Ruediger Schmidt-Bendun

Ruediger Schmidt-Bendun

Counsel, Private Equity; Mergers and Acquisitions

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.


Significant transactions include advising:

  • Celonis, a German decacorn and global leader in execution management, currently valued at US$13 billion, in its US$400 million Series D extension led by the Qatar Investment Authority, including both new and existing investors;
  • Energy Infrastructure Partners in the acquisition of a 49% stake in Iberdrola’s €1.425 billion Wikinger offshore wind farm;
  • Færch Group and its owner, A.P. Møller Holding, on the acquisition of PACCOR Group from U.S. private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg;
  • The KraftHeinz Company in its acquisition of an 85% stake in Just Spices GmbH;
  • 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;
  • HeidelbergCement AG in its partnership with Thoma Bravo and the acquisition of a 45% stake in Command Alkon, a company specializing in cloud-based supply chain technology solutions for heavy building materials, from Thoma Bravo at an implied pre-money valuation of the business of US$1.7 billion;
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in relation to the €3.8 billion sale of CeramTec to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and BC Partners;
  • the shareholders of SEEPEX GmbH in the US$514 million sale of SEEPEX to Ingersoll Rand Inc.;
  • the shareholders of Canyon Bicycles, Roman Arnold and TSG Consumer Partners in the sale of a majority stake in Canyon Bicycles to Groupe Bruxelles Lambert;
  • 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;
  • Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners in its acquisition of a minority stake in the €2 billion Arkona offshore windfarm;
  • Gulf Energy Development in its:
    • acquisition of a 50% stake in offshore wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 2 from Global Infrastructure Partners and its joint venture with Ørsted; and
    • the subsequent disposal of 50.01% of its stake in the €3 billion wind farm, representing a 25% interest in the project, to a joint venture of Singapore-based Keppel Infrastructure Trust and Keppel Corporation Limited, and the related joint venture agreement between Gulf and Keppel;
  • I Squared Capital in connection with its acquisition of PEMA Group through its portfolio company TIP Trailer Services;
  • Ocean Link in connection with the sale of shares in the Ruby Hotel Group to Otto Group;
  • Picnic International B.V. in connection with its partnership with Edeka and Edeka’s investment in Picnic;
  • The SCP Group in its:
    • €1.2 billion acquisition of the Real Group from METRO AG; and
    • sale of digital business of Real, including the online marketplace operated under, to Schwarz Gruppe; and
  • SIGNA in connection with the investment of AEON and The Central Group into SIGNA Sports United and the formation of a strategic partnership.

His representations advising private equity clients prior to joining Skadden include:

  • American Industrial Partners in the combination of the Goss printing business with Manroland;
  • Apax Partners in the acquisition of Azelis Group;
  • Avista Capital Partners in the multibillion-euro bidding process for the global dermatology business from Bayer AG;
  • Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in its acquisition of Braun Group;
  • HQ Equita in its acquisition of r2p and Open Access;
  • One Equity Partners in connection with the acquisition of the worldwide peroxide business of FMC Corporation; and
  • TSG Consumer Partners in its investment in Canyon Bicycles.

Mr. Schmidt-Bendun’s representations advising corporate clients prior to joining Skadden include:

  • ASML in all legal aspects of its acquisition of a shareholding in Carl Zeiss SMT;
  • Celanese in the acquisition of Italy-based SO.F.TER. Group;
  • Daimler AG in connection with a model case procedure under the German Capital Markets Model Case Act before the Higher Regional Court in Stuttgart, Federal Supreme Court and European Court of Justice regarding a supposed delayed ad hoc disclosure;
  • GE in connection with the proposed acquisition of Adwen;
  • GFKL Financial Services in connection with the acquisition of a majority stake by Advent;
  • Heineken in a series of cross-border M&A deals;
  • International Petroleum Investment Company in connection with the settlement agreement with MAN after the acquisition of a majority stake in Ferrostaal;
  • Magna in its acquisition of Stadco;
  • NTT DATA in the squeeze-out at itelligence AG;
  • shareholders of the private bank Sal. Oppenheim jr. & Cie. in connection with the sale to Deutsche Bank;
  • shareholders of GETRAG in connection with the sale to Magna;
  • Scholz AG in the taking up of Toyota Tsusho Corporation as an investor and the restructuring of its balance sheet (deal volume €1.48 billion);
  • 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


  • Member, Corporate Law Association (VGR)


  • German
  • English

Ruediger Schmidt-Bendun

Counsel, Private Equity; Mergers and Acquisitions