METRO AG IT’s Partnership Agreement with Wipro Limited

Baker McKenzie and Khaitan & Co. advised Metro AG on the deal, while DLA Piper advised Wipro Limited.

METRO AG executed an implementation of a multi-year digital and IT strategic partnership with Wipro Limited. Wipro Limited is a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company.

Parts of the current internal IT unit Metro-Nom including more than 1,300 employees will be transferred to Wipro; the remaining units with around 1,000 employees will develop IT solutions for Metro AG’s operational business under the new brand Metro Digital.

The Baker Mckenzie team consisted of Corporate/M&A partner Dr. Heiko Gotsche (Picture), Dr. Ingo Strauss (partner, both Dusseldorf), Juan Garcia Jacobsen (associate), Dr. Kai Stefan Danelzik (associate, both Dusseldorf); IT: Dr. Holger Lutz (partner, Frankfurt), Simone Rieken (senior associate, Frankfurt); Public Law: Anahita Thoms (partner, Dusseldorf), Alexander Ehrle (associate, Berlin); Antitrust: Dr. Nicolas Kredel (partner), Dr. Florian Kotman (associate, both Dusseldorf); Employment: Dr. Christian Reichel (partner, Frankfurt); Tax: Christoph Becker (partner), Ariane Schaaf (counsel, both Frankfurt).

The DLA Piper team was led by partner Dr Mathias Schulze Steinen (Corporate) and comprised of partners Dr Konrad Rohde (Tax, both Frankfurt), Jan Pohle (IPT), Dr Jan Joachim Dreyer (Antitrust, both Cologne) and Pascal Kremp (Employment, Munich), counsels Dr Thilo Streit (Public Law, Cologne) and Dr Raimund Behnes (Tax, Frankfurt), senior associates Kristin Vogt-Schories (Frankfurt), Katharina Minski (Hamburg, both Corporate), Dr Gregor Schroll (Antitrust), France Vehar (IPT, both Cologne) and Georg Haberkorn (Employment, Munich), associate Nathalie Downar (IPT, Cologne) as well as transaction lawyer Tsai Hsuan Lee (Corporate, Frankfurt). From the DLA Piper office in Bucharest, partner Monica Georgiadis, counsel Andra Trantea (both Employment), Oana Dutu-Buzura (Corporate) and Lidia Tutu (Tax) as well as associate Diana Nacuta (Employment) were also involved.

In-house at Wipro Limited Nils Vernooij (Head Corporate Counsel) advised on this transaction.

The Khaitan & Co. team consisted of Rabindra Jhunjhunwala (Partner), Stuti Galiya (Counsel) and Abhishek Rao (Associate); Employment Law aspects: Anshul Prakash (Partner), Abhimanyu Pal (Senior Associate) and Kruthi Murthy (Associate); Direct Tax aspects: Ritu Shaktawat (Partner) and Rahul Jain (Senior Associate); and Indirect Tax aspects: Dinesh Kumar Agrawal (Executive Director) and Anjali Krishnan (Senior Associate).

Involved fees earner: Christoph Becker – Baker McKenzie; Kai Stefan Danelzik – Baker McKenzie; Alexander Ehrle – Baker McKenzie; Heiko Gotsche – Baker McKenzie; Juan Garcia Jacobsen – Baker McKenzie; Florian Kotman – Baker McKenzie; Nicolas Kredel – Baker McKenzie; Holger Lutz – Baker McKenzie; Christian Reichel – Baker McKenzie; Simone Rieken – Baker McKenzie; Ariane Schaaf – Baker McKenzie; Ingo Strauss – Baker McKenzie; Anahita Thoms – Baker McKenzie; Raimund Behnes – DLA Piper; Jan Joachim Dreyer – DLA Piper; Oana Dutu-Buzura – DLA Piper; Monica Georgiadis – DLA Piper; Georg Haberkorn – DLA Piper; Pascal Kremp – DLA Piper; Katharina Minski – DLA Piper; Jan Pohle – DLA Piper; Konrad Rohde – DLA Piper; Gregor Schroll – DLA Piper; Mathias Schulze Steinen – DLA Piper; Thilo Streit – DLA Piper; Andra Trantea – DLA Piper; France Vehar – DLA Piper; Kristin Vogt-Schories – DLA Piper; Dinesh Kumar Agrawal – Khaitan & Co.; Stuti Galiya – Khaitan & Co.; Rahul Jain – Khaitan & Co.; Rabindra Jhunjhunwala – Khaitan & Co.; Anjali Krishnan – Khaitan & Co.; Kruthi Murthy – Khaitan & Co.; Abhimanyu Pal – Khaitan & Co.; Anshul Prakash – Khaitan & Co.; Abhishek Rao – Khaitan & Co.; Ritu Shaktawat – Khaitan & Co.; Nathalie Downar – Ropes & Gray;

Law Firms: Baker McKenzie; DLA Piper; Khaitan & Co.; Ropes & Gray;

Clients: METRO AG; Wipro Limited;