King & Wood Mallesons in Frankfurt kicks off the new year with 2 new partners

King Wood Mallesons (KWM) has appointed Dr. Tilmann Becker and Dr. Peter Polke as partners, effective 1 January 2022.

With this appointment, the team in Frankfurt is strengthening key growth areas of the firm. KWM expands its partner base with experienced transaction experts, both members of the Corporate practice group.

Dr. Tilmann Becker joined the KWM Frankfurt team in June 2017. He has more than a decade of experience in private and public M&A transactions. One focus of his work is on listed companies and regulatory issues. In addition, he helps clients on the establishment of strategies to address the German Investment Control regulations and administers clearance proceedings at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Among others, Tilmann Becker regularly advises BAIC on corporate and capital markets law issues in connection with its investment in Daimler. Most recently, he also advised an investor consortium of ECM, PINOVA and Gilde on the acquisition of DETAX Group, shareholders of REDNET AG on the sale to Converge Technology Solutions Corp. as well as Walden International on foreign direct investment (FDI) proceedings in connection with the acquisition of Memphis Electronic AG. Tilmann Becker was admitted to the bar in 2009 and has worked for two premier international law firms and as an in-house counsel in the legal department of one of the world's leading retail groups.

Dr. Peter Polke joined the KWM network in March 2020. He has years of experience in advising both German and international clients on M&A and private equity transactions. His transactional experience spans across a broad range of sectors. Most recently, for example, Peter Polke advised the Young Fashion Group and its management on the acquisition of the activities of the fashion brand Pimkie in Germany, Portugal and Spain. He also regularly advises private equity houses on their transactions. Among others, he advised an investor consortium of ECM, PINOVA and Gilde on the acquisition of DETAX Group, Silver Investment Partners on the acquisitions of majority shareholdings in Crystal GmbH as well as in Crystal Laser Systems GmbH, and NGC Nachfolgekapital on the acquisition of DIREKT CNC-Systeme GmbH. Peter Polke was admitted to the bar in 2006 and before joining KWM he worked in the Corporate / M&A department of a major international law firm in Frankfurt.

Wang Rongkang, EUME Managing Partner, commented: "On behalf of the EUME partnership, I congratulate Peter and Tilmann on this significant step in their careers. They have contributed significantly to our success over the past years with their outstanding work and we are sure that they will continue to have an important role in KWM's positive development in the years to come."

Rüdiger Knopf, Partner in Charge Germany: "Since the establishment of the German practice in spring 2017, KWM has grown significantly in Frankfurt. In addition to 6 important lateral partner additions in the last 5 years, we are very pleased to expand our partner base with Tilmann and Peter – talents from our successful team – to further strengthen the German practice.”