Gernot Wagner

Partner, Frankfurt

Biography

“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 2018

Overview

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
Education
LLM
University of Connecticut School of Law
First State Exam
University of Tübingen
Languages
German
English

Experience

Jefferies/NSO Group
Advised a bank syndicate led by Jefferies in connection with the bank financing for the management buyout of NSO Group.

Natgasoline LLC/OCI N.V/Consolidated Energy Limited
Represented Natgasoline LLC and its shareholders, OCI N.V. and Consolidated Energy Limited, in connection with a US$565 million Term Loan B, a US$60 million bond due to refinance Natgasoline’s existing debt.

Consus Real Estate AG
Advised Consus Real Estate AG in connection with the offering of €400 million 9.625% senior secured notes due 2024

BNP Paribas and UniCredit Bank AG
Advised BNP Paribas and UniCredit Bank AG on the US$400 million capital increase of Symrise AG.

Zur Rose Group AG
Advised Swiss Zur Rose Group AG, Europe's largest online pharmacy and one of the leading medical wholesalers in Switzerland, on its CHF200 million rights offering, which was completed in connection with the acquisition of the online pharmacy competitor medpex.

Summit Germany Ltd.
Advised Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank AG as Initial Purchasers on the issuance of a bond for Summit Germany Limited. This debut issuance of Senior Notes under New Yorker law (144A/Reg S) has a total volume of EUR 300 million and is due in 2025. The Senior Notes have an annual coupon of 2.0% and are listed at Luxembourg Stock Exchange (Euro MTF market).

ZARGES Group
Advised WernerCo, a Triton IV fund company, on its acquisition of ZARGES Group (ZARGES). The seller is a consortium consisting of funds managed by Baird Capital and Granville, VR Equitypartner and the management team ZARGES. The acquisition enhances WernerCo's position as a market leader for industrial climbing products and storage and transport containers in Europe. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

Befesa S.A.
Advised the bank consortium on the post-IPO financing of Befesa S.A. The financing with a total volume of EUR 636 million consists of an institutional term loan B, a revolving credit facility and a guarantee facility.

Zur Rose Group AG
Advised SIX listed Zur Rose Group AG on the acquisition of Dutch online pharmacy Vitalsana B.V. from Ströer SE & Co. KGaA. Additional part of the acquisition was the service provider ApDG GmbH located in Ulm, Germany.

Consus Real Estate AG
Advised Consus Real Estate AG, a leading German real estate developer, on its debut bond with a total volume of €200 million.

Hapag-Lloyd AG
Advised Hapag-Lloyd AG on its €352 million rights offering.

DEMIRE Deutsche Mittelstand Real Estate AG
Advised Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners and Berenberg as Joint Bookrunner on the issuance of high yield bonds under New York law (144A/Reg S) of DEMIRE Deutsche Mittelstand Real Estate AG with a total volume of €130 million.

Hapag-Lloyd AG
Advised Hapag-Lloyd AG on the preparation of BaFin approved prospectus for the admission of 42.749.568 new shares in connection with a capital increase by means of a contribution in kind.

DEMIRE Deutsche Mittelstand Real Estate AG
Advised Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners, Berenberg as Joint Bookrunner as well as equinet Bank and IKB Deutsche Industriebank as Co-Lead Managers on the issuance of high yield bonds under New York law (144A/Reg S) of DEMIRE Deutsche Mittelstand Real Estate AG with a total volume of €270 million.

Consolidated Energy Finance S.A.
Advised Consolidated Energy Finance S.A. on the issuance of high yield bonds with a total volume of US$800 million.

Triton
Advised Triton on the issuance of a US$265 million high yield bond as part of the acquisition of WernerCo.

Proman Holding AG
Advised Proman Holding AG on the issuance of a high yield bond with a total volume of CHF200 million.

Medigene AG
Advised Guggenheim Securities LLC, Baader Bank AG and Trout Capital LLC on the capital increase of Medigene AG.

Awards and Recognition

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Europe 2019, Chambers Global 2019
Capital Markets: Equity – Germany

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Europe 2019, Chambers Global 2019
Capital Markets: Debt – Germany

Foreign Expert, Chambers Global 2019
Capital Markets: Debt and Equity – USA

Highly recommended lawyer, JUVE 2018/2019
IPOs and Capital Increase – Germany

Highly recommended lawyer, JUVE 2018/2019
Bonds – Germany

Highly recommended lawyer, JUVE 2018/2019
Structured Finance – Germany