MorgenFund, the joint fund platform of DWS and Blackfin Capital, was launched on 1 December. The new securities institution (Wertpapierinstitut) is a joint venture company under the leadership of BlackFin Capital Partners. DWS holds 30% in the new venture.
The start of business operations follows the transfer of DWS's fund distribution platforms to MorgenFund GmbH on 30 November 2022. The transfer was implemented by way of a series of synchronised corporate transformation measures including a cross-border merger of the Luxembourg activities.
Hengeler Mueller advised BlackFin Capital Partners SAS on the transaction. The team was led by partners Dirk Bliesener (Financial Regulatory/M&A, Frankfurt) and Jens Wenzel (M&A, Berlin) and included partners Hartwin Bungert (Corporate), Alf-Henrik Bischke (Antitrust) (both Düsseldorf), Markus Ernst (Tax, Munich) and Christian Hoefs (Employment, Frankfurt), counsel Christian Strothotte (Corporate, Düsseldorf), Jan L. Steffen (Financial Regulatory, Frankfurt), Marvin Vesper-Graeske (M&A, Berlin) and Tobias Schubert (IP/IT, Berlin) as well as associates Nicolas Kutscher (M&A, Berlin), Gerrit Tönningsen (Financial Regulatory, Frankfurt), Christian Dankerl (Antitrust, Düsseldorf), Kevin Dollerschell (IP/IT, Berlin), Julia Redbrake (Corporate, Düsseldorf), Selina Rohr (Employment, Frankfurt) and Tobias Schwab (Tax, Munich).