European companies are benefitting from investors' huge appetite for new equity offerings. Showing the strength of European capital markets in 2021, Germany's first IPO of the year closed in February: AUTO1 Group SE, a multi-brand technology company that develops solutions for online car buying and selling. In this episode of Law, Policy & Markets, Milbank Global Corporate partners Norbert Rieger and Sebastian Heim speak with Global Project, Energy & Infrastructure Finance partner Allan Marks about how the AUTO1 IPO shows investors' collective confidence in future growth from tech companies that are accelerating the digitalization of commerce. Norbert, Sebastian and Allan also discussed connections between public markets and private equity, broader trends in Europe, and corporate governance.

About the Speakers

Norbert Rieger is Global Head of Milbank's Corporate Group. He is one of the three founding partners of the Munich office and has almost 30 years of experience in all types of corporate transactions. Norbert's broad practice covers all areas of corporate/M&A and private equity including public M&A and corporate reorganizations (Umwandlungsrecht). He is well known for his expertise in public takeovers and public-to-private transactions.

Sebastian Heim is a partner in Milbank's Global Corporate Group in Munich. His practice focuses on corporate law and M&A, specializing in private equity transactions. Sebastian also advises clients with respect to restructurings and insolvency law.

Podcast host Allan Marks is one of the world's leading project finance and corporate lawyers. He advises developers, investors, lenders, and underwriters around the world in the development and financing of complex infrastructure projects, as well as related acquisitions, restructurings and capital markets transactions. Mr. Marks also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley at both the Law School and the Haas School of Business.

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