BVI’s Acquisition of PhysIOL Group SA


Ropes & Gray has advised TPG Capital on the acquisition by BVI – one of its portfolio companies – of PhysIOL Group SA from TA Associates. Stibbe provided Belgian law advice on the deal.

BVI (Beaver-Visitec International) is a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of specialised surgical devices and custom procedure packs for the ophthalmic marketplace. PhysIOL Group SA (PhysIOL) is a Belgium-based ophthalmic company specialising in the research, development, and manufacture of intraocular lenses (IOLs).

The deal, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019, will allow BVI to expand its portfolio, furthering the company’s transformation into a fully-integrated, technology-enabled ophthalmic player.

A cross-border and cross-practice Ropes & Gray team was led by private equity partner John Newton (Picture) in London with finance partners Alexander Zeltser, in New York, and Carol Van der Vorst, in London, leading on the debt aspects of the deal. Other members of the team included tax partner Andrew Howard (London), executive compensation partner Allie Alperovich (New York), private equity associates Electra Callan and Victoria McGrath (London) and finance associate Daniel Coyne (Boston).

Involved fees earner: Allie Alperovich – Ropes & Gray; Electra Callan – Ropes & Gray; Daniel Coyne – Ropes & Gray; Andrew Howard – Ropes & Gray; Victoria McGrath – Ropes & Gray; John Newton – Ropes & Gray; Carol Van der Vorst – Ropes & Gray; Alexander Zeltser – Ropes & Gray;

Law Firms: Ropes & Gray;

Clients: TPG Capital;