Associate, New York
Christian Berger is an associate in the Firm's Global M&A Practice Group and a member of the Real Estate Industry Group. He is based in the New York office. Christian focuses his practice on domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings, involving all classes of real estate. Christian represents public and private companies across a variety of business sectors. Christian's experience includes the representation of sponsors and investment funds in connection with the financing, acquisition and sale of real estate assets.
Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
University of Virginia School of Law
Representative matters include the representation of:
- Representation of Elevance Health (NYSE: ELV), one of the nation's leading healthcare companies in its acquisition of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA), a Louisiana mutual insurance company.
- Representation of Altria Group, Inc. in its acquisition of NJOY Holdings, Inc., giving Altria ownership of NJOY's e-vapor product portfolio, for US$2.75 billion in cash payable at closing with an additional US$500 million in cash payments that are contingent upon regulatory outcomes with respect to certain NJOY products.
- Representation of TIER Mobility SE, a German micro-mobility company, in its acquisition of Skinny Labs, Inc., d/b/a Spin, a subsidiary of Ford and a US provider of rented motorized scooters.
- Representation of JERA Americas in its acquisition of a portfolio of thermal power generating facilities in New England, with a combined capacity of 1,633 MW, from Stonepeak. The portfolio consists of four thermal power generating facilities--Canal 1 (566 MW), Canal 2 (559 MW) and Canal 3 (333 MW) in Sandwich, Massachusetts on Cape Cod and Bucksport (175 MW) in Bucksport, Maine.
- Representation of Trojan Lithograph Corporation, a portfolio company of Mill Rock Capital, on its acquisition of Impressions Packaging LLC, a market leader in the design, engineering, and production of high-end paperboard packaging and commercial printing products.
- Representation of Saudi Aramco, one of the world's largest integrated energy and chemical companies, in its acquisition of Valvoline Inc.'s (NYSE: VVV) global products business for US$2.65 billion.
- Representation of Falcon's Beyond Global, LLC, a leading fully integrated global entertainment development company specializing in intellectual property creation and expansion, in its merger with FAST Acquisition Corp. II (NYSE: FZT), a SPAC. Upon completion of the proposed business combination, the new combined company will change its name to "Falcon's Beyond Global" and is expected to be listed on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol "FBYD."
- Representation of Cobepa SA, a private equity investor based in Belgium with over €4.2 billion net asset value, on its acquisition of Ned Stevens, one of the leading gutter cleaning services providers in the US.
- PWM Property Management LLC in the sale of its interests in the commercial office tower located at 245 Park Avenue in New York City to an affiliate of SL Green Realty Corp., the largest landlord in Manhattan. The transaction was valued at approximately US$2 billion, including the assumption of US$1.76 billion of existing funded debt, the equitization of US$168 million of SL Green's existing preferred equity interests in 245 Park JV LLC, and the investment of US$68 million in cash to satisfy the obligations necessary to effectuate the restructuring.
- Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (NYSE: MIC) in the US$514 million sale of the MIC Hawaii businesses, a regulated gas utility and unregulated propane distributor, to an affiliate of Argo Infrastructure Partners LP. The transaction was completed after the completion of a reorganization pursuant to which Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings, LLC, a newly formed entity, became the publicly traded parent company of MIC, and the subsequent US$4.475 billion sale of MIC, and its Atlantic Aviation business, to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.
- SES Holdings Pte. Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of high-performance hybrid lithium-metal rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles, in its US$3.6 billion business combination with Ivanhoe Capital Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: IVAN), a SPAC focused on electrification of society and industry.
- CVC Capital Partners in:
- a consortium of investors in the US$3.5 billion investment for a 22.55% stake in Authentic Brands Group LLC, a brand management company and owner of a portfolio of brand name companies.
- the acquisition of a majority interest in ExamWorks, a global leader in independent medical examinations, peer reviews, document management, and related services.
- the acquisition of Mediaocean, the leading global omnichannel advertising platform.
- Aramco, one of the world's largest integrated energy and chemical companies, in its entry into an Equity Purchase Agreement with US-based automotive services provider Valvoline Inc. to acquire Valvoline Inc.'s Global Products Business for US$2.65 billion, subject to certain customary adjustments as set forth in the Equity Purchase Agreement.
- Zanite Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: ZNTE, ZNTEU, ZNTEW), a SPAC focused on the aviation sector, in its US$2.4 billion business combination agreement with Embraer S.A., a Brazilian multinational aerospace manufacturer, to acquire EVE UAM, LLC, an Urban Air Mobility business.
- InterPrivate III Financial Partners Inc. (NYSE: IPVF), a SPAC, in its US$2.3 billion acquisition of Aspiration Partners, Inc., a global leader in Sustainability as a Service solutions for consumers and companies.
- AMCI Acquisition Corp. II (NASDAQ: AMCI), a SPAC, in its US$2.2 billion business combination with LanzaTech NZ, Inc., a leading carbon capture and transformation company combining synthetic biology and engineering to transform carbon waste into materials and high-value products.
- ION Acquisition Corp 2 Ltd. (NYSE: IACB), a SPAC, in its US$1.3 billion business combination with Innovid, Inc., a global leader in connected TV ad delivery and measurement.
- B. Riley Principal 150 Merger Corp. (NASDAQ: BRPM), a SPAC, in its US$1 billion business combination with FaZe Clan, Inc., a leading US gaming, lifestyle and digital content platform.
- Falcon's Beyond Global, LLC, a leading fully integrated global entertainment development company specializing in intellectual property creation and expansion, in its US$1 billion merger with FAST Acquisition Corp. II (NYSE: FZT), a SPAC.
- Artemis Strategic Investment Corporation, a SPAC, in its US$625 million business combination with Logflex MT Holding Limited (d/b/a "Novibet") (NASDAQ: ARTE), a provider of iGaming and online sports betting in Europe.
- ExxonMobil Chemical Company in its US$156 million acquisition of all shares of Materia, Inc., a company focused on manufacturing advanced materials.
- CDIL Data Centre USA LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cordiant Digital Infrastructure Ltd., a Guernsey investment fund, in its US$74 million acquisition of DataGryd Data Centers, LLC, a New York owner and operator of data centers.
- Gambling.com Group, a multi-award winning provider of digital marketing services for the online gambling industry, in its US$27.5 million acquisition of Roto Sports Inc., the operator of RotoWire.com and a provider of American fantasy sports content.
- Vox Media Holdings, Inc., one of the nation's leading media production companies, in its stock-for-stock business combination with Group Nine Media, Inc., another prominent media production company.
- Gopher Investments on its acquisition of Finalto, the financial trading division of Playtech plc (LSE: PTEC), the world's largest online gaming software supplier.
- HighPost Capital, a leading private investment firm focused on the global consumer and consumer technology sectors, in its acquisition of Centr, a personalized digital health and fitness platform founded by actor Chris Hemsworth. In a parallel transaction, HighPost also acquired Inspire Fitness, a leader in state-of-the-art fitness equipment, and combined the two businesses to create a best-in-class personal fitness, nutrition and wellness platform.
- DIF Capital Partners, a leading global independent infrastructure investment fund manager, through its fund DIF Infrastructure VI, in its acquisition of Bernhard LLC, the largest privately-owned Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) solutions company in the United States, from an affiliate of Bernhard Capital Partners.
- TIER Mobility SE, a German micromobility provider, in:
- the acquisition of Fantasmo Studios, Inc., a 3-D mapping and virtual positioning software company.
- the acquisition of Skinny Labs, Inc., d/b/a Spin, a subsidiary of Ford and a US provider of rented motorized scooters.
- JERA Americas in its acquisition of a portfolio of thermal power generating facilities in New England, with a combined capacity of 1,633 MW, from Stonepeak. The portfolio consists of four thermal power generating facilities--Canal 1 (566 MW), Canal 2 (559 MW) and Canal 3 (333 MW) in Sandwich, Massachusetts on Cape Cod and Bucksport (175 MW) in Bucksport, Maine.
- Trojan Lithograph Corporation, a portfolio company of Mill Rock Capital, in its acquisition of Impressions Packaging LLC, a market leader in the design, engineering, and production of high-end paperboard packaging and commercial printing products.
- Harvest Partners, LP in its sale of Neighborly, a holding company of 21 service brands focused on repairing, maintaining and enhancing consumers' homes and businesses via various online platforms, to KKR.
- Cobepa S.A. in the acquisition of MicroConstants Inc., a San Diego-based contract research organization, by BioAgilytix Labs, LLC, a portfolio company of Cobepa.
- Dominus Capital, L.P. in:
- the sale of its portfolio company, Masterbuilt Holdings LLC, a leader in outdoor residential grilling and cooking under the Kamado Joe and Masterbuilt brands, to the Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ: MIDD), a global leader in the food service equipment industry.
- its investment in Uptime Institute Holdings, LLC, which performs data center certification, data center training and IT consulting in over 100 countries worldwide.
- Sole Source Capital LLC:
- in its acquisition of Peak-Ryzex from Keystone Capital and Optical Phusion Inc. from its founders, two leading providers of automatic identification, data capture and factory automation solutions.
- and its portfolio company, Peak Technologies, a value-added reseller of barcoding and data collection solutions across North America, in its acquisition of DBK Concepts, Inc., a value-added reseller of AIDC labels, media and hardware for healthcare, manufacturing and industrial end-markets.
- Certares LP in its preferred equity investment in Avoya Travel, a leading travel marketing and technology company.
- NTT DATA, Inc., a recognized leader in global information technology services, in its acquisition of Nexient, LLC, a US-based software services firm.
- Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a global investment group managing funds for public retirement and insurance plans, in its acquisition of a majority ownership in Wizeline, Inc., a global technology services provider.