Oppenhoff advises ÖBB on acquisition of Go-Ahead Germany

Oppenhoff has advised ÖBB-Personenverkehr AG on the acquisition of Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland GmbH and all of its German subsidiaries from the British Go-Ahead Group. The acquisition is subject to the approval of the competition antitrust authorities and is expected to be closed before the yearend. With the acquisition ÖBB is continuing its internationalisation process.

ÖBB, with around 42,600 employees, is a mobility and logistics service provider in Austria, the leading provider of night trains in Europe and the second strongest freight railway in the EU - active in 18 countries. ÖBB is part of the Austrian Federal Railways Group and transports around 1.2 million passengers a day.

Go-Ahead Deutschland is a rail transport company with 1,000 employees. With its two operating companies in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, it is an important player in Germany’s local rail passenger transport market. With a total of 144 modern electric multiple unit trains, it operates regional train services on behalf of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the Bavarian railway company.

The Oppenhoff team led by Myriam Baars-Schilling included Kristin Vogt-Schories, Dr. Matthias Klefisch, Sebastian Gutmann (all Corporate/M&A), Tobias Kollakowski, Dr. Hanna Schmidt, Christian Saßenbach (all Commercial), Holger Hofmann, Mareike Heesing, Juliane Prickartz (all Public Law), Julia Höyng (Real Estate), Dr. Daniel Dohrn, Renée Cherelle Eckruth (both Antitrust), Anja Dombrowsky (Employment), Dr. Patric Mau (Intellectual Property) and Dr. Wolfgang Kotzur (Financing).

The Automotive and Mobility sector group at Oppenhoff regularly advises national and international logistics companies, leading OEMs and suppliers in Germany and abroad. Amongst others the firm advised ND Group B.V. on the financing round of over 30 million euros for e.GO Mobile with international investors and the DEPPE Group on a battery recycling joint venture with Fahrzeug-Werke Lueg AG.


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Myriam Baars-Schilling

Myriam Baars-Schilling


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