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Freshfields, Rymarz Zdort, and Filip & Company Advise on One Equity Partners’ Acquisition of Muehlhan Business

Freshfields, Rymarz Zdort, and Filip & Company Advise on One Equity Partners’ Acquisition of Muehlhan Business

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Rymarz Zdort, and Filip & Company have advised One Equity Partners on its acquisition of Muehlhan’s European and US businesses. Reportedly, Eversheds Sutherland member firm Tsvetkova, Bebov & Partners advised the buyer in Bulgaria, while Bech-Bruun, Georgiades & Pelides, and CLP advised the buyer in Denmark, Cyprus, and Norway.

Closing is expected in the first quarter of 2023, pending regulatory approval.

One Equity Partners is a New York-headquartered private equity investment firm, focusing on the industrial, healthcare, and technology sectors in North America and Europe.

Muehlhan is a Hamburg-headquartered surface protection solutions provider catering to the marine, infrastructure, and offshore wind energy industries.

"We believe that OEP will accelerate our growth strategy of providing industrial services to the three core industries: wind energy, marine, and infrastructure, extending our geographic reach and broadening our service portfolio," Muehlhan CEO Stefan Muller-Arends commented. "OEP has a long track record of driving their investments forward, especially through strategic add-on acquisitions."

The Freshfields team included Vienna-based Associate Daniel Metz, as well as lawyers from the firm’s Frankfurt, Hamburg, Duesseldorf, Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, and New York offices.

The Rymarz Zdort team included Partner Monika Kierepa, Counsel Marek Kanczew, Senior Associate Honorata Skibicka, and Associates Kamila Banas, Filip Goledzinowski, Michal Lulka, Szymon Marciniak, and Marta Szczepkowska.

The Filip & Company team was led by Partner Alexandru Birsan and included Associate Larisa Jurca.

Editor’s Note: After this article was published, Zepos & Yannopoulos announced that it had advised One Equity Partners on tax matters, working alongside Germany-based Flick Gocke Schaumburg. The firm’s team was led by Partner Maria Zoupa.

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