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Hengeler Mueller advises Blackstone on acquisition of Dream Global

September 2019 - Real Estate & Property. Legal Developments by Hengeler Mueller .

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Hengeler Mueller, together with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in London and New York, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in Toronto and various other European local counsel, advises funds managed by The Blackstone Group LP on the acquisition of Dream Global REIT ("Dream Global"). The Canadian real estate investment trust listed in Toronto and Frankfurt holds a pan-European real estate portfolio with the majority of the properties located in Germany. The all-cash transaction is valued at CAD 6.2 bn (appr. EUR 4.2 bn) and is subject to customary conditions. It is expected to close in December 2019.

Hengeler Mueller advises owners on sale of stake in Boxine to Armira

September 2019 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Hengeler Mueller .

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The owners of Boxine GmbH, a producer and distributor of award-winning audio-systems for children, have sold a stake in the company to Munich-based industrial holding Armira and selected co-investors. The founders remain executive directors of Boxine GmbH and shareholders of the company.

Hengeler Mueller advises HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA on issuance of bond

September 2019 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Hengeler Mueller .

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HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA, one of the world's leading automotive suppliers for lighting and electronics, has successfully placed a corporate bond with a volume of € 500 million and a term of over seven years on the capital market. The coupon on the bond, which matures on 26 January 2027, is 0.5 percent.

Hengeler Mueller advises Elanco Animal Health on Bayer Animal Health Acquisition

August 2019 - Finance . Legal Developments by Hengeler Mueller .

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Elanco Animal Health Incorporated today announced it had entered into an agreement with Bayer AG to acquire its animal health business in a transaction valued at $7.6 billion. The transaction will be financed by a 70% cash/30% equity combination.

Hengeler Mueller advises innogy on sale of its stake in Slovakian VSEH to RWE

innogy SE has sold its 49 per cent stake in the business of the Slovakian VSEH (Východoslovenská energetika Holding a. s.), based in Kosice, to RWE. VSEH is a holding company whose subsidiaries are engaged in the business of electricity supply and distribution as well as retail in Slovakia.

Hengeler Mueller advises Omnicare Holding on sale of majority stake in Omnicare group to Equistone

Equistone Partners Europe ("Equistone") acquires a majority stake in Omnicare group, a German pharmaceutical wholesaler. Seller is Omnicare Holding, in which a consortium of shareholders is bundled. It will retain a significant stake in the company. The acquisition is subject to approval by antitrust authorities.

Hengeler Mueller advises Silver Lake on FlixMobility funding round

Hengeler Mueller advised Silver Lake on the latest funding round of FlixMobility, the parent company of the global mobility platforms FlixBus and FlixTrain.

Hengeler Mueller advises bank syndicate on sustainability-related refinancing of DĂĽrr AG

August 2019 - Finance . Legal Developments by Hengeler Mueller .

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As part of its sustainability-oriented refinancing DĂĽrr AG has signed a EUR 750 m syndicated credit facility. The syndicated loan consists of a cash facility of EUR 500 m and a letters of credit facility of EUR 250 m. The interest rate is inter alia adjusted subject to a sustainability rating provided by the agency Ecovadis. Considered factors include, among others, CO2 emissions and water consumption as well as fair working conditions at suppliers. The signing of the loan agreement served as a pilot project for the digitalisation of syndication processes, using a DĂĽrr-hosted Blockchain and digital security technology.

Costs incurred amending tax returns can be offset against estate tax

July 2019 - Tax & Private Client. Legal Developments by GRP Rainer LLP.

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Heirs are obligated to amend or subsequently file the testator’s incomplete or missing tax returns.

Hengeler Mueller advises Tencent on further investment in N26

July 2019 - Finance . Legal Developments by Hengeler Mueller .

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As part of an extended Series D Funding round, Tencent Holdings Ltd., one of the leading technology companies particularly in China, has increased its investment in N26 GmbH, a provider of mobile banking services. All previous investors from the Series D funding round in January 2019 have participated in this latest investment in N26.

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