Dr. Jan Henrik Pesek
Senior Associate



D: +49 69 297 291 243
M: +49 151 440 48 656

Summary Open

Jan is a Senior Associate in the Corporate group of Watson Farley & Williams in Frankfurt.

Jan advises enterprises, investors and family offices on national and cross-border corporate matters, particularly in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity, restructuring and on general corporate and contract law matters.

Experience Open

  • Jan’s experience includes advising:
    • Tönsmeier family on the auctioned sale of the Tönsmeier Group to GreenCycle, a Schwarz Group company.
    • Tönsmeier Group and Lumaro BV on the sale of the joint venture Waste Paper Trade to Hong Kong-based Anhui Shanying Paper Group.
    • Crown Holdings, Inc. on its acquisition of Signode Industrial Group Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd. from The Carlyle Group (transaction valued at US$3.91 billion, subject to adjustment).
    • Griffon Corporation GFF on the sale of Clopay Plastic Products Company to Berry Global Group, Inc. for US$475 million.
    • Shareholders of Rigontec Pharma GmbH on its acquisition by MSD (Merck & Co.).
    • Shanghai Shenda on its joint venture with IAC Group.
    • PhotoBox Holdco Ltd. on its acquisition of posterXXL AG.
    • A Fortune 500 company on its restructuring process of its German and European based entities.
    • DER Touristik Group, a division of the German REWE Group, on the takeover of three former Adeo Alpin hotels in Austria.

Education Open

  • 2015: University of Bochum, Doctorate degree (PhD)
  • 2012: Admission to the Frankfurt Bar
  • 2009 —2011: Legal Clerkship, Regional Court of Wiesbaden – Second State Examination
  • 2003 —2009: Law School, Universities of Giessen und Zurich – First State Examination

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Liability of limited partners in the event of insolvency: The binding effect res judicata of claims ascertained in insolvency schedules (“Kommanditistenhaftung in der Insolvenz: Rechtskraftwirkung von zur Insolvenztabelle festgestellten Forderungen”), DB 2018, 1009.
  • Comment on Federal Court of Justice (BGH) decision – II ZR 284/15: The silent partners’ obligation to continue contributing after the company’s dissolution (“Anmerkung zu BGH, Urteil vom 16.05.2017 – II ZR 284/15: Pflicht des stillen Gesellschafters zur Weitererbringung seiner Rateneinlage nach Auflösung der Gesellschaft”), GWR 2017, 319.
  • Comment on Federal Court of Justice (BGH) decisions – II ZR 227/15 and II ZR 42/16: Contractual claim for repayment of non-profitdependent distributions (“Anmerkung zu BGH, Urteile vom 14.03.2017 – II ZR 227/15 und II ZR 42/16: Vertraglicher Anspruch auf Rückzahlung gewinnunabhängiger Ausschüttungen”) (Co-Author), GWR 2017, 224.
  • Comment on Federal Court of Justice (BGH) decision – II ZR 120/15: Repayment of non-profitdependent distributions in the event of dissolution of a silent partnership (“Anmerkung zu BGH, Urteil vom 20.09.2016 – II ZR 120/15: Rückzahlung gewinnunabhängiger Ausschüttungen bei Auflösung einer stillen Gesellschaft”), GWR 2017, 140.

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Frankfurt Bar

Employment Record Open

  • 2018 – Present: Attorney, Senior Associate, Watson Farley & Williams LLP
  • 2015 — 2018: Attorney, Associate, Dechert LLP
  • 2014 — 2015: Self-employed attorney (parallel to doctoral thesis)
  • 2012— 2013 Attorney, Associate, Ernst & Young Law GmbH   (parallel to doctoral thesis)

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