Dr. Oliver Duys, LL.M. (UNSW Sydney)



Oliver Duys is Co-Managing Partner and Head of the India & Middle East Desk of Orrick Germany. He specializes in the execution of complex, often cross-border corporate takeovers and focuses on the areas of M&A and Private Equity.

With his extensive experience, he advises on complex cross-border transactions, including real estate portfolio deals, the formation of joint ventures, the establishment of funds and restructurings. He advises both national and international private equity firms, companies and fund managers and offers solutions for management participation programs and liability issues. 

Oliver Duys' expertise extends in particular to advising companies from the Middle East and India, whom he supports in a variety of international M&A projects.

Oliver Duys has been repeatedly recommended by Legal 500 and Juve and is listed as one of the best lawyers in Germany in the field of M&A by Handelsblatt. His clients value him for his confident negotiation skills and his strength in dealing with complex negotiations.

  • Transactions and projects in which Oliver Duys has recently acted as the lead partner include the following:

    • Vantage Towers on partial sale to KKR and GIP (biggest take-private transaction in German business history and most voluminous PE transaction in Germany in 2022)  and in connection with its extraordinary shareholders' meeting
    • 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
    • nobilia -Werke J. Stickling  on its international expansion strategy
    • STEAG on various transactions, including: Sale of a minority stake in STEAG Power Minerals to the investor HAWAR Group; establishment of a bidding consortium with Bejing Capital Group in an auction process for a portfolio of waste-fired power plants of the investor EQT; acquisition of a business unit of the GILDEMEISTER Group; acquisition of the Krantz business from Caverion; sale of STEAG Power Minerals to EP Power Europe; acquisition of EVN's 49% stake in the Walsum 10 power plant
    • Thai Acrylic Fibre on the purchase of IP assets from insolvent German fiber manufacturer Dolan GmbH
    • 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
    • Mecklenburgia on the sale of shares in a real estate company to Round Hill Capital
    • FormFactor on the sale of German subsidiary FRT to Camtek
    • TX Logistik, part of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, on the acquisition of Exploris Deutschland
    • Browserstack, a platform provider for the testing of online-infrastructure, in the acquisition of Embold Technologies
    • Founder of Herter & Co. on the sale of his stake in Herter & Co. to the global financial advisory group Teneo
    • Paulig Group on the stake in Fuchs Group
    • Berlin-based uberall on $115 Million Series C Financing and Acquisition of US-based Tech Company MomentFeed
    • Founders of Protel Hotelsoftware, a cloud-based hotel software, in the sale of their company to Eurazeo and Advent
    • Lilium on its SPAC merger
    • SNAM in connection with Project "EUGAL" (Nordstrom II)
    • Italian Persico Group on its acquisition of a division of automotive supplier bielomatik from the insolvency estate and with respect to its acquisition of certain production machinery from Kiefel group with the aim to “liquidate” the German automotive business of Kiefel
    • EKK Eagle Industry in sale of participation in Integral Accumulator to Freudenberg
    • KawiSafi Ventures and Acumen Fund on Growth Investment in REDAVIA GmbH
    • Hitachi Chemical on acquisition of German Thermal Insulation Manufacturer
    • Austrian Aaron Hotels & Hostels Holding AG in the sale of the budget hotel and hostel group “A&O Hotels and Hostels” to the American private equity investor TPG
    • Westag & Getalit in Takeover by Broadview Industries AG
    • HANNOVER Finanz in the sale of their participation in Lück Group
    • HELLA in the sale of its division Special Applications consisting of HELLA Industries and HELLA Airport Lighting to Hellux (Wünsche Group) and to TKH Group
    • Findos Investor in various transactions, including the sale of Rameder Group to FSN Capital; the acquisition of Sanvartis Group; the acquisition of Careforce Marketing & Sales Service GmbH; the sale of ABIT Group to Marlin Equity Partners; the acquisition of the Dutch EuroSystems Group; the acquisition of Transcom Credit Management Services AS from listed Transcom WorldWide AB; the sale of FAIST ChemTec-Group to private equity fund L-GAM Advisers LLP; the acquisition of Rameder group; the sale of shares in FAIST ChemTec Group from FAIST Invest and the Hannover Finanz Group; the acquisition of shares in ABIT GmbH from GFKL Financial Services AG; the acquisition of the majority shareholding in Sterntaler GmbH from its founders and its re-sale to Bitburger Holding GmbH; the structuring of their Funds I, II, III and IV
    • Thales in a bidding process for the sale of Airbus’ border security division
    • W.W. Grainger, Inc. on its entry into the European online market for MRO products - launch of  www.zorotools.de
    • Beisheim Capital GmbH on the investment in Private Equity Fonds Cinven VI, MCP und Gilde)
    • Augmented reality specialist RE'FLEKT on a corporate venture capital investment by Bosch Group
    • IMPERIAL Logistics Group in the sale of its majority shareholding in the port and transport logistics provider Neska Schifffahrts- und Speditionskontor GmbH to Häfen und Güterverkehr Köln AG
    • nobilia-Werke J. Stickling GmbH & Co. KG on the acquisition of the Majority Shareholding in FBD-Group
    • GEA Tuchenhagen GmbH on the acquisition of the Sanitary Pumps Division of Grundfos-Group
    • Kings Park Capital LLP and a group of co-investors on the disposal of the IHS Group to Battery Ventures
    • Westfälische Drahtindustrie GmbH in connection with the restructuring of its debt
    • Listed Swedish telecom company on the establishment of a joint venture with Rocket Internet, Berlin, and MTN Group, Johannesburg
    • Mistras Group GmbH, Inc. in an auction process and in its acquisition of GMA Holding Group
    • Management board of GSW Immobilien AG in connection with the company’s IPO on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, in its capital increase
    • GSW Immobilien AG in the sale of a subsidiary to STRABAG SE
    • Genetrix S.L. in its acquisition of a majority shareholding in Sygnis Pharma AG
    • Spanish Banco CAM in connection with the sale of its 5.1% shareholding in TUI AG
    • Shareholders of Metro in the sale of real estate portfolio to consortium of Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund (MSREF) Global VII and Redos Real Estate (23 retail properties) and to affiliates of Cerberus Capital Management L.P. (45 retail properties)
    • Torsten Toeller in the sale of Trinkgut Group to EDEKA Group and further sale of 36 beverage stores to affiliates of Veltins, Dr. Oetker and REWE Dortmund Group for EDEKA Group
    • Holidaybreak Plc. in the acquisition of Meininger Holding GmbH
    • Pfizer Inc. in the takeover of the German group entity of the Coley Pharmaceutical Group
    • EADS and Thales in the transfer of a joint venture to the MBDA Group
    • Hella in the sale of Danish Holger Christiansen A/S to Robert Bosch GmbH

    Selected engagements in Middle East and India:

    • Gulf Islamic Investments in various international M&A transactions
    • Representation of several large corporates in India on their global investments and transactions, including Aditya Birla Group, ACG, Apollo Tyres, Arcolab, CEAT, CG Power and Industrial Solutions, Cipla, Fampay, Indian Oil, Infosys, Jubilant Pharmova, Locus, Mahindra, Nymble, PCM, Piramal, Spark Minda, Tata, Thermax, TTK Prestige, Raychem, RPG, Vendekin, Wipro