Thomas Gilles

Partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP

Thomas Gilles

Thomas Gilles

Partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

Dr. Thomas Gilles has more than 15 years of experience representing German and international clients in mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and general corporate law matters. He is the Chairman of the EMEA-China Group of Baker & McKenzie.

Practice Focus

Dr. Gilles’s practice is focused on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, as well as general company law and compliance matters. His clients include companies in a broad range of industries, including automotive, pharmaceutical, technology, energy and infrastructure. Dr. Gilles likewise advises clients from emerging markets in their outbound investments into Germany and Europe.

Representative Legal Matters

* Advised MAT Holdings, Inc. on the acquisition of brake pads business for passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles from Federal Mogul in Germany and France.
* Advised Pagoda Investment on majority acquisition of Ascopharm Group from Adiuva Capital.
* Advised Heidelberger Druckmaschinen on the sale of post-packaging business unit to Masterwork Machinery Co., LTD. (Tianjin).
* Advised KSPG Automotive/ Rheinmetall on the joint-venture with Chinese HUAYU Automotive Systems Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of SAIC, in Germany.
* Advised Weichai Power regarding cartel law with respect to a strategic partnership between Weichai Power and Kion Group.
* Advised on the sale of Kiekert AG to Hebei Lingyun Industrial Group.
* Advised KSG Foundation on the sale of Putzmeister Holding GmbH to Shanghai-listed Sany Heavy Industry.
* Advised Chongqing Light Industry & Textile Holding (Group) Co. Ltd. on the acquisition of SaarGummi Group.
* Advised Shanghai Electric on the global joint venture with Alstom in the boiler business.
* Advised Kerry Group on the acquisition of SuCrest GmbH and Vitebsk in Belarus.

Admission

Germany (1998)

Education

University of Frankfurt (Dr. jur.) (1998)
Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) (1997)
State of Saarland (Second State Exam) (1996)
Johns Hopkins University, Bologna Center (SAIS) (1994)
University of Passau (First State Exam) (1993)

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The Goethe University Frankfurt (full German name: Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main) is a university which was founded in 1914 as a Citizens' University, which means that, while it was a State university of Prussia, it had been founded and financed by the wealthy and active liberal citizenry of Frankfurt am Main, a unique feature in German university history. It was named in 1932 after one of the most famous natives of Frankfurt, the poet and writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Today, the university has 38,000 students, on 4 major campuses. Until now Goethe University Frankfurt has produced 14 Nobel Prize winners, including 8 graduates.Being research focused, the university is an affiliate of 11 academics, who have been awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, the highest research prize in Germany.

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Baker & McKenzie LLP is a US based law firm that provides legal services. It serves diverse clients from dozens of offices across the Americas and in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The company was founded in 1949 and it is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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MAT Holdings, Inc. purchases Präzisionstechnik Reichenbach GmbH

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Masterwork Group Co., Ltd. purchases Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG /Postpress Packaging Bus from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

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MAT Holdings, Inc. purchases Fraeger GmbH /Units (2) from FRÄGER GmbH

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