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Dr. Kai Wallisch


CMS Hasche Sigle
Schoettlestraße 8
70597 Stuttgart
Languages German, English

Corporate and M&A lawyer Kai Wallisch focusses on advising internationally operating companies in the industrial and automotive sector, often from the US. He is experienced in advising clients on the sale and acquisition of shareholdings as well as on global carve-outs and M&A transactions. He also regularly assists companies in other sectors with M&A transactions and corporate law matters.

Kai joined CMS in 2010 and has been a partner since 2021. He is a lecturer at the Stuttgart Bar Association and Stuttgart Higher Regional Court and acts as examiner in the context of the second state examination in law (final exam in German legal training). In the past, he also lectured at Steinbeis University Berlin.

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Relevant experience

  • Advising the shareholders of Gustav Wahler GmbH u. Co. KG on the sale of their shares to BorgWarner
  • Advising Voith, a globally operating engineering company, on the sale of DIW Instandhaltung Ltd. & Co. KG to STRABAG
  • Advising ABB on the acquisition of gomtec GmbH
  • Advising Holtzbrinck Publishing Group on the merger of Macmillan Science and Education with Springer Science+Business Media
  • Advising Electrolux on the acquisition of Schneidereit GmbH
  • Advising EnBW on the acquisition of telecommunications company Plusnet
  • Advising Syntegon Technology on the sale of the Viersen site to Rotzinger Group
  • Advising Anchor partner Wahl on the sale of Gehring Technologies to Nagel Group
  • Advising Confinimmo on portfolio transactions involving 17 care home properties
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  • 2013: PhD at the University of Tübingen; thesis on a corporate law topic
  • 2007 - 2009: Trainee lawyer at Stuttgart Regional Court
  • 2007: First state examination in law at the University of Tübingen
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  • Stuttgart Bar Association
  • German-American Lawyers‘ Association
  • German-American Chamber of Commerce
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  • Neuauflage (6. Auflage) M&A Glossare 2020
  • „Geschäftsgeheimnisse im M&A-Prozess – Haftungsrisiken für Verkäufer und Kaufinteressenten“, M&A Review, 30. October 2020 (together with Alexander Leister)
  • „Verkaufsargument und Haftungsrisiko zugleich“, compliancedigital.de, 5. October 2020 (together with Alexander Leister)
  • „Der neue Geheimnisschutz bei Unternehmenstransaktionen“, Deutscher Anwaltsspiegel, 16. September 2020 (together with Alexander Leister)
  • "Die Business Judgment Rule (§ 93 Abs. 1 Satz 2 AktG) – gesellschaftsrechtliche Magna Charta Libertatum", Beitrag zur Festschrift für Herrn Krieger (together with Prof. Dr Walter G. Paefgen und Dr. Kai Wallisch)
  • CMS Blog-Beitrag im Rahmen der Reihe: "Distressed M&A im Automobilbereich“ zu „Geringer Kaufpreis = Geringe Haftung?“, 22. July 2020
  • CMS Blog-Beitrag im Rahmen der Reihe: "Distressed M&A im Automobilbereich“ zu „Geringer Kaufpreis, aber Chance auf mehr“, 17. June 2020 (togehter with Susanne Waldhans)
  • Interview /Beitrag Finance Magazin zur Kaufpreisnachverhandlung, 27. August 2020 (togehter with Dr Thomas Meyding)
  • CMS Blog-Beitrag "Alternative Wege zur Abhaltung von Gesellschafterversammlungen einer GmbH oder Personengesellschaft in Zeiten des Corona-Virus", 2020 (together with Steffen Sorg)
  • Beitrag in Börsen Zeitung „M&A Deal Points in der Corona-Krise“, 22.08.2020 (togehter with Dr Thomas Meyding)
  • CMS Blog-Beitrag: "Distressed M&A im Automobilbereich", 2020 (together with Dr Alexandra Schluck-Amend)
  • Besprechungsaufsatz zu BGH II ZR 364/18 "Zu den Rechten der Gesellschafter beim Gesamtvermögensgeschäft der GmbH - Zugleich Besprechung des Urteils des BGH vom 8.1.2019 (II ZR 364/18)" (together with Prof. Dr Walter G. Paefgen)
  • CMS Blog-Beitrag: "Die W&I-Versicherung von M&A-Transaktionen im Automotive-Sektor", 2019
  • Gastbeitrag für das Cash-Magazin "Die Versicherung von Unternehmenstransaktionen", 2019
  • CMS Blog-Beitrag: "M&A im Zeichen des Wandels der Automobilindustrie – neue Herausforderungen bei Unternehmenstransaktionen", 2019 (together with John Hammond/Dr Kai Wallisch)
  • M&A Glossar: Wichtige Begriffe aus M&A und Corporate, 2019, 5. Auflage, CMS (in deutscher und englischer Sprache) (together with Dr Tobias Grau)
  • Sicherheit für Investoren, Handelsblatt, Interview, 29.05.2018
  • CMS Blogbeitrag: "W&I Versicherungen im M&A-Prozess", 2017
  • Introduction, Doing Business in Europe, 2017, Sweet & Maxwell (together with Dr Thomas Meyding)
  • 2016: Fluch und Segen von Kaufpreisklauseln in Unternehmenskaufverträgen, Corporate Finance Nr. 09, 2016, 51 (together with Dr Thomas Meyding)
  • 2016: Die Schutzfunktion der Gesellschafterliste beim GmbH-Anteilserwerb; NZG 2016, 801 (together with Prof. Dr Walter G. Paefgen)
  • 2015: Vertragliche Kaufpreisanpassungsklauseln als Alternative zum Schadensersatz bei Bilanzgarantien, Bilanzgarantien bei M&A-Transaktionen, 2015, 205 (together with Prof. Dr Walter G. Paefgen)
  • 2014: Unternehmerische Entscheidungen der Hauptversammlung – die Anwendung der Business Judgement Rule auf Hauptversammlungsbeschlüsse
  • CCH, Doing Business in Europe, 2014, Thomson Reuters (together with Dr. Thomas Meyding)
  • 2014: Sanktionen bei Verstoß gegen Pflicht zur Prüfung der Kreditwürdigkeit, WuB 2014, 593 (together with Prof. Dr. Walter G. Paefgen)
  • 2012: Zulässigkeit der Eintragung von Testamentvollstreckervermerken in die Gesellschafterliste, WuB 2012, 481 (together with Prof. Dr Walter G. Paefgen)
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Lectures list

  • Moderator of the webinar series "Current Legal Developments and Questions in the Field of Automotive and Mobility" (held in German), November/December 2020
  • Lecture in the framework of the 15th German Commercial and Corporate Law Day "M&A: Customary clauses in SPAs" (held in German), 19 September 2020
  • Lecture on "Efficient M&A Process Structuring - From Structuring to Post-Merger Integration" (held in German) in the framework of the "CMS M&A Academy", 17.03.2020 (together with Sabina Krispenz)
  • Moderator of the "M&A Academy 2020", Spring 2020 (together with Sabina Krispenz)
  • Lecture on" W&I Insurance" (held in German) in the framework of "M&A Hot Topics", 13.11.2019
  • Workshop on "Share Purchase Agreement – Latest Developments & Trends" in the framework of the Zurich Conference – Mergers & Acquisitions 2019 Business Transformation – The new normal, 27.08.2019 (together with Stefan Brunnschweiler, Daniel Jenny and Mark Cagienard)
  • Moderator of the "M&A Academy 2019", Spring 2019 (together with Sabina Krispenz)
  • Lecture on "The M&A Market 2019 in the Process of Radical Changes – Current Developments and Deal Points" (held in German) in the framework of "CMS M&A Academy", 26.02.2019 (together with Sabina Krispenz)
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April 2021
Gloss­ary of Key M&A and Cor­por­ate Terms 2020
The newly re­vised edi­tion of the gloss­ary provides a quick over­view of many terms com­monly used in M&A trans­ac­tions and in the con­text of cor­por­ate ac­tions.It serves as a con­veni­ent ref­er­ence for terms...
CMS ad­vises Spiegel In­sti­tut Group on ac­quis­i­tion by Rhein In­vest
Stut­tgart – Dutch private equity in­vestor Rhein Man­age­ment B.V. (“Rhein In­vest”) and in­vestor and buy-in man­ager Dr An­dree Kang signed an agree­ment at the end of Decem­ber 2020 to ac­quire all the...
CMS Ger­many starts new year with nine new part­ners
Ber­lin – Com­mer­cial law firm CMS Ger­many has ap­poin­ted nine new part­ners as of the start of the new year. This will strengthen the part­ner­ship in the Em­ploy­ment, Re­struc­tur­ing & In­solv­ency, Dis­pute...
CMS ad­vises share­hold­ers in bi­otech com­pany Labor Dr. Merk & Kolle­gen on...
Stut­tgart – Phar­ma­ceut­ic­al group Boehringer In­gel­heim has signed an agree­ment to ac­quire all the shares in Ger­many-based bi­otech com­pany Labor Dr. Merk & Kolle­gen. Boehringer In­gel­heim in­tends to use...
CMS ad­vises An­chor part­ner To­bi­as Wahl on sale of Gehring Tech­no­lo­gies...
Stut­tgart – In­solv­ency ad­min­is­trat­or To­bi­as Wahl and his team from An­chor Recht­san­wälte and An­chor Man­age­ment have suc­ceeded in find­ing a buy­er for the Gehring en­gin­eer­ing group. The Na­gel Group will...
CMS ad­vises pack­aging spe­cial­ist Syn­t­e­gon Tech­no­logy on sale of Vi­ersen...
Stut­tgart – Syn­t­e­gon Tech­no­logy GmbH (formerly Bosch Pack­aging Tech­no­logy GmbH) is selling its loc­a­tion in Vi­ersen and most of its product port­fo­lio to Rotzinger Group AG, which is based in Kais­eraugst...
CMS ad­vises EnBW on ac­quis­i­tion of tele­com com­pany Plus­net
Stut­tgart – EnBW Telekom­munika­tion GmbH, a sub­si­di­ary of EnBW En­er­gie Baden-Württem­berg AG, has ac­quired Co­logne-based Plus­net GmbH from IT ser­vice pro­vider QSC AG. The pur­chase price is EUR 229 mil­lion...
CMS ad­vises Bel­gian real es­tate in­vestor Cofin­immo on port­fo­lio trans­ac­tion...
Stut­tgart – Lis­ted Bel­gian real es­tate com­pany Cofin­immo SA has ac­quired 17 care home prop­er­ties spread across four Ger­man fed­er­al states in a port­fo­lio deal. The vendor is a joint ven­ture of European...
CMS ad­vises Swedish ap­pli­ance com­pany, Elec­trolux, on ac­quis­i­tion of Schneidereit...
Stut­tgart – The Swedish ap­pli­ance com­pany, Elec­trolux, has ac­quired Schneidereit GmbH.A team from CMS Ger­many led by lead part­ner Dr Thomas Meyding ad­vised Elec­trolux on all leg­al as­pects of the trans­ac­tion...
CMS ad­vises ABB on ac­quis­i­tion of gomtec GmbH
Stut­tgart – ABB has ac­quired gomtec GmbH, a com­pany headquartered in Seefeld near Mu­nich, through its Man­nheim-based group com­pany ABB Auto­ma­tion GmbH. The pur­chase price was not dis­closed.The Stut­tgart...
CMS ad­vises Holtzbrinck on mer­ger of ma­jor­ity of Mac­mil­lan Sci­ence and...
Stut­tgart – Today Holtzbrinck Pub­lish­ing Group (Holtzbrinck) an­nounced that it and BC Part­ners (BCP) have reached an agree­ment to merge Spring­er Sci­ence+Busi­ness Me­dia (owned by funds ad­vised by BCP)...
CMS Hasche Sigle ad­vises on sale of truck mix­er man­u­fac­turer In­ter­mix to...
Stut­tgart – Hans Georg Stet­ter has sold In­ter­mix GmbH to Putzmeister Hold­ing GmbH. In­ter­mix GmbH de­vel­ops and pro­duces con­crete truck mix­ers, spe­cial-pur­pose ma­chines and spe­cial mix­ers for tun­nel build­ing...