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Sebastian Klingen

Managing Associate, Düsseldorf



Attorney-at-law (Rechtsanwalt)


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

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

  • Volkswagen AG on the sale of its 76% participation in publicly listed RENK AG to Triton
  • BASF on the sale of its construction chemicals business to Lone Star
  • Panasonic Corporation on the acquisition of all shares in the German software company OpenSynergy GmbH
  • Deutsche Börse AG on the acquisition of the 360T Group from Summit Partners and further sellers.
  • Suzlon Energy Limited, India, on the sale of its German subsidiary Senvion SE to the US investment fund Centerbridge Partners
  • LIXIL, the Japanese manufacturer and retailer of building materials and housing equipment, on its €3.059bn acquisition (together with Development Bank of Japan) of 87.5% of German-based Grohe Group from TPG Capital and Credit Suisse Private Equity
  • VERBUND AG on the sale of its Turkish business to E.ON SE and the simultaneous acquisition of E.ON SE’s participation in a number of hydro power plants in Germany and Austria
  • RWE AG in the divestiture of its participation in Berliner Wasserbetriebe AöR to the State of Berlin (Land Berlin) and the related legal dispute with a co-shareholder

Professional experience

2014 to date Managing Associate, Linklaters
2010 - 2014 Associate, Linklaters
2008 - 2009 Research Assistant, Linklaters, Düsseldorf and Tokyo
2007 - 2008 Research Assistant, Lovells, Düsseldorf
2006 - 2007 Research Assistant, IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG, Düsseldorf


2009 - Second Legal State Examination (2. Juristisches Staatsexamen)
2008 - University of Münster, Executive MBA (M&A)
2007 - 2009 District Court of Duisburg (Landgericht Duisburg), legal traineeship (Referendariat)
2007 - First Legal State Examination (1. Juristisches Staatsexamen)
2000 - 2007 University of Bielefeld, law studies


German, English