Linklaters, Ashurst, Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett and Ogier advised funds managed by Apax Partners on the deal, while Poellath advised the management of the Rodenstock Group. Sidley Austin LLP, Giese & Partner, ILCT, Dickson Minto and Maat Rechtsanwälte advised Compass Partners and its portfolio company Rodenstock GmbH on the deal. Clifford Chance advised Mubadala.
Apax Funds acquired Rodenstock Group, a leading manufacturer of premium ophthalmic lenses, from Compass Partners.
The Apax Funds will support the Rodenstock management team’s vision of accelerating the company’s growth through innovation, commercial execution and digitalisation, whilst continuing to deliver the highest level of service to clients and partners.
Founded in 1877, Rodenstock has been a global leader in prescription lenses for over 140 years, with a strong track record of innovative product development and market leading technologies.
Headquartered in Munich, Germany, Rodenstock employs around 4,900 people worldwide and is represented by sales subsidiaries and distribution partners in more than 85 countries.
The Linklaters team advising on the deal was led by private equity partners Ralph Drebes (Picture – Frankfurt) and Ben Rodham (London) supported by private equity managing associates Albrecht Schaefer (Frankfurt), Kay Murphy (London), Matthew Devey, Dr. Daniel Pauly, Dr. Michael Leicht, Marc Trinkaus, Dr. Jana Hager, Dr. Christoph Tamcke, Dr. Johannes Porsch, Caroline Roggenbuck, Tim Werhann, Atif Wolfgang Bhatti, Patricia Galts, Jasmin Pommer, Dr. Lasse Petersen and David Ben Kaiser.
The Poellath team was led by Dr. Benedikt Hohaus, with Silke Simmer.
The Sidley team was led by Volker Kullmann (partner) and Nicole Janssen (partner), Private Equity/M&A, with support from Dr. Roderic Pagel (partner), Tax, Dr. Markus Feil (partner), Global Finance, Jennifer Geng (associate), Thomas Komanek (senior associate), both Private Equity/M&A, Xenia Pisarewski (associate), Global Finance, all Munich, Adam Runcorn (partner), Private Equity/M&A and Oliver Currall (partner), Tax, both London.
The Ashurst team was led by included Gil Even-Shoshan.
The Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett team was led by Ian Barratt.
The Ogier team was led by Laurent Thailly.
The Clifford Chance team included Mohammed Al-Shukairy, Dr. Thomas Krecek and Lara Stelmach.
The Maat Rechtsanwälte team was led by Thomas Bader and Jutta Cantauw.
The Giese & Partner team was led by Jitka Sytarová and Jaroslava Trojanová.
The ILCT team included Palawi Bunnag and Supachai Arunthamsakul.
The Dickson Minto team was led by Andrew Nuthall.
Involved fees earner: Gil Even-Shoshan – Ashurst; Andrew Nuthall – Dickson Minto W.S.; Jitka Syta?ová – Giese & Partner; Jaroslava Trojanová – Giese & Partner; Supachai Arunthamsakul – ILCT Ltd.; Palawi Bunnag – ILCT Ltd.; Atif Wolfgang Bhatti – Linklaters; Matthew Devey – Linklaters; Ralph Drebes – Linklaters; Patricia Galts – Linklaters; Jana Hager – Linklaters; David Ben Kaiser – Linklaters; Michael Leicht – Linklaters; Kay Murphy – Linklaters; Daniel Pauly – Linklaters; Lasse Petersen – Linklaters; Jasmin Pommer – Linklaters; Johannes Porsch – Linklaters; Ben Rodham – Linklaters; Caroline Roggenbuck – Linklaters; Albrecht Schaefer – Linklaters; Christoph Tamcke – Linklaters; Marc Trinkaus – Linklaters; Tim Werhann – Linklaters; Thomas Bader – Maat Rechtsanwälte; Jutta Cantauw – Maat Rechtsanwälte; Laurent Thailly – Ogier LLP; Benedikt Hohaus – P+P Pöllath + Partners; Silke Simmer – P+P Pöllath + Partners; Oliver Currall – Sidley Austin LLP; Markus Feil – Sidley Austin LLP; Jennifer Geng – Sidley Austin LLP; Nicole Janssen – Sidley Austin LLP; Thomas Komanek – Sidley Austin LLP; Volker Kullmann – Sidley Austin LLP; Roderic Pagel – Sidley Austin LLP; Xenia Pisarewski – Sidley Austin LLP; Adam Runcorn – Sidley Austin LLP; Ian Barratt – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett;