Sonja Feser focuses her practice on national and cross-border M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions, as well as on general corporate law and litigation matters.

Ms. Feser is also a member of Dechert's global privacy & cybersecurity group, advising clients on processing of personal data in compliance with German and other global privacy laws, with a particular focus on the GDPR, e-privacy directive and international data flows. Ms. Feser also provides strategic advice to clients on aligning global privacy and cybersecurity compliance programs including with the CCPA. Ms. Feser also conducts privacy due diligence in M&A and venture capital transactions. 

  • Corporate

    • Special Situations Venture Partners III (SSVP III) on its sale of nox NachtExpress to Groupe Sterne, a portfolio company of Tikehau Capital.
    • gridX GmbH, a leading smart grid company, on the sale of a majority stake to energy group E.ON.
    • &ever GmbH on its €130 million sale to Kalera AS, forming a global leader in vertical farming.
    • HRA Pharma on Perrigo Company plc’s offer to acquire HRA Pharma from funds affiliated with private equity firm Astorg and Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
    • Crown Holdings, Inc. in the sale of its European tinplate business to KPS Capital Partners, LP.
    • Resolve Biosciences GmbH, a German molecular cartography firm, in its US$24 million Series A financing round.
    • Data Management, Inc. (DMI) in its sale to RKD Group, North America's leading provider of marketing and fundraising solutions for nonprofit organizations.
    • VIA optronics AG, a leading supplier of enhanced display solutions, in its US$93.75 million cross-border initial public offering and listing on the NYSE.
    • MiddleGround Capital on its acquisition of a majority ownership in Dura Automotive Systems from Bardin Hill Investment Partners.
    • Shurgard Self Storage SA, the largest developer, owner and operator of self‐storage centers in Europe, on its acquisition of four ZeitLager facilities in Germany.
    • Berwind Group on its acquisition of Germany-based metal detection equipment maker Cassel Messtechnik GmbH.
    • American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) on its acquisition of DER Business Travel, part of REWE Group owned Touristik Central Europe.
    • CIT Group on the sale of its European rail leasing business (NACCO) to German VTG AG for approximately US$1.05 billion.
    • Kultur für ALLE e.V. (Frankfurt a.M.), an association that enables economically weak citizens and children to participate in cultural events (Pro Bono).

    Privacy & Cybersecurity

    • A major digital media company in designing and implementing global privacy and data security compliance programs under U.S. law, CCPA and GDPR and Canadian laws. We worked with the client’s legal, operations, product and engineering teams as it rolls out new products and services in order to ensure ongoing regulatory compliance and adherence with principles of privacy by design.
    • A leading financial services provider advising on various investments, including diligence and analysis in relation to the data protection compliance of the target companies in partnership with our client’s internal privacy team.
    • Client advising on risks related to complex privacy and data security matters in connection with its bid for and acquisition of a global social media and dating app. We addressed significant regulatory issues and assessed risk of regulatory proceedings in the EEA and the U.S.
    • A leading global producer and developer of high-quality recombinant cytokines for life sciences research with operations in the U.S. and Europe on their privacy framework and policies.
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)