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Kristina Klaaßen-Kaiser

Partner, Düsseldorf




Specialised experience in national and international mergers & acquisitions (including public takeovers and joint ventures) and corporate law (law on stock corporations and company groups, corporate reorganisations, corporate governance, capital markets).

Transactions of significance where substantial involvement can be disclosed have included:

  • thyssenkrupp on the €17.2bn sale of the thyssenkrupp elevator business to a consortium led by Advent and Cinven
  • thyssenkrupp AG on the planned and ultimately cancelled Joint Venture with Tata Steel with regard to the European steel activities of both partners
  • thyssenkrupp AG on the sale of 100% of their shares in the Brazilian steel mill TK CSA
  • thyssenkrupp AG on the acquisition of Vale’s minority interest in thyssenkrupp CSA and the conclusion of several business agreements
  • Bayer AG on the carve-out of its plastic division Bayer MaterialScience and the subsequent IPO of Covestro AG
  • thyssenkrupp AG on the sale of its coating plant in Alabama, USA, and the conclusion of a long-term Slab Supply Agreement for their steel plant in Brazil
  • Sunways AG on the conclusion of several agreements regarding the acquisition of a majority stake by Chinese solar company LDK Solar and the subsequent public takeover offer
  • Serco Group on the sale of German stakes
  • GPC Biotech on the cross-border merger with Agennix Inc.
  • P&I Personal & Informatik AG on the entry and exit of Carlyle Group, the conclusion of a domination and profit and loss pooling agreement and the entry of HG Capital, including continuous corporate law advice and shareholders’ meeting advice
  • elexis AG on the public takeover by SMS group as well as the delisting, including continuous corporate law advice and shareholders’ meeting advice
  • Deutsche Börse on the planned merger with NYSE Euronext
  • E.ON on the joint venture with Brazilian MPX Group
Professional experience

  • 2015 to date Partner, Linklaters
  • 2009 - 2015 Managing Associate, Linklaters
  • 2008 - 2009 Associate, Linklaters
  • 2005 - 2008 Associate, Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner, Düsseldorf

  • 2004 - Second Legal State Examination (2. Juristisches Staatsexamen)
  • 2002 - 2004 Landgericht Dortmund, legal traineeship (Referendariat)
  • 2001 - 2002 London Metropolitan University, LL.M., London
  • 2001 - First Legal State Examination (1. Juristisches Staatsexamen)
  • 1996 - 2001 Westfälische Wilhelms-University of Münster, law studies

German, English, French