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Klaus Banke

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Klaus Banke is a partner in the firm’s Frankfurt office. Mr. Banke focuses on corporate law and transactions, notably domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, both public and private. He also advises on joint ventures, corporate governance matters as well as corporate restructurings. Additionally, he has broad experience in dispute and arbitration matters, specifically in the context of complex corporate and commercial transactions. Mr. Banke has worked extensively for multinationals, including companies such as the EDF Group, Agfa-Gevaert, Lafarge, Total and ArcelorMittal.

JUVE, the leading publication on German law firms, distinguishes Mr. Banke as a frequently recommended M&A and corporate lawyer in Germany. Legal 500, 2018 highlights him as 'extremely precise'.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Banke worked in the Frankfurt and New York offices of a leading international law firm for 15 years.

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Banke has lectured on International M&A Transactions at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, since 2011.

Mr. Banke is admitted as a German Rechtsanwalt and as an attorney-at-law in the state of New York (New York, 1st Department).
Mr. Banke regularly advises German and international companies on M&A transactions and various kinds of corporate matters in a leading role, including:
  • The EDF Group in connection with the restructuring of shareholdings in the energy exchange platforms Powernext and EPEX Spot.
  • Groupe Aqua in connection with the acquisition of various renewable energy projects in Germany.
  • A state-owned German corporation in connection with the acquisition of a corporation active in the area of IT security and cryptography.
  • Ipsen Pharma, a listed French pharmaceutical company, in connection with its acquisition of biotech company OctreoPharm Sciences GmbH.
  • EnerNOC, a leading provider of cloud-based energy intelligence software, on its acquisition of demand response provider Entelios, as well as the subsequent sale of Entelios.
  • The EDF Group on its €4.7 billion sale of a 45% participating interest in EnBW to the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg.
  • Lafarge in connection with the divestiture of its European gypsum operations to Etex.
  • The EDF Group in connection with an extensive swap of electricity drawing rights and generation capacities between EDF, EnBW and E.ON, in Germany and France, including the sale by EDF of its 18.75% stake in SNET, France’s third largest electricity supplier, to E.ON.
  • ArcelorMittal on the sale of a stake in DHS-Dillinger Hütte Saarstahl to SHS-Struktur-Holding-Stahl.
  • Agfa-Gevaert AG in connection with various corporate transactions, as well as litigation and arbitration proceedings.
  • Numerous domestic and cross-border transactions.