Vivien Vacha

Vivien Vacha

Associate
Baker & McKenzie Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern mbB

Biography

Vivien Vacha is an associate in Baker McKenzie's Berlin office and member of the Energy & Infrastructure team.

Prior to joining the Firm, Vivien practiced in another international law firm's Banking & Finance department from 2015 to 2018, advising clients in energy and infrastructure related finance transactions. From 2009 to 2015, besides her legal studies and her legal clerkship, she worked as a research assistant for another international law firm's M&A/corporate department with a focus on energy and infrastructure law.

Practice Focus

Vivien advises domestic and foreign enterprises, sponsors, banks and financial investors on M&A, joint ventures, projects and related financings as well as regulatory matters in the energy and infrastructure sector.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised Shell's New Energies division on corporate matters in connection with its acquisition of sonnen, a leader in smart energy storage systems and innovative energy services for households.

  • Advised specialty chemicals group Evonik on the sale of its methacrylates business to financial investor Advent International.

  • Advised a Japanese energy company on corporate matters in connection with its planned investment in a offshore windfarm in Germany.

  • Advising one of the largest wind turbine manufacturers worldwide with respect to a joint venture with a wind farm developer and implementation of the JV entities in a number of jurisdictions.

Prior to joining the Firm, Vivien handled, amongst others, the following matters:

  • Advised a consortium of banks consisting of KfW IPEX-Bank, Natixis, Santander, CIBC, Commerzbank, Helaba, National Bank of Canada, Rabobank, Société Générale and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation as lenders on the EUR 988m financing of the Deutsche Bucht 252 MW offshore wind farm project.

  • Advised a consortium of banks consisting of KfW, Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale (Helaba), ING Bank, a branch of ING-DiBa AG, KfW IPEX-Bank, Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A. and SEB AG, as lenders on the up to 723m financing of Trianel’s Borkum II wind farm project. Nearly half of the loan provided by the banks came from KfW through its Offshore Wind Program.

  • Advised a consortium of lenders on the financing of an onshore wind farm project in Argentina, partly guaranteed by Germany through KfW’s Offshore Wind Program.

  • Advise various clients in connection with the sale or purchase of solar and onshore wind projects in particular on financing issues, e.g. change of control, restructuring and early repayment.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • German Bar Association - Member
  • Juristische Gesellschaft zu Berlin - Member
  • Women of Wind Energy Germany (Women of Wind Energy Deutschland e.V.) - Member

Admissions

  • Germany (2014)

Education

  • Higher Regional Court of Berlin (Second State Exam) (2014)
  • Free University of Berlin (First State Exam) (2011)

Languages

  • English
  • German

Publications

Author, "Rechtsgebiete in Wirtschaftskanzleien - Energierecht" Chapter, in e-fellows, Perspektiven für Juristen, August 2018

Co-author (with Kai Uwe Pritzsche), "Energierecht - Einführung und Grundlagen," Verlag H.C. Beck, 420 pages, February 2017