25 May

Dbriefs Legal | Negotiation of M&A contracts in COVID-19 times

Lessons learned

Tuesday, 12:00 p.m.  CEST
Event language: English


Host: David Roelens
Presenters: Giuseppe Francesco Mirarchi, Dr. Michael von Rueden, and Hans Vansweevelt

The Covid-19 pandemic has sent a shockwave around the world and brought much of life to a grinding halt. It does not seem to have done the same for M&A, as transaction numbers remain steady and the market even seems to thrive. But if the volume of transactions has not changed, then what has? Our webcast will present viewpoints on this matter from across Europe and will dive deeper into the actual effects of Covid-19 on the M&A practice. Did what we expected at the beginning of the pandemic actually materialise? We'll discuss:

  • M&A and Covid-19: it goes on (current market overview).
  • Negotiation long distance – impact on timing and outcome of transactions?
  • A shift towards a buyer's market: expectations challenged.
    • Deal certainty.
    • Due diligence.
    • Price: determination and payment.
    • Risk allocation mechanisms.
    • Specific contractual (Term sheet/SPA) clauses.
  • Virtual signings and closings across Europe, where are we?

Gain an insight on the current M&A trends and Covid-19 impact from our M&A specialists on the Dbriefs Legal webcast panel.  


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Andreas Jentgens

Andreas Jentgens


Andreas Jentgens is a lawyer and partner who has been with Deloitte Legal since 2000. Starting from June 1, 2023, Andreas Jentgens has also taken on the role of Managing Partner for Deloitte Legal Germany. Andreas Jentgens provides legal advice to companies and entrepreneurs on matters pertaining to corporate and reorganization law, as well as in the context of predominantly cross-border M&A transactions. His clientele includes internationally operating medium-sized companies as well as publicly listed corporations, who appreciate his combination of legally sound expertise and a pragmatic, solution-oriented approach. In his capacity as the head of Deloitte Legal's Japan Desk, he also specializes in advising Japanese companies. With his extensive experience and proven expertise, Andreas Jentgens has successfully advised on numerous often cross-border mergers, demergers, changes of legal form, cross-border relocations of registered offices, capital measures, affiliation agreements, and the establishment of holding entities and group structures. Andreas Jentgens has been consistently recognized for his outstanding work in the field of M&A. He has been consistently ranked among the best lawyers in Germany for M&A by publications such as Best Lawyers and Handelsblatt, and is listed as a frequently recommended lawyer for M&A by Legal500 (Legalease) and in the JUVE Handbook. Hs expertise in corporate restructurings has been acknowledged in the JUVE Handbook already in 2010. He studied at the University of Cologne and completed his legal clerkship in Aachen. He is fluent in both German and English.

Dr. Michael von Rüden, LL.M. (USA)

Dr. Michael von Rüden, LL.M. (USA)


Michael joined Deloitte Legal in 2005 and is a partner and head of the service line M&A based in Dusseldorf. Michael advises clients in complex national and international transactions and joint ventures as well as corporate law matters across a wide range of industries. He frequently advises private equity clients. Michael combines a strong economic and target-oriented approach with an in-depth understanding of the current M&A environment and the specific needs of his clients. Clients describe him as creative, pragmatic, thoughtful and versed in all Corporate/M&A matters. Languages: German, English.

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Tuesday, 25 May 2021 12:00 p.m. CEST
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