C.H. Guenther & Son’s Acquisition of Wback


Kirkland & Ellis advised C.H. Guenther & Son LLG (CHG) on the acquisition of Wback GmbH (Wback) from German mid-market investor Halder.

Headquartered in Bönen, Germany, Wback is one of the most modern large-scale bakeries for soft rolls in Europe. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 2003, Wback supplies leading quick-service restaurants (QSRs) and food retailers from its two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Bönen and Leipheim, Germany.

CHG, a San Antonio-based producer of branded and private-label food products, is owned by Pritzker Private Capital (PPC) along with management and other co-investors. With the acquisition, CHG now has more than 3,500 employees in 22 food manufacturing locations in the U.S., Canada and Western Europe.

PPC acquires and operates middle-market companies based in North America with leading positions in the manufactured products, services and healthcare sectors.

Kirkland & Ellis advised C.H. Guenther with Benjamin Clinger (Picture), Adam Wexner (both M&A/Private Equity, Chicago), Benjamin Leyendecker, Thomas Krawitz (Corporate/M&A, Munich), Michelle Kilkenney, Katie Bolanowski (both Debt Finance, Chicago), Oded Schein (Tax, Munich), Sarah Jordan, Thomas Wilson (both Antitrust, London), Alexandra Farmer (Environmental Transactions, Washington); Associates: Greta-Josefin Harnisch, Samuel Frommelt (both Corporate/M&A), Daniel Hiemer (Tax), Katharina Hohmann (Finance, all Munich), Aaron Newell (Environmental Transactions, Washington), Carolyn Aiken (Debt Finance, Chicago)

Involved fees earner: Carolyn Aiken – Hunton Andrew Kurth; Katie Bolanowski – Kirkland & Ellis; Benjamin Clinger – Kirkland & Ellis; Alexandra Farmer – Kirkland & Ellis; Samuel Frommelt – Kirkland & Ellis; Greta-Josefin Harnisch – Kirkland & Ellis; Daniel Hiemer – Kirkland & Ellis; Katharina Hohmann – Kirkland & Ellis; Sarah Jordan – Kirkland & Ellis; Michelle Kilkenney – Kirkland & Ellis; Thomas Krawitz – Kirkland & Ellis; Benjamin Leyendecker – Kirkland & Ellis; Aaron Newell – Kirkland & Ellis; Oded Schein – Kirkland & Ellis; Adam Wexner – Kirkland & Ellis; Thomas Wilson – Kirkland & Ellis;

Law Firms: Hunton Andrew Kurth; Kirkland & Ellis;

Clients: C.H. Guenther & Son, Inc. ;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti