IMM Private Equity’s $1.2 Billion Acquisition Of Linde Korean Assets

Hengeler Mueller and Shin & Kim advised Linde on the transaction.

Linde plc has completed the sale of selected assets of Linde Korea to IMM Private Equity Inc. in connection with the recent merger between Linde AG and Praxair, Inc. and requirements of the Korea Fair Trade Commission.

The assets divested include bulk and on-site business in Giheung, Pohang and Seosansites as well as oxygen and nitrogen on-site generators. The business generated annual sales of approximately USD 220 million and an EBITDA of just over USD 83 million in 2017. The purchase price is USD 1.2 billion.

Hengeler Mueller advised Linde on the transaction. The team was led by partner Matthias Hentzen (Picture) and included partners Emmanuel Strehle (Munich) and Thomas Lang (Frankfurt) as well as associate Alexander Bekier (Berlin) (all Corporate/M&A).

Hengeler Mueller worked on this transaction together with the Korean firm Shin & Kim (Joon Hyug Chung (lead), Stephanie Kim, Su He Hong, Clara Miri Kang). Inhouse, Linde was represented by Harald Voigts (lead, Munich) and Serena Park (Seoul).

Involved fees earner: Alexander Bekier – Hengeler Mueller; Matthias Hentzen – Hengeler Mueller; Thomas Lang – Hengeler Mueller; Emanuel Strehle – Hengeler Mueller; Joon Hyug Chung – Shin & Kim; Su Hee Hong – Shin & Kim; Clara Miri Kang – Shin & Kim; Stephanie Kim – Shin & Kim;

Law Firms: Hengeler Mueller; Shin & Kim;

Clients: Linde Plc;