Sebastian Pitz

Partner, Frankfurt

Biography

“Very good lawyer, always on top of things, finds creative solutions in complex situations”, “comprehensively assesses all aspects within very short time”, “very good lawyer”
Feedback from various clients according to Juve Handbuch 2022/2023

Overview

Sebastian focuses on transactions and regulatory matters. He understands the commercial drivers of transactions, finds innovative and pragmatic solutions and is known for his responsive attitude and determination to get the job done in a result-oriented and efficient manner.

He advises financial investors, financial institutions, fast growth companies and corporates with respect to private and public M&A, corporate restructurings and regulatory laws. He also specializes in all types of tech, fintech and insurtech transactions covering both, transactional and regulatory aspects.

Before joining the firm, Sebastian worked for another international law firm in its Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg and New York offices.

Bars and Courts
Rechtsanwalt
Education
Second State Exam
Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe
First State Exam
University of Konstanz
Languages
German
English
Spanish

Experience

Public M&A / Capital Markets

Goldman Sachs, 2022 
Goldman Sachs as member of a consortium including Advent, Centerbridge and CPPIB on the public takeover offer to the shareholders of Aareal Bank AG with an overall valuation of approx. EUR 2 billion

Faurecia, 2021
Faurecia S.E. on its public takeover offer to the shareholders of HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA in the form of a cash offer and the separate acquisition of HELLA shares held by the family shareholder pool resulting in an overall transaction value of approx. EUR 6.8 billion

ADO Properties, 2020
Advised ADO Properties on its (i) voluntary public takeover offer in the form of a share-for-share offer to the shareholders of ADLER Real Estate, (ii) the acquisition of a minority stake in CONSUS and on the conclusion of a Call-Option Agreement with the mayor shareholder of Consus and on (iii) its voluntary public takeover offer and delisting tender offer to the shareholders of WESTGRUND 

TE Connectivity, 2019
TE Connectivity in its public takeover offer to the shareholders of First Sensor in the form of a cash offer*

Deutsche Bank / DWS, 2018
Deutsche Bank on the reorganisation of its asset management activities and the initial public listing of DWS with proceeds of EUR 1.4bn and a valuation of approx. EUR 6.5 billion*

Private M&A / Private Equity

Pollen Street Capital, 2022
Pollen Street Capital on the acquisition of a majority shareholding in Pair Finance

FNZ, 2022
Advised FNZ Group, a leading global wealth management platform which partners with large financial institutions and wealth management firms managing more than US$1.5 trillion in assets for over 20 million customers worldwide, on the acquisition of 100 percent of the shares in DIAMOS AG from ConQor Deutschland GmbH.

Nordic Capital, 2022
Nordic Capital on the acquisition and combination of Baufi24, Hüttig & Rompf and Creditweb in Bilthouse Group

Adler Group, 2022
Advised Adler Group S.A. on the sale of a €1.05 billion real estate portfolio to international investment company KKR and German real estate specialist Velero

ADLER Real Estate AG, 2021
Advised ADLER Real Estate AG, a subsidiary of Adler Group S.A., on the sale of approx. 7 percent of the shares in Brack Capital Properties N.V. to a subsidiary of LEG Immobilien SE

Adler Group, 2021
Advised Adler Group S.A. on the sale of a €1.3 billion real estate portfolio to LEG Immobilien SE

Nordic Capital, 2020
Nordic Capital on the acquisition of BearingPoint's Regulatory Technology business unit

x+bricks, 2020
x+bricks Group on the acquisition of a portfolio of 120 grocery-anchored properties worth EUR 500 million

gategroup, 2019
Gategroup on the acquisition of Lufthansa's LSG Sky Chefs' EU business from Lufthansa*

Smatrac, 2019
Smartrac on the sale of its RFID-transponder business to Avery Dennison*

TE Connectivity, 2019
TE Connectivity on the acquisition of Kissling Group*

EQT, 2016
EQT on the sale of BSN Medical to SCA for approx. EUR 2.74 billion*

Fast Growth / Venture Capital

wefox, 2022
Advised wefox Holding AG, a leading pan-European InsurTech, on its US$400 million Series D funding round. With a post-money valuation of US$4.5 billion, wefox continues to be one of the highest valued InsurTechs

N26, 2021
N26 on regulatory aspects (regulatory capital and SHA questions) of its USD 900 million Series E financing round at a valuation of USD 9 billion

Enpal, 2021
Enpal on its USD 174 million Series C financing round at a valuation of above USD 1 billion (post-money)

wefox, 2021
wefox on its USD 650 million Series C financing round at a valuation of USD 3 billion (post-money)

GIC, 2019
GIC on N26's USD 570 million Series D financing rounds at a valuation of USD 3.5 billion*

Geely, 2019
Geely on Volocopter`s EUR 50 million Series C financing round at a valuation of approx. EUR 200 (post-money)*

Financial Institutions M&A / Private Equity

LBBW, 2022
Advised Landesbank Baden-Württemberg on the acquisition of Berlin Hyp AG from Landesbank Berlin Holding AG

PEAC and HPS, 2021
PEAC and HPS Investment Partners on its acquisition of the leasing business of AAB Leasing

Corestate Capital, 2021
Advised Corestate, a leading independent investment manager for real estate in Europe, on the acquisition of Aggregate Financial Services (now: Corestate Bank)

Deutsche Bank, 2020
Deutsche Bank on their long-term exclusive bancassurance cooperation regarding life insurance and property, accident and liability insurance with Zurich and Deutsche Bank on it long-term exclusive bancassurance cooperation regarding credit-linked and construction financing insurance with Talanx

DWS, 2020
DWS on their long-term exclusive asset management cooperation with Zurich

Association of German Banks, 2018
Association of German Banks - Deposit Protection Fund on the sale of Düsseldorfer Hypothekenbank to Aareal Bank*

Cinven, 2018
Sixth Cinven Fund on the acquisition of Viridium, a leading life insurance consolidation platform in Germany*

H&F and Nets, 2018
Hellman & Friedman and Nets on their acquisition of Concardis from Bain Capital and Advent*

HPS, 2017
HPS Investment Partners on the acquisition of IKB Leasing from IKB Deutsche Industriebank*

Cinven and Viridium, 2017
Cinven and Viridium on the acquisition of the life insurance business of Protektor*

UBS, 2016
UBS Group on the merger of five European wealth management bank subsidiaries into UBS Europe*

Regulatory
Banks, investment firms, payment institutions, asset managers, insurance companies and corporates on a broad range of regulatory projects and topics including: IFR/IFD, CRR2 and CRDV, Solvency2, AIFMD/UCITSD, Brexit and corporate reorganisation projects, ECB supervision, licensing and exemptions, crisis situations and strategic business decisions, recovery and resolution, regulatory consolidation and Art. 7, 8 CRR and LE waivers, corporate governance of regulated institutions, internal and special audits, onsite-inspections and compliance matters (e.g. with respect to securities laws or AML/AFC), cross-border financial services, capital and liquidity requirements and other regulatory requirements, German bank separation rules and compensation requirements

* Matters prior to working for White & Case

Publications

ECB provides insight in its supervisory practice, Börsen-Zeitung, 5 November 2022

M&A-Transactions in the financial industry, Azur 2/2022, 144, 145

Substantive principles of qualifying holding procedures for credit institutions and qualifying holding procedures, Part 2, WM 2022, 1569-1579

Substantive principles of qualifying holding procedures for credit institutions and qualifying holding procedures, Part 1, WM 2022, 1525-1533

Unicorns do exist!, Azur100 Top-Arbeitgeber 2022, 272, 273

§ 1(3a)-(3d), (4)-(5a), (9) German Banking Act, Commentary KWG and CRR. Ed. Beck/Samm/Kookemoor, 219th ed. June 2021

Principles of consolidated supervision, Handbook banking supervisory law. Ed. Binder/Glos/Riepe. 2nd. Ed., 2020, 209-274 

§ 24a German Banking Act, Commentary KWG and CRR. Ed. Beck/Samm/Kookemoor, 213th ed. May 2020

§ 53d German Banking Act, Commentary KWG and CRR. Ed. Beck/Samm/Kookemoor, 206th ed. June 2019

Brexit, MiFIR and MiFID II: Cross-border investment services provided by third country firms and applicability of organizational and conduct rules, ZBB 2018, 197-208

Cross-border business of UK credit institutions and investment firms with German clients in the light of Brexit, MiFIR and MiFID II, European Business Law Review 2018, 425-463

Principles of consolidated supervision, Handbook banking supervisory law. Ed. Binder/Glos/Riepe. 2018, 181-240

Credit institutions and investment firms as single-tier board European Company (Societas Europaea), ZBB 2017, 76-84

Impact of Brexit on the European passport for credit institutions and investment firms, WM 2017, 120-129

Banks need a market for NPLs, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 21. December 2016

Financial holding companies and consolidated supervision of financial holding groups, BKR 2016, 495-499

Intermediate EU parent undertaking requirement for non-EU GSIBs, Oxford business law blog, December 2016

SREP capital ratios and due process, ZBB 2016, 342-353

Comment on the judgement of the German federal court of justice of 19. February 2013 (II ZR 56/12) – impact of a void election of a supervisory board member, NJW 2013, 1539

Awards and Recognition

Highly recommended for M&A, Juve Handbuch 2022/2023

Highly recommended for Corporate Law, Juve Handbuch 2022/2023

Ones to Watch Germany in Banking and Finance Law, Handelsblatt 2022, 2021

Ones to Watch Germany in Corporate Law, Handelsblatt 2022