Orrick advised Swedish-listed lighting manufacturer Fagerhult in its acquisition of Germany’s WE-EF Group and its sister companies in Australia, France, Great Britain, Switzerland, Thailand and the United States. The transaction is subject to the clearance by the German Federal Cartel Office.
Fagerhult develops, produces and markets lighting solutions for public environments such as schools, office blocks, retail areas, industries and hospitals. The company employs approximately 2,600 people and has offices in 20 countries around the world, including Germany.
The WE-EF Group, headquartered in Bispingen, Lower Saxony, specializes in lighting for outdoor areas. The group consists of seven companies with eight different locations on four continents.
Orrick previously advised Fagerhult on its 2016 purchase of LED Linear GmbH and its holdings in joint venture companies in the United States, France, UK, Switzerland, Singapore, India and the United Arab Emirates.
In this acquisition, Fagerhult was advised by Kristoffer Jacobsson, partner at the Swedish law firm Wesslau Söderqvist Advokatbyrå, and Orrick partner Konstantin Heitmann, who led a team of lawyers from Orrick’s Düsseldorf, London, Paris and New York offices, as well as lawyers from Clayton Utz (Australia) and Tilleke & Gibbins (Thailand).
In addition to Konstantin, the Orrick team included Till Steinvorth (Antitrust, Düsseldorf), André Zimmermann (Employment, Düsseldorf), Felix Schäfer (Real Estate, Düsseldorf), Stefan Schultes-Schnitzlein (Tax, Düsseldorf), Jim McQuade (Employment, New York), Anthony Riley (M&A and Private Equity, London), Lara Finken (M&A and Private Equity, Düsseldorf), Sophie Ratzke (IP/IT, Düsseldorf), Louisa Kallhoff (Employment, Düsseldorf), Francesca Drake (M&A and Private Equity, London), Olivier Vuillod (M&A and Private Equity, Paris), Doriane Salimon (M&A and Private Equity, Paris), Julien Haure (Employment, Paris), Anne Giraud-Lasserre (Real Estate, Paris), Spencer Cohen (M&A and Private Equity, New York) and James Larkin (Tax, New York).