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.
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Dr. Schinköth’s representative experience includes advising:

  • 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 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, Dr. Schinköth was a partner in the corporate practice of other international law firms.
Professional Activities
Dr. Schinköth is a member of American Council on Germany (ACG), Young Leader 2014.


Dr. Schinköth 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 edition (2020), he is currently ranked among the "best lawyers" for private equity law by Handelsblatt Best Lawyers 2021.

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Ph.D., 2005
University of Augsburg
(with honours, magna cum laude)
Second Legal State Exam, 2003
Higher Regional Court of Munich
First Legal State Exam, 2001
Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich








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