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Niederer Kraft & Frey advises Absolute Private Equity Ltd.

January 2012

5 September 2011: Niederer Kraft & Frey advises Absolute Private Equity Ltd. in connection with the voluntary public takeover offer by HarbourVest Acquistion GmbH

On 3 June 2011, HarbourVest Acquisition GmbH announced its voluntary friendly public tender offer for all publicly held shares in Absolute Private Equity Ltd.. ACP Acquisition GmbH launched a partial competing bid for 20% of outstanding shares at an offer price of USD 18.60 which it withdrew later on. The process further involved a private bid by a shareholder, Alpine Select AG, for the Absolute shares held by Credit Suisse only which made HarbourVest increase its offer from USD 17.25 to 18.50. The offer amounted to approximately USD 806 million. In this transaction, Niederer Kraft & Frey was advising Absolute Private Equity and its Board of Directors in all Swiss-law matters, including takeover, stock exchange law and corporate governance. The NKF team was led by Andreas Casutt and Philipp Haas, assisted by senior associate Evelyn Schilter.


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