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:

  • Armira in its €30 million anchor investment as part of a €60 million private placement of new shares in tonies SE;
  • Medigene on its global cancer immunotherapy collaboration with BioNTech;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • 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.;
    • U.S. IPO and dual listing of American depositary shares on Nasdaq; and
    • issuance of a US$300 million development funding bond.

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

Counsel, Corporate; Capital Markets