Matthias Kasch

Partner, Frankfurt

Biography

Overview

A partner in White & Case's global Mergers & Acquisitions Group, Matthias focusses on domestic and cross-border company acquisitions and disposals, public takeovers and mergers and the establishment of holdings and joint ventures.

Banks, insurance companies, financial services providers including financial technology ("fintech") companies and companies from a range of other sectors benefit from his extensive hands-on experience in this area, which spans a period of 25 years.

Matthias is able to advise clients on the full spectrum of corporate law and capital markets issues arising in the context of major transactions. Complex matters to which he brings clarity and insight include the acquisition and disposal of branch networks, business units and product portfolios, as well as any related regulatory aspects in the banking and insurance sector.

Over the course of his career, Matthias has worked on numerous high-profile deals, including DZ BANK's merger with WGZ BANK which has resulted in the second largest credit institution in Germany and Equens' business combination with Wordline creating the pan-European leader in payment services.

Matthias has also developed a strong track record of guiding clients through complex restructuring and reorganization projects.

Bars and Courts
Rechtsanwalt
Education
Second State Exam
Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main
First State Exam
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main
Languages
German
English

Experience

Polish Aviation Group (PGL), 2019/2020
Advising Polish Aviation Group (PGL), owner of LOT Polish Airlines S.A. (LOT), on the acquisition of Germany's Condor Flugdienst GmbH (Condor).The combination of LOT and Condor will create one of the leading European aviation groups carrying around 20 million passengers per year. The acquisition, which was preceded by a bidding process in which PGL prevailed over several financial investors, is expected to close by April 2020 once customary antitrust approvals are obtained and Condor exits the protective shield proceedings.

VR Leasing Group, 2017-2019
Advising VR Leasing Group on its strategic transformation into a digital financial service provider for commercial customers ('VR Smart Finanz") including the M&A road map and related M&A transactions.

German Landesbank, 2018
Assessment of merger scenarios in the German Landesbank sector.

DG HYP/WL BANK, 2017/2018
Advising DZ BANK on the merger between DG HYP and WL BANK. The merged company started its commercial operation under the name of "DZ HYP" on July 27, 2018. The merger has created the largest German real estate bank in terms of balance sheet total (of around 75 billion euros) and loan business. With a Pfandbrief portfolio of around 45 billion euros, DZ HYP will act as the largest German Pfandbrief issuer on the market.

DZ BANK/WGZ BANK, 2016
Advising DZ BANK on its merger with WGZ BANK. The merged entity started off as "DZ BANK.Die Initiativbank" on August 1, 2016 and serves as consolidated central bank for more than 1,000 corporative banks in Germany. In terms of balance sheet, the merger resulted in the second largest credit institution in Germany based on a balance sheet total of around 509 billion euros in 2016.

Equens/Worldline, 2015/2016
Advising Equens, one of the largest payment service providers in Europe, on a strategic business combination with the European market leader in payment and transactional services, Worldline. The business combination in Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Luxembourg has created the new pan-European leader in payment services. The transaction includes the acquisition of PaySquare, the commercial acquiring subsidiary of Equens, by Worldline.

paydirekt, 2015
Advising paydirekt on the establishment of a German internet and mobile payment system for the three pillars of the German banking sector.

Deutsche Bank, 2014
Advised Deutsche Bank on the disposal of portfolios.

Awards and Recognition

Highly Recommended Lawyer, JUVE 2019/2020
M&A

Highly Recommended Lawyer, JUVE 2019/2020
Corporate