"Marco Wilhelm is very competent in his field. He understands commercial matters and the concerns of his clients. The input of the practice makes transactions valuable." (client)Legal 500 Germany 2020
Marco Wilhelm is a corporate partner in the Frankfurt office of Mayer Brown and head of the German Restructuring practice. He is a highly experienced and respected transactional and restructuring lawyer. He regular acts for international, domestic, and family-owned companies, financial institutions, and funds, as well as for advisory and accounting firms.
Core areas of Marco's transaction practice are domestic and international M&A, joint ventures, and corporate and commercial matters. He advises on restructuring and insolvency matters for financing (including refinancing), corporate and operational restructurings and transactions, as well as on distressed litigation matters.
Marco is standing legal counsel and trusted adviser to several US- and Germany-based manufacturing companies in the automotive, chemical, wood and paper industries, for which he advises on all corporate, commercial and transactional issues.
Marco is the author of several articles and essays on subjects relating to corporate, commercial, insolvency and restructuring law and is a regular speaker on these matters.
Before joining Mayer Brown and subsequent to obtaining his degree in business administration, Marco worked for several years for the utility company STEAG in Essen, holding various business management responsibilities.
Marco stands out for being "precise and friendly in his communication, very professional and prudent even in complicated situations" (Legal 500 Germany 2019). "Marco Wilhelm demonstrates good legal understanding, possesses good contacts and is always committed" (IFLR 1000 2018). Marco is described as a "calm and constructive … creditor representative" ((statement of a competitor) – JUVE Handbook 2016/2017), and he excels with his "tactically intelligent negotiating skills" (Legal 500 Germany 2017).
Restructuring, Refinancing, Bankruptcy & Insolvency (selection)
- Advised Big Four accounting firm as security trustee in the insolvency proceedings of an real estate investor (German Stock Corporation) and several of its issuer of notes including filing of claims, enforcement of security, rights and obligations of a trustee and avoiding self-administration.
- Advised financial institution in the financial crisis and the insolvency of its debtor, a company in the metal-working industry, including advising on issues such as standstill and waiver agreement with debtor warrant, subordination, debt equity swap, management buy-out and liquidation of collateral in an insolvency proceeding as well as defense against challenge claims.
- Advised ground-handling company with respect to the protective shield proceeding of Condor Flugdienst GmbH as well as with regard to the insolvency proceedings of Germania Flugdienst GmbH.
- Advised international Australian based investment bank on the acquisition of distressed debt, restructuring and enforcement road toll infrastructure company.
- Advised international US based investment bank as creditor and as member of creditors’ committee of insolvent IVG Immobilien AG in self-administration proceedings, including in relation to the filing of claims, the preparation and content of an insolvency plan, insider trading and defense against challenge claims.
- Advised international US based investment bank in connection with the restructuring and bridge financing of a fashion company.
- Advised KPMG as liquidators of certain Lehman Brothers companies in Asia (Lehman Brothers Asia Holdings Ltd., Lehman Brothers Asia Ltd., Lehman Brothers Futures Asia Ltd., Lehman Brothers Securities Asia Ltd.) in connection with the insolvency of Lehman Brothers Bankhaus AG in Germany as well as advising on possible claims for compensation against the Deposit Protection Fund of the Association of German Banks.
- Advising leading family owned European tissue producer on its inaugural EUR 275 million offering of senior secured (high yield) notes pursuant to Regulation S and Rule 144A and on the listing of the notes on the Euro MTF market of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange in the course of the financial restructuring. Furthermore, advising on the all following subsequent refinancing transactions by way of offering senior secured (high yield) notes.
- Advised leading family-owned German company in the wood industry regarding the refinancing and restructuring of the group including mezzanine structures.
- Advised mail order fashion company based in Bavaria on its restructuring and refinancing.
- Advised sourcing, logistic, distribution and retailing Asia based Li & Fung group and suppliers procured by Li & Fung in the insolvency proceedings of the Arcandor group, DWW Woolworth Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG and Neckermann and acted as administrator of a supplier pool as well as trustee.
- Advised trustee regarding master documents for contractual trust arrangements (CTA) in various structures, including insolvency remote certificate and insolvency law equivalency certificate.
- Advised Wilmington Trust (London) Limited as security agent in relation to the acquisition of the Ideal Standard group, a multinational bathroom furniture and accessories manufacturer, by funds Anchorage and CVC.
- Member of the creditors' committee for Arcandor AG and Karstadt Warenhaus GmbH in one of Germany's biggest insolvency proceeding in history.
M&A Distressed, M&A and Joint Ventures (selection)
- Advised French based medical diagnostic company in a distressed M&A transaction that involved the purchase of Profos AG's assets out of insolvency. Legal advice included formation and implementation of joint venture structure with other investors, followed by several acquisition of the shares of the other investors.
- Advised leading European tissue paper manufacturer WEPA group on the purchase of its competitor Kartogroup. This cross-border distressed M&A transaction involved the acquisition of Kartogroup group companies in Germany, France and Italy out of a special Italian insolvency proceeding (Concordato Preventivo (CP)). It was for the first time ever that CP proceedings were used in a transaction with cross-border context.
- Advised leading tourism group on the acquisition of certain assets from the insolvent Thomas Cook group.
- Advised listed international chemicals company on the sale of its German and Austrian subsidiaries.
- Advised German affiliates of a listed US automotive supplier on several M&A projects.
- Advised German subsidiary of the automotive supplier Lear Corporation, USA, on the acquisition of GHW Grote & Hartmann GmbH & Co. KG, a leading European manufacturer of electrical wiring and components for motor vehicles.
- Advised MacLean-Fogg Company on the sale of its Presswerk Krefeld affiliate to HANNOVER Finanz as new equity investor and majority shareholder as part of a management buy-out.
- Advised medium-sized enterprise active in the paper industry in respect of various M&A transactions.
- Advised PE-Investor on the acquisition of Sequa Automotive Group (involved countries: Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Tunesia, USA).
- Advised private bank on the acquisition of a financial institution.
- Advised Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group on acquisition of a minority interest in miacom Diagnostics GmbH in Düsseldorf as well as on the conclusion of a cooperation agreement.
- Advised Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) on the acquisition of a majority of shares in Fraport Cargo Services GmbH (FCS), including a Joint Venture structure.
Corporate and Commercial (selection)
- Advised German affiliates of a listed US automotive supplier on several corporate restructuring projects of its German group.
- Advised German bank on the liquidation of an investment subsidiary.
- Advised leading family owned European tissue paper manufacturer on implementation of a SE holding structure, accretions, as well as on implementation of a succession model for the next generation restructuring measures pursuant to the German Transformation Act.
- Advised PE owned automotive supplier on the corporate restructuring of its German group.
- Advised US based listed international chemicals company in connection with several international corporate restructuring projects including several capital increases in kind.
- Ongoing corporate and commercial law advice to a family-owned sawmill group.
- Ongoing commercial law advice to a leading tire manufacturer including warranty and product liability issues, recalls, supply, warranty, license, service, worldwide logistics and other agreements.
- Ongoing corporate and commercial law advice to a listed US based international chemical company.
- Ongoing corporate and commercial law advice to an international glass manufacturer, including warranty and product liability issues, supply, consignment stock, toll manufacturing and other types of agreements.
- Ongoing corporate and commercial law advice to a premium listed food company including drafting general terms and conditions, advice on warranty issues, supply and other agreements.
- Ongoing corporate and commercial law advice to the German affiliates of a listed US automotive supplier, including advice on warranty and product liability issues, recalls, supply, warranty, development, consignment stock, license, service, logistics, joint venture and other types of agreements.
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Second State Law Examination (bar exam)
First State Law Examination, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
University of Bochum, Doctor's Degree (PhD in Law)
Legal Clerkship (Referendariat), Frankfurt am Main and London
Academy of Business and Administration, Business studies, Bochum
Apprenticeship as industrial clerk, Steag AG, Essen
- INSOL International
- American Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V. (AmCham)
- Gesellschaft für Restrukturierung TMA Deutschland e.V. (Association for Restructuring TMA Germany)
- Düsseldorfer Vereinigung für Insolvenz- und Sanierungsrecht e.V. (Düsseldorf Association for Insolvency Law and Restructuring)
- Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Insolvenzrecht und Sanierung im DAV (Working Group for Insolvency Law and Restructuring of the DAV)
- Verein zur Förderung der Rechtswissenschaften e.V. (Association of the Advancement of Legal Science)
- Deutscher Anwaltverein (DAV) e.V. (German Lawyers´ Association)
- "The uncomplicated approach of the practice is particularly helpful for cross-border transactions." (client) – Legal 500 Germany 2020
- "Highly recommended." (client) – Legal 500 Germany 2020
- "Marco Wilhelm is very competent in his field. He understands commercial matters and the concerns of his clients. The input of the practice makes transactions valuable." (client) – Legal 500 Germany 2020
- "Marco Wilhelm is distinguished by his outstanding expertise and his quick and precise analysis." (client) – Legal 500 Germany 2020
- "Highly regarded" for the restructuring and insolvency sector as well as for the sectors energy, technology and telecommunications as well as real estate – IFLR 1000 2019 and 2020
- "Precise and friendly in his communication, very professional and level-headed even in complicated situations." – Legal 500 Germany 2019
- "Recommended lawyer" in the area of Restructuring - Legal 500 Germany 2012-2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
- "Recommended lawyer" in the areas of Corporate and M&A - Legal 500 Germany 2016, 2017 and 2018
- "Frequently recommended lawyer" in the area of Restructuring - JUVE Handbook 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018 and 2018/2019
- "Frequently recommended lawyer" in the area of M&A - JUVE Handbook 2011/2012, 2010/2011, 2015/2016, 2016/2017 and 2017/2018, 2018/2019 and 2019/2020
- "Frequently recommended lawyer" in the area of Corporate - JUVE Handbook 2015/2016, 2016/2017 and 2017/2018, 2018/19 und 2019/20
- "Highly regarded lawyer" in the area of Restructuring and Insolvency - IFLR 1000 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
- "Marco Wilhelm demonstrates good legal understanding, possesses good contacts and is always committed." - IFLR 1000 2018
- "calm and constructive as creditor representative" (competitor) - JUVE Handbook 2016/2017
- Marco Wilhelm excels with his "tactically intelligent negotiating skills". - Legal 500 Germany 2017
- "tactically intelligent negotiation skills" - Legal 500 Germany 2016
- "outstanding professional knowledge" - Legal 500 Germany 2016
- "acts with empathy, has negotiating skills and professional competence" - Legal 500 Germany 2015
- "very client-focused" - Legal 500 Germany 2015
- "He is a role model for customer orientation, responsiveness and the willingness to approach every problem" - Legal 500 Germany 2014
- "Prudent strategist" (client) - JUVE Handbook 2012/2013
- "Knowledgeable and innovative" (competitor) - JUVE Handbook 2011/2012
- EMEA Legal 500 Guide 2009 classify him as "very thorough"