Emanuel C. Ionescu

Emanuel C. Ionescu

European Counsel, Private Equity; Mergers and Acquisitions
Dr. Emanuel C. Ionescu focuses his practice on advising private equity and corporate clients on complex cross-border M&A transactions including acquisitions, divestitures, public takeovers, joint ventures, and other M&A and corporate matters, including capital markets-related issues.


Dr. Ionescu frequently counsels clients on corporate governance-related matters and corporate restructurings. In addition, he has experience working on capital markets transactions and compliance matters (including U.S. compliance monitorships). In recognition of his work, Dr. Ionescu has been repeatedly named to Best Lawyers. He also serves as a member of the firm’s German Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Dr. Ionescu joined Skadden in October 2018 from another major international law firm. Since joining the firm, his significant transactions and representations include advising:

  • MorphoSys AG in its €2.7 billion sale to, and public takeover by, Novartis and the simultaneous disposition of the worldwide marketing rights of its antibody drug Monjuvi to Incyte Corporation
  • Hermann Rosen, founder of ROSEN Group, a global leader in inspection and integrity management services for energy transmission pipelines, in the carve-out of the company’s New Ventures division, the sale of ROSEN Group to Partners Group AG and a significant reinvestment by Mr. Rosen in the new ownership structure
  • a leading global investment firm as financial advisor to:
    • the management board of Klöckner & Co SE in connection with the approximately €973 million voluntary public takeover offer by SWOCTEM GmbH for the entire issued share capital of Klöckner & Co
    • Deutsche Wohnen in its €24.8 billion merger with Vonovia
    • First Sensor in connection with its acquisition by TE Connectivity
  • Trimble in its €1.9 billion acquisition of Transporeon, a leading cloud-based transportation management software platform, from Hg
  • Armira in its €30 million anchor investment as part of a €60 million private placement of new shares in tonies SE
  • Energy Infrastructure Partners in the acquisition of a 49% stake in Iberdrola’s €1.425 billion Wikinger offshore wind farm
  • Silver Lake in its strategic partnership and investment in German publicly listed company Software AG via the purchase of €344 million aggregate principal amount of subordinated unsecured convertible notes. This is the first PIPE by any U.S. technology investment firm in a German public company
  • Berenberg as sole global coordinator and joint bookrunner and Stifel as additional joint bookrunner in connection with a capital increase of Pacifico Renewables Yield AG
  • Sanity Group GmbH in its formation of a joint venture with an international team of scientists to create Endosane Pharmaceuticals GmbH, which will develop pharmaceuticals for the treatment of neuropsychiatric and psychiatric disorders
  • Armira and Boxine in Boxine’s €1 billion business combination with 468 SPAC I SE, one of the first de-SPAC transactions in the market involving a German-listed blanc cheque company
  • SIGNA Sports United GmbH in connection with its US$3.3 billion initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange as a result of the de-SPAC merger with Yucaipa Acquisition Corporation. The merger also included the acquisition of WiggleCRC Group
  • funds advised by Energy Infrastructure Partners AG in a €530 million investment for a 49% stake in BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH.
  • 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
  • Communications & Power Industries LLC in its acquisition of SATCOM Technologies from General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc.
  • TIP and funds managed by I Squared Capital in the €650 million acquisition of PEMA Group from Société Générale
  • Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners in its acquisition of a minority stake in the €2 billion Arkona offshore wind farm
  • Picnic International B.V. in connection with its partnership with Edeka and Edeka’s investment in Picnic
  • SIGNA International Sports Holding GmbH and SIGNA Sports United GmbH in connection with:
    • the investment of AEON and The Central Group in SIGNA Sports United and the formation of a strategic partnership
    • the investment of R+V Insurance Group
    • a senior convertible loan
  • Castik Capital in the €273 million sale of 25% of its portfolio company Waterlogic to BCI
  • the joint bookrunners, including Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Barclays, in the €2.3 billion IPO and listing of TeamViewer on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange

Dr. Ionescu’s significant representations prior to joining Skadden include advising:

  • Diebold, Inc. in its business combination agreement with and €1.7 billion public takeover of Wincor Nixdorf AG
  • Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and the other underwriters in the IPO of innogy SE, with a total offering size of €5 billion
  • Volkswagen AG in connection with the independent U.S. compliance auditor and monitor relating to the diesel issue



  • Dr. jur., University of Konstanz, 2015
  • Second State Exam, Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe, 2015
  • First State Exam, University of Konstanz, 2009


  • Frankfurt am Main


  • English
  • German
  • Romanian

Emanuel C. Ionescu

European Counsel, Private Equity; Mergers and Acquisitions