Dr. Michael Bernhardt


F +49 69.71914.3500


Neue Mainzer Straße 74

60311 Frankfurt am Main, DE

T +49 69.71914.3444

F +49 69.71914.3500

Michael Bernhardt is a member of the firm’s Corporate Group. He provides broad practice in corporate/M&A including Private Equity. Michael represents national and international corporations and sponsors on investments and cross-border transactions and advises regularly on private equity transactions including Public-to-Privates, LBOs and MBOs.

Recent Project Samples

  • ECM-Fund GEP IV on the Sale of its Majority Shareholding in MediFox to HgCapital.
  • Bavaria Industries Group AG on the sale of TriStone Flowtec to Zhongding Group.
  • Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG) together with DBAG Fund VI on the acquisition of a majority stake in FRIMO Group.
  • ECM Equity Capital Management GmbH (ECM) on the acquisition of Wieners + Wieners GmbH.
  • capiton AG on acquisition of the Hamm Reno Group.
  • Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG) on acquiring a majority share in the Telio group from the previous owners in a management buyout.
  • Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG) on the acquisition of Silbitz Group, a group of three foundries in Germany and Slovakia.
  • 3i on the acquisition of Weener Plastic Packaging Group (WPPG).
  • PATRIZIA Alternative Investments GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PATRIZIA Immobilien AG, on the acquisition of LBBW Immobilien GmbH as well as on the acquisition of GBW AG from BayernLB.
  • Deb Group, a portfolio company owned by private equity company Charterhouse, on the acquisition of the global skincare business from Evonik Industries.
  • ECM Equity Capital Management (ECM), on the sale of its interest in Kamps GmbH to French Groupe LE DUFF.

Recognition & Accomplishments

Current rankings in directories as JUVE, Chambers, Legal 500 and Best Lawyers recognize Michael Bernhardt as top lawyer for Private Equity.

Prior to joining Milbank, he was a partner in the Corporate/M&A practice with another leading international law firm in Frankfurt. He is admitted to the German bar and speaks German and English.

Additional Details
  • University of Regensburg, Dr.
  • Bavaria, Second State Exam
  • University of Regensburg, First State Exam
  • Germany