings and capital markets-related issues.


Dr. Bauer is recognized as a leading lawyer for his private equity and corporate M&A work in top legal publications, including the JUVE Handbook, Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Best Lawyers in GermanyThe Legal 500 and IFLR1000. Clients characterize him in those rankings as a “class act” and recognize him as “one of the heavy hitters in the market.”

Dr. Bauer’s significant transactions since joining Skadden include advising:

  • Coty Inc. 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;
  • The SCP Group in its:
    • €1.2 billion acquisition of the Real Group from METRO AG; and
    • sale of the digital business of Real, including the online marketplace operated under real.de, to Schwarz Gruppe;
  • Gulf Energy Development in its 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; 
  • Castik Capital in securing a long-term investment in its WaterLogic business from BCI;
  • I Squared Capital in its €650 million acquisition of PEMA Group from Société Générale; and
  • SIGNA International Sports Holding GmbH and SIGNA Sports United GmbH in connection with the formation of a strategic partnership with AEON and The Central Group.

Dr. Bauer’s representations advising private equity clients, prior to joining Skadden, include:

  • American Industrial Partners in the combination of its Goss printing business with manroland web systems;
  • Apax Partners in its acquisition of Azelis Group;
  • Baillie Gifford in its investment in CureVac;
  • Blackstone in numerous transactions, including in its:
    • €1.6 billion sale of the Meerwind offshore windfarm to China Three Gorges;
    • €1 billion acquisition of Armacell;
    • acquisition of a 45% stake in Leica Camera followed by a public takeover offer;
    • €700 million acquisition of Jack Wolfskin;
    • €2.68 billion acquisition of a minority stake in Deutsche Telekom; and
    • €3.1 billion public-to-private acquisition of Celanese AG;
  • Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in several transactions, including its acquisition of Braun Group;
  • Eurazeo in various transactions, including in connection with its investment and disposal of APCOA Group;
  • Goldman Sachs in its:
    • €270 million acquisition of Continental Bakeries;
    • investment in windeln.de and the subsequent IPO of windeln.de; and
    • investment in Mister Spex;
  • KKR in various transactions, including in its:
    • US$1.3 billion acquisition of Hitachi Koki;
    • €1 billion acquisition of the global diabetes care business of Bayer AG;
    • €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
    • US$2.38 billion acquisition of Capsugel from Pfizer;
  • One Equity Partners in various transactions, including in its:
    • US$200 million acquisition of the Peroxygens business from FMC Corporation; and
    • €420 million investment in Schoeller Arca Systems;
  • Ontario Teachers Pension Plan in its:
    • €4.6 billion acquisition, together with Partners Group and CDPQ, of Techem; and
    • €2.6 billion acquisition, together with BC Partners and PSP, of CeramTec;
  • Soros Fund Management in various transactions, including in its €200 million investment in Evonik; and
  • TSG Consumer Partners in its:
    • investment in Canyon Bicycles; and
    • investment in Zoeva.

Dr. Bauer’s recent representations advising corporate clients, prior to joining Skadden, include:

  • ATOS SE in its €600 million acquisition of Unify Group from Siemens AG and Gores Group;
  • Celanese Corporation in various transactions, including in its acquisition of SO.F.TER. Group;
  • HeidelbergCement AG in various transactions, including in its:
    • €2.4 billion sale of its maxit business to Saint Gobain;
    • sale of its lime business to Rheinkalk; and
    • sale of its German and Swiss calcium silicate business to H+H for an undisclosed amount;
  • Helaba in various transactions, including its sale of Hannover Leasing, an asset manager with €13.6 billion assets under management, to CORESTATE;
  • Infineon AG in various transactions, including its US$1 billion sale of its wireless solutions business to Intel;
  • KION GROUP AG in various transactions, including in its:
    • US$3.25 billion acquisition of DEMATIC from AEA and OTPP;
    • €271 million sale of a majority stake in its Linde Hydraulik business to Weichai Power; and
    • disposal of its container handling business to Konecranes;
  • LEO Pharma in its €675 million acquisition of the dermatology business of Astella;
  • Scholz AG in its €1.48 billion restructuring and the investment by Toyota Tshusho Corporation in the company;
  • Union Investment in its joint venture with ZBI and the establishment of a €1 billion residential real estate fund; and
  • Warner Music in its acquisition of the Spinnin record label.



  • Dr. jur., University of Tübingen, 2002
  • Second State Exam, State of Baden- Württemberg, 1999
  • First State Exam, University of Tübingen, 1997


  • Stuttgart (Germany)


Member, International Bar Association (IBA)
Member, American Bar Association (ABA)
Member, German-American Lawyers Association (DAJV)



Jan Bauer

Partner, Private Equity; Mergers and Acquisitions