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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.
Assessment of merger scenarios in the German Landesbank sector.
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.
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.
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.
Advising paydirekt on the establishment of a German internet and mobile payment system for the three pillars of the German banking sector.
Advised Deutsche Bank on the disposal of portfolios.