Dr. Simon Preisenberger



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Simon Preisenberger

Summary Open

Simon joined Watson Farley & Williams as a Partner in 2008. He specialises in private equity, M&A and corporate law. In particular, he advises German and international private equity funds on transactions in the mid-cap sector.

Previously, he worked for the German multidisciplinary firm Haarmann Hemmelrath where he was promoted to partnership in 2001. With other partners, he founded the boutique law firm Oldenbourg Plus in 2005 which merged with Watson Farley & Williams in 2008.

JUVE Handbook says he is a “frequently recommended lawyer” for private equity and venture capital. He has been selected by his peers as a “Best Lawyer in Germany” for private equity and venture capital.

In the annual rankings by Best Lawyers, Simon is listed among the best lawyers in Germany 2019 for ‘Private Equity Law’ and ‘Venture Capital Law’.

Experience Open

    Simon’s experience includes advising:
    • The private equity house Equita on its sale of its interest in Stromag Holding to GKN Plc.
    • Hochland SE on the acquisition of the German herbal curd and cottage cheese business including the brand “Gervais” from Danone.
    • The private equity fund The Riverside Company on the sale of its participation in Lautsprecher Teufel by way of a secondary buy-out to HgCapital.
    • The private equity house Equita on its acquisition of CaseTech group from the financial investor Adcuram.
    • Robert Aebi AG, a Swiss distributor of construction machinery, on its acquisition of Volvo Baumaschinen Bayern GmbH.
    • The private equity fund The Riverside Company on its investment in TRANSPOREON, a leading European provider of e-logistic solutions.
    • Hochland AG, a leading European manufacturer and refiner of cheese, on the conversion of its legal form into a “Societas Europaea” (SE).
    • The private equity house INVICTO on the acquisition of the medical technology company W. Krömker GmbH.
    • The private equity house The Riverside Company on the sale of Capol GmbH, a manufacturer of polishing and anti-sticking agents for the confectionary, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries, to Freudenberg Chemical Specialties.
    • The private equity house EMERAM Capital Partners on its acquisition of Boards & More group, a leading provider of kite and windsurfing as well as stand-up paddling equipment.
    • German financial investor HQ Equita on the sale of MEN Holding GmbH to DBAG Fund VII.

Education Open

  • 1998: Doctorate (Dr. iur.)
  • 1997: Admission to the bar
  • 1997: Stuttgart Higher Regional Court, Second State Exam (2. Staatsexamen)
  • 1995: First State Exam (1. Staatsexamen)
  • 1990: University of Tübingen

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Entstehung und Beendigung durch Umwandlung, in: Münchener Anwaltshandbuch Aktienrecht (2nd edition), editors Schüppen/Schaub
  • Entsprechenserklärung, in: Compliance-Handbuch Kapitalmarktrecht (2nd edition), editors Kuthe/Rückert/Sickinger
  • Stille Beteiligungen als traditionelle Form der Mezzanine-Finanzierung im deutschen Mittelstand, Private Debt – alternative Finanzierung für den Mittelstand, editors Achleitner/von Einem/v. Schroeder
  • Due Diligence – Wieviel Sorgfalt ist geboten?, VentureCapital-Magazin, special edition M&A
  • Kenntnis und Kennenmüssen beim Unternehmenskauf, in: Mergers & Acquisitions (Haarmann, Hemmelrath Schriftreihe)
  • Die Heilbarkeit fehlerhafter Vorstandsberichte nach Aktien und Umwandlungsrecht (doctoral thesis)

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Munich Bar (Rechtsanwaltskammer München)
  • Münchener M&A Forum

Employment Record Open

  • 2005-2008: Oldenburg Plus Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater, Munich
  • 1999-2005: Haarmann, Hemmelrath & Partner, Munich
  • 1997-1999: Rechtsanwälte Kaspar & Partner, Freiburg
  • 1988-1990: Deutsche Bank AG

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