Caspar Schmelzer

Caspar Schmelzer

Counsel, Corporate; Capital Markets

Caspar Schmelzer focuses primarily on capital markets transactions, advising clients in a variety of industries, including technology, automotive, consumer goods, financial and manufacturing.


Since joining Skadden, Mr. Schmelzer’s experience includes advising:

  • SIGNA Sports United GmbH in its merger with Yucaipa Acquisition Corporation. As a result of the merger, SIGNA will become a publicly traded company with a combined implied enterprise value of approximately US$3.2 billion. The merger also includes the acquisition of WiggleCRC Group;
  • Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan as joint bookrunners in the €842 million private placement of ordinary bearer shares and listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange of ABOUT YOU Holding AG; and
  • MorphoSys AG in its:
    • US$1.7 billion acquisition of Constellation Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and its related US$2 billion financing from Royalty Pharma plc.; and
    • U.S. IPO and dual listing of American depositary shares on Nasdaq.

Mr. Schmelzer’s recent experience prior to joining Skadden includes advising:

  • Siemens in the spin-off and listing of Siemens Energy;
  • BAWAG Group in its initial public offering;
  • the underwriters in the listing and offering of JOST Werke by way of a private placement;
  • Schaeffler AG as issuer’s counsel in the listing and offering by way of a private placement;
  • Sixt Leasing AG in its initial public offering;
  • the underwriters in the initial public offering of KION Group AG;
  • VTG in its €280 million rights offering;
  • Adidas in its €500 million equity-neutral convertible bond;
  • the underwriters in the €8 billion rights offering of Deutsche Bank;
  • thyssenkrupp in its €1.4 billion capital increase;
  • Diebold in its public takeover of Wincor Nixdorf AG;
  • Vonovia SE in the placement of secondary and primary shares with a total volume of €500 million;
  • Deutsche Wohnen in its public takeover of GSW Immobilien AG; and
  • Deutsche Annington Immobilien SE (now: Vonovia) in its initial public offering.

Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Schmelzer worked as a senior associate in the Frankfurt office of another law firm.



  • LL.M., Fordham University School of Law, 2008
  • Second State Exam, Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court, 2010
  • LL.B., Justus Liebig University Giessen, 2007


  • Frankfurt am Main


  • German
  • English
  • French

Caspar Schmelzer