Federico G. Pappalardo

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Federico G. Pappalardo

Partner

Munich | Skygarden, Erika-Mann-Straße 5, Munich 80636
+49 89 21 21 63 11 | +49 89 21 21 63 33

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Federico G. Pappalardo, managing partner of the Munich office, focuses on cross-border and national merger and acquisition transactions and corporate finance. He advises financial investors, private equity companies and family offices on all stages of financing and acquisition transactions as well as on corporate restructurings.

Top-tier private equity funds, family offices and major corporations regularly call on Mr. Pappalardo to advise them in a wide range of German and international transactions. His experience extends across industries, including the technology, telecommunication and automotive sectors. Whether it be a technology investment or a significant leveraged buyout, Mr. Pappalardo evaluates, structures, negotiates and consummates transactions with a constant focus on accomplishing successful exits.

That's why several publications, including JUVE, Chambers, Best Lawyers and The Legal 500, frequently recommend Mr. Pappalardo as a leading lawyer in the private equity and venture capital industries. He is ranked band 1 for Corporate/M&A in Germany by the 2016 editions of Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, which stated that Federico Pappalardo "maintains his stellar reputation for M&A and private equity deals." Again recognized in 2017, a client is cited: "He is more than a lawyer; he has an understanding of everything involved in and behind transactions." He is included in the leading lawyer list for the eighth consecutive year in the Best Lawyers in Germany 2017 peer review published by the German nationwide daily Handelsblatt in the areas of corporate as well as venture capital. The Legal 500 2015 describes him as a "very experienced and professional negotiation partner" and frequently ranks him as recommended lawyer in its EMEA and Germany editions, including 2017. Furthermore, The Legal 500 previously described "the department under his leadership as 'very fast and highly professional'" (2018). He is recognized in IFLR1000's 2018 rankings for corporate and M&A in Germany. Several deals led by Mr. Pappalardo received international decorations, just recently he headed a global, multidisciplinary team of Dechert lawyers in the US$1 billion cross-border sale of a controlling stake in Lazada to Alibaba, which was named M&A Deal of the Year: Southeast Asia by Asia Legal Awards; Deal of the Year: Asian-MENA Counsel, is recognized in the 9th Annual International M&A Awards (The M&A Advisor) and is a finalist for TMT Deal of the Year in the China Law & Practice Awards 2017.  

Significant Representations

  • Lazada Group, the largest eCommerce platform in Southeast Asia, on the US$1 billion investment from Alibaba Group Golding Limited to increase its Lazada ownership stake from 51% to 83% and Alibaba’s total investment in Lazada to over US$2 billion.
  • Lazada Group on the US$1 billion sale of a controlling stake to Alibaba Group (M&A Deal of the Year: Southeast Asia by Asia Legal Awards, finalist for TMT Deal of the Year, China Law & Practice Awards, 2017).
  • Lazada Group on its acquisition of RedMart, Singapore’s pioneer e-grocer.
  • Lazada Group on all aspects of the auctioned fundraising of US$250 million.
  • Akka Technologies, European leader in the mobility segment, on its acquisition of German Gigatronik Group.
  • Akka Technologies on its acquisition of German automotive consultancy erlkoenig GmbH.
  • Nordic Yards, a German supplier of maritime systems, on the acquisition of all assets of third largest German shipbuilder Wadan Yards, on the acquisition of German-based shipyard P+S Werften GmbH and on its sale to Genting Hong Kong.  
  • GetSpeed GmbH & Co. KG on the acquisition and financing of F1 circuit Nürburgring, including advice regarding shareholder’s agreement with capricorn Holdings as well as the search for potential investors as well as the subsequent sale and transfer of the majority of its shares to its Russian co-shareholder NR Holding AG, including the settlement of a 1.5 years shareholder dispute.
  • European private equity investor Gimv NV on its investment in Mackevision Medien Design GmbH, one of the global market leaders in computer generated imagery (CGI) and winner of the 2014 Emmy awards. 
  • Onefootball GmbH, a leading sports applications provider for smartphones, tablets and SmartTV, on a US$7 million Series B Equity Financing from venture capital investor Union Square Ventures as well as the preceding acquisition of all shares in the developer of THE Football App/ iLiga by way of management buy out and on the €10 million Series A Equity Financing from a syndicate led by Earlybird Venture Capital – recognized as one of the most significant VC deals in Germany in 2013 by JUVE 2013/14.
  • 3i Group plc on its first infrastructure investment in Germany within the project financing of a waste-to-energy facility, operated by Thermal Conversion Compound Industriepark Höchst GmbH (T2C).
  • 3i Group plc on the acquisition of German-headquartered international Rasmussen GmbH/NORMAGroup by way of a leveraged management buyout (identified by Handelsblatt as one of the top 20 deals in 2006 in Germany. The 3i Group plc / NORMA transaction was recognized in the “Family Background” category with the 2008 Deloitte-sponsored Maetova-Award for outstanding PE deals).
  • Citigroup Venture Capital Equity Partners, L.P. in its €1.2 billion sale of the Flender Holding GmbH to Siemens.
Education
  • Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
  • Université de Bourgogne
Admissions
  • Germany
Languages
  • English
  • German
  • Italian
  • French