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About Dr. Johannes Kater

Johannes is a member of our global transactions group.

He advises German and international clients with a particular focus on national and cross-border M&A and private equity transactions, carve-outs as well as on general corporate law matters, commercial law and corporate litigation.

Johannes speaks German and English.

Recent work

  • CompuGroup Medical on the acquisition of eMDs, Inc., a leading provider of healthcare IT with a focus on doctors’ practices in the US
  • Shareholders of Emarsys on the sale of Emarsys, an Austrian provider of a customer engagement platform, to SAP
  • A US chemical company on the sale of phenolic specialty resins, hexamine and European-based forest products resins businesses to US and Italian investors
  • A German multinational science and technology company in the bidding process for a pharma products portfolio
  • A German family office on its investment in a German telecommunications company focused on the installation and operation of fiber-optic networks
  • Siemens Gamesa on the acquisition of parts of Senvion’s onshore service and rotor blade manufacturing business
  • ABB on the reorganisation in connection with the sale of 80.1% of ABB’s worldwide power grids business to Hitachi
  • A US private equity firm in the bidding process for the acquisition of a global dermatology company
  • Advent International on its acquisition of the methacrylates business from Evonik Industries AG for EUR 3 billion
  • Merck KGaA on the carve-out and sale of its global consumer health business (spanning across more than 50 jurisdictions and including listed subsidiaries in India and Indonesia) to Procter & Gamble (P&G) for approx. EUR 3.4 billion
  • ABB on the reorganisation and divestment of its high voltage cable business to the Danish power company NKT
  • A US private equity firm in the bidding process for the acquisition of a multinational engineering company
  • enercity (Stadtwerke Hannover Aktiengesellschaft) on the sale of the 690 MW coal-fired power plant in Mehrum, Germany, to the Czech energy supplier Energetický a průmyslový holding (EPH)
  • Temasek on the investment of the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba in the e-commerce platform Lazada
  • ChemChina on the acquisition of the manufacturing systems engineering company KraussMaffei from Canadian investor Onex
  • Prettl on the sale of a minority shareholding in Prettl's Automotive Sensor Wire Harness business to Trilantic Capital Partners Europe
  • MEDIAN Kliniken on the acquisition of a majority stake in the ATOS group of clinics operating two general practitioner's hospitals in Heidelberg und Munich
  • Advent International on the sale of the specialty PVC manufacturer Vinnolit to Westlake Chemical Corporation



  • PhD degree (doctor of laws - Dr iur) from Humboldt University, Berlin (summa cum laude)
  • Second state examination, Higher regional court of Berlin (Kammergericht)
  • Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) from the London School of Economics and Political Science
  • First state examination, Humboldt University, Berlin
  • Diploma in Legal Studies, King's College London, UK

Professional qualifications

  • Admitted to the German Bar (Rechtsanwalt)