Markus Käpplinger

Markus Käpplinger

Markus Käpplinger
+49 (0)69 6677 38664

Dr. Markus Käpplinger is a partner in Frankfurt. He received his LL.M. degree from the University of Chicago. Markus is a German Rechtsanwalt and also admitted to the New York Bar.

He devotes most of his work to private equity and venture capital clients. He also delivers corporate advice to his clients on ordinary private equity and M&A deals, including distressed M&A, management equity participations as well as venture capital, covering all assets classes but in particular life sciences, tech and real estate.

Markus is considered a leading corporate practitioner in the German market and is also a recognised scholar as author and editor of Casebook on German Corporate Law (Käpplinger, Fälle zum GmbH-, Aktien- und Konzernrecht) and Commentary on German Stock Corporation Act (Gessler, AktG), and a lecturer at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.


  • Minority shareholders of Frankfurt based LifeFit Group on the sale to private equity company Waterland
  • TA Associates on its strategic growth investment in SER, a global Intelligent Content Automation software vendor
  • Consortium RE-Think in connection with the bidding process for insolvent GALERIA Karstadt Group
  • Heidelberg Pharma AG, a clinical stage biotech company developing innovative Antibody Drug Conjugates, on its royalty financing agreement with Healthcare Royalty
  • Piva Capital as lead investor in the €90 million (US$129 million) Series B financing round of INERATEC GmbH
  • Novo Holdings in connection with investment into Booster Therapeutics GmbH
  • Prime Footwear Investors AG on the acquisition and financing of the footwear retailers Salamander and Klauser
  • Ocean 14 Capital in connection with investment into Goodcarbon GmbH
  • Cionix on the sale of its hosting business to dogado
  • Swiss Prime on the acquisition of various senior care homes
  • FIZZ Student Housing SCS on the sale of a portfolio consisting of five student apartment buildings in Germany and Austria to International Campus Group
  • Veganz on acquisition of an exclusive licence for printed dairy products from Vitiprints
  • Veracode on the acquisition of Crashtest Security Solution
  • Triton on the sale of dogado to Cinven and OTPP
  • app smart GmbH in connection with its merger with OrderYOYO of Denmark
  • Veganz on a strategic cooperation with Aramark
  • Real estate company Cofinimmo on its €39 million acquisition of three retirement and nursing homes
  • Veganz Group AG on all corporate law issues related to the implementation and structuring of its IPO
  • The management as co-investors of Garz & Fricke Holding GmbH, in the sale of their stake in Garz & Fricke to (and re-investment into) Italian listed company SECO S.p.A.
  • German “Bundesliga” football club on equity financings
  • The vegan food company Veganz Group AG on raising €11m from Brandenburg Kapital in a second tranche of equity financing
  • Capital Bay Group on the formation of a joint venture with UAE-based Gulf Islamic Investments LLC
  • German PE fund in connection with the acquisition of various skin clinics*
  • Management of Schuelke  Group in connection with the sale of its company to EQT*
  • Capital Bay on the set-up of various real estate funds, on various joint ventures and on the acquisition and disposal of various real estate portfolios*
  • Several management teams on the implementation of their management equity plans as part of their MBO packages granted by financial sponsors*
  • Various investors in connection with their investments into companies rolling out optical fibre networks in Germany*
  • PATRIZIA Alternative Investments on the set up of real estate funds and on the acquisition and disposal of various real estate portfolios with a total deal value of more than EUR 4bn*
  • Veganz Group AG on several equity financing rounds*
  • German PE firm capiton on the acquisition of Hamm Reno Group and on its join venture with CCC S.A.*
  • International Campus Group, one of the leading providers of student accommodations in Germany, on the set up of various real estate funds and on various acquisitions and disposal in Germany and Europe*
  • European Directors Holdings, a portfolio company of Triton, on the acquisition of the web-hosting firm dogado GmbH and several add-ons*
  • Investor on the sale of its shares in Premier League football club*
  • UK private equity fund on the acquisition of various German medical centres (MVZ)*
  • Labco SA on the acquisition of the laboratory Aescularbor Karlsruhe*
  • Charterhouse in connection with acquisition of a skincare business from Evonik*
  • 3i on the acquisition of Weener Plastics B.V.*
  • German PE firm ECM Equity Capital Management on the acquisition of travelling company Leitner*
  • Altana Group in connection with its sale of Altana Pharma*
  • Sartorius AG in takeover of Bio Stedim SA*
*Advised on prior to joining Goodwin.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Markus was most recently a partner at Allen & Overy and before he practiced at other international law firms.




The University of Chicago


Humboldt University of Berlin

Second State Exam2003

Kammergericht Berlin

First State Exam1999

Humboldt University of Berlin



  • Germany
  • New York