Grupa Azoty S.A.’s acquisition of COMPO EXPERT GmbH from XIO Group


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has advised XIO Group, a London-headquartered private equity firm, on the sale of COMPO EXPERT GmbH, a leading manufacturer of specialty fertilizers for commercial use, to the listed Polish agrochemical group Grupa Azoty S.A.

The closing of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals as well as the approval by the extraordinary general meeting of Grupa Azoty. Closing is expected to take place between Q4 2018 and Q1 2019.

When the acquisition of the COMPO EXPERT Group is completed, it will be the second investment of Grupa Azoty on the German market, which in 2010 acquired ATT Polymers, a company operating in the plastics segment.

The purchase price for 100% of shares in the COMPO EXPERT Group will not be higher than EUR 235 million and will be financed entirely with credit lines available to Grupa Azoty.

The Freshfields team was led by Dr. Heiner Braun, Dr. Moritz Koch, and Dr. Markus Paul. Sascha Schubert led on antitrust, Dr. Michael Josenhans led on finance, Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont and Dr. Michael Ramb led on dispute resolution, Roman Eschke and Patrick Wendler led on employment matters, Dr. Martin Schiessl led on tax, and Guillermo Sánchez-Ostiz led on real estate.

CMS advised Grupa Azoty throughout the transaction with a team led by partners Ralf Kurney and Dr. Igor Stenzel (both Corporate), assisted by Dr. Tom Christopher Pröstler, Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution

Julian Hornberg, Associate and Vera Wahl, Associate, both Corporate M&A; Dr. Hanna Heimrath LL.M., Research Associate; Axel Dippmann, Partner and Alexander Schmitt, Counsel, both Banking & Finance; Marcus Fischer, Counsel, Tax; Dr. Sören Langner, Partner, Dr. Andreas Hofelich, Partner, Dr. Mario Brungs, Associate and Neil Yeats, Associate, all Labor, Employment & Pensions; Prof. Dr. Winfried Bullinger, Partner, Dr. Katharina Garbers-von Boehm, Counsel, Sabine Mußotter, Counsel and Alexis von Kruedener, Senior Associate, all Intellectual Property; Dr. Andreas Otto, Partner, Dr. Benjamin Schirmer, Counsel and Johannes Bescher, Senior Associate, all Real Estate & Public; Dr. Kai-Oliver Giesa, Counsel, Commercial; Dr. Rolf Hempel, Partner and Martin Cholewa, Senior Associate, both EU & Competition.

An international team of CMS network also advised with a CMS Austria team led by Dr. Dieter Zandler, Partner; a CMS China team led by Dr. Ulrike Glück, Partner; a CMS France team led by Alexandra Rohmert, Partner and Emmanuelle Brunel, Counsel; a CMS Italy team led by Dietmar Zischg, Partner; a CMS Morocco team led by Marc Veuillot, Partner; a CMS Netherlands team led by Christian Delgado, Partner and Mark Ziekman, Partner and Christiaan Scholten van Aschat, Partner; a CMS Spain team led by Luis Miguel de Dios, Partner.

The PwC team in Poland consisted of Partners Wojciech Slowinski, Jolanta Kokosinska, and Rafal Drobka, and Senior Associate Tomasz Dziubak.

Also advised Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi in Argentina with a team led by Ignacio Minorini Lima and Pablo Falabella; Hergüner Bilgen Özeke in Turkey with a team led by Süleyman Cengiz; Khaitan & Co. in India with a team led by Rabindra Jhunjhunwala, Partner; Koutalidis Law Firm in Greece with a team led by Katia Protopapa, Partner; Santamarina y Steta S.C. in Mexico with a team led by Jorge A. Barrero Stahl; Shearn Delamore & Co.in Malaysia with a team led by Ng Swee Kee; Tozzini Freire Advogados in Brazil with a team led by Maria Beatriz Bueno Siqeira Nunes Kowalewski; Urenda Rencoret Orrego y Dörr in Chile with a team led by Sergio Orrego.

Involved fees earner: Ulrike Glueck – CMS China; Dieter Zandler – CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz; Ralf Kurney – CMS Hasche Sigle; Igor Stenzel – CMS Hasche Sigle; Julian Hornberg – CMS Hasche Sigle; Vera Wahl – CMS Hasche Sigle; Tom Christopher Pröstler – CMS Hasche Sigle; Axel Dippmann – CMS Hasche Sigle; Alexander Schmitt – CMS Hasche Sigle; Marcus Fischer – CMS Hasche Sigle; Sören Langner – CMS Hasche Sigle; Andreas Hofelich – CMS Hasche Sigle; Mario Brungs – CMS Hasche Sigle; Neil Yeats – CMS Hasche Sigle; Winfried Bullinger – CMS Hasche Sigle; Katharina Garbers-von Boehm – CMS Hasche Sigle; Sabine Mußotter – CMS Hasche Sigle; Alexis von Kruedener – CMS Hasche Sigle; Andreas Otto – CMS Hasche Sigle; Benjamin Schirmer – CMS Hasche Sigle; Johannes Bescher – CMS Hasche Sigle; Kai-Oliver Giesa – CMS Hasche Sigle; Martin Cholewa – CMS Hasche Sigle; Rolf Hempel – CMS Hasche Sigle; Wojciech Slowinski – PwC Legal; Jolanta Kokosinska – PwC Legal; Rafal Drobka – PwC Legal; Heiner Braun – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Moritz Koch – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Markus Paul – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Sascha Schubert – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Michael Josenhans – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Michael Ramb – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Roman Eschke – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Patrick Wendler – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Martin Schiessl – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Guillermo Sánchez-Ostiz – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP;

Law Firms: CMS China; CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz; CMS Hasche Sigle; PwC Legal; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP;

Clients: Grupa Azoty S.A.; XIO Group;