Christof has a general corporate and M&A practice, with particular experience in private equity. He advises a broad range of German and non-German corporates, private equity and sovereign wealth funds.

Christof has been involved in a wide range of recent transactions including: the acquisition of Tank & Rast by a purchaser consortium including CIC (advice to CIC), outsourcing of IT by Deutsche Lufthansa to IBM (advice to IBM); the sale of a majority stake in Scout24 by Deutsche Telekom to Hellmann & Friedman (advice to Deutsche Telekom), the sale of regional newspapers and of a programme and women magazines by Axel Springer to Funke (advice to Axel Springer), the sale of eastern European real-hypermarkets by METRO to Auchan (advice to METRO), the acquisition of a majority stake in IFCO by Apax to Brambles and the ensuing take over bid to free float a shareholder of IFCO (advice to Brambles), and the acquisition of SLV by Cinven (advice to Cinven).

Career

  • Admitted to bar 1990
  • University of Freiburg (Dr. jur.)
  • Université de Genève
  • University of Michigan Law School (LL.M.)
  • Co-Managing Partner 2004-2008

Publications

  • Editor and author: Beck'sches M&A-Handbook, to be published 2016