Susanne Decker advises international private equity firms and their portfolio companies on multifaceted, cross-border M&A transactions.

Ms. Decker draws on more than two decades of experience at the forefront of high-profile mergers and acquisitions in Germany and Europe to advise clients on both the buy- and sell-sides. She regularly navigates nuanced deal structures in the M&A space, which are optimized from a tax perspective. Ms. Decker is particularly adept at counseling on management incentive programmes in connection with private equity transactions by combining strong negotiating skills and an ability to distill complex structures. 

She also provides ongoing corporate law advice to companies, including portfolio companies of private equity firms. Additionally, she advises on complicated restructurings of groups of companies.

Ms. Decker’s experience includes advising:

  • Ara Partners on its acquisition of Vacuumschmelze
  • Capvis on the setting up of a management participation scheme for the Amann Girrbach Group 
  • Chequers Capital: 
    • On the acquisition of the Spandex Group
    • On the setting up of a management participation programme for Spandex and Emvia 
    • On an add-on acquisition for Spandex
  • Clayton Dubilier & Rice on the sale of Mauser Group to Stone Canyon
  • CVC Capital on its investment in Tipico Group and setting up of a management participation programme, as well as ongoing advice on the equity structure 
  • Digital Transformation Capital Partners (DTCP) on the acquisition of a majority shareholding in maincubes
  • EMZ Partners on the acquisition of a minority stake in Wishcard
  • EQT and OMERS on the structuring of the management incentive scheme in connection with their acquisition of Deutsche Glasfaser from KKR 
  • Equistone on the acquisition of a major stake in RENA Group
  • Ergon Capital Partners on the acquisition of svt Holding GmbH
  • Committee of lenders on the comprehensive recapitalization of Flint Group
  • Hellman & Friedman and Blackstone Group on the public tender offer for Scout24
  • Hg:
    • On the acquisition of the Transporeon Group
    • On the acquisition of the MediFox Group
    • On the formation of the Mobility Group and related acquisitions of Mein Auto Group and Mobility Concept
    • On the setting up of a holding platform for insurance brokers and related acquisitions 
    • On the acquisition of P&I, one of the leading European providers of cloud-based HR software from Permira
    • On its investment in STP Informationstechnologie as a joint venture with one of the founders
    • On its investment in Eucon, a leading provider of automotive data and insurance claims management services
  • Perusa on the sale of SCHROTH Safety Products
  • Triton:
    • On the acquisition of All4Labels 
    • On the acquisition of Dutch Royal Reesink
    • On the setting up of a management participation scheme and advice on further employee incentives for the IFCO Group

Bar Qualification

  • Rechtsanwältin (Germany)


  • Second German State Exam, Higher Regional Court, Düsseldorf
  • LL.M. in European Community Law, College of Europe, Bruges
  • First German State Exam, University of Fribourg

Languages Spoken

  • German
  • English
  • French