Jan Schinkoth

Dr. Jan Schinköth

PartnerChair, Munich Office
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Dr. Jan Schinköth
+49 (0)89 26202 4222

Dr. Jan Schinköth is a partner and chair of Goodwin's Munich office. He is a member of the Goodwin’s Private Equity group and has extensive experience advising on private equity transactions both domestically and cross-border and provides advice to private equity and strategic investors on complex leveraged buy-outs, refinancing transactions, growth equity deals, and general corporate matters.


Jan’s representative experience includes advising:

  • TA Associates on its strategic growth investment in SER, a global Intelligent Content Automation software vendor
  • TA Associates and Warburg Pincus, alongside the Epassi Group, on their agreement to acquire the Exercite Group, a leading B2B fitness platform providing employee health and fitness benefit solutions to corporate customers 
  • Imprivata Inc. on the acquisition of OGiTiX Software AG
  • 908 Devices (Nasdaq: MASS) on its acquisition of TRACE Analytics GmbH
  • Mayfair Equity Partners on the investment in EGYM, a leading global fitness technology developer
  • Summit Partners, inter alia on
    • the sale of its participation in German-based Elatec group, a leading international developer and supplier of secure access solutions, to SGT German Private Equity
    • the investment in Energy Aspects, a provider of energy data analysis and market intelligence
    • the sale of its participation in Workaround GmbH (ProGlove), a Munich-based Industrial Internet of Things ("IoT") company, to Nordic Capital
    • the sale of its participation in Appway, a provider of business process software solutions for the financial services industry, to FNZ
    • the investment in Lingoda, Europe's leading online language school*
    • the sale of a minority participation in Signavio, a leader in the enterprise business process intelligence and process management space, to SAP*
    • the investment in Solactive AG, a technology-enabled provider of indices and index solutions to the global financial services industry*
    • the investment in Appway, a provider of business process software solutions for the financial services industry*
    • the investment in ProGlove, a leading provider of smart, wearable and lightweight barcode scanners*
    • the sale of shares in Signavio, a leader in the enterprise business process intelligence and process management space, to Apax Digital and Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners*
    • the acquisition of a majority stake in Elatec Group, one of the world’s leading suppliers of multi-standard RFID readers, from DPE Deutsche Private Equity*
    • the investment in Market Logic Software, a leading provider of enterprise SaaS marketing information systems*
  • Sun Capital Partners, inter alia on
    • the spin-off and sale of ESIM Chemical’s Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals division to Vertellus*
    • the acquisition of ESIM Chemicals GmbH*
    • the acquisition of FLABEG Automotive Group*
    • the acquisition of Strauss Innovation Group*
    • the acquisition of Kobusch-Sengewald Group*
    • the acquisition of Unterland Flexible Packaging GmbH*
    • the acquisition of Reuther Packaging Group*
  • Gilde Buy-Out Partners, inter alia on
    • the acquisition of Hofmann Menü Group from Hg Capital*
    • the acquisition of walter TeleMedien Group from Beisheim Holding Schweiz AG*
  • Golden Gate Capital, inter alia on
    • the acquisition of the wireline communications business (now: Lantiq) from Infineon Technologies AG*
    • the disposal of Vistec Semiconductor Systems Group*
  • Duke Street on the acquisition of Medi-Globe Corporation, a German-based manufacturer and distributor of surgical and medical instruments*
  • H.I.G. Capital on the acquisition of a minority participation in Der Grüne Punkt — Duales System Deutschland GmbH*
  • Apollo Management, TowerBrook Capital Partners and York Capital Management on the lender-led restructuring of the obligations of Monier Group, the world’s leading provider of roofing materials*
  • Peak-Ryzex, a portfolio company of Keystone Capital, Inc., on the investment in Movilitas Consulting AG*
  • Synteract, Inc., a portfolio company of Gryphon Investors, on the acquisition of Harrison Clinical Research Group*
  • Infor on the acquisition of the Amadeus Hospitality business*
  • Teva Pharmaceutical on the acquisition of ratiopharm Group*

*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Jan was a partner in the corporate practice of other international law firms.

Professional Activities

Jan is a member of American Council on Germany (ACG), Young Leader 2014.




University of Augsburg

(with honors, magna cum laude)

First Legal State Exam2001

Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich



  • Germany

Recognition & Awards

Jan has been listed as a recommended lawyer for both M&A and Private Equity work in the JUVE Handbook every year since 2015. Furthermore, as in the previous editions, he is currently ranked among the "best lawyers" for private equity law by Handelsblatt Best Lawyers 2024.


Jan’s recent publications include:

  • PLATOW Legal + Finance, Interview: "Wie verändern sich Private-Equity-Deals in Krisenzeiten, Herr Schinköth und Herr Hirschmann?" (How do private equity deals change in times of crisis, Mr. Schinköth and Mr. Hirschmann?),May 31, 2022
  • Co-Author, "Wie die Pandemie Private Equity verändert [How the Pandemic changes Private Equity],” Börsen-Zeitung,September 26, 2020
  • Author, "Legaltech bietet Anwälten neue Werkzeuge für die Mandatsarbeit," Börsen-Zeitung, November 2018
  • Author, “Private Equity — China auf dem Vormarsch,” Platow Recht, July 2017
  • Author, “Legaltech — The Digital (R)Evolution,” FYB Financial YearBook 2017, pages 33–46
  • Co-Author, “Governance International — People’s Republic of China,” Governance International — Rechtsleitfaden für die Management-Praxis, 2011