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Dr. Mathias Schulze Steinen, LL.M.

Fax +49.(0)69.945.196.499

Mathias Schulze Steinen is a Frankfurt-based partner. He brings a pragmatic and commercial approach to his wide-ranging corporate practice that includes corporate/M&A, private equity and commercial work. He advises domestic and international companies and investors of all magnitudes, financial institutions, and private equity houses in sectors ranging from energy and utilities to TMT and pharmaceutical.

His experience of more than a decade in the transactional practice has equipped Mathias Schulze Steinen with excellent negotiating and people skills. His clients appreciate his collaborative style and inventive thinking that deliver creative solutions to complex problems and successfully complete deals. He naturally relates to his clients and will not only outline their options, but also recommend a plan of action. He enjoys working on deals with his overseas clients, particularly from the United States. Another area of focus is Scandinavia, where he has developed an understanding of this market due to his client work.

Professional Background

Mr. Schulze Steinen joined K&L Gates as a partner in January 2009. Prior to this, he was a partner at a Frankfurt-based international law firm where he built up and led the German TMT sector group. He also headed the firm's Frankfurt corporate team. When he was admitted as a lawyer in 1999, Mr. Schulze Steinen commenced working in the Hamburg office of a leading international firm as a member of the corporate practice focusing on transactions in the TMT sector.


Mathias Schulze Steinen is cited by JUVE (2009/10–2015/16) as a leading individual in M&A and private equity, and by Who’s Who Legal (2011–2014) as an “excellent lawyer” in the telecommunications industry. He is also recognized by Legal500 (2012–2015) as a leading practitioner in corporate/M&A.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • German-Nordic Lawyers' Association

Speaking Engagements

Mathias Schulze Steinen is a regular speaker at international forums and an associate professor for corporate and commercial law at the Frankfurt College for Operation & Management.
Mr. Schulze Steinen has advised, among others:
  • Oakley Capital on the sale of Verivox to ProSiebenSat.1 Media.
  • Mood Media Inc. on a bond refinancing and strategic financing and balance sheet restructuring transactions related to various jurisdictions including Europe and the United States.
  • A Fortune 500 U.S. software company on the reorganization of its European operations including the tax-efficient restructuring of its existing service model.
  • H.I.G. Capital and other PE investors on the prepacked insolvency restructuring of a German group of companies including merger of businesses, liquidation of group affiliates, and a closure of businesses.
  • Texas-based Darling International Inc. on the acquisition of the ingredients business of the VION Group for US$ 1.5 bn.
  • CBC Brazil and certain of its affiliates on negotiating senior notes in the aggregate nominal amount of US$ 250 million with The Bank of New York Mellon.
  • Robert Bosch GmbH on the divesture of its U.S. joint venture with Mann+Hummels GmbH.
  • Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings on the disposal of a subsidiary in Germany.
  • Elektrobit plc, a Finnish company, on a joint venture in the Peoples Republic of China.
  • Raycrown LLP and other investors on the acquisition and management buy-out of Der Grüne Punkt – DSD GmbH from KKR.
  • CapGemini S.A. on the disposal of one business line to VWA.
  • DyStar GmbH on the restructuring of its global colorants and chemical business.
  • Danish/Swiss pharma company Nycomed KGaA on the outsourcing of its front-desk IT and support operations.
  • Orange S.A. on the negotiation of leasing products and their development with Deutsche Leasing AG.
  • UK-based IT provider Anite PLC on negotiating the implementation of a world-wide booking platform with a European travel company.
  • Nissan International S.A. on the re-organization of its entire European co- distribution business with French car manufacturer Renault S.A.
  • Global Crossing Inc. on a US$ 750 million senior secured notes offering and the restructuring of its European business.
  • Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo Inc. on strategic investments.
  • Spanish telecom operator Telefónica S.A. on its EUR 32 bn offer for UK telecommunication provider o2 plc and its German subsidiary.
  • MAN Ferrostaal GmbH on the acquisition of an infrastructure company in Portugal. 
  • Contact center outsourcing provider Sitel Europe on the restructuring of its call center business in Europe.
  • Indian IT company NiiT Technologies on the acquisition of Softec GmbH.
  • N.Y.-based private equity investor Apollo Global Management on the acquisition of a German broadband cable operator and the corporate and financial restructuring of the operator by way of a debt-equity swap.
  • France Télécom S.A. on the acquisition of the Inmarsat satellite business from DTAG AG.
  • Private equity investor Permira on the acquisition of German mobile reseller debitel AG.
  • Raytheon Corp. on the establishment of a satellite business in Germany.
  • Deutsche Bank AG as lead arranger on the double-listing of South African telecom operator Telkom S.A. at the London and New York stock exchange.
  • Viatel Inc. on telecom infrastructure projects in Europe.
  • Deutsche Bank AG on the restructuring of the German broadband cable market.
  • UK telecom operator BT plc on the split of its fixed and mobile business.