Duff & Phelps Experts Featured in FINANCE Magazin Discussing the German Government’s COVID-19 Relief Fund

In FINANCE Magazin, one of Germany’s most prominent magazines for the financial sector, Andreas Stoecklin, Managing Director in Duff & Phelps’ German Corporate Finance practice and co-chair of the EMEA management committee, Dr. Simon von Witzleben, Director in Duff & Phelps’ German Fairness Opinions practice and legal experts from Latham & Watkins analyze the Wirtschaftsstabilisierungsfonds (WSF), the fund issued by the German government to support businesses threatened by COVID-19, and the impact state-funded recapitalization can have on companies who make use of the WSF.

Despite the strict requirements for access to the WSF funds, according to insiders, around 30 companies have already noted an interest in the €600 million fund. However, companies need to examine their own financial situations, their options and the conditions of WSF-funded support carefully. The crisis has made an accurate valuation of a company’s financial situation challenging, and that can complicate negotiations.

Companies should also be aware that the government is unlikely to be a silent investor; rather it will expect a return on its investment and will use its influence when necessary.

It is expected that the government will strongly push Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) topics, if only for the reason that ESG has become an important investment criterium as well as a focus of due diligence.

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