Manufacturing and industrial companies across many sectors constantly face challenges in pursuit of their growth targets and business goals. Global pressure on profit margins, ever-evolving tax regimes and shifting business and legal landscapes are only a few of the factors at play.
Whether forming a new business entity, expanding, integrating, divesting or optimizing operations, companies turn to us to provide the legal guidance they need. Clients benefit from our depth of understanding in individual sectors, strong local connections, global perspective and cross-practice strength. We bring together knowledge and experience from across the Firm in areas including subcontracting, outsourcing, trade practices, supply and distribution chains, antitrust, M&A, technology, intellectual property, product liability, tax, employment law, and others. Our strong connections to regulatory agencies and governmental authorities throughout the world benefit clients in this sector as they navigate regulatory demands and local environments.
We advise clients on their day-to-day operational issues as well as sophisticated transactions that are critical to their success. We have worked on many "first-ever" transactions, reflecting our creativity and innovation as well as our commitment to finding a way through for our clients, no matter what the circumstance.
Our technical legal knowledge is underscored by our desire to understand the business from our clients’ point of view. This distinguished commercial awareness constantly shapes our legal perspective. Throughout fluctuating business and economic cycles, we watch and interpret market movements, helping our clients deal with the challenges of doing business in a rapidly changing world.
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Toshiba LCD antitrust case, 2014
In November 2014, we achieved a significant victory for Toshiba in the ongoing multi-billion dollar TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) litigations. The Seventh Circuit affirmed a district court ruling under the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA) of 1982 dismissing 99 percent of Motorola's Sherman Act claims. The appeals court concluded that the purchases of Motorola’s foreign subsidiaries could not give rise to a Sherman Act antitrust claim. Motorola's request for rehearing en banc was denied.
Norilsk Nickel divestment, 2014
We advised Norilsk Nickel on the US$337 million sale of its operations in Africa to BCL Limited of Botswana in 2014. The sale includes Norilsk Nickel's 50 percent participation interest in the Nkomati Nickel and Chrome Mine in South Africa and 85 percent stake in Tati Nickel Mining Company in Botswana. This transaction is the largest in a series of asset disposals by Norilsk Nickel since it took the strategic decision to exit from non-core mining operations in 2013. Nkomati is the largest primary nickel and chrome mine in Africa. Completion of the sale is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.
Mercedes-Benz France (Daimler AG), 2014
We represented German car manufacturer Daimler and its French subsidiary, Mercedes-Benz France, in a major case before the Conseil d'État, the highest French administrative court, marking the end of their dispute against the French authorities. The dispute concerned a French government order that prevented the registration of several car models. Daimler and Mercedes-Benz France had been accused of not complying with EU rules regarding air conditioning refrigerant. Although the German automobile authority, KBA, allowed the sale of the new Mercedes-Benz models, the French administration blocked their registration. In its final ruling in 2014, the Conseil d'État confirmed all of the manufacturer's arguments and ordered the permanent lifting of the government's order.
Nostrum Oil & Gas group reorganization, 2013–2014
We are representing Nostrum Oil & Gas on a group reorganization including the acquisition of the business of Nostrum Oil & Gas LP, an independent oil and gas exploration and production business with assets in Kazakhstan, by way of a scheme of reorganization. Nostrum Oil & Gas proposed to transfer its listing of global depositary receipts on the London Stock Exchange to a premium listing of shares on the London Stock Exchange, together with a listing of such shares on the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange. Nostrum Oil & Gas will then seek admission to the FTSE 250 index.
Tractebel Engineering, 2013
We advised GDF SUEZ subsidiary and leading engineering company Tractebel Engineering on the acquisition of Germany-based Lahmeyer, specializing in energy and water infrastructure. Upon completion of the project, the group will become a leading world player in consultancy engineering services specialized in energy and infrastructure, with a local presence in 34 countries and €600 million in expected annual revenues. The signing of the Share Purchase Agreement took place in September 2014.
IHI Corporation acquires Ionbond, 2012
The Japanese industrial group IHI Corporation acquired Ionbond, a Switzerland-based worldwide leader in advanced coatings and coating equipment from majority shareholders Barclays Ventures and Credit Suisse AG and other minority shareholders. With our Tokyo office leading our work, we represented IHI as deal counsel in the acquisition, which required approval from US, French and German regulatory authorities, and involved 21 jurisdictions in Europe, North America and Asia and more than 123 lawyers in 16 offices.