Advising Aperam

13 Apr 2018

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A team from international law firm Simmons & Simmons, lead by Corporate/M&A partner Dr. Christian Bornhorst, has advised the Luxembourg-based Aperam S.A. on the acquisition of the specialty alloys manufacturer VDM Metals. The transaction corresponds to an Enterprise Value of €596m and is subject to merger control approvals.

Aperam, a listed company in Luxembourg, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels, is a global player in stainless, electrical and specialty steel, with customers in over 40 countries. Its industrial network is concentrated in six production facilities located in Brazil, Belgium and France. Its business is organized in three primary operating segments: Stainless & Electrical Steel, Services & Solutions and Alloys & Specialties.

VDM Metals Group based in Werdohl, Germany, is a global producer of high-performance materials consisting of nickel and nickel alloys, special stainless steels, zirconium, semi-finished aluminum and copper products, and cobalt-based alloys. VDM’s products are sold to customers active in various industries. The company is currently owned by Lindsay Goldberg, a US private equity investor.

Simmons & Simmons lead partner, Dr. Christian Bornhorst comments:We are delighted to have advised Aperam on this successful and value-unlocking transaction and we look forward to supporting our client with the next steps of the transaction.

The Simmons & Simmons team consisted of Dr. Christian Bornhorst (lead, M&A Düsseldorf), Dr. Michael Bormann, Marc Urlichs, Matthias von Holten, Dr. Anja Schlichting, Sören Scheibel (all M&A, Düsseldorf), Koen Platteau, Dr. Robert Hardy and Mathieu Vancaillie (all competition, Brussels), Dr. Martin Gramsch (competition, Düsseldorf), Alexander Greth, Patrick Kominiak (both employment, Düsseldorf), Dr. Stefan Schramm, Leonie Müller (both Finance, Frankfurt), Lennart Dahmen (regulatory, Frankfurt), Dr. Philipp Schröler (Litigation, Düsseldorf), Julian Hiereth (Real Estate, Munich) as well as Claudia Feller and Janine Manke (both IP, Munich). In Brussels, Yannick Sternotte (M&A) was part of the team. In addition, Claire le Touzé and Jennifer Heng (both employment, Paris) and Louis-Maël Cogis, Cathrine Foldberg Møller und Leonor Rijpma (M&A and regulatory, Luxembourg) were involved.

Notaries public Zimmermann Hauschild, Düsseldorf, acted as notaries for the signing.

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