Philip Martinius is a German-qualified partner in the Munich office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He is a member of the firm's International Corporate Transactions Group with expertise in domestic and transnational corporate transactions.
Mr. Martinius specializes in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate law. His practice focuses on public and private company transactions, i.e. public tender offers, de-listings and related securities law issues, but also private company M&A transactions and cross-border joint ventures.
Clients have recommended Mr. Martinius for “his technical prowess and his superb negotiation skills” (Chambers Global) as well as his “profound know-how, especially during complex transactions” (JUVE Handbook). He is recommended among the leading lawyers in Germany for Corporate and M&A by Legal Experts EMEA (2009-2013) and Legal 500 EMEA (2012), and Best Lawyers Germany recommends him as a leading lawyer for Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity (2010-2013). In addition, Mr. Martinius was recommended for Corporate and M&A by the JUVE Handbook (2012/13).
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Martinius was a junior partner at a major German law firm in Munich and has practiced law since 1997.
Mr. Martinius regularly publishes on M&A / corporate law topics. He is fluent in German, English and French and also speaks Italian and Spanish.
- as part of a consortium led by Apax Partners and Good Energies in a €24 million investment in CSG Solar AG, a company that has developed second-generation thin-film solar-module technologies;
- and Intel Capital in an investment in SuSE Linux AG (German-based software programming).
Bausch & Lomb, Inc:
- Assistance with the formation of a world-wide joint venture in the field of ophtalmologic surgery with 20/10 Perfect Vision AG; and
- Subsequent buy-out of the joint venture partners through a complex option agreement.
A Chinese family office: Acquisition of an industrial company in Germany and advice regarding various follow-on transactions.
CSFB Strategic Partners: Secondary purchase of 9 investments in one American and five German TVM-Venture-Capital-Funds of two European institutional investors.
EDBI Investment: Advice to the investment arm of the Singapore Development Board regarding its investment in the German clean-tech company, Triton Water.
Giesecke & Devrient GmbH:
- Formation of a cross-border joint venture with a partner in Taiwan;
- Joint venture with Wincor Nixdorf, a manufacturer of solutions for cash handling processes in the banking and retail industry;
- Formation of cross-border joint venture with ARM and Gemalto regarding the development of a secure environment for mobile payment applications.
Ingram Micro Europe N.V.: De-listing and squeeze-out of the minority shareholders of Macrotron AG.
- Acquisition and subsequent sale of APCOA, the leading pan-European parking operator, to Eurazeo for €885 million;
- Acquisition of a majority share of the German Time Partner Group, a temporary employment company based in Nuremberg, from Auctus and the management. With more than 5,000 employees at 50 locations, the Time Partner Group ranks among the top ten temporary employment companies in Germany;
- PIPE investment, including a capital injection of up to €21 million into Mania Technologie AG, as well as the restructuring of €45 million of existing indebtedness and the acquisition of a substantial ownership position in Mania.
m8 Capital Fund I L.P: Advice on its $ 4.2 million A-Round investment in Schad GmbH, a Hamburg-based developer of mobile control room technology.
Saputo Inc.: Acquisition of the German cheese manufacturer Spezialitäten-Käserei De Lucia GmbH.
Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co. KG ("SEN"): Formation of a strategic sales and service partnership with a provider of IT solutions, which includes the sale of SEN's local operations across 27 countries.
Telefunken Semiconductors: Advised a U.S. investor in the acquisition of a semiconductor fab in Germany, coupled with a long-term supply agreement.
- Investment in Swyx Solutions GmbH, a market-leading European specialist for IP-based telephone solutions;
- Various other venture capital transactions.
Major U.S. Retailer: Disposal of its entire German business to a German competitor.
Membership of Professional Bodies
Admitted as a German lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) since 1997
Former President of the Corporate Acquisitions & Joint Ventures Commission of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)