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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 ‚ā¨ 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

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

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innogy SE has sold its 49 per cent stake in the business of the Slovakian VSEH (V√Ĺchodoslovensk√° 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

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

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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

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

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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 D√ľrr AG

August 2019 - Finance . Legal Developments by Hengeler Mueller .

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As part of its sustainability-oriented refinancing D√ľrr 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 D√ľrr-hosted Blockchain and digital security technology.

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.

Hengeler Mueller advises excellence group Berlin University Alliance

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

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The Berlin University Alliance has qualified as a consortium for a funding in the Universities of Excellence competition of the German federal and state governments. With their joint proposal entitled "Crossing Boundaries toward an Integrated Research Environment", the four Berlin partners ‚Äď Freie Universit√§t Berlin, Humboldt-Universit√§t zu Berlin, Technische Universit√§t Berlin, and Charit√© ‚Äď Universit√§tsmedizin Berlin ‚Äďwere able to convince the reviewing Excellence Commission in a highly competitive process. As of November 1, 2019, they will receive up to 196 million euros for an initial period of seven years.

Hengeler Mueller advises Accel on participation in further sennder funding round

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

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Accel has, together with other co-investors, participated in the Series C funding round of the Berlin-based logistics startup company sennder. Accel had initially invested in the digital road-freight-forwarder as part of the Series B financing in spring.

Hengeler Mueller advises √ėrsted on GIP's sale of stake in offshore wind farm Gode Wind 1 to Glennmo

July 2019 - Projects, Energy & Natural Resources. Legal Developments by Hengeler Mueller .

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Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) is divesting its 50 percent stake in the German offshore wind farm Gode Wind 1. GIP has for this purpose sold a 25 percent stake in the project to each of the investors Glennmont Partners and The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited (TRIG). √ėrsted, global leader in offshore wind and developer of the wind farm, will continue to hold a 50 percent stake in the wind farm.

Hengeler Mueller advises Supervisory Board of Osram on takeover offer

July 2019 - Finance . Legal Developments by Hengeler Mueller .

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After detailed discussions, a bidding consortium composed of Bain Capital and The Carlyle Group, has presented to the Managing Board and Supervisory Board of OSRAM Licht AG ("Osram") a legally binding transaction offer for the public takeover of all the shares of Osram. Following a diligent process with the best interests for the company, the shareholders and other stakeholders in the center of consideration the Managing Board and Supervisory Board have decided to support this offer. Osram and the consortium have also concluded an investor agreement that includes comprehensive commitments. As part of the public takeover offer, shareholders are to be offered 35 euros per share in cash.

Hengeler Mueller secures merger clearance in the paper wholesale market

July 2019 - Antitrust & Competition. Legal Developments by Hengeler Mueller .

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After more than seven months of examination the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) has given clearance for the intended acquisition of OptiGroup AB's German paper distribution business bundled in Papyrus Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG by Inapa ‚Äď Investimentos, Participa√ß√Ķes e Gest√£o, S.A.  With its subsidiary Papier Union GmbH Inapa is also active in the domestic paper wholesale business.  The merger, which had been notified in November 2018, has been cleared by the Bundeskartellamt after several extensions of the examination period without any conditions or obligations.

Hengeler Mueller advises ICF BANK AG on registration as a benchmark administrator

July 2019 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Hengeler Mueller .

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ICF BANK AG Wertpapierhandelsbank has successfully completed the registration procedure as a benchmark administrator under the EU Benchmarks Regulation.

Hengeler Mueller advises Bayer on completed sale of global prescription dermatology business

July 2019 - Finance . Legal Developments by Hengeler Mueller .

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LEO Pharma completes the acquisition of Bayer’s prescription dermatology business. The transaction includes the product rights for Bayer’s global prescription dermatology business with the exception of Afghanistan and Pakistan, a production facility in Segrate, Italy, and a total of 347 employees who will join LEO Pharma in addition to the employees who joined from the United States last year.

Hengeler Mueller advises Fidelity on the acquisition of the retail business of Metzler Fund Xchange

June 2019 - Finance . Legal Developments by Hengeler Mueller .

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As of 1 January 2020 FIL Fondsbank (FFB), part of Fidelity group, will take over the retail business of Metzler Fund Exchange. The transaction, which is subject to customary regulatory conditions, comprises 50,000 customer accounts with assets of around EUR 2bn, most of which are managed by independent financial advisers and portfolio managers. FFB is one of the largest German fund platforms, administering in total around 600,000 accounts with assets of EUR 21.7 bn.

Hengeler Mueller advises METRO AG in respect to public takeover offer

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

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EP Global Commerce VI GmbH, a holding company owned by Daniel KŇôet√≠nsk√Ĺ and Patrik Tk√°ńć announced on 21 June 2019 to make a voluntary public takeover offer to the shareholders of METRO AG for the acquisition of all ordinary and preference shares. The offer shall be subject to a certain minimum acceptance threshold of all ordinary shares in METRO AG which shall be sufficient in the view of the bidder to secure approval for a domination and profit and loss transfer agreement with METRO AG after settlement of the offer. Furthermore, it will be subject to merger control clearances and other customary conditions. According to its own statements the bidder aims for full operational control over METRO AG.

Hengeler Mueller advises Sonic on sale of its interest in GLP Systems

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

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Sonic Healthcare Limited ("Sonic") (SHL.AX) has sold its indirect 85% shareholding in GLP systems GmbH ("GLP") to Abbott Laboratories ("Abbott"). Abbott has also acquired the remaining 15% interest in GLP.

Hengeler Mueller advises Axel Springer SE on strategic partnership with KKR

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

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Axel Springer SE has signed an investor agreement with a holding company owned by funds advised by investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) and investment entities controlled by Friede Springer and CEO Mathias Döpfner to create a strategic partnership.

Axel Springer wins status proceedings with Hengeler Mueller

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

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The Berlin Regional Court has rejected a claim on the appointment of employee representatives to the supervisory board of Axel Springer SE, brought by Konrad Erzberger with support of members of the works council and the labour union ver.di. In its decision, which has not yet become final, the court has come to the conclusion that the supervisory board of Axel Springer SE is correctly composed, since it consisted only of shareholder representatives before the conversion into a European Stock Corporation (SE) in order to protect the journalistic activities of the publishing house. The decisive factor was the non-co-determination practised at the time of conversion (actual vs. legally required state). This issue is of great relevance when establishing an SE and is much contested amongst Regional Courts. Although it was not crucial for the case at bar, the court indicated that Axel Springer had rightly made use of the freedom from co-determination as a result of the journalistic autonomy ("Tendenzschutz") at the time of conversion, i.e. all legal requirements had been fulfilled. Freedom from co-determination is perpetuated in the SE.

Hengeler Mueller advises Linde on sale of selected Korean assets to IMM Private Equity

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

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Linde plc has completed the sale of selected assets of Linde Korea to IMM Private Equity Inc. in connection with the recent merger between Linde AG and Praxair, Inc. and requirements of the Korea Fair Trade Commission.