Phoenix Pharmahandel’s Acquisition of McKesson’s Continental European Business

Gleiss Lutz, Gide, Chiomenti and Gardetto advised PHOENIX on the transaction.

PHOENIX Pharmahandel GmbH & Co KG announced the acquisition of large parts of the Continental European business of US pharmaceutical distributor McKesson Corporation, Irving, Texas (McKesson).

The transaction covers business operations in Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, the Nether-lands, Lithuania and Monaco. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. Closing of the transaction is subject to the customary regulatory clearances.

Germany’s largest pharmaceutical wholesaler, PHOENIX is the German subsidiary of PHOENIX Pharma SE, a leading healthcare provider in Europe. The group is part of the Merckle group of companies. In a total of 27 countries, PHOENIX supplies pharmacies, doctors and medical facilities with medicines and healthcare products through more than 161 distribution centres. PHOENIX also operates over 2,800 of its own pharmacies in 14 European countries with its pharmacy brands BENU, APOTEK 1, Rowlands Pharmacy and Help Net.

McKesson is a global leader in healthcare supply chain management solutions, retail pharmacy, community oncology and specialty care, and healthcare information solutions. McKesson Europe, headquartered in Stuttgart, is part of the McKesson Group and operates in Europe with around 38,000 employees.

The team of Gleiss Lutz included Dr. Rainer Loges (Picture – Partner, Munich), Dr. Martin Schockenhoff (of counsel, Stuttgart, both lead), Dr. Julius Scheifele (Munich), Jan Philipp Mohr (counsel, Hamburg), Dr. Markus Braun (Munich), Friedrich Baumgärtel (Düsseldorf, all M&A), Dr. Johannes Culmann, Dr. Stephanie Lumpp (both counsel, both Corporate, both Stuttgart), Dr. Matthias Karl (partner), Dr. Philipp Pichler (counsel), Dr. Patrick Grüner (counsel), Dr. Lukas Aberle, Alexandra Bruch, Dr. Daniela Drixler, Dr. Juliane Langguth (all Competition/Antitrust, all Stuttgart), Dr. Doris-Maria Schuster (partner, Hamburg), Dr. Frauke Sturm (counsel, Stuttgart), Dr. Matthias Böglmüller (Munich), Dr. Daniela Mayr (Hamburg), Alexandra-Helene Schwager (both Hamburg, all Employment), Dr. Jacob von Andreae (partner, Düsseldorf), Dr. Marco König (partner, Stuttgart), Aylin Hoffs (Düsseldorf), Dr. Oliver Junge (Stuttgart), Simon Clemens Wegmann (Berlin), Christoph Goller (Stuttgart), Matthias Hahn (Düsseldorf), Rafael Müller (Stuttgart, all Public Law), Dr. Matthias Werner (counsel), Dr. Manuel Klar, Dr. Theresa Uhlenhut, Michael Feilke, Sebastian Girschick (all IP/IT, Munich), Dr. Johann Wagner (partner), Dr. Hendrik Marchal (counsel, both Tax, both Hamburg), Dr. Helge Kortz (partner), Dr. Thomas Kulzer (counsel), Jana Pinto Escaleira (all Banking & Finance, all Frankfurt).

Olaf Teichert, Director Corporate Legal, provided in-house advice.

The Gide team advising Phoenix comprised partner Jean-Gabriel Flandrois, working with associates Eya Ennaifer and Antoine Moulin on corporate/M&A aspects; partner Dimitri Dimitrov and associates Gautier Kerjouan and Maximilien Rodrigues on competition law aspects, and partner Foulques de Rostolan and associate Maxime Redon on employment law aspects.

The Chiomenti team in Italy was led by Stefano Mazzotti and the Gardetto team in Monaco was led by Jean-Charles Gardetto. Also Mario Pelli Cattaneo, Alessandra Lo Muzio and Gianluca Riccardino advised on corporate matters; Filippo Brunetti and Elisabetta Mentasti advised on public law aspects; Giulio Napolitano and Luca Masotto provided assistance on golden power law; as well as Emanuele Barberis and Luigi Mariani provided assistance on labour law.

Involved fees earner: Emanuele Barberis – Chiomenti; Filippo Brunetti – Chiomenti; Alessandra Lo Muzio – Chiomenti; Luigi Mariani – Chiomenti; Luca Masotto – Chiomenti; Stefano Mazzotti – Chiomenti; Elisabetta Mentasti – Chiomenti; Giulio Napolitano – Chiomenti; Mario Pelli Cattaneo – Chiomenti; Gianluca Riccardino – Chiomenti; Foulques de Rostolan – Gide Loyrette Nouel; Dimitri Dimitrov – Gide Loyrette Nouel; Eya Ennaifer – Gide Loyrette Nouel; Jean-Gabriel Flandrois – Gide Loyrette Nouel; Antoine Moulin – Gide Loyrette Nouel; Gautier Kerjouan – Gide Loyrette Nouel; Maxime Redon – Gide Loyrette Nouel; Maximilien Rodrigues – Gide Loyrette Nouel; Lukas Aberle – Gleiss Lutz; Friedrich Baumgärtel – Gleiss Lutz; Matthias Böglmüller – Gleiss Lutz; Markus Braun – Gleiss Lutz; Alexandra Brücher – Gleiss Lutz; Johannes Culmann – Gleiss Lutz; Daniela Drixler – Gleiss Lutz; Jana Pinto Escaleira – Gleiss Lutz; Michael Feilke – Gleiss Lutz; Sebastian Girschick – Gleiss Lutz; Christoph Goller – Gleiss Lutz; Patrick Grüner – Gleiss Lutz; Matthias Hahn – Gleiss Lutz; Aylin Hoffs – Gleiss Lutz; Oliver Junge – Gleiss Lutz; Matthias Karl – Gleiss Lutz; Manuel Klar – Gleiss Lutz; Marco König – Gleiss Lutz; Helge Kortz – Gleiss Lutz; Thomas Kulzer – Gleiss Lutz; Juliane Langguth – Gleiss Lutz; Rainer Loges – Gleiss Lutz; Stephanie Lumpp – Gleiss Lutz; Hendrik Marchal – Gleiss Lutz; Daniela Mayr – Gleiss Lutz; Jan Philipp Mohr – Gleiss Lutz; Rafael Müller – Gleiss Lutz; Philipp Pichler – Gleiss Lutz; Martin Schockenhoff – Gleiss Lutz; Doris-Maria Schuster – Gleiss Lutz; Alexandra-Helene Schwager – Gleiss Lutz; Frauke Sturm – Gleiss Lutz; Theresa Uhlenhut – Gleiss Lutz; Jacob von Andreae – Gleiss Lutz; Johann Wagner – Gleiss Lutz; Simon Wegmann – Gleiss Lutz; Matthias Werner – Gleiss Lutz; Jean-Charles Gardetto – Law Offices of Jean-Charles S. Gardetto;

Law Firms: Chiomenti; Gide Loyrette Nouel; Gleiss Lutz; Law Offices of Jean-Charles S. Gardetto;

Clients: Phoenix Group;

Author: Federica Tiefenthaler