Christopher Sprado

Counsel

Düsseldorf

Christopher Sprado is specialized in advising clients on M&A transactions, venture capital investments, corporate restructuring measures as well as general corporate law matters.

He has profound experience in advising multinational corporations and international investors on their most important transactions and strategic challenges. His clients particularly value his pragmatism and his ability to break complex issues down to the essentials and to find efficient solutions. He advises his clients on projects and transactions in an international context with a focus on technology companies.

Prior to joining Orrick, Christopher worked at Linklaters LLP for more than 10 years. During such time, he had the opportunity to undertake client secondments at two large German-listed companies.

  • Christopher’s experience includes advising*:

    • Solvay S.A., Belgium, on the acquisition of Bayer’s global seed coatings business
    • Covestro AG, Germany, on the acquisition of the Resins & Functional Materials business from Royal DSM
    • Aperam S.A., Luxembourg, on the acquisition of stainless-steel recycling company ELG from Franz Haniel & Cie.
    • thyssenkrupp AG, Germany, on the intended split of its group into two separate listed companies
    • AECI Ltd., South Africa, on the acquisition of the contract manufacturing service business of Imperial Chemical Logistics GmbH, including, inter alia, Schirm group
    • Panasonic Corporation, Japan, on the acquisition of all shares in the German software company 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
    • E.ON SE, Germany, on the split of its group into two separate listed companies
    • Deutsche Börse AG, Germany, on the acquisition of 360T Group from Summit Partners and further sellers
    • Suzlon Energy Limited, India, on the sale of its German subsidiary Senvion SE to Centerbridge Partners
    • Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd., Japan, on the acquisition of substantially all assets of insolvent sealing specialist Meteor Gummiwerke from its insolvency administrator
    • Suzlon Energy Limited, India, on the valuation proceedings in relation to the squeeze-out of the minority shareholders of REpower Systems SE
    • DeWAG, Germany, on the sale of a real estate portfolio to Deutsche Annington Immobilien SE
    • LIXIL Corporation, Japan, on its acquisition of GROHE Group
    • various international investors on the (intended) acquisition of participations in German tech startups

    *all with a prior law firm