Gernot Wagner | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Gernot Wagner
Gernot Wagner

Gernot Wagner

Partner, Frankfurt

T +49 69 29994 1430


“He has impressive technical skills and unparalleled focus on client service and deal execution. He is clearly one step ahead of his competition and one of the most user-friendly corporate finance lawyers in Germany.”

Chambers Europe 2016


A partner in White & Case's global Capital Markets Practice, Gernot advises clients on a wide range of high yield offerings and public and private debt and equity transactions. He acts for both issuers and underwriters, on both SEC-registered and Rule 144A transactions.

Clients to have benefited from his knowledge and experience include domestic and international banks, private equity houses and major corporations. He has also developed a strong track record representing investment banks in IPOs, rights issues and DCM matters.

International in outlook and practice background, Gernot was educated in Germany and the United States and is bilingual in German and English. Prior to joining White & Case in 2014, he was a partner at another major international law firm and headed the US corporate finance group of its Frankfurt office.

Bars and Courts

  • Attorney-at-Law, New York


  • LLM, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • First State Exam, University of Tübingen


  • German
  • English


Hapag-Lloyd AG, 2017

Advised international shipping company Hapag-Lloyd AG in connection with the original issuance of €250 million senior notes and additional tap-up issuance of €200 million senior notes.

Consolidated Energy/Natgasoline, 2016

Advising the world's second largest merchant producer of methanol on its 50% acquisition of Natgasoline LLC's sole shareholder and related financing arrangements valued at US$630 million.

Centerbridge/Senvion, 2016

Advised the global coordinators Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan and Citigroup on the € 294 million IPO of the German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Centerbridge/Senvion, 2015/2016

Advising a bank syndicate led by Deutsche Bank and J.P. Morgan on the €1.5 billion leveraged buyout of Senvion SE (now Senvion GmbH) by Centerbridge Capital Partners including a secured €125 million multicurrency revolving credit facility, a secured €825 million multicurrency letter-of-guarantee facility, a secured €180 million super senior cash liquidity facility, as well as a secured €400 million high-yield bond, together with an amendment and restatement agreement required to achieve a successful offering of Senvion GmbH's parent company Senvion S.A.

gategroup Holding AG, 2015/2016

Advising Swiss airline caterer specialist gategroup on: (a) the refinancing and upsizing of its revolving credit facility to €240 million, which was partially used to redeem some of its €350 million 6.75% senior notes due 2019; (b) a new €250 million term loan facility, which was used to redeem the balance of its €350 million 6.75% senior notes due 2019; and (c) the further upsizing of its revolving credit facility to €350 million.

Stabilus, 2016

Advised Stabilus on its €159 million fully documented capital increase.

Hapag-Lloyd AG, 2015

Advised IPO global coordinators Berenberg, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs on the €304 million IPO of Hapag-Lloyd on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Sunrise, 2015

Advised Deutsche Bank and UBS on the IPO of Sunrise Communications Group AG on the Swiss Stock Exchange.  It was the largest IPO in Switzerland since 2006 and the largest telecom IPO in Europe since 2004.

Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) Limited, 2015

Advising Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) Limited, the world's second largest Methanol producer, on its US$590 million refinancing consisting of a US$300 revolving credit facility and a US$290 million US-style term loan B.

Cembra Money Bank, 2013/2015

Advised Credit Suisse as bookrunner on the block trade of 9.46 million shares in Cembra Money Bank; earlier, in 2013 advised syndicate of banks led by Credit Suisse on the CHF1.0 billion IPO of Cembra Money Bank.

Awards & Recognition

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Europe 2016, Chambers Global 2016

Capital Markets: Equity – Germany

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Europe 2016, Chambers Global 2016

Capital Markets: Debt – Germany

Foreign Expert, Chambers Global 2016

Capital Markets: Debt and Equity – USA

Highly recommended lawyer, JUVE 2015/2016

IPOs and Capital Increase – Germany

Highly recommended lawyer, JUVE 2015/2016

Bonds – Germany

Highly recommended lawyer, JUVE 2015/2016

Structured Finance – Germany