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Christopher Sprado

Managing Associate, Düsseldorf




Specialised experience in advising domestic and foreign corporations on M&A transactions, corporate restructuring measures and related legal disputes as well as general corporate law matters.

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

  • Panasonic Corporation, Japan, on the acquisition of OpenSynergy GmbH
  • Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, Japan, on the merger squeeze-out of NTT Com Security AG’s minority shareholders as well as the subsequent valuation proceedings
  • Alliance Automotive Group, United Kingdom, on the acquisitions of Coler GmbH & Co. KG and Busch Handelsgesellschaft mbH
  • E.ON SE on the split of its group into two separate listed companies 
  • Vodafone GmbH on the valuation proceedings in relation to the domination and profit and loss transfer agreement between Vodafone Vierte Verwaltungs AG and Kabel Deutschland Holding AG
  • Deutsche Börse AG on the acquisition of 360T Group from Summit Partners and further sellers
  • Suzlon Energy Limited, India, on the sale of Senvion SE to Centerbridge Partners
  • Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd., Japan, on the acquisition out of insolvency of substantially all assets of Meteor Gummiwerke K. H. Bädje GmbH & Co. KG
  • Suzlon Energy Limited, India, on the valuation proceedings in relation to the squeeze-out of the minority shareholders of REpower Systems SE
  • DeWAG on the sale of a real estate portfolio to Deutsche Annington Immobilien SE
  • LIXIL Corporation, Japan, on the acquisition of GROHE Group


Professional experience

2017 Client secondment, E.ON SE, Group Legal & Compliance, Essen
2016 to date  Managing Associate, Linklaters
2011 - 2016  Associate, Linklaters
2010 - 2011  Legal trainee (Referendar), Linklaters Düsseldorf and Tokyo
2009  Legal assistant (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter), Linklaters Düsseldorf


2012 - 2013  University of Virginia School of Law, Master of Laws (LL.M.)
2011 Second Legal State Examination (2. Juristisches Staatsexamen)
2009 - 2011 Higher Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht) of Düsseldorf, legal traineeship (Referendariat) including, inter alia, work for Linklaters in Düsseldorf and Tokyo and the Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) in Bonn
2008 First Legal State Examination (1. Juristisches Staatsexamen)
2003 - 2008 University of Münster and University of Liverpool, law studies


Die Prüfung von Unternehmenserwerben gemäß §§ 55 ff. Außenwirtschaftsverordnung, KSzW 2017, 49 (together with Sebastian Klingen)

Rechtsentwicklungen im GmbH-Recht 2016, DB 2016 Beilage Nr. 6, 23 (together with Dr. Klaus Marinus Hoenig)

Das Recht auf Durchführung einer Due Diligence zum Zwecke des Verkaufs von GmbH-Geschäftsanteilen, KSzW 2016, 24 (together with Sebastian Klingen)

"Best Efforts"-Klauseln in Unternehmenskaufverträgen unter deutschem Vertragsstatut, NZG 2014, 688 (together with Dr. Klaus Marinus Hoenig)


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