Birgit Friedl, a German-qualified lawyer, is Of Counsel in the Munich office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. She is a member of the firm's International Corporate Transactions Group, as well as the firm's Business Restructuring and Reorganization and Global Finance Groups.
Ms. Friedl has extensive experience in all forms of German and international mergers and acquisitions, including private equity transactions, involving, in particular, private corporations. She also advises on complex corporate restructurings as well as cross-border joint ventures and corporate governance matters. She further specializes in financing transactions including acquisition finance and financial restructuring transactions.
Ms. Friedl regularly represents German and international companies and financial investors in various industry sectors, including automotive, telecommunications, paper and chemical industry as well as service providers.
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Ms. Friedl practiced as a junior partner at a renowned German law firm. From 1993 to 1996, she was a lecturer at King's College, London.
Ms. Friedl speaks German and English and has a working knowledge of Spanish and French.
Representative Transactions include:
- A distributor of electrical supplies, in various refinancings and in a receivables securitization.
- Aurora Capital Group, in the refinancing and restructuring of certain portfolio groups (ADCO Global, Inc. and Porex Corporation and their respective subsidiaries).
- AGC Equity Partners, in the acquisition of fund participations in THL.
- BCBG Max Azria Group, in its successful bid for the acquisition of the German department store chain Karstadt, with 25,000 employees, out of insolvency, together with Berggruen Holdings Ltd.
- Capital Bank, in a financing transaction with RWB.
- Celanese Corporation, in a major corporate restructuring and refinancing transaction following the squeeze-out, including numerous aspects of German conversion and stock corporation law.
- Delek Belron International and Israel Phoenix Assurance (both quoted on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange), in the purchase of three blocs of loans from an international investment bank. The loans were backed by 30 income-producing properties in Germany and Switzerland with an underlying value of €315 million.
- FiberMark, Inc., a U.S. paper manufacturer, in various financing transactions, as well as a corporate reorganization and operational restructuring of its German subsidiaries in the context of the ultimate US parent company’s filing for chapter 11 and its emergence from insolvency thereafter.
- A German-listed stock corporation, regarding its contemplated joint venture with a US competitor.
- The Gores Group, in the structuring, negotiation and set up of its joint venture with Siemens AG relating to the acquisition of Siemens Enterprise Communications and the subsequent restructuring of the Siemens Enterprise Communications Group.
- Financial reorganization of hotel management companies and preparation of the insolvency filing of certain subsidiaries in various jurisdictions.
- Infineon Technologies AG, a Munich-based high-tech company, in corporate governance issues relating to a joint venture with two U.S. partners.
- Investcorp in
- its sale of Gerresheimer Glas to The Blackstone Group;
- the acquisition of TimePartner, a German temporary employment company.
- the structuring and implementing of several complex pre- and post-acquisition and sale restructurings, such as APCOA Parking AG and Minimax GmbH.
- Siemens Enterprise Communications, in the auction process for the acquisition of the enterprise business of an international competitor out of bankruptcy.
- Süd-Chemie AG, in the sale of its Performance Additives Business Unit to U.S.-based specialized chemical company Rockwood, a KKR subsidiary.
Membership of Professional Bodies
Admitted as a German lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) since 1995
Member of TMA Germany (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Restrukturierung e.V.)
Member of Deutsch-Britische Juristenvereinigung e.V. (British-German Jurists Association)