Dr. Michael Gläsner



Michael advises on M&A, private equity, venture capital and corporate law.

He advises private equity clients, VC clients, private companies, as well as publicly listed companies on complex domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, private equity transactions and corporate law issues. Furthermore, he has a focus on venture capital and advises start-ups and their investors during financing rounds and beyond.

Michael has many years of experience with a particular focus on complex, often international corporate transactions and is listed by Legal 500 as a "Rising Star" in the private equity/venture capital sector.

  • Projects in which Michael has recently provided advice:

    • Vantage Towers in connection with its extraordinary shareholders' meeting following the contribution of Vodafone’s majority shareholding into a newly set-up Joint Venture of Vodafone, KKR and GIP as well as the following take-private, the largest take private in Germany to date;
    • Paulig Group, the international family-owned food and beverage company headquartered in Finland, on the sale of its stake in leading German spice manufacturer Fuchs to the majority shareholders of Fuchs Group;
    • Comitis Capital on its acquisition of a majority stake in Berlin-based Cloud7, a leading brand in the premium dog accessories market in Germany, Austria and Switzerland;
    • The founder of Herter & Co., a leading independent debt advisory and financial restructuring firm in Frankfurt, on the sale of the company to global financial advisory firm Teneo;
    • Holland Capital and its Amsterdam-headquartered portfolio company Emixa, a full-service provider in digital transformation focused on the manufacturing industry, on the acquisition of LMtec Digital Solutions;
    • The founders of an online retailer on the sale to a German provider of high-quality upholstered and box-spring beds*;
    • The shareholders of a Karlsruhe-based translation software company on its acquisition by an American software company*;
    • A Chinese company on the acquisition of the hydrogen technology business of a Mannheim-based construction and services group*;
    • A British investment company on the sale of a Hamburg shipyard to a Bremen-based family business*;
    • A Berlin-based e-commerce group and its founder and CEO on the sale of a majority stake to an American private equity house*;
    • A Hamburg-based hydrogen company on the receipt of growth capital from London-based private equity investors*;
    • A German aviation company on a three-digit million Series E financing round*;
    • A venture capital investor on an investment into a three-digit million financing round of a Berlin-based FinTech-company*.
    *completed prior to joining Orrick