Dr. Jochen Hoerth
Jochen (Josh) Hoerth is a local partner in the M&A/Corporate practice group in the Firm's Frankfurt office. He advises national and international publicly listed and private companies as well as investors with respect to national and international M&A transactions as well as in terms of corporate, capital market and commercial law.
Prior to joining White & Case, Josh worked as an Associate and trainee lawyer for another international law firm in Berlin, Frankfurt and New York City.
Before beginning his legal traineeship, Josh worked as a Research Associate for the Singapore-based Rule of Law Program Asia of German government-sponsored Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
LANXESS, sale of 40 percent stake in Currenta to MIRA, 2019
Advising specialty chemicals company LANXESS on the sale of its stake in Currenta, operator of one of Europe's largest chemical parks located in Germany, to funds managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA). LANXESS sold its 40 percent interest alongside chemicals and pharmaceuticals enterprise Bayer, which held the remaining 60 percent of Currenta, at a total deal value of approximately €3.5 billion (enterprise value).
Clariant, sale of Healthcare Packaging business to Arsenal Capital Partners, 2019
Advising Swiss specialty chemical company Clariant AG on the CHF 308 million sale of its Healthcare Packaging business to New York-based private equity fund Arsenal Capital Partners in a bidding process. The business has manufacturing facilities in the US, France, China and India, and employs around 600 employees.
Verdane Capital, investment in momox GmbH, 2019
Advising private equity and venture capital firm Verdane Capital on its investment in recommerce provider momox GmbH. momox is the largest seller of used goods on amazon and eBay in Germany and the largest seller on amazon worldwide.
dSPACE, acquisition of understandAI, 2019
Advising dSPACE digital signal processing and control engineering GmbH (dSPACE) in its acquisition of the startup understandAI GmbH, a company developing software in the field of AI for autonomous driving solutions based in Karlsruhe.
AIXTRON, joint venture with South Korean IRUJA, 2018
Advising Germany-listed AIXTRON SE on a joint venture with South Korean IRUJA Co. Ltd. to invest in APEVA, AIXTRON's subsidiary for OLED deposition technologies with companies in the UK, South Korea and Germany. IRUJA contributed their well-established Automation & Handling Technology for the display market into the joint venture, making APEVA a complete OLED deposition system provider for the display industry.
FTCAP, sale of FTCAP and Leclanché Capacitors, 2018
Advising the owners of F & T Fischer & Tausche Holding GmbH & Co. KG on the sale of their indirect participation in German FTCAP GmbH and Swiss Leclanché Capacitors Sàrl, which specialize in the development and production of capacitors, to French listed Mersen Group.
Conzzeta, acquisition of foam materials business unit of Otto Bock Group, 2017
Advising Swiss listed Conzzeta AG on its acquisition of the foam materials business unit of Otto Bock Group with production sites in Germany, China and the USA, making Conzzeta a global leader in polyurethane-based foam materials for modern mobility solutions used in the car, truck and aviation industries. The deal includes the takeover of all the shares in the joint venture between Otto Bock and FoamPartner, which the two companies have run on a 50-50 basis in China since 2005.
Autonomos, sale to TomTom, 2017
Advising the founders and shareholders of Autonomos GmbH, a Berlin-based autonomous driving start-up, on the sale of all shares in Autonomos GmbH to TomTom, a global leader in traffic, mapping and navigation products and solutions. Autonomos specializes in research and development services in the areas of automotive software, digital image processing and 3D sensor technology.
CATL, acquisition of ownership stake in Valmet Automotive, 2016
Advising Chinese specialist provider of battery cells and energy storage systems Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd. (CATL) on the acquisition of a 22 percent ownership stake in Valmet Automotive Ltd., a Finnish provider of vehicle manufacturing and convertible roof systems (the latter business emerged from the former convertible roof division of the insolvent Karmann Group). As a result of the acquisition, CATL and Valmet Automotive form a strategic partnership for electric vehicle solutions, which CATL aims to use to strengthen its market position in the rapidly evolving European electric vehicle market.
AIXTRON, intended takeover by Fujian Grand Chip Investment, 2016
Advising TecDAX and NASDAQ listed AIXTRON SE on the intended approx. €670 million takeover by the Chinese financial investor Fujian Grand Chip Investment. Germany-headquartered AIXTRON is a leading provider of deposition equipment for the semiconductor industry. The transaction had to be abandoned by prohibitive order of US President Obama regarding AIXTRON's US business.
Greenbrier, formation of global joint venture with Astra Rail Management, 2016
Advising US-listed The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. on a joint venture with Astra Rail Management GmbH. Both companies will merge their operational units based in Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Germany. The manufacturing, engineering and sale of railcars as well as extensive service capabilities were bundled within the newly formed company Greenbrier-Astra Rail to strengthen and expand the business in Europe, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations and Eurasia.