Dr. Jörg Kraffel

Partner, Berlin

Biography

“Very client-oriented, excellent expertise.”
Client

Overview

Jörg Kraffel is a senior partner in our worldwide M&A Practice. He supports clients with large-scale M&A transactions and on all aspects of corporate law and is recognized by respected legal guides as a leading practitioner in his field.

Clients benefit from Jörg's extensive domestic and international experience, which spans more than 25 years - both as a partner at White & Case and as a partner in the M&A practice of another leading global law firm. During this time, he has been called upon to advise major clients such as Vattenfall, E.ON, EWE and JP Morgan.

Jörg's practice is particularly focused on helping companies and investors to structure and execute technically complex national and cross-border transactions, including joint ventures. He has also developed a significant track record in investments and acquisitions in the infrastructure sector.

Bars and Courts
Rechtsanwalt
Notar, Notarkammer Berlin
Education
Second State Exam
Higher Regional Court of Berlin
First State Exam
Free University of Berlin
Dr jur
Free University of Berlin
Languages
German
English

Experience

E.ON
Advising German energy company E.ON on establishing a joint venture with Igneo Infrastructure Partners for the roll-out of high-speed broadband infrastructure in Germany. To this end, Igneo has acquired a 50% stake in Westenergie Breitband GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of E.ON SE.

Fluxys
Advising Fluxys on the potential acquisition of Thyssengas from DIF Capital Partners and EDF.

JP Morgan Infrastructure Investments Fund (IIF)
Advising JP Morgan Infrastructure Investments Fund (IIF) on the acquisition of GETEC, one of Europe's leading sustainable energy service companies for real estate and industrial customers, from EQT and Getec Energie Holding.

Swiss Life
Advising Swiss Life in a complex bidding process for a participation in Ferngas.

Swiss Life
Advising Swiss Life as a bidder for the acquisition of 45% of the shares in MVV, a listed utility, which is one of the leading utilities in Germany.

Statkraft
Advising Statkraft on the acquisition of the Breeze Three wind portfolio. The Breeze Three portfolio comprises of 38 windfarms in Germany and four wind farms in France with a total capacity of over 350 MW.

DIC Corp.
Advising DIC Corp., a Japanese fine chemicals company, and its US subsidiary Sun Chemical Corp., on DIC's €1.15 billion acquisition of BASF's global pigments business, known as BASF Colors & Effects (BCE).

EWE
Advising EWE AG, one of Germany's largest municipal enterprises, on the establishment of a joint venture with the Aloys Wobben Stiftung, major shareholder of the wind turbine manufacturer ENERCON, for the operation, planning and development of wind farms. This includes the transfer of all major wind farms and pipeline projects owned by both joint venture partners to the joint venture with the goal to become one of the leading green energy providers in Germany and France with a total investment volume of EUR 4 billion by 2030.

EWE
Advising EWE AG, one of Germany's largest municipal enterprises, and the Ems-Weser-Elbe Versorgungs- und Entsorgungsverband, an alliance formed of 21 cities and districts in the Ems/Weser/Elbe region, on the sale of 26% of the shares in EWE AG to the infrastructure investor ARDIAN.

STEAG
Advising STEAG GmbH on the sale of 49% of the shares in its wind farm portfolio in France to an infrastructure fund of Allianz Global Investors. STEAG remains majority shareholder with 51 percent and continues to be responsible for commercial and technical management.

STEAG
Advising STEAG GmbH on the sale of a 49% stake in STEAG Fernwärme GmbH to MEAG, the asset manager of Munich Re and ERGO, as well as on the signing of a shareholders agreement.

Vattenfall
Advising Vattenfall on various transactions, including the (i) sale of 50Hertz Transmission GmbH to Elia and IFM, (ii) sale of its majority shareholding in the regional energy supplier WEMAG AG, (iii) sale of its 24,9% share in Staedtische Werke AG to Thüga AG, (iv) sale of its 25% share in the Rostock hard-coal fired power plant to RheinEnergie AG, (v) sale of its 85.5% majority shareholding in the waste incineration plant "Müllverwertung Borsigstraße GmbH" to Stadtreinigung Hamburg, (vi) outsourcing of the facility operations services in Germany to ISS, and the (vii) sale of a 74.9% stake in Lauta and a 100% stake in Ruedersdorf, both waste to energy power plants, to STEAG.

Awards and Recognition

Best Lawyer Germany in Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Handelsblatt 2009-2023

Highly Recommended Lawyer for M&A and Corporate, JUVE 2021/2022

Highly Recommended Lawyer for Energy law: Regulatory and Energy sector: Transactions/finance, JUVE 2021/2022