Dr. Stefan Koch

Partner, Frankfurt


Stefan Koch is named as Leading Individual Lawyer for Private Equity in Germany’s JUVE rankings and named as one of Germany’s best lawyers for Private Equity in the most recent Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt 2020.


Stefan Koch is a partner in our Global Mergers & Acquisitions practice with an emphasis on Private Equity. He has more than 20 years' relevant deal experience and has worked as M&A lawyer in the US and in Germany. Stefan is ranked as a leading lawyer in his field by top legal directories.
Drawing on his broad domestic and international experience, Stefan supports a wide variety of clients with legal and strategic advice on significant transactions, including M&A, LBOs and MBOs, public takeovers as well as joint-ventures. International in outlook and approach, Stefan regularly leads teams across multiple jurisdictions.
Many of Stefan's M&A transactions involved complex deals in regulated sectors or companies with disruptive business models, especially in the areas healthcare, payments and tech. Stefan is regularly working for leading European private equity firms.
Stefan is dual-qualified and permitted to practice in both Germany and New York, USA.

Bars and Courts
Attorney-at-Law, New York
Second State Exam
Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Hamburg
Dr jur
University of Hamburg
New York University School of Law
First State Exam
University of Hamburg


DBAG, 2020
Advised Deutsche Beteiligungs AG on the acquisition of a majority stake in Multimon AG, a leading provider of fire protection systems.

Nordic Capital, 2014 – 2020
Advised Nordic Capital on its 2018 acquisition of the Prospitalia Group, its 2018 acquisition of the Ober Scharrer Group, its 2017 acquisition of Alloheim, its 2015 acquisition of the Sunrise Medical group and on its 2014 acquisition of GHD GesundHeits GmbH Deutschland, as well as various other completed and contemplated transactions.

IK Investment Partners, 2016 – 2020
Advised IK Investment Partners on its 2019/20 acquisition of MDT technologies GmbH and its 2016 acquisition of ZytoService Deutschland GmbH.

Battery Ventures, 2015 – 2020
Advised Battery Ventures on its 2020 voluntary public takeover offer for EASY SOFTWARE AG, its 2020 acquisition of Sander + Partner GmbH, its 2019 acquisition of abas Software AG through its portfolio company Forterro, the 2017 disposition of Worldhotels AG and its 2015 US$154 million sale of the German Trust International Group to NASDAQ-listed Sabre Corporation.

Allen & Company, 2019
Advised Allen & Company LLC, as financial advisor to Axel Springer SE, on KKR’s €6.8 billion takeover offer.

Ardian (formerly Axa Private Equity), 2006 – 2019*
Advised Ardian on the 2019 acquisition of German Saal Digital, the 2016 acquisition of German Schwind eye-tech solutions GmbH as well as the previous acquisition of the railway sleepers business of Pfleiderer AG; the acquisition of CABB, a specialty chemicals company; the disposal of Alukon, a manufacture of roller shutters; and the disposal of Gealan, a manufacturer of PVC window profiles.

Duke Street, 2016 – 2018
Advised Duke Street on its 2018 acquisition of A-Rosa river cruises and its 2016 acquisition of Medi-Globe.

ACP Allianz Capital Partners and others, 2015
Advised an international syndicate consisting of Allianz Capital Partners, Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc., Infinity Investments SA and MEAG, the asset management arm of Münchener Rück, on its 2015 acquisition of Autobahn Tank & Rast GmbH, the German autobahn services company.

Grünenthal, 2016
Advised Grünenthal on its US$235 million license agreement with AstraZeneca for Zurampic.

Groupe Legris Industries, 2016
Advised Groupe Legris Industries on its 2016 acquisition of Schiederwerk.

Super Group Limited, 2015
Advised Super Group Limited on its 2015 €153.5 million acquisition of the IN tIME group from funds advised by Equistone Partners Europe.

Halder, 2015
Advised Halder on the 2015 acquisition of PRAE-TURBO GmbH & Co. KG through a management buy-out.

Merck KGaA, 2006 – 2015*
Advised Merck KGaA on the 2015 agreement by its Life Science business, Merck Millipore, to acquire the worldwide rights to an innovative protein detection technology from Singulex, the 2015 disposition of its drug discovery and developments solutions business to Eurofins SA, as well as previously on the US$7.2 billion acquisition of Millipore Corporation and the €4.9 billion disposal of its worldwide generics business to Mylan Inc.

*Includes matters worked on prior to joining White & Case


"Closing Documents and common ancillary M&A Agreements in English Language with German Annotations (Closing Dokumente und typische Nebenvereinbarungen in englischer Sprache mit Anmerkungen in deutscher Sprache)". M&A Agreements in Germany. Ed. M. Jaletzke and W. Henle. Munich, Pages 221-247 and 261 -265, 2011 

Co-author, "The International Comparative Legal Guide to M&A". Global Legal Group, London, 2010, 2009 and 2008 (with M. Horbach) 

Co-author, "Merger Control Regulations' Claim to the Absolute Truth? (Absolutheitsanspruch in der Fusionskontrolle?)", Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb, Issue 11, Page 1127, 2009 (with H. Henschen) 

Co-author, "Influence by the Majority Shareholder after a Public Takeover (Einflussnahme nach einer öffentlichen Übernahme)", Going Public Magazin, Pages 81-82, May 2009 (with M. Horbach)

Awards and Recognition

Best Lawyer Germany in Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Private Equity Law, Handelsblatt 2021

Leading Individual, JUVE 2019/2020
(Private Equity & Venture Capital)

Highly Recommended Lawyer, Germany's Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt 2020
(Private Equity Law, M&A)

Highly regarded, IFLR 1000 2020
(Private Equity, M&A)

Ranked individual, Chambers Europe 2020
(Private Equity)