LEONINE’s Acquisition Of Wiedemann & Berg TV


Hengeler Mueller advised KKR and LEONINE on acquisition of Wiedemann & Berg TV.

The KKR backed independent media company LEONINE is acquiring Wiedemann & Berg TV (W&B TV) from the producers Max Wiedemann and Quirin Berg and from Endemol Shine Germany. Part of the W&B TV business (the Berlin based business) will be carved out and remain with Endemol Shine Germany. W&B TV covers a broad production repertoire for major German TV channels as well as series for the pay-TV and video-on-demand market. Among the numerous projects are high profile productions such as “4 Blocks”, “Dark” and “Der Pass”. The acquisition is subject to clearance by the competent authorities. LEONINE group was created by a combination of Tele-München Gruppe with Universum Film, i&u TV and Wiedemann & Berg Film in 2019.

Leonine Holding, formerly Tele München Group, is a media company based in Munich.

KKR & Co. Inc. is an American global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate, credit, and, through its strategic partners, hedge funds.

Hengeler Mueller advised KKR and LEONINE on the transaction. The Hengeler Mueller team included partners Sebastian Schneider (Picture), Jan D. Bonhage (Public Law, Berlin) and Thorsten Mäger (Antitrust, Düsseldorf), counsel Gunther Wagner (Tax, Munich) as well as associates Hermann Dahlitz, Jonas Brost, Maike Hölty, Alexander Bekier and Marie Theres Niedermaier (all M&A) and Charlotte Riemann (Public Law) (all Berlin).

Involved fees earner: Alexander Bekier – Hengeler Mueller; Jan Bonhage – Hengeler Mueller; Jonas Brost – Hengeler Mueller; Hermann Dahlitz – Hengeler Mueller; Maike Hölty – Hengeler Mueller; Thorsten Mäger – Hengeler Mueller; Marie Theres Niedermaier – Hengeler Mueller; Charlotte Riemann – Hengeler Mueller; Sebastian Schneider – Hengeler Mueller; Gunther Wagner – Hengeler Mueller;

Law Firms: Hengeler Mueller;

Clients: KKR; Leonine Holding;