Giovanni Russo


Giovanni Russo


Munich | Skygarden, Erika-Mann-Straße 5, Munich, Germany 80636
+49 89 21 21 63 16 | +49 89 21 21 63 33

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Giovanni Russo focuses his practice in corporate law, advising institutional investors, corporates and management teams on all kinds of private equity, venture capital and M&A transactions, both domestic and cross-border. His practice covers both the buy-side and sell-side of acquisitions as well as co-investments. His recent in-depth experience include advising on high-profile, complex corporate matters in the Internet, digital media, e-commerce and mobile applications industries.

Giovanni Russo was repeatedly recommended by The Legal 500 Deutschland and EMEA, including in its 2018 and 2019 editions for the areas of corporate and M&A as well as private equity and venture capital, where sources are quoted saying "the 'excellent' Giovanni Russo has an 'outstanding knowledge of transaction structures and related legal intricacies' and is a 'brilliant guide throughout contract negotiations'". He is also recognized in IFLR1000's 2018 rankings for corporate and M&A in Germany.

In addition to his corporate law expertise, Giovanni Russo has more than 12 years of experience in advising clients on employment issues arising in connection with mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and reorganizations, both contentious and non-contentious. 

Mr. Russo worked with other national and international leading law firms in Nuremberg and Rome before joining Dechert in 2004.

  • One Equity Partners on its sale of PeroxyChem to Evonik Industries for US$625 million.
  • CIT Group on the sale of its European rail leasing business (NACCO) to German VTG AG for approximately US$1.05 billion.
  • 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, on the previous 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) and on all aspects of the auctioned fundraising of US$250 million.
  • Lazada Group on its acquisition of RedMart, Singapore’s pioneer e-grocer.
  • 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 the sale to Genting Hong Kong.
  • Kofax plc, a leading provider of smart process applications for the business critical First Mile™ of customer interactions, in connection with its acquisitions of SoftPro Group, a leading provider of signature verification, fraud prevention and electronic signature software and services.
  • Bravofly Rumbo Group NV on the acquisition of, a European leader in the online travel and leisure industry, from Sabre Corporation.
  • 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 co-shareholders in capricorn NÜRBURGRING Besitzgesellschaft mbH.
  • 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.
  • L Capital Asia, the Asian private equity fund of luxury brands group LVMH, and M1 Fashion, a subsidiary of Lebanese investment firm M1 Group, on the acquisition of a majority stake in Pepe Jeans Group, identified by Mergermarket’s Deal Drivers 2015 report as one of the top 15 announced MENA deals.
  • 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 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.
  • Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, 2003
  • Germany
  • English
  • German
  • Italian
Speaking Engagements
  • Changing Labor and Employment Law in France, Germany and the UK, Waltham, MA (May 2, 2018)
  • Cross-Border Transactions: Hostile Takeovers in a Multilateral Jurisdictional Context — Bucerius Law School, Hamburg