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Dr. Axel Pajunk acted as the responsible partner and / or as team leader in charge in all of the following mandate examples. We are not permitted to cite numerous other transactions and mandates – including those from other industries – in this section for confidentiality reasons.

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Technology industry

Advice provided to a financial investor and advisory board members regarding the sale of their shares in a Germany-listed e-commerce services company in the context of a friendly take-over of the majority ownership by a Swiss-listed digital commerce firm with competences in content production, digital marketing and blockchain technology. The transaction was structured through a combination of a capital increase and the buyout of a group of large shareholders and comprised changes at the management and board level all as agreed in an investment agreement and a share purchase agreement.

Advice provided to a German company and its founding shareholders on a strategic partnership and (re-)investment in a joint venture with the purchaser, a New York-based venture-capital investor specialising in technology companies. The company is a global provider in the area of digital damage and maintenance processing. The transaction volume was between 150 and 250 million euros.

Advice provided to a public limited company and its founder on the sale of the company to an NYSE-listed global provider of services and software for the processing of damage claims. The target company is a market leader for the data-based and automated inspection of cost estimates and invoices. The transaction volume was between 25 and 100 million euros.

Chemicals industry

Advice provided to one of the largest family businesses in the USA on the acquisition of a German producer of specialty chemicals, as well as its 50% joint-venture investment in Austria (share deal) and major assets (asset deal) in many countries. The seller was a U.S. chemicals company listed on the NYSE. The transaction volume was between 150 and 250 million euros.

Advice provided to a global specialty-chemicals group listed on the Swiss stock exchange (SIX)

  • for the sale of its Detergents & Intermediates business to a Luxembourg-based industrial holding company that specialises in the acquisition and development of medium-sized chemical and pharmaceutical companies.
  • for the sale of its leather chemicals business to a Dutch chemicals group, as well as the re-investment in a joint venture with an international holding company listed on the main stock exchange in Paris (Euronext).
  • on the divestment of three business divisions – Textile Chemicals, Paper Specialties and Emulsions – to a U.S. investment company.
  • bon the 2 billion-euro acquisition of a globally active German chemicals group from a financial investor and numerous existing shareholders within the framework of a public tender offer. Advice was also provided on the company’s subsequent global integration into the group owned by the purchaser.

Real-estate industry

Advice provided to a southern Germany-based real estate company specialised in property and project development, on the sale of a partial area under leasehold to a global leader in food discounting. The area comprises of around 44,000 square metres in the Munich area. The property is to be used to create attractive retail space, offices, a hotel and modern apartments in the course of the project’s continued development.

Advice provided to a seller on the sale of its DIY-store division – with about 5,200 employees and annual net revenue of about 760 million euros – to a leading company in the German hardware-store industry. The focus of the advice was on the transfer of commercial leases for 133 business locations, as well as an even larger number of subleases, through a mixed share and asset deal with the prior spin-off into a special purpose property company.

Retail industry

Advice provided to a leading food retailer in Germany

  • on the acquisition of a large German supermarket chain with 451 outlets and almost 16,000 employees. The supermarket chain’s total annual revenue was about 1.8 billion euros.
  • on the merger of a food discounter (2,900 outlets, annual revenue of 6.8 billion euros) with the discount-store subsidiary of the purchaser’s holding company.
  • on the acquisition of the once publicly listed grocery and discount chain (annual revenue of 5.7 billion euros) owned by a French wholesale and retail company. Advice was also provided on its investment in a European procurement cooperative.

Automotive industry

Advice provided to a leading German automotive supplier on the acquisition of the automobile division of a public company listed on the Nasdaq in Helsinki. The transaction volume was 600 million euros. The essential element of the transaction was the approximately 1,900 software developers and their knowledge in the area of automated driving.