Dr. Ruediger Schmidt-Bendun focuses on advising private equity and corporate clients on complex cross-border M&A transactions, as well as joint ventures. He also advises on corporate governance matters and corporate restructurings.


Dr. Schmidt-Bendun’s recent representations advising private equity clients, including those 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;
  • 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;
  • HQ Equita in its acquisition of r2p and Open Access;
  • I Squared Capital in its acquisition of PEMA from Société Générale;
  • KKR in its €1 billion acquisition of the global diabetes care business of Bayer AG;
  • One Equity Partners in its US$200 million acquisition of the Peroxygens business from FMC Corporation; and
  • TSG Consumer Partners in its investment in Canyon Bicycles.

Dr. Schmidt-Bendun’s recent representations advising corporate clients, including those prior to joining Skadden, include:

  • ASML in all legal aspects of its acquisition of a shareholding in Carl Zeiss SMT;
  • Heineken in a series of cross-border M&A deals;
  • Picnic International B.V. in connection with an additional investment by Edeka in Picnic Germany;
  • 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
  • Valora in the €190 million acquisition of BackWerk.



  • Dr. jur., University of Bielefeld, 2006
  • Second State Exam, Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court, 2007
  • First State Exam, University of Muenster, 2003


  • Dusseldorf (Germany)


  • Member, Corporate Law Association (VGR)


  • German
  • English

Ruediger Schmidt-Bendun

Counsel, Private Equity; Mergers and Acquisitions