All German companies will soon have to report on their ownership structures to the German Transparency Register as a new law has abolished simplifications that previously applied to the majority of companies.
Our deep industry expertise in transport, energy and real estate allows us to deliver exceptional value to private equity investors.
As new entrants increasingly invest in non-traditional sectors, a real understanding of the underlying assets can be the key to success. Having worked with early market participants in our core sectors, we continue to provide deep industry expertise and legal acumen to help private equity investors navigate the complexities of these markets.
We advise private equity and venture capital funds across a range of sectors and investment solutions including open-end funds, leveraged buy-outs (LBOs), M&A, Management Buy-ins (MBIs) and Management Buy-outs (MBOs), mezzanine finance, venture and growth capital, private investments in public equity (PIPES) and access to public markets.
By bringing together our expertise in tax, corporate, regulatory, employment, finance and restructuring we deliver on all stages of the lifecycle of an investment – from fund establishment, through due diligence, investment, management to eventual wind down. Not only is this approach valuable for new market entrants in their initial risk assessment, but across the industry where funds are often required to set out an exit strategy at the outset.
We have particular expertise in non-performing loans. Our international team has advised on some of the most high profile loan portfolio sales and purchases. This experience of complex portfolio transfers of syndicated and bilateral loans, as well as hedging products, alongside our in-depth energy, real estate and transport sector expertise means we are uniquely suited to advise on such transactions.
We also have experience in trading all types of debt in the secondary market and regularly act for private equity houses, hedge funds and commercial banks, helping them manage the disposal and acquisition of these loan assets.
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Following recent EU and German court decisions, the German tax authorities have advised that lump-sum remunerations for supervisory activities will generally not be subject to VAT; though exceptions may apply for remuneration schemes comprising of fixed and variable payments.
This article explores the increasing trend for private equity investments in the shipping sector to take the form of preferred stock in either publicly listed or private companies, rather than through establishing a joint venture with an established shipowner.