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Biography

Kai leads the firm’s international team and is the chair of firm’s German Desk. His practice is concentrated on cross-border corporate and commercial matters, with a particular focus on advising German Mittelstand companies in the U.S. on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and a broad range of commercial transactions. Kai is admitted as a lawyer both in Germany and Ohio.

Kai has been recognized by Chambers Global as “an excellent go-to choice for advising German clients in the USA” (2014) and “excellent in international matters” under Corporate/M&A – USA (2015).

Prior to joining the firm, he practiced in the corporate departments of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Baker & McKenzie in Germany. He graduated from his law school in Muenster/Germany in 2000 and holds a post-graduate degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Experience

2018 Experience Highlights

U.S. counsel to many European-owned companies from various industries, including automotive, coating equipment, machine tooling, machining centers, industrial sensors, waste separators, metering technology, gear drives, vacuum pumps, injection molding, thermoplastic goods, spirits label printer, intralogistics, logistics, cleaning equipment, medical devices, and others. Recent highlights include:

Advised European market leader on strategic alliance covering 60+ countries.

Advised German automotive components manufacturer on large greenfield investment in the U.S.

Advised German-headquartered industrial control and automation company on expansion of U.S. facility.

Advised German automotive components manufacturer on exclusive distribution arrangement with U.S./Canadian parts supplier for the European market.

Advised German intralogistics company on strategic alliance with material handling company for the U.S. market.

2017 Experience Highlights

Advised TecDAX company regarding its acquisition of PE owned manufacturer with operations in California, Vietnam, United Kingdom and Singapore.

Advised TecDAX company regarding its acquisition of Indiana based manufacturer.

Advised German owned manufacturer of environmental technologies on various strategic alliances for the U.S. and Asian markets.

2016 Experience Highlights

Advised publicly traded U.S. mid-cap regarding the reorganization of its foreign subsidiaries.

Advised German high-end packaging manufacturer regarding its acquisition of manufacturing operations in California and Tennessee.

Advised publicly traded U.S. mid-cap in connection with its acquisition of German based call center operator.

Advised leading industrial education provider headquartered in Germany in connection with establishing U.S. apprenticeship program and its cooperation with technical colleges, companies and apprentices.

Advised German supplier of systems for surface finishing technology and environmental technology on large-scale OEM projects and formation of U.S. based joint venture.

2015 Experience Highlights

Advised German market leader on possible joint venture with European competitor for U.S. market.

Advised German supplier of systems for surface finishing technology and environmental technology on large-scale OEM projects.

Advised German and Italian owned companies on entry into and expansion within U.S. market, through acquisitions and Greenfield investments.

Trained sales staff and legal department of German owned companies on key concerns in U.S. commercial contracts.

2014 Experience Highlights

Advised on successful acquisition of Ohio based engineering firm.

Advised U.S. based material handling automation and software engineering company on License and Know-how Transfer Agreement with German equipment maker.

Advised German owned companies on entry into and expansion within U.S. market, through acquisitions and Greenfield investments.

Assisted publicly listed client with post-acquisition integration of subsidiaries in 24 countries.

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Other Info About Kai

Education

Case Western Reserve University, LL.M., 2001, with honors

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster/Germany, First State Exam, 2000, with honors

State Court of Darmstadt (Landgericht), Darmstadt/Germany, Second State Exam, 2004, with honors

Member of the Law Clerk State Assembly in the State of Hessen/Germany, 2002

Bar Membership

Kai is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

German Bar Admission (Rechtsanwalt), 2004

Ohio, 2009

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Listed by Chambers Global as “excellent in international matters; he’s engaging and supporting.” Chambers Global, March 2015

Listed by Chambers Global as “excellent go-to choice for advising German clients in the USA.”  Chambers Global, March 2014