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Hengeler Mueller advises Atlas Mara on squeeze-out of ADC

February 2015. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 29 January 2015, the extraordinary general meeting of ADC African Development Corporation AG resolved a squeeze-out resulting in the transfer of the minority shareholders' shares to the majority shareholder Atlas Mara Beteiligungs AG, a holding company indirectly held by London listed Atlas Mara Co-Nvest Limited (Atlas Mara). Hengeler Mueller is advising Atlas Mara on the transaction as on the voluntary public takeover offer (by way of an exchange offer) for all outstanding ADC shares last year. Thereby Atlas Mara further expedites the integration of ADC; little more than five months lapsed between the closing of the offer and the resolution upon the squeeze-out.

 

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises Bank of America Merrill Lynch on refinancing of The Squaire

January 2015. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has provided refinancing for the property The Squaire located at Frankfurt Airport.

 

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises KKR on foundation of real estate platform

January 2015. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) and Deutsche Immobilien Chancen Real Estate GmbH have founded a joint real estate company named German Estate Group AG (GEG) which shall focus on the development and acquisition of commercial property.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises Hella KGaA Hueck & Co. on going public in new and innovative Structure

December 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 31 October 2014, Hella KGaA Hueck & Co., one of the world's leading suppliers of lighting and electronic components for the automotive industry, announced its going public in an innovative and tailored structure. pdf Read more...

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Hengeler Mueller advises ImmobilienScout24 on acquisition of FLOWFACT

December 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

ImmobilienScout24 expands its activities in the field of Customer Relation Management systems (CRM) and acquires FLOWFACT AG, headquartered in Cologne. FLOWFACT AG is a leading provider of software in the real estate sector in Germany. The company was founded in 1985 and has more than 120 employees at the location in Cologne. pdf Read more... 

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Hengeler Mueller advises Siemens on Sale of Audiology Solutions business

December 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Siemens sells its Audiology Solutions business to the Swedish investor EQT and the German entrepreneurial family StrĂĽngmann as co-investor for €2.15bn plus an earn-out component. Due to the very attractive offer made by the two investors, Siemens has decided not to further pursue preparations for the public listing it announced in May. Siemens will invest €200m in preferred shares in the equity capital of the audio solutions business and will thereby be able to participate in the future success of the business.  pdf Read more...

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Hengeler Mueller advises Rabo Real Estate Group on the sale of PalaisQuartier

December 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Rabo Real Estate Group ("Rabo"), the real estate division of Rabobank with headquarters in the Netherlands, has sold the PalaisQuartier in Frankfurt am Main to funds managed by Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management. ECE is participating in the acquisition with a 10 % stake and will manage the "MyZeil" shopping centre. pdf Read more...

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Hengeler Mueller advises Axel Springer SE on repurchase of minority share in online classified busin

December 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Axel Springer and US growth investor General Atlantic have reached a binding agreement on increasing Axel Springer's share in Axel Springer Digital Classifieds GmbH from 70% to 85% with the option to purchase the remaining 15% share. Axel Springer Digital Classifieds GmbH is a strategic partnership in which Axel Springer SE currently holds a participation of 70% and General Atlantic currently holds a participation of 30%. pdf Read more...

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Hengeler Mueller advises IBM on acquisition of IT Infrastructure Business from Lufthansa

December 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

IBM has signed an outsourcing agreement with Deutsche Lufthansa under which IBM will acquire Deutsche Lufthansa's IT infrastructure business with approximately 1,400 employees and deliver IT infrastructure services to Deutsche Lufthansa over a term of seven years. The contract volume amounts to approximately €1bn for the entire term. pdf Read more... 

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Hengeler Mueller advises Supervisory Board of HAWESKO on tender offer

December 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 21 November 2014, TOCOS Beteiligung GmbH submitted a voluntary tender offer to the shareholders of HAWESKO Holding AG for the entire share capital of HAWESKO not already held by the Bidder at a price of €40 per share. The bid price values the share capital of HAWESKO at €359m. On 4 December 2014, the Management and Supervisory Board both issued an according statement in accordance to § 27 WpĂśG (German Takeover Act). pdf Read more...

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Hengeler Mueller advises Axel Springer on possible transformation into KGaA

December 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The executive board and the supervisory board of Axel Springer SE have decided to explore a change of the legal form of Axel Springer SE to a partnership limited by shares (Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien - KGaA). The proposed change aims to provide Axel Springer with more flexibility in financing future growth. The legal form of a partnership limited by shares will provide the basis required to retain the commercial influence of Axel Springer Gesellschaft fĂĽr Publizistik GmbH & Co., the majority shareholder of Axel Springer SE, also in connection with capital increases. pdf Read more... 

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Hengeler Mueller advises KKR on investment in arago

October 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

KKR, a leading global investment firm, announced an investment in arago AG ("arago"). arago is a German-based high-tech company specialised in IT automation. KKR will acquire a minority stake in arago and support the global roll-out of arago's product portfolio with growth equity.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises Bertelsmann on acquisition of full ownership of Gruner + Jahr

October 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The international media company Bertelsmann is increasing its ownership of Gruner + Jahr to 100 percent by acquiring Jahr Holding's 25.1 percent shareholding. The transaction was agreed among Gruner + Jahr's shareholders. Bertelsmann's acquisition of the remaining shares in Gruner + Jahr will become effective on November 1, 2014. The purchase price is being paid in cash, and the parties have agreed not to disclose the amount.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises LEG Immobilien AG on acquisition of portfolio of around 9,600 residential u

October 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

A subsidiary of LEG Immobilien AG ("LEG"), acting as the buyer, and Deutsche Annington Immobilien SE ("Deutsche Annington"), acting as the seller, yesterday signed an agreement for a portfolio transaction for around 9,600 residential units and related employees in North Rhine-Westphalia by way of share deal. The total transaction volume amounts to €484m. Following antitrust approval, the closing of the transaction is expected by the end of October 2014.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises Blackstone on the acquisition of MesseTurm

October 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Real estate funds managed by Blackstone ("Blackstone") have acquired the MesseTurm building in Frankfurt am Main. The completion of the sale is subject to regulatory approval.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises arrangers and underwriters on financing of planned acquisition of Sigma-Ald

October 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Merck, a leading company for high-tech products in the pharma, performance materials and life science sectors, and Sigma-Aldrich, also a leading life science and technology company, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Merck will acquire Sigma-Aldrich for €13.1bn (converted). A USD 15.6bn bridge financing has been secured for the all-cash transaction. The final financing structure will comprise a combination of cash on Merck's balance sheet, bank loans and bonds. Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan and Société Générale acted as arrangers and underwriters in respect of the financing transaction. Closing is expected in mid-year 2015, subject to regulatory approvals, approval by a special shareholders' meeting of Sigma-Aldrich and other customary closing conditions.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises Neiman Marcus Group on the acquisition of mytheresa.com

September 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire mytheresa.com, one of the world's leading online retailers for luxury fashion, from Christoph and Susanne Botschen and Acton Capital Partners. In addition, Neiman Marcus will also be acquiring the THERESA flagship luxury fashion store in Munich from the Botschen family. The transaction is expected to close later this year, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises Deutsche Bank on financing of planned acquisition of Concur Technologies In

September 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

SAP SE plans to acquire Concur Technologies Inc., a leader in the market for travel and expense (T&E) management software. SAP is financing the acquisition through a credit facility agreement in an amount of up to €7bn arranged by Deutsche Bank to cover the purchase price, target debt refinancing and acquisition-related costs. The transaction is subject to Concur stockholder approval, clearances by the relevant regulatory authorities and other customary closing conditions. It is expected to be closed in the fourth quarter of 2014 or the first quarter 2015.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises Siemens on sale of stake in BSH to Bosch

September 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Bosch and Siemens have agreed that Robert Bosch GmbH will acquire Siemens' 50 percent stake in the joint venture BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (BSH) at a purchase price of €3bn. In addition, Siemens and Bosch will each receive from BSH an additional distribution of €250m before the transaction is completed. The transaction, which still requires regulatory approval, will probably be completed in the first half of calendar year 2015. BSH will then become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bosch Group. Under the terms of the agreement, BSH will also be allowed to produce and market household appliances under the Siemens brand over the long term.

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Hengeler Mueller successfully represents Uber against prohibition order of the city of Hamburg

September 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The Administrative Court of Hamburg decided on 27 August 2014 that Uber, a provider for a smartphone-app for on-demand transportation services, may continue providing its services in Hamburg. With its decision, the Administrative Court ordered the suspensive effect of the objection against the prohibition order of the city of Hamburg. The decision of the Hamburg authorities were formally unlawful as the traffic authorities were not the responsible authority and the prohibition order could not be based on the Passenger Transportation Act (Personenbeförderungsgesetz).

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises lease receivables securitization GMEF 2

August 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

IKB Leasing GmbH (IKBL) has securitized a portfolio of lease receivables via German Mittelstand Equipment Financing SA (GMEF). The European Investment Bank (EIB) was one of the investors in the senior Class A Notes issued by GMEF.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises Wild Bunch on merger with Senator AG

August 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 24 July 2014, Wild Bunch S.A. and the listed Senator AG announced their intention to merge into a European independent film distribution company. Wild Bunch is an important player in the field of international film sales and electronic distribution with a Europe-wide network in France, Italy, Germany and Spain. Senator AG is a German film productions and distribution company producing and distributing German and international movies since the 1970s.

 

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Hengeler Mueller achieves first success against prohibition order of the city of Hamburg

August 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller has successfully reached a temporary suspension of the prohibition order of the city of Hamburg against Uber, a provider for a smartphone-app for on-demand transportation services. Uber may thus continue providing its services in Hamburg until further notice.

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Hengeler Mueller advises BSkyB on takeover offer to Sky Deutschland

July 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

BSkyB announced on 25 July 2014 that it had entered into agreements with 21st Century Fox to acquire 21st Century Fox's 57.4% stake in Sky Deutschland AG (SkyD) on a fully diluted basis and its 100% stake in Sky Italia. BSkyB also announced its intention to make a voluntary public takeover offer to the shareholders of SkyD for the purchase of their ordinary registered shares with no par value in SkyD against payment of a cash consideration of €6.75 per SkyD Share. The acquisition of 21st Century Fox's 57.4% stake in SkyD is for a consideration of €3.6bn, valuing SkyD at €6.75 per SkyD share. The total consideration for the acquisition of Sky Italia is ÂŁ2.45bn with approximately ÂŁ2.07bn to be paid in cash and the balance to be satisfied through the transfer of BSkyB's 21% stake in National Geographic Channel International to 21st Century Fox at a value of ÂŁ382m. Subject to the number of SkyD minority shareholders that accept the offer, the total cash consideration overall may be up to approximately ÂŁ7.0bn. The transactions are subject to regulatory and independent BSkyB shareholder approval. pdf Read more...

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Hengeler Mueller advises Adam Opel AG on Single OEM Structure in Europe

July 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Newly-established Opel Group GmbH assumes full responsibility as Single OEM Manufacturer for the Opel/Vauxhall business in Europe including Russia. pdf Read more...

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Hengeler Mueller advises DONG Energy on the divestment of a 50 per cent stake in Offshore Wind Farm

July 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

DONG Energy signed an agreement to sell 50% of the German offshore wind farm project Gode Wind 2 to a consortium of Danish pension funds (PKA, Industriens Pension, Lærernes Pension and Lægernes Pensionskasse). The total purchase price amounts to approximately €600m. According to the agreement, the wind farm will have a total capacity of 252 MW. DONG Energy will construct the wind farm, provide operation and maintenance services and will provide a route to market for the power production of Gode Wind 2. The purchase is subject to approval by the cartel authorities. pdf Read more...

 

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises ZEISS on syndicated loan

July 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Carl Zeiss AG, Oberkochen has concluded a €500 Mio. syndicated loan for the purpose of refinancing existing financing. ZEISS is an internationally leading technology group in the fields of optics and optoelectronics with more than 24,000 employees and about €4.2bn in revenues. pdf Read more...

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Hengeler Mueller advises DĂĽrr on acquisition of HOMAG shares

July 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Dürr AG, via its wholly-owned subsidiary Dürr Technologies GmbH, has reached agreement with several major shareholders of HOMAG Group AG (HOMAG) to acquire a total of 53.7% of HOMAG shares. The purchase price for the 53.7% of the HOMAG shares is € 219 million. An agreement was also reached with the Schuler family and the Klessmann foundation, who have so far held a 25.1% stake in HOMAG in the form of a share pool, on Dürr joining the pool. The share pool will consent to the completion of a control and/or profit and loss transfer agreement by Dürr. The execution of the purchase contracts is subject to approval by the relevant antitrust authorities. Dürr will submit a voluntary public takeover offer to the HOMAG shareholders to acquire all of the shares.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises Aalberts Industries on public offer to Impreglon shareholders

July 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Aalberts Industries N.V. has announced its intention to make a voluntary public offer to the shareholders of Impreglon SE and its agreement with the major shareholders to participate in the public offer. The public offer equals a total consideration of approximately €119m for all outstanding shares.

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Hengeler Mueller advises American & Efird Global and KPS Capital Partners on acquisition of GĂĽterma

June 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

KPS Capital Partners, LP (KPS) announced yesterday that its portfolio company American & Efird Global L.P. (A&E) will acquire substantially all of GĂĽtermann Holding SE's (GĂĽtermann) global industrial and consumer thread business. Completion of the transaction is expected on June 30, 2014 and is subject to customary closing conditions.Read more...

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Hengeler Mueller advises KKR on voluntary public tender offer to the holders of preference shares...

June 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Finedining Capital GmbH ("Finedining"), a holding company indirectly controlled by funds advised by KKR (together with affiliates, "KKR") and majority shareholder of WMF AG, announced its intention to make a voluntary public tender offer to all holders of preference shares of WMF AG for the acquisition of all non-voting bearer preference shares of WMF AG.

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Hengeler Mueller advises STRABAG on refinancing by syndicated loan

June 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

STRABAG SE, a European-based technology group for construction services, has concluded the renewal of a €2bn syndicated surety loan with a term of five years with two extension options of one year each. The credit range replaces the previous line in the same amount. The line of credit will be available to all STRABAG subsidiaries for sureties (bank guarantees) within the scope of exercising the general business activity.

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Hengeler Mueller advises banks on the issuance of a hybrid bond by WĂĽrttembergische Lebensversicher

June 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller has advised Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch and UniCredit Bank AG with respect to the issuance by WĂĽrttembergische Lebensversicherung AG of a hybrid bond in the aggregate principal amount of EUR 250m (ISIN: XS1064049767) and a repurchase offer regarding the outstanding 20NC10-Subordinated Notes (ISIN Code: XS0244204003). The decision regarding the repurchase offer was conditional upon the issue of the new hybrid bond.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Shiloh Industries on acquisition of Finnveden Metal Structures AB, Gothenbu

May 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Shiloh Industries, Inc., a global supplier of lightweighting, noise and vibration solutions, has signed a definitive agreement with FinnvedenBulten AB to acquire 100 percent of the shares of Finnveden Metal Structures AB (FMS), Gothenburg, Sweden. The acquisition, valued at SEK372.3m (approximately US$56.6m), is expected to close at the end of June.

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Hengeler Mueller advises underwriters on capital increase of Deutsche Bank AG

May 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller is advising the underwriters led by UBS Limited (Sole Process Bank), Banco Santander, S.A., Barclays Bank PLC, COMMERZBANK Aktiengesellschaft, Goldman Sachs International and J.P. Morgan Securities plc on the capital increase of Deutsche Bank AG expected to raise approximately €6.3bn (approximately €8bn including a preceding private placement).

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Hengeler Mueller advises banks on capital increase of Symrise AG

May 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Symrise AG has successfully placed 11.150.000 new shares from authorized capital with institutional investors via an accelerated bookbuilding process. As a result of the transaction, the company receives gross proceeds of around €400m, which shall be used as part of the refinancing of the bridge financing of the planned acquisition of the French Diana-Group. J.P. Morgan Securities plc was mandated as Bookrunner in the placement and COMMERZBANK Aktiengesellschaft as Co-Bookrunner. Rabobank International and SEB act as Co-Manager.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Fresenius on joint venture in Russia

May 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Fresenius Kabi is entering into a joint venture with CJSC Binnopharm, a pharmaceutical company active in Russia. The joint venture combines Fresenius Kabi's Russian and CIS business. Fresenius Kabi will hold a 51 percent stake in the new company.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Axel Springer on sale of regional newspapers as well as TV program guides..

May 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

At the end of April, the sale of Axel Springer SE's regional newspapers as well as TV program guides and women's magazines to FUNKE MEDIENGRUPPE (FMG) was completed. Previously, the Federal Cartel Office had granted approval for the transfer of program guides subject to certain conditions. To comply with these conditions, FMG has sold a number of its own program guides and some of the program guides acquired from Axel Springer to Klambt Mediengruppe.

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Hengeler Mueller advises LANXESS on capital increase

May 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On May 7, 2014, the Executive Board of LANXESS AG with the approval of the Supervisory Board resolved to increase the capital stock of LANXESS AG by approximately 10 percent of the current capital stock, by issuing new no par shares in the company and to exclude subscription rights. The issue was successfully placed with international institutional investors via an accelerated bookbuilding process without prospectus. LANXESS received total gross proceeds of around €430m.

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Hengeler Mueller advises GlaxoSmithKline on its major multiple-part interconditional transaction...

April 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller is advising GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on German corporate and real estate aspects as well as German employment and pensions aspects on two parts of the major three-part interrelated transaction with Novartis announced on 22 April 2014. The two parts of the transaction include GSK and Novartis combining their respective Consumer Healthcare businesses to form a new world-leading Consumer Healthcare business and GSK acquiring Novartis' global Vaccines business (excluding influenza vaccines) for an initial cash consideration of US$5.25bn with subsequent potential milestone payments of up to US$1.8bn and ongoing royalties.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Talanx on first secondary listing of a German company on the Warsaw Stock E

April 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Talanx AG today successfully completed its listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Following its IPO in Germany in 2012, Talanx shares are now also tradable in Warsaw (with a market capitalisation of just under €6.9bn). Talanx is the first German company with a secondary listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The transaction was carried out by way of a special transaction structure concerning tradability and certification of the shares.

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Hengeler Mueller advises GEA Group on the sale of the Heat Exchangers Segment (HX)

April 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

GEA Group, the DĂĽsseldorf based process technology and components group, has entered into a definitive agreement regarding the sale of the Heat Exchangers (HX) Segment to funds advised by Triton. Completion of the transaction is expected for the second half of 2014.

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Hengeler Mueller advises CVC on sale of Flint Group

April 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and Koch Industries have entered into a definitive agreement regarding the acquisition of Flint Group from funds advised by CVC Capital Partners. Completion of the transaction is expected for the second half of 2014.

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Hengeler Mueller advises J.P. Morgan on financing of planned acquisition of Diana Group by Symrise

April 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Symrise has announced plans to acquire Diana Group, a leading supplier of natural functional solutions for the food, pet food, nutraceuticals, aquaculture and cosmetics industries, for €1.3bn. Symrise is financing the acquisition through a syndicated loan arranged and underwritten by J.P. Morgan.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Federal Association of German Banks on model terms and conditions for Addit

April 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 10 April 2014, the German Federal Ministry of Finance (Bundesministerium der Finanzen) announced the tax treatment of Additional Tier 1 capital instruments, in particular of so-called "CoCo"-bonds, based on the model terms and conditions of the Federal Association of German Banks (Bundesverband deutsche Banken, BdB). Especially the deductibility of interest payments on these Additional Tier 1 instruments, as long-awaited by market participants, was finally confirmed.

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Hengeler Mueller advises RWE on sale of RWE Dea

April 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 16 March 2014, RWE AG announced that it had agreed terms with LetterOne Group for the sale of RWE Dea AG for an enterprise value of approximately €5.1bn. The transaction is subject to final documentation, RWE Supervisory Board approval and regulatory approval in several jurisdictions.

 

 

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises Morgan Stanley on financing of planned acquisition of Fieldglass by SAP

April 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

SAP has announced plans to acquire Fieldglass, a technology leader in cloud-based contingent workforce management. SAP is financing the acquisition partly from a syndicated facility arranged by Morgan Stanley. The transaction is subject to approval by the competent anti-trust authorities. It is expected to be closed in the second quarter of 2014.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Atlas Mara on voluntary takeover offer to ADC shareholders

April 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Atlas Mara Co-Nvest Limited (Atlas Mara) has announced that it has reached agreements to acquire a majority of ABC Holdings Limited and that it has entered into an agreement with ADC African Development Corporation AG (ADC) to make a voluntary public takeover offer (by way of an exchange offer) for all outstanding ADC shares. 

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Hengeler Mueller advises DĂĽrr on refinancing by syndicated loan

April 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Dürr AG (Dürr), a leading mechanical and plant engineering group, has signed a new €300m syndicated credit facility with a term of five years. The new syndicated loan will be used for the early refinancing of the current syndicated loan and consists of a cash credit line of €100m and a guarantee line of €200m.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Brenntag on refinancing by syndicated loan

April 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Brenntag, a leading chemicals distributor, has signed a new €1.6bn syndicated credit facility with a term of five years. At the same time, the interest margins have been reduced significantly and the volume of the credit facility has been expanded by €100m. Through the new credit facility the existing credit facility which would have expired in July 2016 is refinanced ahead of schedule. The syndicated credit facility serves as financing instrument for the Brenntag Group. Brenntag was able to secure significantly improved terms.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises RWE on sale of RWE Dea

March 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 16 March 2014, RWE AG announced that it had agreed terms with LetterOne Group for the sale of RWE Dea AG for an enterprise value of approximately €5.1bn. The transaction is subject to final documentation, RWE Supervisory Board approval and regulatory approval in several jurisdictions.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Merkur Bank on the issuance of Additional Tier 1 Capital Instruments

March 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Merkur Bank, a private bank with its head office in Munich, has increased its additional tier 1 capital. As one of the first banks in Germany, the credit institution has issued additional tier 1 capital instruments in accordance with the new regulatory requirements of the Capital Requirements Regulation and the Capital Requirements Directive IV implementing Basel III. The capital instruments are structured as perpetual bonds that are convertible into common equity tier 1 (CET 1) capital if the CET 1 capital ratio falls below 5.125%. In a first step, Merkur Bank raised €4m of additional tier 1 capital through these bonds. In the course of the year, the bank expects to issue further €2.5m additional tier 1 bonds thereby increasing its tier 1 capital by €6.5m to a total of €52m.

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Hengeler Mueller advises SMA Solar Technology AG on alliance with Danfoss A/S

March 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA/FWB: S92) and Danfoss A/S, two leading system technology specialists, have announced a strategic partnership. As part of the alliance, Danfoss acquires 20% of SMA's outstanding shares.

Danfoss acquires 6.94 million of SMA shares at a price of €43.57 per share from the SMA founders and their trusts. The transaction volume amounts to €302.38m. After completion of the transaction the freely tradable free float of the SMA share will be at 25.05%. The SMA founders and their trusts will hold 54.95% of the SMA shares after the transaction is completed. The share purchase is subject to regulatory approval. Closing of the acquisition of the shares and the cooperation contract is expected within Q3 2014.

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Hengeler Mueller advises TenneT on DolWin3 joint venture

February 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

TenneT and the Danish infrastructure investor Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) have reached an agreement on a co-investment of CIP in the offshore grid connection system DolWin3. The total investment volume of the 900 MW DC grid connection system DolWin3 (spanning over some 162 km, 83 km of which are offshore) amounts to approximately €1.9bn. CIP will contribute approximately €384m. The CIP investment is funded by the Danish pension fund PensionDanmark. Completion of DolWin3 is expected for 2017.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Bosch on aleo solar transaction

February 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

aleo solar AG today entered into an agreement to sell significant parts of the aleo solar Group's operating business, including the production sites in Prenzlau and the trademark "aleo", to SCP Solar GmbH, Hamburg.

SCP Solar GmbH is the acquiring company in a consortium comprising the Taiwanese Sunrise Global Solar Energy Co. Ltd., Pan Asia Solar Ltd. and the Japanese CHOSHU Industry Co. Ltd. Robert Bosch GmbH holds a 90.7 % stake in aleo solar AG.

The closing of the purchase agreement is subject, among others, to the conditions precedent of the approval of the antitrust authorities and the approval of the annual general meeting of aleo Solar AG. Bosch GmbH will provide financial support to aleo solar AG within the framework of this transaction and to the dissolution of the remainig business not involved in this transaction.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Blackstone on acquisition of office premises from Portigon

February 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate Partners Europe IV and Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII acquired four office buildings in the city-center of DĂĽsseldorf from Portigon AG, the legal successor of WestLB.

Blackstone ist one of the world's leading investment and advisory firms. Its alternative asset management businesses include the management of private equity funds, real estate funds, hedge fund solutions, credit-focused funds and closed-end funds. Blackstone also provides various financial advisory services, including financial and strategic advisory, restructuring and reorganisation advisory and fund placement services.

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Hengeler Mueller advises A.T.U group on comprehensive financial restructuring

February 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The German companies of A.T.U Auto-Teile-Unger, the market leader in German car repair services, have undergone a financial restructuring with senior bondholders converting most of the debt into group equity and further providing a fresh money investment in excess of €100m. The new capital structure provides for a haircut of more than €600m and a reduction of the interest burden by more than 90 %.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Haniel on sale of Celesio

January 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH (Haniel) increased its shares in Celesio from 50.01 % to 76 % and has sold the whole stake to the US healthcare services company McKesson Corporation (McKesson). Therefore, a takeover of Celesio by McKesson is now possible, after McKesson's initial public bid had failed to reach the necessary minimum acceptance threshold.

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Hengeler Mueller advises BorgWarner on takeover of Gustav Wahler GmbH & Co. KG

January 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

BorgWarner, a US-based worldwide supplier of motor vehicle parts and systems, announced that is has signed an agreement to acquire all shares in Gustav Wahler GmbH u. Co. KG and its general partner ("Wahler"), a producer of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valves, EGR tubes and thermostats. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014 subject to standard regulatory approvals.

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Hengeler Mueller advises banking syndicate on issuance of two bonds by K+S Aktiengesellschaft

January 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller has advised the banking syndicate led by BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch, DZ BANK AG Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank, Frankfurt am Main, and Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc as Joint Lead Managers with respect to the issuance by K+S Aktiengesellschaft of two bonds with a total volume of €1bn. Each of the five and the eight year tranche has an aggregate principal amount of €500m.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Vitol and Carlyle on acquisition of 45% shareholding in Bayernoil refinery

January 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Varo Energy B.V., a joint venture between the Vitol Group and the Carlyle Group, has signed an agreement to acquire the 45% stake in the German Bayernoil refinery network from OMV Deutschland GmbH. In addition to the stake in the refinery network, the transaction also includes the bitumen plant in GroĂźmehring and the wholesale business related to Bayernoil.

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Hengeler Mueller advises MTN Group for its partnership with Rocket Internet and its investments in..

January 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

South African mobile operator Mobile Telephone Networks Group (MTN) has become a shareholder in two companies of incubator Rocket Internet thereby investing in the development of e-commerce and other internet businesses in Africa and the Middle East. MTN acquires a 33.3% stake in African Internet Holding (AIH). The remaining stakes are held by Rocket Internet and Millicom International Cellular. AIH is currently already active in 13 African countries, including South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco, Ivory Coast and Ghana. In addition to the investment in AIH, MTN is acquiring a 50% stake in Middle East Internet Holding (MEIH). The total investment volume of these transactions is expected to be approximately €300m.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Aareal Bank Group on acquisition of Corealcredit Bank AG

January 2014. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Aareal Bank Group, a leading international property specialist, has signed a sale and purchase agreement for the acquisition of all of the shares of Corealcredit Bank AG with the owner, a company of US financial investor Lone Star. Corealcredit Bank AG specialises in commercial property financing in Germany. The purchase price amounts to €342m, subject to contractually agreed adjustments until the closing date. According to current planning, the transaction - which is subject to the approval of the respective authorities - shall be completed during the first half of next year.

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Hengeler Mueller advises freenet AG on refinancing by syndicated loan

December 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

freenet AG, the largest network-independent telecommunications provider in Germany, has entered into a €300m syndicated loan with a banking syndicate led by Commerzbank AG, including Bayerische Landesbank, HSH Nordbank, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Nord LB and UniCredit. The new revolving credit facility has a maturity of five years. Funds drawn may be applied towards the financing of general corporate purposes, including acquisitions.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Imtech Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG on reorganisation

December 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The new management and general work council of Imtech Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG reached an agreement in Hamburg in the past weeks on a general reconciliation of interests, several individual reconciliations of interests and social plans as well as a company agreement on compensatory payments.

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Hengeler Mueller successfully represents Afilias in dispute on top-level domain .lotto

December 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The International Centre for Expertise of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Expertise Centre) has decided that Afilias Ltd, an ICANN accredited registry operator for Internet domains, may register the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) .lotto.

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Hengeler Mueller advises ThyssenKrupp on capital increase and on settlement of financial receivable

December 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On December 2, 2013, the Executive Board of ThyssenKrupp AG with the approval of the Executive Committee of the Supervisory Board resolved to increase the capital stock of ThyssenKrupp AG by a nominal € 131,709,191.68, corresponding to 10 per cent of the current capital stock, by issuing 51,448,903 new no par shares in the company and to exclude subscription rights.

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Hengeler Mueller advises E.ON on sale of Ferngas Nordbayern

December 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

E.ON SE (E.ON) is selling Ferngas Nordbayern GmbH (FGN), a wholly owned subsidiary of E.ON, to First State European Diversified Infrastructure Fund FCP-SIF (EDIF), the European infrastructure fund of First State Investments. The transaction is still subject to approval from the German Federal Cartel Office. Read More...

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Hengeler Mueller advises Bosch on sale of parts of the solar energy division to SolarWorld

November 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Bosch has signed an agreement to sell the manufacturing operations for cells and modules in Arnstadt to SolarWorld AG.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Deutsche Telekom AG on sale of 70 percent of Scout24 to Hellman & Friedman

November 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Deutsche Telekom AG announced the signing of an agreement to sell a 70 percent stake in Scout24 Holding GmbH to Hellman & Friedman. Deutsche Telekom will retain a 30 percent stake in the Scout24 group. Hengeler Mueller is advising Deutsche Telekom on the transaction.

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Hengeler Mueller advises bank syndicate on financing of SAP AG

November 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

SAP AG (SAP) has announced the signing of a revolving credit facility. A credit facility for €2bn has been agreed for a period of five years plus two one-year extension options. The new line of credit ensures that the existing credit facility of €1.5bn which would have expired in 2015 is refinanced well in advance.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Grammer AG on refinancing by syndicated loan

November 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Grammer AG (Amberg), a leading supplier of automotive interior and seating systems, has placed its group finance on a solid long-term footing with a new syndicated loan.

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Hengeler Mueller advises BackWerk founders on sale of majority stake in BackWerk to EQT

November 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The two founders and managing partners Hans Christian Limmer and Dirk Schneider have sold a majority stake in BackWerk group to a private equity fund advised by EQT.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Haniel on sale of its Celesio shares

October 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH (Haniel) has entered into an agreement with McKesson Corporation on the sale of its 50.01 % shareholding in Celesio AG. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. McKesson subsequently announced its intention to launch a public tender offer for all Celesio AG shares as well as an acquisition offer for the convertible bonds issued by Celesio group.

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Hengeler Mueller advises LBBW Immobilien on sale of project Hofstatt to Quantum

October 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

LBBW Immobilien Management GmbH, the real property subsidiary of LBBW, has sold Hofstatt, a large retail and office property in the centre of Munich, to Quantum Immobilien Kapitalanlagegesellschaft. Quantum acquired the landmark building for a small group of German institutional investors. The investment is structured as special funds for which Quantum is to be the portfolio and asset manager. Universal-Investment-Gesellschaft will act as service KAG and take over the administration of funds.

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Hengeler Mueller advises EPISO on sale of Treptowers

October 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

EPISO, a pan-European real estate fund advised by AEW Europe and Tristan Capital Partners, has sold together with Berlin-based caleus capital investors gmbh (caleus) the Treptowers in Berlin to NIS ARB EDO Ltd., a real estate investment company. This property with the distinctive 125 metre high tower located directly on the river Spree and the listed buildings on the Hoffmann Street comprises 35,000 square metres of office space and is the highest office building in Berlin.

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Hengeler Mueller advises GĂĽnther Holding group on sale of AIM group and on acquisition of shares...

October 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

GĂĽnther Holding group, Hamburg, concluded a purchase agreement on the sale of AIM group to M.A.X. Automation AG on September 27. AIM group is active in the field of industrial automation.

At the same time, GĂĽnther Holding group has reached agreements with several shareholders of M.A.X. Automation AG on the acquisition of a holding of approximately 29.9 % in M.A.X. Automation AG.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Deutsche Bank on the financing of the acquisition by ALTANA of Rockwood’s

September 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

ALTANA, the globally operating specialty chemicals group with headquarters in Wesel/Germany, has signed an agreement to acquire the global rheology business of Rockwood Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ROC). The unit, currently part of Rockwood's "Performance Additives" segment, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of rheology additives.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Oras on acquisition of Hansa Group from IK Investment Partners

September 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Oras Group, the Scandinavian market leader for sanitary fittings, has acquired its German competitor Hansa Metallwerke AG ("Hansa") from IK Investment Partners (formerly Industri Kapital). The transaction is expected to close by the end of September 2013. Combining Oras and Hansa creates a new Oras Group (combined turnover of €260m), a Europe-wide active company. Both Oras and Hansa brands will be continued after the transaction.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Schroder Property on sale of German Logistics Portfolio

September 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Schroder Property has sold six German logistics warehouses to Prologis for a purchase price of €163m. Schroder Property manages a broad range of pan-European property funds and is a subsidiary of Schroders, one of the largest independent asset management companies with offices located all around the world. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Fresenius on acquisition of 43 hospitals from Rhön-Klinikum AG

September 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Fresenius Helios has signed a binding agreement to purchase the majority of Rhön-Klinikum AG's hospitals, acquiring 43 hospitals with a total of approximately 11,800 beds as well as 15 outpatient facilities. The purchase price of €3.07bn will be entirely debt-financed.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Ferrostaal on financing package

September 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Ferrostaal GmbH and its major subsidiaries have consolidated and extended their existing bank funding with an international consortium led by Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank. The financing package consists of various tranches of guarantees and letters of credit, on the one hand to discharge existing liabilities and on the other to allow for financing within the project business as well as the trade and services business of the Ferrostaal Group. The volume of the financing package totals approximately €220m.

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Hengeler Mueller advises GSW on Deutsche Wohnen tender offer

August 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Deutsche Wohnen AG announced a public tender offer for GSW Immobilien AG on 20 August 2013, valuing the company's equity capital at €1.75bn.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises Ăśberlandwerk Fulda AG and Gas- und Wasserversorgung Fulda GmbH on merger

August 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The merger of the regional utility companies Überlandwerk Fulda Aktiengesellschaft (ÜWAG) and Gas- und Wasserversorgung Fulda GmbH (GWV) into one large, integrated company is completed. After the transformation of ÜWAG into a GmbH, renamed to RhönEnergie Fulda GmbH, GWV as the transferring entity was merged into RhönEnergie Fulda GmbH.

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Hengeler Mueller advises OCM/Oaktree on merger between Prime Office REIT-AG and...

August 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

 ...OCM German Real Estate holding

Prime Office REIT-AG (Prime Office) and OCM German Real Estate Holding AG (OCM) entered into a business combination agreement and merger agreement on the merger of Prime Office as the transferring entity with OCM as the acquiring entity on 7 August 2013.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Pacific Andes on acquisition of Leuchtturm Beteiligungs...

July 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

A consortium of investors led by Pacific Andes has acquired all shares in Leuchtturm Beteiligungs- und Holding Germany AG from Nippon Suisan Kaisha (Nissui) and a local partner of Nissui in Germany.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Axel Springer on sale of regional newspapers as well as TV program guides..

July 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Axel Springer AG and Funke Mediengruppe have agreed on selling regional newspaper groups Berliner Morgenpost and Hamburger Abendblatt as well as its TV program guides and women's magazines to Funke Mediengruppe for €920m. In this context, joint ventures for distribution and marketing of printed and digital media shall be established.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises bank syndicate on refinancing of Schaeffler Verwaltungs GmbH

July 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Schaeffler Verwaltungs GmbH, the holding company of Schaeffler AG, has concluded a new loan agreement of €3.875bn with an international bank syndicate. As part of the transaction, Schaeffler Holding intends to issue high yield bonds, consisting of Euro and US Dollar tranches with a volume of approximately €1.5bn which will immediately be used to prepay parts of the bank loans.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises MAN SE on Domination and Profit and Loss Transfer Agreement

July 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

MAN SE and Truck & Bus GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, have concluded a domination and profit and loss transfer agreement. Subsequent to the approval by MAN SE's shareholders at the annual general meeting on June 6, 2013, the agreement became effective upon registration with the commercial register on July 16, 2013.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises Deutsche Annington Immobilien SE management on IPO

July 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 11 July 2013, Deutsche Annington Immobilien SE successfully completed its IPO with the initial listing of its shares on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

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Hengeler Mueller advises TenneT Holding B.V. on citizen bond („Bürgeranleihe Westküstenleitung

July 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advises TenneT Holding B.V: on the joint financing of the West Coast line with the citizens of Dithmarschen and Nordfriesland.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Falck Danmark A/S on acquisition of G.A.R.D. Group

July 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Falck Danmark A/S acquires G.A.R.D. Group, Germany's largest privately owned ambulance company with more than 1.300 employees at more than 40 locations and more than 400.000 operations per year. The transaction is subject to approval by the relevant cartel authorities.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises on complex internal investigations and restructuring mandate of Royal Imtec

July 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advises on complex internal investigations, including employment law consequences, and the restructuring of financial liabilities of approx. €1.3bn as well as a capital increase of €500m of the listed Royal Imtech N.V. based in Gouda (Netherlands).

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Hengeler Mueller advises OSRAM Licht AG on IPO

July 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 8 July 2013, OSRAM Licht AG successfully completed its IPO with the initial listing of its shares on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The IPO took place by way of spin-off of Siemens AG. Each Siemens shareholder received one OSRAM share per 10 Siemens shares.

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Hengeler Mueller advises BMW Bank on first securitization of auto loans

July 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller was counsel to BMW Bank GmbH on its first term securitization of German auto loans. The transaction involved the issuance of EUR 800 million asset backed securities by Luxembourg-based Bavarian Sky S.A. Compartment German Auto Loans 1.

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Hengeler Mueller advises HDI on placement of Talanx shares by means of accelerated bookbuilding

July 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

HDI Haftpflichtverband der Deutschen Industrie V.a.G. has reduced its holding in Talanx Aktiengesellschaft to approximately 79% with a placement of shares at a volume of approximately EUR 190 million.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Kabel Deutschland on takeover by Vodafone

June 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Vodafone Group Plc has announced its intention to launch a public tender offer for all shares of Kabel Deutschland AG valuing the share capital at EUR 7.7 billion (enterprise value: EUR 10.7 billion). Vodafone and Kabel Deutschland have entered into a Business Combination Agreement.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises GAGFAH on Refinancing of Gagfah

June 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advised several entities of the GAGFAH-Group on the refinancing of a securitized residential real estate loan (German Residential Funding - GRF).

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Hengeler Mueller advises EQT on sale of Springer Science+Business Media

June 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

EQT Partners, a leading private equity group has sold the scientific publisher Springer Science+Business Media to BC Partners, a private equity firm operating worldwide. The possibility of an IPO was examined parallel to the sale, so that the transaction was conducted in a dual track process.

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Hengeler Mueller advises CEWE on transformation of legal form

June 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The Annual General Meeting of CEWE COLOR Holding AG has approved the change the company's legal form into a partnership limited by shares - Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien (KGaA). The change of the legal form includes the transfer of the business currently conducted by CEWE COLOR AG & Co. OHG to CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises Grammer AG on refinancing by certificate of indebtedness

June 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Grammer AG (Amberg), a leading supplier of automotive interior and seating systems, has issued loans evidenced by certificate of indebtedness (Schuldscheindarlehen) in the amount of € 90 million which is divided into tranches of 4 and 6 years as well as fixed and variable interest rate tranches. Grammer AG is refinancing an existing loan evidenced by certificate of indebtedness of 2006 prior to maturity in August with part of the issuing proceeds.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Deutsche Bank on takeover of hybris AG by SAP

June 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

SAP, the world's leading provider of business software and hybris AG, a recognized leader in e-commerce platform technology with headquarters in Zug, Switzerland, have announced an agreement regarding the acquisition of hybris AG by SAP AG.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Bain Capital on acquisition of FTE automotive Group from PAI Partners

June 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The French financial investor PAI Partners has sold FTE automotive Group ("FTE") to the US-American financial investor Bain Capital. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

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Hengeler Mueller advises FINCA International Inc. pro bono on establishing a German branch

June 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

FINCA International Inc. (FINCA) has established a German branch of FINCA Network Support B.V., a Dutch subsidiary with offices in Germany, Georgia, Guatemala, Uganda and Tanzania. FINCA Network Support B.V. provides operational support services to FINCA subsidiaries worldwide.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Siemens on actions by shareholders to set aside the resolution on...

May 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

the spin-off of OSRAM 

On 23 January 2013, the Annual Shareholders' Meeting of Siemens Aktiengesellschaft resolved on the approval of the Spin-off and Transfer Agreement entered into between OSRAM Licht AG and Siemens Aktiengesellschaft. Various shareholders brought actions to set aside and annul the resolution, which were served at the beginning of the month of April. Siemens initiated a so-called clearance procedure pursuant to section 16 (3) of the German Transformation Act (Umwandlungsgesetz) to overcome the impact of these actions blocking the entry into effect of the spin-off. By decision of 10 April 2013, the Higher Regional Court of Munich granted the request for clearance. The actions thus no longer impede the entry into effect of the spin-off.

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Hengeler Mueller advises BayernLB on sale of majority stake in GBW

May 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

BayernLB has sold its take of approx. 92 per ent in GBW AG to a consortium led by PATRIZIA Immobilien AG.

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Hengeler Mueller advises CVC on acquisition of majority in ista

May 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Funds advised by CVC Capital Partners has have announced to acquire a majority stake in ista Deutschland GmbH, an energy service provider in Essen, from funds advised by Charterhouse Development Capital Limited. Back in summer 2007, Charterhouse had acquired a majority stake in ista Deutschland GmbH. Funds advised by CVC had then kept a minority stake.

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Hengeler Mueller advises EBA Clearing on MyBank solution

May 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

EBA CLEARING announced the launch of its pan-European e-authorisation solution "MyBank" for online payments.

MyBank is an electronic authorisation solution that makes it easier and safer to sell and buy goods and services over the Internet all across Europe. MyBank enables customers to pay for their online shopping via the online banking of their payment service provider. The solution is open to all authorised payment service providers in the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) including, without limitation, credit institutions and payment institutions. MyBank supports the initiation of e-payments via the SEPA instruments. The solution is expandable and may at a later stage also be used for transactions in other currencies or for e-identity services.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Blackstone on sale of Berlin residential real estate portfolio to...

May 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advises Blackstone on sale of Berlin residential real estate portfolio to Deutsche Wohnen

Affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate Partners Europe III have agreed to sell a residential real estate portfolio comprising approx. 6,900 residential units in Berlin to Deutsche Wohnen. The purchase price is € 369 million comprised of cash of € 260 m and additional shares, making the Blackstone affiliates a 5 per cent shareholder in Deutsche Wohnen. The completion of the transaction is conditional on antitrust clearance and other customary closing conditions.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Bertelsmann on secondary public offering of RTL Group shares...

May 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advises Bertelsmann on secondary public offering of RTL Group shares at Frankfurt Stock exchange In a secondary public offering, the international media company Bertelsmann listed RTL Group shares at the Frankfurt Stock exchange.

The offering comprised 25.5 million existing ordinary shares including an over-allotment option of 2.3 million ordinary shares. At the price of €55.50 per share, this results in gross proceeds to Bertelsmann of approximately €1.4 billion. Following the placement, Bertelsmann will hold 75.1 per cent of RTL Group’s ordinary shares, assuming full placement of the over-allotment option, and remain a majority shareholder of RTL Group. The total share capital of RTL Group has been admitted to the regulated market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, in addition to the existing listings on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and Euronext Brussels.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Foot Locker on acquisition of Runners Point Group

May 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Foot Locker, Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Runners Point Warenhandelsgesellschaft mbH from HANNOVER Finanz. The transaction is subject to merger control approval in Germany.

Foot Locker, Inc. is a listed New York-based specialty athletic retailer. Runners Point Warenhandelsgesellschaft mbH operates specialty athletic stores and an online retailer based in Recklinghausen, Germany.

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Hengeler Mueller together with Best Friends wins the European Tax Disputes Firm...

May 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller together with Best Friends wins the European Tax Disputes Firm of the Year Award

Hengeler Mueller, together with its Best Friends firms Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, Bredin Prat, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Slaughter and May, and Uría Menéndez, has won the European Tax Disputes Firm of the Year Award at the European Tax Awards 2013.

The European Tax Awards are given by International Tax Review to firms that demonstrate examples of client work of the highest quality in Europe. They are judged according to size, innovation and complexity.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Commerzbank on capital measures in a total amount of €2.5 billion

March 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 14 March 2013, Commerzbank AG announced that it will make an early repayment in full of the silent participations held by the Financial Market Stabilisation Fund (SoFFin) of about €1.6 billion as well as by Allianz of €750 million. The measures planned for this purpose comprise a combined cash capital increase/capital increase through contributions in kind with subscription rights in the amount of €2.5 billion as well as a capital decrease and 10:1 share consolidation. The capital increase is to be approved at the annual general meeting of Commerzbank, which was moved forward to 19 April 2013. After the completion of the transaction, SoFFin's shareholding in Commerzbank is expected to decrease from currently 25% plus one share to below 20%.

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Hengeler Mueller advises CMC Capital on refinancing of shopping centre Hamburg-Altona

March 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

CMC Shopping Center Altona GmbH, which is held by the Irish investor CMC Capital, has signed a € 56 million refinancing agreement with HSH Nordbank.

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Hengeler Mueller advises FAZ on acquisition of Frankfurter Rundschau

March 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The Bundeskartellamt has cleared plans by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH respectively Frankfurter Societät GmbH, to acquire the publishing business of the daily newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau from the insolvent Druck- und Verlagshaus Frankfurt am Main.

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Hengeler Mueller advises LEG Immobilien AG on IPO

February 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

LEG Immobilien AG has successfully completed its IPO with the initial listing of its shares on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

LEG Immobilien AG is a real estate company in North Rhine-Westphalia comprising real estate assets of more than 90,000 residential units.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Bank Syndicateon Refinancing of Continental

February 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller has advised an international bank syndicate in connection with a € 4.5 billion syndicated facilities agreement for the international automotive supplier Continental AG.

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Hengeler Mueller advises GAGFAH on Refinancing of WOBA Dresden

February 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advised WOBA Dresden, a GAGFAH Group entity, on the refinancing of a residential real estate loan securitized in the Windermere IX and DECO 14 conduits. The new loan, arranged by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, has a term of 5 years und a volume of more than € 1 billion. The transaction marks the first single loan provided to a housing association in an amount exceeding the one billion threshold since the outbreak of the financial crisis.

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Hengeler Mueller represents Rockwool in Administrative Court regarding CE marking of buildin...

February 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The Gelsenkirchen Administrative Court decided after years of litigation, on 10 December 2012, that the mineral wool insulation materials produced by the Rockwool Group which fall within the scope of the DIN EN 13162 European standard do not require any further approvals in national technical approval procedures of the States (”Länder”) either in relation to the retail market or their use in buildings (e.g. section 21 Building Regulations for North Rhine-Westphalia (Bauordnung für das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen – BauO NRW)).

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Hengeler Mueller advises SSC on Refinancing of Schloss-StraĂźen Center Berlin

February 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The shopping center at Schlossstraße in Berlin opened 2007 and comprises 17,000 square metres sales floor. The owner Grundstücksgesellschaft Einkaufszentrum Schloss-Straßen Center Berlin mbH & Co. KG (SSC), which is held by the Irish investor CMC Capital, has signed a € 72 million refinancing agreement with HSH Nordbank.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Axel Springer AG on transformation into European Company

February 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The management board of Axel Springer AG has decided to start preparations for transformation of the company into a European Company (Societas Europaea). The general meeting on 24 April 2013 will decide on the transformation upon presentation of the respective resolution proposals by the management and supervisory boards. It is intended to implement the change of legal form before the end of this year.

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Hengeler Mueller advises RWE AG on the start of RWE Generation SE

February 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

RWE AG pooled its generation activities of coal, nuclear, water and gas power as well as biomass in Germany, the Netherlands and UK within RWE Generation SE as of January 1, 2013. The company in form of a European corporation (Societas Europaea, SE) is based in Essen and manages a power generation capacity of around 50,000 megawatts at more than 50 sites across Western Europe and has some 18,000 employees.

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Hengeler Mueller advises RWE Deutschland AG on the Re-Pooling of the Grid Business

January 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Starting 1 January 2013, RWE Deutschland AG is re-pooling the grid business in Germany. Three new companies will start operative business within RWE Deutschland AG:

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Hengeler Mueller advises Bregal Capital on acquisition of LR Group

January 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

A consortium formed by the London-based private equity firm Bregal Capital and Frankfurt-based investment firm Quadriga Capital has entered into an agreement on the acquisition of LR Health & Beauty Systems Group from funds advised by Apax Partners Group. The parties agreed not to disclose the purchase price. This transaction is still subject to approval by the relevant antitrust authorities.

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Hengeler Mueller represents TenneT TSO in appeal proceedings...

January 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

against the Federal Network Agency’s decision to refuse the TSO certification

The German electricity transmission system operator TenneT TSO challenges the decision of the Federal Network Agency to deny the TSO certification by filing an appeal with the Higher Regional Court DĂĽsseldorf.  

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Hengeler Mueller advises Germanischer Lloyd on merger with DNV

January 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

An agreement has been signed to merge Germanischer Lloyd (GL) with the Norwegian company DNV. Mayfair SE, the owner of GL, will hold 36.5% of the new company.

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Hengeler Mueller advises the National Organisation of Music Promoters (BVMV) in respect of the...

January 2013. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

GEMA collective agreement

In March this year, the collecting society of music authors GEMA announced its so-called tariff reform, which led to vehement public protests. All events in clubs, discotheques, music bars, hotels and restaurants, dancing schools, vaudeville locations, cabarets, circuses as well as city and street festivals are affected by this tariff reform.

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Hengeler Mueller advises GEA Group on conditioned capital increase as provided for...

December 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

under a settlement of appraisal proceedings

GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft finalised the conditions of a settlement ofcourt proceedings aimed at the appraisal of shareholders concluded before the Dortmund Regional Court in January 2012 by issuing the last of three tranches of shares on 3 December 2012.

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Hengeler Mueller advises METRO on sale of real,- business in Eastern Europe

December 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 30 November 2012 METRO GROUP signed an agreement with the French retailer Groupe Auchan on the sale of Real's business in Eastern Europe.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Redknee on acquisition of Business Support Systems from NSN

December 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Redknee Solutions Inc. has reached an agreement with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to acquire Nokia Siemens Networks' Business Support Systems (BSS) business.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Grammer AG on increase and prolongation of credit facility agreement

December 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Grammer AG (Amberg), a leading supplier of automotive interior and seating systems, has increased its credit facility agreement from an amount of € 78.5 million to € 110 million and prolonged the term of the credit facility agreement by one year to 2015.

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Hengeler Mueller names four new partners and four new counsels

December 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller appointed Philipp Hanfland (Fankfurt am Main), Simon Patrick Link (Munich), Christian Schmies (Frankfurt am Main) and Christian Wentrup (DĂĽsseldorf) as new partners of the firm with effect as from 1 January 2013.

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Hengeler Mueller advises OSI Group, LLC (Chicago) and OSI Europa on refinancing

December 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advised OSI Group, LLC (Chicago) and OSI Europa in connection with a comprehensive refinancing via conclusion of a syndicated loan agreement amounting to USD 1.25 billion.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Fusheng Industrial on acquisition of ALMiG

December 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Fusheng Industrial Co. Ltd. acquires the German compressor manufacturer ALMiG Kompressoren GmbH.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Tennet TSO on 1.400 Megawatt-Interconnector between Norway and Germany

December 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

TenneT TSO GmbH, transmission system operator for the German North Sea region,the Norwegian ower grid operator Statnett and KfW IPEX-Bank on behalf of KfW have concluded a cooperation agreement to develop and construct a subsea cable between Germany and Norway.

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Hengeler Mueller receives Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year Award

November 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

At the occasion of the yearly Juve Award ceremony at the Frankfurter Oper, Hengeler Mueller received the Law Firm of the Year Award for Dispute Resolution by JUVE Verlag. In her laudation, Presenter Judith Rakers highlighted in particular:

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Hengeler Mueller advises JCDecaux on acquisition of stake in Russ Outdoor

November 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On October 22, 2012, JCDecaux SA reached an agreement with a syndicate of Russian investors led by VTB Private Equity on the acquisition of a 25% stake in Russ Outdoor, an outdoor advertiser in Russia.

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Hengeler Mueller advises ARRI Co-Founder on sale of his share

November 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Robert Arnold, the son of one of the co-founders of ARRI AG,is selling his 50% share in the company to Stahl Beteiligungs-GmbH, which is owned by the grandchildren of co-founder Robert Richter, the Stahl / Richter family.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Viessmann Heiztechnik on acquisition of Viessmann Kältetechnik

November 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Viessmann GmbH & Co. KG (Viessmann Heiztechnik) has announced that it will acquire 100% of the shares in Viessmann Kältetechnik AG in Hof from Hans Viessmann Technologie Stiftung.

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Hengeler Mueller advises LBBW and Accumulata on sale of Palais an der Oper

November 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

LBBW Immobilien Management GmbH, Stuttgart, and Accumulata Immobilien Development GmbH, Munich, have sold the Palais an der Oper in Munich to a group of private investors.

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Hengeler Mueller advises LEG NRW on acquisition of GAGFAH residential units

November 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

A subsidiary of LEG NRW GmbH has concluded an agreement with GAGFAH Group for the acquisition of 1,244 GAGFAH residential units.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Talanx AG on IPO

November 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Talanx AG has successfully completed its IPO with today's initial listing of the shares on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on Bornemann Pumps sale

November 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

ITT Corporation has acquired Joh. Heinr. Bornemann GmbH (Bornemann Pumps). Bornemann is a leading supplier of pumps for the oil and gas industry.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Informatica on acquisition of Heiler Software AG by public tender offer

November 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Informatica Corporation announced today its decision to make a voluntary public takeover offer to the shareholders of Heiler Software AG.

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Hengeler Mueller advises ElectronicPartner on investment in notebooksbilliger.de

November 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Electronic Partner SE and notebookbilliger.de AG have concluded a comprehensive cooperation,which involves ElectronicPartner acquiring a stake in the online retailer.

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More Chinese acquisitions expected in Germany

October 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On the occasion of the China Day, supported by Hengeler Mueller and organised by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) at the IAA 2012,Christian Möller, partner for M&A and member of the Hengeler Mueller's China Desk, said, "After the successful takeovers of German companies by Chinese buyers, we expect further transactions in the next twelve months,...

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Hengeler Mueller advises Madison Capital Partners on sale of KraussMaffei to Onex

October 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Funds managed by Madison Capital Partners, have concluded an agreement on the sale of KraussMaffei Group, operating in production of plastics machinery, to funds managed by Onex Partners Advisors.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Weichai Power on strategic alliance with KION Group

September 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Weichai Power Ltd. (Weichai) has entered into a strategic alliance with KION Group GmbH (KION). Under the terms of the agreement, Weichai will invest a total of € 738 million to acquire a 25% stakein KION via capital increase and a 70% majority stake in KION's hydraulic business.

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Hengeler Mueller advises co-owners on sale of Aenova Group

August 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The co-owners of Aenova Group, Andreas and Peter Greither, have agreed together with majority owner Bridgepoint Capital on the complete sale of Aenova Group to private equity firm BC Partners.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Carl Zeiss AG on sale of Carl Zeiss Optronics GmbH

August 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Today Carl Zeiss AG announced to sell its business division military and security optics, which is concentrated in Carl Zeiss Optronics GmbH, to the defence and security division Cassidian of EADS Group.

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Hengeler Mueller advises SK Innovation on joint venture with Continental

August 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On July 23, 2012, the South Korean SK Innovation Co., Ltd. has concluded a joint venture agreement with Continental AG and has agreed on a worldwide cooperation for powering electric vehicles.

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Hengeler Mueller advises IRE Beteiligungs GmbH on restructuring of ALNO AG

August 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

ALNO AG, a leading German kitchen manufacturer, is implementing a comprehensive financing and capital concept.

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Hengeler Mueller advises PHOENIX Pharmahandel GmbH & Co. KG on refinancing

August 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller has advised PHOENIX Pharmahandel, one of the leading European pharmaceutical wholesalers, in connection with the conclusion of EUR 1.35 billion syndicated loan facilities.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Porsche on integration into VW Group

August 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The relevant governing bodies of Porsche Automobil Holding SE and Volkswagen AG approved the accelerated creation of an integrated automotive group consisting of Porsche and Volkswagenon July 4, 2012.

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Hengeler Mueller advises KKR on takeover of WMF

August 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

A holding company controlled by funds advised by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP. acquired on July 6, 2012, the majority of shareholdings in WMF WĂĽrttembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG from Crystal Capital GmbH, a holding company of Capvis Equity II L.P.fund.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Postbank on sale of Asset Management activities to DWS

July 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 15 June 2012 Postbank signed an agreementto sell its Asset Management activities to DWS Group.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Melrose PLC in connection with the proposed takeover of Elster Group SE

July 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 29 June 2012, Melrose PLC announced that is has reached agreement with Elster Group SE on the terms of a recommended proposal whereby Mintford AG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Melrose, will acquire for cash the entire issued ordinary share capital of Elster Group SE.


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Hengeler Mueller advises Kabel Deutschland on aquisition of Tele Columbus

July 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Kabel Deutschland Holding AG ("Kabel Deutschland") has entered into a purchase agreement with Tele Columbus GmbH ("Tele Columbus") to acquire the Tele Columbus Group.

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Hengeler Mueller advises financing banks on Ariba takeover by SAP

July 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

SAP AG, the world's largest leading provider of business software, and Ariba Inc., the market-leading provider of cloud-based trading networks, have signed a merger agreement to acquire Ariba, Inc.

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Hengeler Mueller advises insolvency administrator on sale of crenox GmbH in administration

July 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The administrator of the insolvent crenox GmbH, Eberhardt Stock, has concluded an asset deal agreement with Sachtleben Pigment GmbH and its parent company Sachtleben GmbH on the sale of the entire business of crenox GmbH to Sachtleben Pigment GmbH.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Perella Weinberg on sale of indirect participation in mfi AG

July 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Perella Weinberg Real Estate Fund I (PWREF) and Unibail-Rodamco SE (UR) have signed an agreement on the sale of a 51% stake in the holding company owing 90.4% of mfi management fĂĽr immobilien AG (mfi).

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Hengeler Mueller advises AHG on further sale of hospital

July 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

AHG Allgemeine Hospital Gesellschaft AG, DĂĽsseldorf, has sold another hospital.

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Hengeler Mueller advises WestLB on final agreement relative to the tranformation

July 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Pursuant to a framework agreement signed on June 3, 2012, the owners of WestLB and the German Financial Market Stabilisation Agency (FMSA) as well as the management boards of WestLB, Helaba and Erste Abwicklungsanstalt (EAA) have agreed a timetable for realisation of the transformation process of WestLB.

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Hengeler Mueller advises BorgWarner on sale of BERU's spark plug business to Federal-Mogul Corp.

July 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On July 2, 2012, BorgWarner Inc. has announced to sell BERU's spark plug business at manufacturing facilities in Neuhaus (Germany) and Chazelles (France) to Federal-Mogul Corporation.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA on capital increase of approx. € 1 billion

July 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller is advising Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA on its capital increase. The company issues 13.8 million new shares with gross proceeds of approx. € 1 billion.

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Hengeler Mueller advises HUGO BOSS on conversion of preference shares into ordinary shares...

July 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advises HUGO BOSS on conversion of preference shares into ordinary shares and conversion into registered shares

The Annual General Meeting of HUGO BOSS has resolved on 3 May 2012 to convert all preference shares into ordinary shares and to convert the existing bearer shares into registered shares.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Natixis on the foundation of a German Pfandbrief bank

July 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Natixis S.A. intends to establish a German Pfandbrief bank. An application for the necessary licence has been made to the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin).


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Hengeler Mueller advises Glory on acquisition of Talaris Group

June 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller, working in an integrated team with best friend partner firms Slaughter and May (UK), Bredin Prat (France) and Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (Japan), is advising Glory Limited on the German law aspects of its takeover offer to Carlyle and management shareholders to acquire the Talaris group of companies for approx. € 780 million.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Cameco on acquisition of Nukem

June 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Cameco announced it has signed an agreement with Advent International to purchase NUKEM Energy GmbH (NUKEM), one of the world's leading traders and brokers of nuclear fuel products and services.

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Hengeler Mueller advises E.ON on sale of Open Grid Europe GmbH

June 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

E.ON AG sold the operating company of its German gas transportation network to a consortium of Macquarie European Infrastructure Fudn 4, Infinity Investments, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation and MEAG Munich ERGO Asset Management.

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Hengeler Mueller advises M-real Corporation and M-real Zanders GmbH on part-closure of factory

June 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

M-real Corporation (Finland) and M-real Zanders GmbH have reached a settlement with the works council of factory GohrsmĂĽhle (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany) before conciliation board relative to upcoming restructuring of the company for paper industry.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Fresenius on acquisition of Rhön-Klinikum AG by public tender offer

June 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Fresenius announced today its intention to make a voluntary publice takeover offer to Rhön-Klinikum AG shareholders.

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Hengeler Mueller advises EuroChem on acquisition of K+S Nitrogen

June 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

EuroChem have signed an agreement with K+S Aktiengesellschaft regarding the acquisition of K+S Nitrogen, a leading supplier of nitrogenous fertilizers.

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Hengeler Mueller advises TKH Group N.V. on voluntary public takeover offer...

June 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advises TKH Group N.V. on voluntary public takeover offer to shareholders of AUGUSTA Technologie AG

On April 3, 2012, TKH Group N.V. (TKH) has announced to make, through its wholly-owned subsidiary TKH Technologie Deutschland AG, a voluntary public takeover offer to all shareholders of AUGUSTA Technologie AG (AUGUSTA) for all outstanding shares in AUGUSTA.

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Hengeler Mueller advises GlaxoSmithKline on sale of European Healthcare OTC portfolio

June 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller, working in an integrated team with Slaughter and May and Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, advised GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on the divestment of a European portfolio of Healthcare OTC products to OmegaPharma N.V.

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Hengeler Mueller advises adidas on convertible bond amounting to € 500 million

April 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advises adidas AG on the issue of a convertible bond amounting to € 500 million.

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Hengeler Mueller advises AHG on sale of hospitals

April 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

AHG Allgemeine Hospital Gesellschaft AG has sold two hospitals comprising the hospital for orthopaedics and rheumatology in Bad Freienwalde, Germany as well as the behavourial medical rehabilitation centre for cardiology, angiology and neurology in Wolletzsee. Both divestitures are related to the closing of business division Somatik by AHG.

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Hengeler Mueller advises DONG Energy on the divestment of a 50% stake...

April 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advises DONG Energy on the divestment of a 50% stake in Offshore Wind Park Borkum Riffgrund 1 to KIRKBI A/S and Oticon Foundation DONG Energy signed an agreement for the sale of a 50 per cent stake in the German offshore wind park Borkum Riffgrund 1 with KIRKBI A/S and Oticon Foundation.

The purchase price amounts to € 627 million.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Aurubis AG on refinancing

April 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

MDAX-listed Aurubis AG (Hamburg), the leading integrated copper group and th world's largest cooper recycler, has executed a € 350,000 five year revolving credit facility.

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Hengeler Mueller advises E.ON on sale of its stake in HEAG SĂĽdhessische Energie AG (HSE)

March 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

E.ON Ruhrgas AG sold its 40% stake in HEAG SĂĽdhessishce Energie AG (HSE) to the municipal holding company HEAG Holding AG - Beteiligungsmanagement der Wissenschaftsstadt Darmstadt (HEAG). With the purchase HEAG will increase its interest in the local energy supplier to approximately 93%.

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Hengeler Mueller advises LBBW on sale of LBBW Immobilien GmbH

March 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The Board of Managing Directors and the Supervisory Board of Landesbank Baden-WĂĽrttemberg (LBBW) have decided on the sale of LBBW Immobilien GmbH and its 21,000 housing units to an investor consortium led by Patrizia Immobilien AG.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Siemens on equity linked bonds with warrants totalling 3 bn U.S. dollars

March 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advises Siemens on its issuance of U.S. dollar denominated bonds with warrants. To the bonds issued by Siemens Financieringsmaatschappij N.V. and guaranteed by Siemens AG warrants issued by Siemens AG are attached.

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Hengeler Mueller advises bank syndicate on refinancing of Schaeffler Group

February 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Schaeffler AG, a renowned supplier of the automotive industry and the world's leading supplier of mounting rolling bearings and linear products, has concluded a new loan agreement of € 8 billion with a bank syndicate comprising BNP Paribas, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, JP Morgan, LBBW, Royal Bank of Scotland and UniCredit.

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Hengeler Mueller again in the Antitrust Global Elite

February 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

For the second time, Hengeler Mueller has been ranked as one of the leading 20 law firms in the world for antitrust and competition law by the renowned UK publisher Global Competition Review (GCR), thereby becoming a number of the "Global Elite".

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Hengeler Mueller advises HeidelbergCement on extension of credit facility

February 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller has advised HeidelbergCement AG on the extension of its € 3 billion cash and letter of credit facility provided by an international bank syndicate until 31 December 2015.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Lekkerland on sale of Convenience Concept GmbH to Valora

February 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On January 27, 2012 Lekkerland Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG, belonging to Lekkerland Group, has sold all shares in Convenience Concept GmbH to Valora Retail Convenience GmbH, a subsidiary of stock-listed Valora Holding AG headquartered in Switzerland.

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Hengeler Mueller advises ThyssenKrupp on Stainless Steel Transaction with Outokumpu

February 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On January 31, 2012 ThyssenKrupp announced a transaction combining TK's stainless steel business Inoxum with the Finnish stainless steel producer Outokumpu. In May 2011 ThyssenKrupp had published its intentions to carve out their Stainless Global division and to pursue an IPO, a spin-off or a sale of the divison.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Medion AG on Domination and Profit and Loss Transfer Agreement

January 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Medion AG and Lenovo Germany Holding GmbH, a subsidiary of the Hong Kong stock exchange listed Lenovo Group Ltd., have concluded a domination and profit and loss transfer agreement. Subsequent to the approval by Medion's shareholders at an extraordinary general meeting on December 14, 2011, the agreement became effective upon registration with the commercial register in January 2012.

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Hengeler Mueller advises M-real on sale of Premium Paper Business

January 2012. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On January 13, 2012, M-real Oyi, part of Metsäliitto Group, agreed to sell its high-quality premium paper business in Düren, Germany (Reflex Mill) to Hahnemühle Fine Art Group through its affiliate M-real Zanders GmbH. Premium paper products are used in high-quality graphical end-uses, such as letterhead, brochures, boosk, calendars and envelopes.

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Hengeler Mueller advises financing bank on SuccessFactors takeover by SAP

December 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 3 December 2011, SAP AG, the world's leading provider of business software, and SuccessFactors, Inc., the market-leading provider of cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solutions, announced that SAP's subsidiary, SAP America, Inc., has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SuccessFactors.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on German-Czech merger into a Dutch SE

December 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

German WIBO Holding GmbH and Czec Linet Holding sro have merged their entire business of manufacturing and sale of hospital beds and beds for special needs into a Dutch law SE (Societas Europaea). WIBO Holding GmbH already held an interest in the activities of its Czech partner. The combined actitivities of the partners (both family-owned companies) have now been grouped under a joint holding company in the form of an SE registered in Holland with various subsidiaries, most of which are in Europe.

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Hengeler Mueller advises BorgWarner BERU Systems on sale of Tire Pressure Monitoring System

December 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

BorgWarner BERU Systems GmbH has sold the business division Tire Pressure Monitoring System to Huf Group.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Deutsche Bank on cross-border merger of Deutsche Bank ZRt. (Hungary) and...

December 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advises Deutsche Bank on cross-border merger of Deutsche Bank ZRt. (Hungary) and Deutsche Bank (Portugal) S.A.

Deutsche Bank AG has converted two of its subsidiaries into branch offices as part of a pilot transaction. This conversion was carried out by way of a cross-border merger out of Hungary and Portugal. The business operations of the former Portuguese and Hungarian subsidiaries will, in future, both be conducted by a branch office. This is the first transaction of its kind in the German banking sector.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on financing and corporate structuring of ONE Goethe Plaza

December 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

A joint venture of Luxembourg-based private equity company FREO and AREA Property Partners has acquired the project ONE Goethe Plaza, Frankfurt's new prime retail location featuring a selection of luxury fashion labels located directly on the Goetheplatz and anchored by Louis Vuitton. German FREO GmbH is acting as local development manager of the project.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on sale of "Märksiche Allgemeine"

December 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH has sold its 100 percent shareholding in Märkische Verlags- udn Druck-Gesellschaft mbH Potsdam (MVD) to the media group Madsack. MVD publishes the Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung, with an average of 142,552 sold copies the largest subscription newspaper in the regional state of Brandenburg. The transaction is subject to approval by the German Federal Cartel Office.

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Hengeler Mueller advises DONG Energy on acquisition of project rights...

December 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advises DONG Energy on acquisition of project rights for offshore wind farm Borkum Riffgrund West 1

DONG Energy has acquired the project rights for the offshore wind farm Borkum Riffgrund West 1 from Energiekontor AG. The wind farm could potentially consist of up to 80 turbines with a total capacity of up to 400 MW.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Wallace Properties S.Ă .r.l. on financing

November 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Wallace Properties S.Ă .r.l. (Luxembourg), a real estate company of private equity fund Corestate German Residential Ltd., managed by Corestate Capital AG, has refinanced a real estate loan ahead of time until 30 September 2014.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Grammer AG on reorganisation of group financing

September 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Grammer AG (Amberg), a leading supplier of automotive interior and seating systems, has issued loans evidenced by certificate of indebtedness (Schuldscheindarlehen) in the amount of € 55 million which is dividedinto three tranches with terms of three, five and seven years.

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Hengeler Mueller advises EPISO on acquisition of Treptowers, Berlin's highest office building

August 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

EPISO, a pan-European real estate fund advised by AEW Europe and Tristan Capital Partners, has acquired together with Berlin-based caleus capital investors gmbh (caleus) the Treptowers in Berlin from a subsidiary of Allianz, represented by Alliance Real Estate Germany GmbH.

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Hengeler Mueller advises EPH on acquisition of stake in Mibrag from CEZ

August 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The Czech energy and industrial holding EnergetickĂ˝ a PrumyslovĂ˝ Holding ("EPH") and the Czech power conpany CEZ have concluded an agreement on the acquisition of CEZ's 50% stake in Mitteldeutsche Braunkohlegesellschaft mbh ("MIBRAG") by EPH.


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Hengeler Mueller advises SMS on takeover offer for elexis

August 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 18 July 2011, SMS GmbH announced that it has successfully completed the regular acceptance period for the voluntary public offer to the shareholders of elexis AG to acquire all issued shares of elexis AG against payment of EUR 20.50 per share.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Eurohypo AG in establishing a U.S. issuance programme for Pfandbriefe

August 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On July 13, 2011 Eurohypo Aktiengesellschaft established a U.S. Medium Term Notes Programme for the issuance of Pfandbriefe (bonds backed by mortgage and public sector loans) arranged by Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft. 

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Hengeler Mueller advices CITIC Dicastal on the acquisition of KSM Castings Group

August 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

CITIC Dicastal Wheel Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Qinhuangdao/China has agreed to acquire the KSM Castings Group based in Hildesheim/Germany from funds advised by Cognetas and management. With production facilities across Europe and China,

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Hengeler Mueller advises WestLB on Restructuring

July 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The shareholders of WestLB AG have reached an agreement with the German Federal Agency for Financial Market Stabilisation (Bundesanstalt fĂĽr Finanzmarktstabilisierung), Erste Abwicklungsanstalt and WestLB AG on a framework for the restructuring plan of WestLB AG.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Pacific Andes on aquisition of Icelandic Group's operations

July 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

A consortium of investors led by Pacific Andes signed an agreement with Icelandic Group on 1 June 2011 on the acquisition of its operations in France and Germany.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Pfleiderer on the conclusion of a restructuring agreement

July 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advises Pfleiderer on the conclusion of a restructuring agreement First debt/equit swap of bond under new bond law.

The listed Pfleiderer AG has concluded a framework agreement with its major financial creditors on the financial restructuring of the Pfleiderer Group.


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Hengeler Mueller advises RWE on sale of majority stake in transmission grid operator Amprion

July 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

RWE AG has sold a majority stake in its subsidiary Amprion GmbH to an investor consortium advised by Commerz Real AG.


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Hengeler Mueller advises Medion AG on takeover offer by Lenovo

June 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Today, Lenovo Germany Holding GmbH, a subsidiary of Lenovo Group Limited, has announced its intention to launch a public takeover offer for all outstanding shares of Medion AG for â‚¬ 13.00 per share in cash.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Companhia SiderĂşrgica Nacional, Brazil, on acquisition of Stahlwerk...

June 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advises Companhia SiderĂşrgica Nacional, Brazil, on acquisition of Stahlwerk ThĂĽringen GmbH

Companhia SiderĂşrgica Nacional (CSN), a leading Latin American steel producer with stock-market listings in SĂŁo Paulo and New York, has acquired steel and cement plants in Spain as well as 100% of the shares in Stahlwerk ThĂĽringen GmbH with a production capacity of 1.1 million tonnes of profile steel p.a. from the Spanish group Grupo Alfonso Gallardo. The completion of the transaction is subject to customary conditions.

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Hengeler Mueller advises DFL on participation by investor in TSV 1860 MĂĽnchen

June 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The German Bundesliga football club TSV 1860 MĂĽnchen, which as encountered financial difficulties, is currently negotiating financial participation in the club by an Arab investor whose assistance is aimed at securing the licence for the club to play in Germany's second football league.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises KKR on takeover of Versatel

June 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

A holding company belonging to funds advised by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. has concluded agreements with the major shareholders of Versatel AG on the acquisition of their shares and announced a voluntary tender offer. Versatel AG is a leading German telecommunications provider.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG on conclusion of settlement with...

May 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Former Linotype-Hell shareholders and implementation of capital increase

On 30 March, 2011 Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG ("Heidelberg") arrived at an amicable agreement with the former shareholders of Linotype-Hell AG before the Regional Court Frankfurt, ending several years of legal dispute. 

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Hengeler Mueller advises Fortress/Eurocastle on restructuring of Mars portfolio...

May 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advises Fortress/Eurocastle on restructuring of Mars portfolio and sale of real estate assets

On May 12, 2011, Eurocastle Investment Limited (Euronext Amsterdam: ECT) announced that it has completed the restructuring of its Mars Fixed Portfolio with its lenders.


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Hengeler Mueller advises VTG AG on Group Financing

May 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

VTG Aktiengesellschaft has established a new financing structure comprising a US private placement and a syndicated loan facility in the total amount of approx. € 930 million.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Talanx on sale of legal protection advice to ROLAND

May 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The Talanx Group has sold its subsidiaries HDI-Gerling Rechtsschutz-Versicherung AG and HDI-Gerling Rechtsscutz Schadenregulierungs-GmbH to ROLAND Rechtsschutz-Versicherungs-AG.


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Hengeler Mueller advises freenet AG on group refinancing

May 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller has advised freenet AG in connection with a comprehensive refinancing that included the conclusion of a EUR 340 million syndicated loan and the issuance of a EUR 400 million five-year bond under German law.


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Hengeler Mueller advises HOCHTIEF on capital increase of Leighton

April 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Leighton Holdings, the Australian listed subsidiary of HOCHTIEF AG, today announced a capital increase with subscription rights in which HOCHTIEF AG will participate corresponding to the percentage of its shareholding in Leighton.


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Hengeler Mueller advises Cinven on acquisition of SLV from HgCapital

April 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The European buyout firm Cinven today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire SLV Group. SLV, founded in Aachen (Germany) in 1979, belongs to the global players and market leaders in innovative lighting designs, technical lighting and living area illumination.

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Hengeler Mueller represents William Prym in proceedings to reduce EU cartel fine

April 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 31 March 2011 the European Commission reduced the fine of EUR 40.5 billion imposed on William Prym in the cartel proceedings "fasteners" by EUR 25 million. Thereby, the Commission applied its new guidelines from 10 June 2010 on the so-called Inability to Pay Proceedings.


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Hengeler Mueller advises Porsche Automobil Holding SE

April 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advises Porsche Automobil Holding SE on EUR 5 bn
subscription rights capital increase

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Hengeler Mueller advises Reese Family on sale of Polytech

April 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The members of the Reese Family, owners of Polytech Ophthalmologie GmbH, have sold a majority stake in Polytech to the investment company Odewald KMU.

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Hengeler Mueller advises EQT on sale of Kabel BW to Liberty Global

April 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 21 March 2011, EQT announced the sale of the Kabel Baden-WĂĽrttemberg Group to Liberty Global, Inc. Kabel BW, based in Heidelberg (Germany), is one of the largest cable network operators in Germany and Europe, with some 2.4 million customers.


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Hengeler Mueller advises Gerresheimer on group refinancing

April 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Gerresheimer AG has signed a new EUR 400 million long-term syndicated loan agreement with a five-year maturity which comprises a term loan of EUR 150 million and a revolving credit facility of EUR 250 million.


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Hengeler Mueller advises Rolls-Royce on voluntary takeover offer together with Daimler...

March 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advises Rolls-Royce on voluntary takeover offer together with Daimler to shareholders of Tognum AG

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Hengeler Mueller advises DONG Energy on offshore wind farm project "Borkum Riffgrund"

March 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

DONG Energy has decided to build the offshore wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 1 in the German part of the North Sea. The construction will represent a total investment of approx. € 1.25 billion.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Bosch on public offer for aleo solar

March 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On February 23, 2011, the Bosch Group acquired further shares in aleo solar AG from various investors and now holds just under 82% stake in the company. The Bosch Group submits a public offer to all shareholders of aleo solar aG at a price of € 22 per share.

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Hengeler Mueller advises GSW on long-term refinancing of securitised loans

March 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The Berlin based residential real estate company GSW Immobilien AG ("GSW) has successfully completed the refinancing of its CMBS-loan (Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities) in an amount of approx. EUR 890 million. The CMBS-loan (securitised through the entities Fleet Street Finance Three PLC and Windermere IX CMBS (Multifamily) S.A.) was repaid by loan facilities in an amount of apprx. EUR 875 million as well as avaivable cash of the company.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Fresenius on change of legal form into SE & Co. KGaA

February 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The change of Fresenius SE's legal form into a KGaA (partnership limited by shares) in combination with the conversion of all preference shares into ordinary shares was registered with the commercial register on 28 Januar 2011 and thereby became effective.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Intel on successful conclusion of acquisition of Infineon's Wireless...

February 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).
Hengeler Mueller advises Intel on successful conclusion of acquisition of Infineon's Wireless Solutions Business

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Hengeler Mueller advises equitrust on sale of telerob

February 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

In mid-January 2011, equitrust Invest GmbH & Co. KG (Hamburg) concluded an agreement with Cobham on the sale of telerob group, a leader in Europe for integrated homeland security solutions.

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Hengeler Mueller advises RWE AG on the start of RWE Deutschland AG

January 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

RWE AG is bringing together its Group activities in Germany in the areas of networks, distribution and energy efficiency within RWE Deutschland AG as of January 1, 2011.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Putsch on sale of the automotive business of KEIPER RECARO to Johnson

January 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On December 30, 2010, Putsch GmbH & Co. KG, holding company for the Keiper Recaro Group, signed an agreement by which it has sold the automotive business of KEIPER RECARO to Johsnon Controls.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Coutinho & Ferrostaal on extension and refinancing of its financing package

January 2011. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Coutinho & Ferrostaal GmbH & Co. KG and its major subsidiaries have reached an agreement with an international consortium on the extension and adjustment of their existing bank financing.

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Hengeler Mueller adivses bank syndicate on financial restructuring and...

December 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller adivses bank syndicate on financial restructuring and sale of Myllykoski and Rhein Papier to UPM

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Hengeler Mueller advises Waterland Private Equity on acquisiton of RHM Kliniken und Pflegeheime

December 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Waterland Private Equity (Waterland) has acquired the RHM Kliniken und Pflegeheime (RHM - medical centres and nursing homes) from founder Rolf-Henning Mayer and is planning a growth strategy in the German nursing and rehabilitation market to strengthen further and expand nationally RHM's regional market presecenc by way of acquisitions.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Jesta on acquisiton of Fox Mobile

December 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On December 22, 2010, Jesta Group announced the acquisiton of Fox Mobile Group from News Corporation.

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Hengeler Mueller advises freenet on sale of NEXT ID Group

December 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

freenet Group has concluded an agreement with mr net group GmbH & Co. KG on the sale of NEXT ID Group.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Advent International on sale of Takko to Apax

December 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On December 23, 2010, Advent International, one of the leading global private equity firms, announced the sale of Takko Holding GmbH to the private equity investment group Apax Partners.

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Hengeler Mueller files state liability claim for GN Store Nord...

December 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller files state liability claim for GN Store Nord against Federal Republic of Germany in the amount of approx. € 1.1 billion relative to illegal merger prohibition by Federal Cartel Office

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Hengeler Mueller advises Lenders on new financial start for Conergy AG

December 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Conergy AG, a Hamburg-based solar company, announced on December 17, 2010 that it has reached an agreement with its lenders on considerable debt relief for the company.

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Hengeler Mueller advises GTZ on merger of German development aid organisations

December 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On December 16, 2010, the merger of the three development aid organisations of the Federal Republic of Germany was notarized in Berlin:

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Hengeler Mueller advises banks on SAP refinancing

December 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

SAP AG, one of the world's leading providers of enterprise application software, has completed a refinancing.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Deutsche Telekom on agreement concerning PTC/Poland

December 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On December 15, 2010, Deutsche Telekom AG entered into an agreement with the French company Vivendi, the Polish company Elektrim and individual creditors of Elektrim, including the Polish State.

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Hengeler Mueller advises banks on refinancing of Symrise

December 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Symrise, a global supplier of fragrances and flavourings, has concluded its comprehensive refinancing concept. The refinancing includes the issue of their first bond, raising EUR 300 million, and a EUR 300 million revolving credit facility, in addition to the private placement of a long-term loan.

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Hengeler Mueller represents Commerzbank in successful defence against actions of voidance and ...

December 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller represents Commerzbank in successful defence against actions of voidance and annulment regarding Dresdner Bank takeover

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Hengeler Mueller advises HOCHTIEF on capital increase and investment by Qatar Holding

December 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Qatar Holding LLC, the strategic and direct investment arm of Qatar Investment Authority, is to become a major shareholder in HOCHTIEF Aktiengesellschaft, one of the leading international providers of construction-related services.

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Hengeler Mueller advises RWE on sale of German supra-regional gas transportation network

December 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

RWE AG has sold its German supra-regional gas transportation network to infrastructure funds managed by Macquarie infrastructure and Real Assets (Europe) Ltd.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Schenck Process Group on takeover of Clyde Process Solutions and...

December 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advises Schenck Process Group on takeover of Clyde Process Solutions and on debt financing of Schenck Group

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Hengeler Mueller advises Brambles on acquisition of IFCO

November 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 14 November 2010, the Australian-based Brambles Ltd., a global provider of supply chain and information services, entered into agreement with the acquisition of 95.9% of the shares in German-listed IFCO Systems N.V. from Island International Investment Partnership and certain other sellers.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Talanx on strategic cooperation with Meiji Yasuda Life

November 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Talanx AG has concluded an agreement with Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company, Tokyo, relative to long-term strategic cooperation, aiming to make use of common business opportunities in the increasingly globalised insurance markets.

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Hengeler Mueller advises KKR on sale of DSD

November 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The management of Der GrĂĽne Punkt - Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD), supported by a group of private and institutional investors, has purchased DSD from companies associated with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR).

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Hengeler Mueller advises Valmet Automotive Oy on acquisition of convertible roof business

November 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advises Valmet Automotive Oy on acquisition of convertible roof business from Karman

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Hengeler Mueller advises ThyssenKrupp on shipyard deal in Greece

November 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

ThyssenKrupp has announced that the contracts for implementing the Framework Agreement signed by the Greek government, ThyssenKrupp and the Abu Dhabi MAR group on September 30, 2010 came into effect on October 27, 2010.

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Hengeler Mueller represents Deutsche Bundesbank with with regard to major order

November 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The Deutsche Bundesbank (Federal Reserve Bank of Germany) had invited tenders for the production of euro bank notes - equivalent to approx. 27% of the total requirement of new Euro bank n otes in Europe in 2011 - in several Europe-wide lots.

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Hengeler Mueller advises E.ON AG on corporate law matters relating to the conclusion of fund...

October 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).
Hengeler Mueller advises E.ON AG on corporate law matters relating to the conclusion of fund agreement with Federal Government

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Hengeler Mueller advises underwriters on capital increase of Deutsche Bank AG

October 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller is advising the underwriters led by UBS Limited, Banco Santander S.A., COMMERZBANK Aktiengesellschaft, HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG, ING Bank N.V., Merrill Lynch International, Morgan Stanley Bank AG and SOCIETE GENERALE on the capital increase of Deutsche Bank AG in the amount of € 10.2 bn.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Hypo Real Estate on Portfolio Transfer to Liquidation Agency

October 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hypo Real Estate Group has transferred loans, securities, derivatives transactions and other assets and liabilities to FMS Wertmanagement, a liquidation agency establihsed by the German Financial Market Stabilisation Agency under the German Financial Market Stabilisation Fund Act.

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Hengeler Mueller advises banking syndicate on issuance of RWE's first hybrid bond

October 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On September 20, 2010, RWE AG for the first time issued a euro hybrid bond with a total volume of € 1.75 billion. This is the biggest ever euro hybrid bond issued by an industrial corporation in Europe.

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Hengeler Mueller advises underwriters on capital increase of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

October 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller is advising the underwriters led by COMMERZBANK Aktiengesellschaft and Deutsche Bank AG on the capital increase of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG in the amount of € 420 m.

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Hengeler Mueller advises HOCHTIEF on takeover offer by ACS

October 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On September 16, 2010 the Spanish construction and services entity, ACS Actividades de ConstucciĂłn y Servicios S.A., announced a takeover offer for the entire issued share capital of HOCHTIEF Aktiengesellschaft.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Highstreet real estate joint venture in connection with...

September 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The "Highstreet" joint venture has agreed on substantial further concessions under their lease for about 90 department stores let to insolvent German retailer Karstadt in connection with the sale of Karstadt to Berggruen. Highstreet also successfully restructured their financial obligations.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Intel Corporation on the acquisition of the Wireless Solutions Business

September 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Intel Corporation is acquiring the Wireless Solutions (WLS) business of Infineon Technologies AG in a cash transaction valued at $ 1.4 billion.

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Hengeler Mueller advises SKion on successful ALTANA Squeeze-out

September 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

SKion GmbH, an investment company of Susanne Klatten, has completed the squeeze-out of the minority shareholders of ALTANA AG. SKion GmbH thus holds 100% of the shares in ALTANA AG. Based upon the cash compensation of the squeeze-out, ALTANA AG is valued at approx. EUR 2 billion.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on restructuring of Carl Zeiss Vision

September 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Carl Zeiss has reached an agreement with lenders on a fundamental restructuring of the € 586 m / USD 389 m financing of the Carl Zeiss Vision Group.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on successful squeeze-out

September 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The transfer of the shares held by the minority shareholders of Computerlinks AG to the major shareholder, CSS Computer Security Solutions Erwerbs GmbH, was completed on 20 August 2010. With subsidiaries in 12 European countries, Computerlinks AG is a major value added distributor for leading international manufacturers in the IT industry.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on participation of Perella Weinberg in mfi

September 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Perelle Weinberg Real Estate Fund I LP, the European real estate investment arm of financial services firm Perella Weinberg Partners, will acquire a majority stake in mfi management fĂĽr immobilien AG, a leading developer and operater of large shopping centres in Germany, by way of capital increase. The agreement signed on 14 August 2010 is subject to certain conditions, including the approval of the responsible cartel authority.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Lender in connection with credit extension

August 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

As announced in its ad hoc notification of 29 Jul 2010 by Conergy AG (Hamburg), Conergy AG and its financing banks have in principle agreed on an extension of its senior facilities.

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Hengeler Muelelr advises SANYO on sale of global semiconductor business

July 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Japan' SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (Osaka) has sold its global semiconductor business to the US company ON Semiconductor Corporation, Phoenix (Arizona). The transaction is subject to various closing conditions and regulatory approvals, such as clearance by merger control authorities.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Henkel on joint venture with BASF

July 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Henkel AG & Co. KGaA and BASF have signed a joint venture agreement to develop innovative corrosion protection solutions for the automotive industry.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Thomas Cook on acquisition of Ă–ger Tours

July 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On July 12, 2010, Thomas Cook Group plc announced that it has agreed to acquire 100% of Ă–ger Tours GmbH from its founding shareholder Vural Ă–ger.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Phoenix Pharmahandel GmbH & Co. KG on refinancing

July 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advises Phoenix Pharmahandel, the largest pharmaceutical wholesaler in Germany and second largest in Europe, in connection with a comprehensive refinancing, including a EUR 2.6 billion syndicated loan and the issuance of a EUR 500 million high yield bond under German law as well as a EUR 500 million capital increase.

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Hengeler Mueller represents BAWAG P.S.K. AG in European Commission state aid proceedings

July 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

In its decision of 30 June 2010, the Commission approved in terms of restructuring state aid a capital injection of EUR 550 million from the Austrian bank rescue package provided by the Republic of Austria in favour of BAWAG P.S.K.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Otto Group on sale of ESEH to Stirling Square

July 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The Otto Group has sold Environmental Solutions Europe Holding B.V. (ESEH), a leading international manufacturer of waste containers and recycling systems with an annual turnover in 2009 in the amount of € 230 million, to Stirling Square Capital Partners.

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Hengeler Mueller advises HUGO BOSS on successful defence against actions for voidance

July 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 21 June, 2010, the II. Civil Senate responsible for corporate law of Germany's Federal Court of Justice rejected the motion of a shareholder to have its appeal heard against a decision of the Higher Regional Court of Stuttgart.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Utimaco Safeware on takeover offer

July 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Shield Bidco Limited, which is indirectly held by funds advised by Apax Partners, made public one June 10, 2010 a voluntary public takeover offer for the shares of Utimaco Safeware AG, a data protection specialist listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Minapharm on acquisition of majority stake in ProBioGen

July 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Minapharm Pharmaceuticals S.A.E., Cairo (www.minapharm.com), one of the leading pharmaceutical companies for prescription medication in Egypt and the Middle East, which specialises in the manufacture and marketing of innovative specialty pharmaceuticals and in the development and manufacture of biopharmaceutical medication as well as being listed on the Egyption stock exchange, has acquired a 95% shareholding in Berlin-based ProBioGen AG, a company specialised in mammalian cell engineering and cell culture.

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Hengeler Mueller advises German Federal Government on € 440 bn European Financial Stability Facili

June 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 7 June 2019, the Euro Area Member States agreed on the creasion of a Luxembourg special purposes company (European Financial Stability Facility - EFSF) and a framework agreement.

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Hengeler Mueller advises MSREF on sale of Sony Center

May 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller has advised MSREF VI funds managed by Morgan Stanley on the sale of a majority stake in Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin to National Pension Service of Korea.

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Hengeler Mueller advises financing banks on Sybase takeover by SAP

May 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 12 May 2010, SAP AG, the world's leading provider of business software, and Sybase, Inc., an industry leader in delivering enterprise and mobile software based in California/USA, announced that SAP's subsidiary, SAP America Inc., has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Sybase.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) on the implementation of...

May 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advises Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) on the implementation of the DESERTEC Concept - Cooperation with Amereller Legal Consultants. Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) is a unique industriy initiative which was launched in 2009 with a view to analyzing and establishing the economic, technical and regulatory framework for a reliable, sustainable and climate-friendly energy supply from the deserts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to areas of local demand as well as to the European interconnected grid, including the development and integration of local industries.

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Hengeler Mueller advises IRE Beteiligungs GmbH within the scope of "ALNO 2013"

May 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller is advising IRE Beteiligungs GmbH, a Whirlpool Group company and shareholder of Alno AG, within the scope of the "ALNO 2013" project aimed at strenghtening Alno AG's group equity.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Continental Bakeries on acquisition of Grabower Group

May 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Continental Bakeries B.V. - a portfolio company of the Dutch investment company NPM Captial and a European-wide producer of fine baker products - has acquired the Grabower Group from the current family owners.

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Hengeler Mueller advises HeidelbergCement on liquidity facility

April 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller has advised HeidelbergCement AG on the conclusion of a self-arranged liquidity facility in the amount of EUR 3 billion.

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Hengeler Mueller advises CMP Fonds I on Nordex exit

April 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The Berlin-based CMP Fonds I GmbH has sold its remaining 10% shareholding in Nordex SE by way of a block trade.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Magnesita on refinancing through high yield bond

April 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Rearden G Holdings Eins GmbH, a subsidiary of Magnesita Refratários S.A. (Brazil), has issued a high yield bon in the amount of USD 400 million. The issue proceeds from the high yield bond will be used primarly to redeem bank liabilities under a secured senior export facility from November 2009. The high yield bond is secured by guarantees of Magnesita Refratários S.A. as well as subsidiaries of Magnesita Group.

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Hengeler Mueller advises First Solar on sale of world's third largest photovoltaic power plant

April 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The solar module manufacturer First Solar and the German project developer juwi have sold the world's third largest photovoltaic power plant (output: 53 MWp) in Turnow-Preilack (Brandenburg) that both had previously constructed as part of a joint venture.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Diagnostica Stago on acquisition of Trinity Biotech's coagulation business

April 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Diagnostica Stago, the French-based manufacturer and distributor of medical diagnostic products, has reached an agreement with the Irish company Trinity Biotech on the acquisition of its coagulation business.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Fresenius on change of legal form into SE & Co. KGaA

April 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On March 30, 2010, the management and supervisory boards of Fresenius SE resolved to propose at its annual general meeting on May 12, 2010 the conversion of all preference shares into ordinary shares in combination with a change of the company's legal form into a partnership limited by shares - Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien (KGaA).

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Hengeler Mueller advises Merck on bond issue

April 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller was counsel to Merck KGaA on the issue of EUR 3.2 billion bearer bonds (in three tranches).

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Hengeler Mueller advises ATS on acquisition of Sortimat

April 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

ATS Automation Tooling Systems, Inc., a listed company on the stock exchange in Toronto, Canada, which has global operations predominantly in the fields of automation systems and solar technology and manufacturing facilities in North America, Asia and Europe, has concluded an agreement on acquiring the Sortimat Group based in Winnenden, Baden-Wuerttemberg (Germany).

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Hengeler Mueller advises Porsche Automobil Holding SE on capital increase of Volkswagen AG

April 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft is using authorised capital to issue up to 65 million new preferred shares against cash contributions and by granting indirect subscription rights for holders of ordinary and preferred shares.

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Hengeler Mueller makes available, and gives legal advice to, trustee for the completion...

April 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller makes available, and gives legal advice to, trustee for the completion of the acquisition by Deutsche Bank of the Sal. Oppenheim Group

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Hengeler Mueller advises KUKA on refinancing

March 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

KUKA AG has reached an agreement with its lending banks on extending the debt financing within the scope of KUKA's restructuring.

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Hengeler Mueller advises BNY Mellon on acquisition of BHF Asset Servicing

March 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On March 8, 2010, The Bank of New York Mellon announced that it has agreed to acquire BHF Asset Servicing GmbH (BAS) from BHF-BANK Aktiengesellschaft and Sal. Oppenheim jr. & Cie. S.C.A. for EUR 253 million, subject to regulatory approvals.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Landesbank Berlin AG on amendment to act on LBS Nord Shareholding

March 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller has advised Landesbank Berlin AG (LBB) on the amendment to the act on the LBS Norddeutsche Landesbausparkasse Berlin-Hannover ("LBS-Nord-Gesetz"), a regional public building society.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Highstreet real estate joint venture in connection with landmark financial

March 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advises Highstreet real estate joint venture in connection with landmark financial restructuring

 The "Highstreet" entities, owners of a portfolio of about 90 department stores let to insolvent German retailer Karstadt, have successfully restructured their financial debt obligations.

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Hengeler Mueller advises financing banks on Millipore takeover by Merck

March 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 28 Februar 2010, Merck KGaA, a global pharmaceutical and chemical company, and Millipore Corporation, a leading life science company based in Massachusetts/USA, announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Merck will acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of Millipore.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on successful LHS squeeze-out

February 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

E/LHS Acquisition GmbH, a subsidiary of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, has completed the squeeze-out of minority shareholders of LHS Aktiengesellschaft.

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Hengeler Mueller advises AudioNova on proposed acquisition of GEERS Group

February 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

AudioNova International - the hearing aid retail subsidiary of the Dutch investment company HAL Investments - and shareholders of GEERS Hörakustik have reached an agreement in principle on the acquisition by AudioNova of a 75% stake in GEERS, the Dortmund-based hearing aid retailer.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Eurohypo on restructuring of securitised real estate loan

January 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Eurohypo has restructured the real estate loan securitised through Opera German No. 2. The loan is secured on four German shopping centre. One of the first restructurings of a large European CMBS transaction has thus been successfully concluded.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Pfleiderer on financing package

January 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Pfleiderer AG has reached an agreement with its banks on the conditions of a long-term corporate financing. The financing package amounts to approximately € 800 million and comprises a syndicated loan facility, Schuldschein loans and bilateral loans.

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Hengeler Mueller advises REpower on international sales cooperation

January 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The wind turbine producer REpower Systems AG has concluded an agreement with its Indian major shareholder Suzlon Energy Limited on sales cooperation in the major international markets of USA and Australia.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Bombardier Transportation on sale of Bombardier Transportation (Power ...)

January 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Bombardier Transportation has sold Bombardier Transportation (Power Converter Solutions) Germany GmbH to PCS Power Converter Solutions Verwaltungs AG. Bombardier Transportation (Power Converter Solutions) Germany GmbH develops, produces and delivers converters and electrical equipment for use in rail vehicles, the automobile industry and wind power stations.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Coutinho & Ferrostaal on extension of bank facilities

December 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Coutinho & Ferrostaal GmbH & Co. KG and their major subsidiaries have agreed on the extension and adjustment of their existing bank facilities with an international consortium.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Saarland on acquisition of Saarländische Landesbank from BayernLB

December 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller has advised the State of Saarland on the acquisition of guarantor shareholding in the Saarländische Landesbank (SaarLB, regional state bank) from the Bayerische Landesbank (BayernLB, regional state bank). SaarLB is organised as an institution under public law.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Landesbank Berlin on exit from ILB

December 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 10 December 2009, the State of Brandenburg and Landesbank Berlin AG (LBB) signed an agreement by which LBB is to sell to the State of Brandenburg its shareholding in the InvestitionsBank des Landes Brandenburg (ILB - a key promotional institute for the State of Brandenburg and other public authorities) amounting to 25 percent of the total share capital.

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Hengeler Mueller advises TUI on recapitalisation of Hapag Lloyd

December 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The shareholders of Hapag Lloyd AG have concluded an agreement on a comprehensive package of stabilisation measures for the container shipping line, which had been experiencing liquidity and revenue difficulties as a result of the global economic crisis.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Viessmann on acquisition of Schmack Biogas

December 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 15 December 2009, the Viessmann Group submitted a binding offer for the purchase of major assets from Schmack Biogas Group's operational business to the interim insolvency administrator of the Schmack Biogas Group companies.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Swiss Life on MLP sale

December 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The Swiss insurance company Swiss Life has sold an approx. 6% stake in MLP to Barmenia, a German insurance company, thus reducing its shareholding in the German financial services provider MLP from 15.9% to just under 10%.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on acquisition of Springer Science + Business Media

December 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The private equity fudn EQT and the financial investor GIC Special Investments (GIC SI), the private equity arm of the Singapore state fund GIC, have agreed to acquire the scientific publisher Springer Science + Business Media from the current owners Candover and Cinven. According to press reports, this is the largest private equity deal in Europe in 2009.

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Hengeler Mueller advises freenet on sale of STRATO

November 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

freenet AG today announced the signing of an agreement to sell all shares in STRATO AG and STRATO Rechenzentrum AG to Deutsche Telekom AG.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Minimax on merger with Viking

November 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Minimax GmbH & Co. KG, a portfolio company of IK Investment Partners, and US-based Viking Group are combining their activities in the field of fire protection. The merger will create a global leader with a turnover of more than € 1 billion and some 6,000 employees.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Deutsche Bank AG on acquisition of control of Sal. Oppenheim

November 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On October 28, 2009, Deutsche Bank AG and the owners of Sal. Oppenheim jr. & Cie. S.C.A. concluded a framework agreement on the acquisition of 100 per cent of Sal. Oppenheim Group at a value of € 1 billion.

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Hengeler Mueller advises TenneT on acquisition of E.ON's Extra High-Voltage Transmission Network

November 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Creation of First Cross-Border Power Transmission Network in Europe

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Hengeler Mueller advises Evonik on sale of AlzChem Group

November 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Evonik Industries AG, a global leader in speciality chemicals, has finalised the sale of the AlzChem Group to the Luxembourg-based private equity fund BluO.

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Hengeler Mueller advises HeidelbergCement on EUR 2.5 bn Eurobond Issues

October 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

HeidelbergCement has successully completed the issue of three Eurobonds with a total volume of EUR 2.5 bn. The bonds are governed by German law and include elements of high-yield bonds which had, in the past, been mostly issued under New York law.

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Hengeler Mueller adivses Madeleine Schickedanz and remaining family shareholders on sale

October 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller adivses Madeleine Schickedanz and remaining family shareholders on sale of Quelle Building Society

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Hengeler Mueller advises HeidelbergCement on combined capital increase and placement of old shares

October 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

HeidelbergCement has successfully implemented a combined placement of new shares through a subscription rights capital increase and private placement of old shares belonging to the previous major shareholder.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Solera on AUTOonline acquisition

September 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 17 September 2009, Solera Holdings Inc. (San Diego, USA) announced the acquisition of AUTOonline GmbH, the leading European electronic salvage vehicle exchange platform.

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Hengeler Mueller advises JCDecaux on acquisition of majority stake in Wall AG

September 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

JCDecaux S.A., a leading outdoor advertising company worldwide, has acquired a majority shareholding in Wall AG, an outdoor advertising company based in Berlin.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on implementing new structure of RWE Group

September 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The "New RWE" structure of RWE Group entered into operation on 1 September 2009. The company is thereby adapting to ever increasing competition on the energy market.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises Gerber Scientific on FOBA Technologies sale

September 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Gerber Scientific, Inc., a US listed company based in South Windsor/Connecticut, has sold all of its shareholdings in the German and European companies of FOBA Technologies, a laser compoments manufacturer, to the technology company Danaher.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Austrian Airlines on takeover by Lufthansa

August 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The European Commission today cleared, under the EC Merger Regulation, the acquisition by Deutsche Lufthansa AG of shares in Austrian Airlines held by state-owned Ă–sterreichische Industrieholding AG (Ă–IAG).

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Hengeler Mueller advises E.ON AG on sale of ThĂĽga AG

August 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On August 12, 2009, E.ON AG, the largest energy company in Germany, has reached an agreement with the municipal buyer consortium Integra/KOM9, an alliance comprising 50 public utilities, on the sale of ThĂĽga AG.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Software AG on public takeover offer for IDS Scheer

July 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On July 13, 2009, Software AG announced its intention to submit, by way of its 100% subsidiary SAG Beteiligungs GmbH, a voluntary public takeover offer for all outstanding shares in IDS Scheer AG.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Gerresheimer on sale of Technical Plastics unit

July 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Gerresheimer AG, a leading manufacturer of glass and plastic products for the pharma & life science industry, has sold its Technical Plastics unit, which had been part of Gerresheimer Wilden GmbH, to the FBH Group.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Goldman Sachs on Treofan restructuring

July 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller is counsel to Goldman Sachs on the financial restructuring of polypropylene film manufacturer Treofan group in which Goldman Sachs has held a participation since 2005.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Vontobel on exchange offer for BB MEDTECH

July 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On Juy 7, 2009, Vontobel Beteiligungen AG, a 100% subsidiary of Vontobel Holding AG, made an advance announcement of its intention to submit a pulic exchange offer for all publicly held shares of BB MEDTECH AG, Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises on restructuring of Novem Group

July 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller has advised Novem Group, a global supplier to the automotive industry with more than 3,700 employees worldwide, on its financial restructuring.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises on restructuring of Monier Group

July 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller has advised the Monier Group, the world's leading provider of building material for pitched roofs and chimney with 11,000 employees, on its financial restructuring.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on restructuring of Neumayer Tekfor Group

July 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advised the Neumayer Tekfor Group, a global supplier to the automotive industry with more than 3,000 employees worldwide, on its financial restructuring.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Brau Holding International/Schörghuber on Karlsberg sale

July 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The Munich-based Brau Holding International, a joint venture between the Bavarian family business group Schörghuber (50.1%) and the Dutch brewery Heineken (49.9%), has sold its 45% stake in the Saarland-based Karlsberg Brewery to the Karlsberg Holding belonging to the Weber family.

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Hengeler Mueller advises HeidelbergCement on refinancing

June 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

HeidelbergCement AG has agreed on the refinancing of its existing bank liabilities in a total amount of € 8.7 billion with an international syndicate comprising more than 50 banks.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Opel on trustee structure and loan

June 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advised Adam Opel GmbH on the trustee structure agreed between General Motors, the Federal Republic of Germany, the federal states of Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Thuringia and Adam Opel GmbH, as well as on the € 1.5 billion loan granted in this connection and guaranteed by the German federal government and the aforementioned federal states.

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Hengeler Mueller advises freenet AG on sale of DSL business to United Internet

May 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Today, freenet AG has signed an agreement on the sale of freenet's DSL business to United Internet AG's subsidiary 1&1 Internet AG. The transaction is structured as a sale of all shares in freenet Breitband GmbH.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Commerzbank on two-day Annual General Meeting and on Dresdner Bank merger

May 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The two-day Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Commerzbank AG took place in Frankfurt on 15 and 16 May 2009. The AGM resolved, inter alia, to increase Commerzbank's share capital to a total of approx. EUR 3.07 billion excluding shareholder pre-emptive rights in order to provide the Financial Market Stabilisation Fund (SoFFin) with a participation of 25% plus one share.

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Hengeler Mueller wins Federal Court Case for Arcandor on Convertible Bonds

May 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

With respect to the proceedings involving the Association for the Protection of Minority Shareholders in Stock Corporations (S.a.M. - Schutzvereinigung aktienrechtlicher Minderheitsaktionäre) and Arcandor aG, the 2nd Civil Senate of the German Federal Court of Justice in Germany (Bundesgerichtshof - BGH) responsible for corporate law has found in favour of Arcandor, whereby authorisation to issue convertible bonds merely has to provide for a minimum issue price for the new shares that are designed to serve the convertible bond.

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Hengeler Mueller represents WestLB AG in state aid proceedings before EC Commission

May 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

In its decision of 12 May 2009, the EC Commission approved as restructuring aid the risk shield guaranteed by WestLB's owners in the amount of € 5 billion for the structured credit portfolio, wich the bank had removed from its balance sheet in spring 2008.

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Hengeler Mueller advises First Solar on establishment of photovoltaic power plant

May 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The solar module manufacturer, First Solar, and the German project developer, Juwi Holding AG, are constructing the largest photovoltaic power plant in Germany - and the second largest in the world - in Turnow-Preilack (Brandenburg).

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Hengeler Mueller advises Cyrte Investments on acquisition of bol.com

May 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The Dutch private equity investor, Cyrte Investments, has acquired the online book shop, bol.com, form the Georg von Holtzbrinck group and Weltbild publishing house. bol.com holds a prominent market position particularly in The Netherlands.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on financial restructuring of BIOPETROL Group

April 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

BIOPETROL INDUSTRIES AG has restructured a convertible bond, issued by its subsidiary BIOPETROL FINANCE B.V., in the total amount of € 75 m and, furthermore, implemented additional measures relative to the financial restructuring of the BIOPETROL Group.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on successful DBV-Winterthur squeeze-out

April 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The resolution passed at the Annual General Meeting of DBV-Winterthur Holding AG on 3 July 2008 to transfer the shares owned by outstanding shareholders (minority shareholders) in DBV-Winterthur Holding AG to AXA Konzern AG (majority shareholder) was entered into the commercial register on 9 April 2009 and has thereby become effective.

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Hengeler Mueller advises TUI on successul completion of Hapag-Lloyd sale

March 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 23 March 2009, the sale of Hapag-Lloyd AG from TUI AG to "Albert Ballin" Holding GMbH & Co. KG was successfully closed. The majority shareholder of the purchasing company is a consortium of Hamburg businessmen led by Klaus-Michael KĂĽhne and the City of Hamburg.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Talanx on strategic alliance with Swiss Life

March 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Talanx AG has entered into a strategic alliance with Swiss Life Group. In this context, Talanx intends to acquire up to 9.9% of the shares in Swiss Life Holding AG. Additionally, Talanx has acquired a shareholding in MLP AG from Swiss Life. Upon completion of the acquisition, Talanx will hold some 9.9% of the shares in MLP.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Gerry Weber International AG on public share buy-back offer

March 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The publicly listed Gerry Weber International AG based in Halle/Westphalia, a globally operating fashion company, has repurchased about 1,442,000 own shares in the context of a voluntary public share buy-back offer.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises Nordzucker on acquisition of Danisco Sugar and sale of production site

March 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 2 March 2009, the acquisition by Nordzucker AG of the European sugar business of Danisco A/S, Denmark, as well as the sale of the sugar and bioethanol production site in Anklam, Germany, to the Dutch food company Royal Cosun were successfully completed.

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Hengeler Mueller advises METRO on sale of Adler Modemärkte

February 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

METRO AG has announced the sale of the Adler cloting markets. The Adler Group, with approx. 5,800 employees, operates 120 Adler clothing markets in Germany, Austria and Luxembourg. Acquiror is the investment company BluO.

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Hengeler Mueller wins federal court case on permissibility of intra-group upstream loans

February 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

In a December 2008-judgement, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof - BGH) developed new principles applicable to unsecured loans within a group of stock corporations.

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Hengeler Mueller advises BayernLB on Risk Shield

January 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller has advised BayernLB on the structuring and implementation of a risk shield relative to a portfolio of securities in the nominal amount of approx. EUR 21 billion.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Deutsche Bank on the new structure...

January 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 12 September 2008, Deutsche Bank and Deutsche Postbank signed a contract under which Deutsche Bank has purchased from Deutsche Post a 29.75% participation in Deutsche Postbank. With respect to the remaining participation of Deutsche Post, the parties agreed on put options, call options and a right of first refusal.

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Hengeler Mueller advised RWE on all-cash offer for Essent shareholders

January 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On January 12, 2009, RWE Aktiengesellschaft and the Dutch Essent N.V. reached an agreement on the terms and conditions for binding all-cash offer by RWE to the shareholders of Essent to acquire all shares of Essent excluding Essent's distribution network and waste management operations.

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Hengeler Mueller advises UCB on strategic alliance with Wilex

January 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advised the Belgian pharmaceutical company UCB Pharma S.A. on entering into a strategic partnership with the listed biopharmaceutical company Wilex AG, Munich.

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Hengeler Mueller advised RWE/VEW in merger appraisal proceedings

December 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 22 December 2008, the appraisal proceedings, initiated after the merger of RWE AG and VEW AG in 2000 and probably the largest of its kind, were settled before the Regional Court of DĂĽsseldorf.

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Hengeler Mueller advises WashTec AG on public share buy-back offer

December 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

WashTec AG, a listed company based in Augsburg and the world market leader in car wash technology, has repurchased about 800,000 shares in the context of a voluntary public share buy-back offer to all shareholders.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on sale of GESIPA

December 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The owners of GESIPA Blindniettechnik GmbH have sold the company and thereby GESIPA group to SFS Holding AG (Switzerland).

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Hengeler Mueller boosts its special situations activities

November 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller has further expanded its Special Situations Group in anticipation of expected market developments. Hengeler Mueller's Special Situations Group comprises lawyers with expertise in insolvency, banking and finance, corporate, regulatory, tax and M&A law, thus enabling the firm to provide advice with a multidisciplinary team of lawyers tailored to the individual situation.

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Hengeler Mueller advises GE on sale of GE Money Bank

November 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Banco Santander acquired assets from GE Money Bank in Germany (GE Money Bank) at the end of October 2008.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Deutsche Telekom on outsourcing transaction with D+S europe AG

October 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Deutsche Telekom AG has entered into an outsourcing transaction with D+S europe AG relating to customer care services. In connection with this, D+S group is taking over five callcenter sites of Telekom subsidiary Vivento Customer Services GmbH.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on sale of megapharm GmbH to Alliance Boots

October 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The shareholders of megapharm GmbH, specialised in the distribution of oncology products, have sold the company to a subsidiary of Alliance Boots Holdings Ltd.

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Hengeler Mueller advises R+V Versicherung on Condor acquisition

October 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

R+V Versicherung has announced the acquisition of Condor-Versicherungsgruppe (Condor insurance group) from Oetker Group.

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Hengeler Mueller advises TUI on Hapag-Lloyd sale

October 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

TUI AG has announced the sale of Hapag-Lloyd AG to a consortium of Hamburg businessmen led by Klaus-Michael Kuehne and the City of Hamburg. The enterprise value amounts to 4.45 billion euros.

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Supervisory Board Members obliged to return documentation

September 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On July 7, 2008, in proceedings against an employee representative on the supervisory board, the German Federal Supreme Court (BGH) held that supervisory board members were obliged to return to the company any corporate documentation in their possession upon completion of their term in office.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Securities Trading Companies in litigation proceedings with EdW

September 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

At the end of 2007, in connection with the insolvency of Phoenix Kapitaldienst, the Compensatory Fund of Securities Trading Companies (EdW) issued special contribution orders in the total amount of approx. € 30 m to all its allotted securities trading companies.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Deutsche Bank regarding the acquisition of a participation in ...

September 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Deutsche Post holds a participation of 50 percent pluse one share in the share capital of Deutsche Postbank. On 12 September 2008, Deutsche Bank and Deutsche Post signed a contract under which Deutsche Bank has purchased from Deutsche Post a 29.75% participation in Deutsche Postbank. 

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Hengeler Mueller advises Magnesita on acquisition of LWB

September 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Magnesita Refratários S.A, a Brazilian manufacturer and service provider in the refractory industry with a leading position in the Latin American market, has signed an agreement with the finance investor Rhône Capital to acquire Germany's LWB Refractories, a leading supplier worldwide of dolomite-based refractories.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Swiss Life on MLP participatoin

August 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Swiss Life has announced the acquisition of a 26.75% shareholding in MLP AG and the increase of its stake in AWD Holding AG to 96.71%.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Merrill Lynch on swap agreement with Schaeffler

August 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Schaeffler KG has made a voluntary public tender offer to the shareholders of Continental AG.

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Hengeler Mueller advises KLA-Tencor on acquisition of business unit of Vistec Semiconductor Systems

August 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

KLA-Tencor has entered into an agreement to acquire the Microelectronic Inspection Equipment (MIE) business unit of Vistec Semiconductor Systems (formerly being part of Leica Microsystems), which is wholly owned by Golden Gate Capital.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on successful Eurohypo squeeze-out

August 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The resolution passed at the Annual General Meeting of Eurohypo AG on 29 August 2007 to transfer the shares owned by outstanding minority shareholders in Commerzbank subsidiary Eurohypo AG to Commerzbank Inlandsbanken Holding GmbH (majority shareholder) was registered with the commercial register on July 25, 2008 and has thereby become effective.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Deutsche Bank AG on the acquisition of parts of ABN AMRO Business Units

July 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On July 2, 2008, Deutsche Bank AG, Fortis and ABN AMRO concluded an agreement by which Deutsche Bank AG will acquire from ABN AMRO parts of its commercial banking activities in the Netherlands for approx. € 700 million in cash.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Nordzucker on acquisition of Danisco Sugar

July 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On July 14, 2008 Nordzucker AG, one of Europe's leading sugar producers, concluded an agreement with Danisco A/S (Copenhagen/Denmark) on the acquisition of Danisco Sugar A/S, in which Danisco Group's sugar activities have so far been concentrated.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises banks on real estate financing

July 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Eurohypo AG, Natixis, DekaBank and Société Générale have extended a real estate financingto the US private equity investor Lone Star Real Estate Fund.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on SMA Solar Technology IPO

July 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

SMA Solar Technology AG, one of the major providers in the field of photovoltaic inverters, has made a public offering in the Federal Republic of Germany as well as private placements in certain other jurisdictions outside Germany and the US.

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Hengeler Mueller advises J.C. Flowers on successful offer for Hypo Real Estate

June 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

A group of investors, coordinated by J.C. Flowers and comprising funds advised by Grove International Partners, has successfully concluded its public tender offer for a 24.9% shareholding in Hypo Real Estate Holding AG.  

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Hengeler Mueller advises Eurohypo on real estate financing

June 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Eurohypo AG has extended a € 55 m real estate financing to the Anschutz Entertainment Group, one of the word's largest providers of live entertainment.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Random House on acquisition of Prestel

June 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The publishing group Random House (Bertelsmann) has acquired with immediate effect the Prestel Verlag (publisher based in Munich) from the shareholders Martin Dort, Johannes Heyne and JĂĽrgen Krieger.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Cinven on acquisition of Jost

June 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The private equity investor Cinven has signed an agreement with Silverfleet (previously: PPM) on the acquisition of Jost Group, a leading global manufacturer of systems, modules and components for the truck industry.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Goldman Sachs/Whitehall on acquisition of LEG NRW

June 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On June 11, 2008, purchase vehicle controlled by several Whitehall Real Estate Funds have acquired LEG NRW,a state-owned residential housing company in North Rhine-Westphalia, comprising some 93,000 residential real estate assets.

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Hengeler Mueller adviseson acquisition financing of Novem Group

June 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Barclays Private Equity Funds have acquired the Novem Group from 3i and Taros Capital.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on new investment product "Overnight Bond"

June 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller has advised the Federal Republic of Germany as well as the Bundesrepublik Deutschland-Finanzagentur GmbH (German Financ Agency) on the development and implementation of a new investment product termed "Tagesanleihe" (Overnight Bond).

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Hengeler Mueller advises on Merger of Equals of GfK and TNS

June 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

GfK AG and Taylor Nelson Sofres plc, two global leaders in market information and insight, have announced their merger of equals.

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Hengeler Mueller advises RWE on gas proceedings of European Commission

June 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

RWE AG, together with the European Commission, is seeking a structural solution to the antitrust proceedings initiated against it in April 2007 in connection with the company's operations on the gas market.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Robert Bosch on proposed acquisition of majority stake in ersol

June 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Robert Bosch GmbH, a leading global supplier of technology and services, has signed agreements with the financial investor Ventizz on the acquisition of a 50.45% stakein ersol Solar Energy AG, a photovoltaics company.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on sale of Labor 28 to Sonic Healthcare

June 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Labor 28, a medical care centre basedin Berlin which operates as a provider of laboratory medicine, has reached an agreement on the sale of the Labor 28 Group to Sonic Healthcare.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Aareal on saleof EUR 1.47bn credit portfolio

May 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Aareal Bank and Deutsche Postbank have reached an agreement on the sale of a EUR 1.47 bn portfolio comprising approx. 20,000 mortgage loans of Aareal Bank and DePfa Deutsche Pfandbriefbank. The sale is to be conducted by hiving-down the portfolio on to 100% subsidiaries of both Aareal and DePfa whose shareholdings are to be subsequently acquired by Deutsche Postbank. This transaction will allow Aareal Bank to divest itself of a large part of its activities in the retail mortgage financing business.

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Hengeler Mueller advises GfK AG on conversion to Societas Europaea (SE)

May 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 21 May, 2008, the general shareholders' meeting of GfK AG (based in Nuremberg, Germany) approved with a majority of more than 99% the company's conversion to a European company (Societas Europaea, SE).

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Hengeler Mueller advises Deutsche Bahn AG and Deutsche Bank AG on sale of Arcor shareholdings

May 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Deutsche Bahn AG and Deutsche Bank AG have sold their respective shareholdings of 18.17% and 8.18% in Arcor AG & Co. KG, the second largest fixed network provider in Germany, to Vodafone Group plc. Vodafone already was the majority shareholder. The total transaction value amounts to 474 million euros.

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Hengeler Mueller advises freenet AG on acquisition of debitel

May 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

freenet has signed an agreement to acquire debitel Group, mainly consisting of debitel AG, TALKLINE GmbH and _dug telecom ag.

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Hengeler Mueller advises EQT on sale of Tognum stake to Daimler

May 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The financial investor EQT has reached an agreement with Daimler AG on the sale of its 22.3% shareholding in Tognum AG, one of the world's leading suppliers of off-highway engines, to Daimler AG.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Blackstone on Gerresheimer Exit

May 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

BCP Murano II S.Ă .r.l., an indirect subsidiary of The Blackstone Group International Limited, has sold its remaining 24.96% stake in Gerresheimer AG by way of international private placement to institutional investors.

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Hengeler Mueller advises WestLB on Risk Shield

April 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller is counsel to WestLB on the structuring and implementation of the risk shield established by it to protect the bank against volatility risks arising from its structured credit portfolio.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Whitehall in connection with the sale of Arcandor's interest in...

April 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

... the "Highstreet" real estate joint venture

In 2006, Arcandor AG sold the majority of its real estate property, comprising department store properties of the Karstadt Premium Group like "KaDeWe"in Berlin and Oberpollinger, Munich, to a joint venture controlled by Whitehall which is managed by Goldman Sachs.

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Hengeler advises MSREF on acquisition of Sony Center

April 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On February 28, 2008, MSREF acquired, together with CorpusSireo and John Buck, Sony Berlin GmbH from Sony Deutschland GmbH.

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Hengeler advises MSREF on acquisition of Sony Center

March 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On February 28, 2008, MSREF acquire, together with CorpusSireo and John Buck, Sony Berlin GmbH from Sony Deutschland GmbH.

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Hengeler advises on sale of Demag Ergotech

February 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The KraussMaffei Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of machinery for processing plastics, has sold all its shares in Demag Ergotech GmbH, a manufacturer of engineering injection moulding machines, to Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd. (Japan).

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Hengeler advises on establishment of KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

January 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH commenced business on 1 January 2008. It will continue KfW Group's project and export finance business previously conducted within KfW.

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Whitehall acquires real estate portfolio from Allianz

January 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Whitehall Funds managed by Goldman Sachs have acquired a real estate portfolio comprising some 190 buildings from the Allianz Group.

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JerĂłnimo Martins acquires Plus supermarkets

January 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

In December 2007, the Portuguese company, JerĂłnimo Martins, signed an agreement with Tengelmann Group to acquire the operational business of Plus in Poland and Portugal.

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Eaton acquires Moeller

January 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Eaton Corporation, a Fortune 500 company based in Cleveland (Ohio), has signed a purchase agreement to acquire the Moeller Group headquartered in Bonn.

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Xetra® Gold Bond Issue

December 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Deutsche Börse Commodities GmbH has issued innovative debt securities which certify the right to receive in physical form one gram of gold per debt security.

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Royal Caribbean and TUI launch joint venture

December 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and TUI AG are launching a joint venture serving the German premium cruise market, to be based in Hamburg.

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Hengeler advises Swiss Life on AWD takeover

December 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The insurance company Swiss Life has agreed to form a strategic partnership with AWD Holding AG, an M-DAX-listed financial service provider, and has announced a public takeover offer to AWD shareholders.

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Hengeler advises Deutsche Telekom on ending cycling sponsorship

December 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Deutsche Telekom AG has terminated the cycling sponsorship of the T-Mobile men and women teams with immediate effect.

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Hengeler advises Merck on benchmark bond

December 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On November 15, 2007, Merck KGaA issued a three-year € 500 million benchmark bond in the European debt capital market.

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Hengeler advises in German Federal Cartel proceedings on state control of Lotto Rheinland-Pfalz

December 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The German Federal Cartel Office (GFCO) yesterday prohibited the proposed acquisition by the State of Rhineland-Palatinate of a majority shareholding in the state's lottery company, Lotto Rheinland-Pfalz GmbH.

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Hengeler advises IBERDROLA RENOVABLES on IPO

December 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On November 22, 2007, Spain's Exchange Supervisory Authority CNMV approved the prospectus for the public offering of shares of IBERDROLA RENOVABLES, S.A. - a subsidiary of the Spanish energy provider Iberdrola, S.A. - and for the admission of all shares of IBERDROLA RENOVABLES, S.A. for trading on the official markets of Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia.

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Hengeler advises Deutsche Telekom on sale of Vivento Technical Services to Nokia Siemens

November 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Deutsche Telekom has sold its subsidiary Vivento Technical Services GmbH to Nokia Siemens. Vivento Technical Services GmbH plans, implements and maintains telecommunications networks and renders services to end customers.

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Hengeler advises Deutsche Bank on Business Objects takeover by SAP

October 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

SAP AG has announced the friendly takeover of the French software company Business Objects.

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Hengeler advises DIC on real estate portfolio acquisition

October 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Frankfurt-based DIC Asset AG has acquired a real estate portfolio consisting of 15 real estate complexes in several major German cities from the insurance companies AXA Group Germany and DBV Winterthur.

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Hengeler advises KDG on cable networks acquisition

October 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Kabel Deutschland GmbH has signed an agreement with the Orion Group to acquire networks serving 1.2 million cable television subscribers located in eight German federal states.

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Hengeler advises RWE on CO2 proceedings of German Federal Cartel Office

September 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On September 26, 2007, the German Federal Cartel Office ceased abuse proceedings launched in 2005 against RWE AG after it had declared binding RWE's state pledge to auction off electricity.

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WOLF THEISS advises Bank Austria Creditanstalt in financing mega-deal for Mid Europa Partners

September 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Mid Europa Partners, a leading CEE private equity investment firm, has ac-quired a controlling stake in Serbia Broadband (SBB), one of the fastest grow-ing cable-TV companies in Central and Eastern Europe. WOLF THEISS, a chief CEE law firm, acted as Serbian counsel to Bank Austria Creditansalt in financing the deal.

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Hengeler advises Samsung Corning on closure and sale of German TV-Panels production site

September 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

After concluding a compromise of interests and a social plan, Samsung Corning Deutschland GmbH has closed down its German production site for tv-panels and cones in Tschernitz, Brandenburg (Germany).

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Hengeler advises Parsytec's principal shareholder on share block sale

September 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Falk D. Kuebler, founder and principal shareholder of Parsytec AG - a global specialist in surface and web inspection systems - has sold his 48% shareholding by way of block trade to ISRA VISION AG.

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Hengeler advises Singulus on Stangl acquisition

September 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Singulus Technologies AG has acquired a 51% shareholding in Stangl Semiconductor Equipment AG and has an option to acquire the remaining shares of Stangl from 2010.

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Hengeler advises ZBI on residential and commercial units sale

September 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Several real estate funds of Zentral Boden Immobilien AG (Erlangen, Germany) have sold approx. 6,600 residential and 400 commercial units located across Germany to CitCor Residential Holding (a joint venture of Citigroup Property Investors in London and CORPUS SIREO in DĂĽsseldorf).

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Hengeler advises MĂĽnchenerHyp on proposed merger

September 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

MĂĽnchener Hypothekenbank eG and Deutsche Genossenschafts-Hypothekenbank aG are planning a merger wich is due to be implemented in 2007.

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Hengeler advises Raymarine on Eissing acquisition

August 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On Augus 20, 2007, Raymarine plc, a global leader in the supply of eletronic products to the leisure marine market, announced the acquisition of H. E. Eissing KG, the sole distributor of Raymarine products in Germany.

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Hengeler advises on Bioscientia Healthcare sale

August 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Bioscientia Institut fĂĽr Medizinische Diagnostik GmbH (Ingelheim, Germany) is merging with the German activities of the listed Australian company, Sonic Healthcare Ltd.

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Hengeler advises on RAG transaction

August 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On August 7, 2007 the three majority shareholders of RAG AG - E.ON AG, RWE Aktiengesellschaft und ThyssenKrupp AG, which in total hold 93.5% of RAG's shares - signed a share purchase agreement to sell and transfer all their shares in RAG to the newly founded RAG Foundation.

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Hengeler advises on merger of all German Coca-Cola bottlers

August 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Following three years of preparation, the independent German Coca-Cola bottlers, who manage some 35% of Coca-Cola's German business, have reached an agreement on the merger with Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke AG, which is fully owned by The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, USA and responsible for the rest of Coca-Cola's business in Germany.

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Hengeler advises Hypo Real Estate on portfolio sale

August 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hypo Real Estate Bank AG, part of the Hypor Real Estate Group, has sold a German real estate financing portfolio in the nominal value of 4.27 bn euros to ING DiBa AG.

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Deutsche Bank with Hengeler successful against Kirch

July 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 17 Juy 2007, the Higher Regional Court Frankfurt/Main dismissed the appeal of Mr. and Mrs. Kirch and the shareholder Dr. Bohndorf against a ruling of the Regional Court Frankfurt/Main.

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Hengeler advises Siemens on VDO sale

July 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Siemens AG has announced the sale of its subsidiary Siemens VDO Automotive AG to Continental AG.

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Hengeler advises Talanx on acquisition of Postbank's insurance activities

July 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler advises Talanx on acquisition of Postbank's insurance activities

Talanx AG has acquired from Postbank BHW Leben and BHW Pensionskasse as well as shareholdings in PB Versicherungen - operated previously as a joint venture - and has agreed a long-term extension to joint sales activities with Postbank.

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Hengeler advises on Homag Group IPO

July 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler advises on Homag Group IPO

July 13, 2007 was the first day of trading of shares of Homag Group AG on the official market (Prime Standard).

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Hengeler advises Industri Kapital on DSI sale

July 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler advises Industri Kapital on DSI sale

Industri Kapital has signed an agreement with CVC Captial Partners on the sale of DYWIDAG-Systems International GmbH (DSI).

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