Morrison Foerster is advising Nikon Corporation, a globally active Japanese manufacturer of optical technology solutions, in connection with the recently announced voluntary public takeover bid for SLM Solutions Group AG, a Lübeck-based manufacturer of metal 3D printers.
Morrison Foerster advised on all aspects of the transaction, including the structuring of the deal, due diligence, as well as the preparation and negotiation of the transaction documentation, namely the investment agreement and irrevocable undertakings with major shareholders of the target company. The transaction is valued at €622 million.
The transaction is subject to approvals under investment control law and customary closing conditions. Morrison Foerster will continue to advise on the transaction, including in relation to obtaining foreign investment control approvals.
The MoFo team was led out of Berlin by Dr. Dirk Besse, Partner (Corporate/M&A); Dr. Sebastian Schwalme, Partner (Corporate/M&A); Julian Gebauer, Senior Associate (Corporate/M&A); Paula Katharina Paprocki, Senior Associate (Corporate/M&A); Dr. Omid Ebrahimzadeh, Associate (Corporate/M&A); Ercem Cardak, Associate (Corporate/M&A); Dr. Angela Kerek, Partner (Finance); Dr. Felix Helmstädter, Partner (Sanctions/Export Controls); Alexander Eisenfeld, Associate (Sanctions/Export Controls); Prof. Dr. Andreas Grünwald, Partner (Antitrust); Dr. Jens Hackl, Counsel (Antitrust); Dominik Arncken, Associate (Antitrust); Dr. Wolfgang Schönig, Partner (Technology Transactions); Johann Stephan Kress, Counsel (Technology Transactions); Robert Grohmann, Senior Associate (Technology Transactions); Jacqueline Madeleine Feigl, Associate (IP/Due Diligence); Heval Mienert, Associate (Technology Transactions); and Hanno Timner, Partner (Privacy + Data Security).
The wider MoFo team included, in London, Marie-Claire Strawbridge, Partner (Antitrust/National Security) and Calum Ablett, Associate (FCPA + Global Anti Corruption); in the U.S., John T. Owen, Partner (Corporate Finance/Capital Markets), Blaire E. Rose, Associate (Business Restructuring + Insolvency), Thomas H. Good, Associate (Business Restructuring + Insolvency), James M. Brower, Of Counsel (Sanctions/Export Controls), Sam Lee, Associate (Technology Transactions/IP), Nathan S. Vogler, Associate (Patent Strategy + Prosecution); and in Japan, Nozomi Oda, Partner (M&A/Capital Markets) and Yuhki Asano, Partner (Finance).