Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner advised The shareholder and managing director of VDS, while Quarterhill was represented by Norton Rose Fulbright.
The Canadian Intelligent Transportation Systems company Quarterhill Inc. (“Quarterhill”) and its subsidiary International Road Dynamics Inc. („IRD“) have completed the acquisition of all the shares of VDS Verkehrstechnik GmbH (“VDS”), a German-based Intelligent Transportation Systems (“ITS”) provider of high precision traffic monitoring devices.
Based in Löbau, Germany, VDS develops, manufactures and sells fixed and mobile traffic monitoring devices that record driver speed and red-light infractions. VDS’s devices are currently the only radar-based products certified under new regulations in Germany that enable direct enforcement of traffic violations. VDS has one manufacturing facility and two service centers in Germany and will be integrated into Sensor Line GmbH, which was acquired by Quarterhill in January 2021 and is one of VDS’s largest suppliers of sensors.
Quarterhill is a growth-oriented company in the ITS industry as well as a leader in Intellectual Property licensing (for more information: www.quarterhill.com: www.quarterhill.com). IRD is a dynamic ITS technology company engaged in developing key components and advanced systems for the next generation of transportation networks.
The shareholder and managing director of VDS were legally advised in this transaction by an M&A-Team of the law firm Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner (FGvW) in Freiburg and Frankfurt under the lead of Dr. Hendrik Thies. Furthermore, the strategic, commercial and organizational M&A transaction advisory to the shareholder was provided by MNI Partners LLC under the lead of Dominik Lutz. FGvW and MNI Partners frequently advise together on complex and often international M&A projects.
Quarterhill was represented by Norton Rose Fulbright: Paul Amirault (Picture – Partner, Corporate, Ottawa), Nils Rahlf (Partner), Dr. Ariane Theissen (Associate) and Andre Hartmann (Associate) (Corporate, Frankfurt); Claudia Posluschny (Counsel), Michaels Zenkert (Associate); Olivia Reinke (Associate) (Employment, Munich); Michael Mehler (Counsel), Daniela Kowalsky (Senior Associate) (Real Estate, Frankfurt); Tino Duttine (Partner), Sarah Heufelder (Associate) (Tax, Frankfurt); Tiffany Zilliox (Senior Associate, Intellectual Property, Munich).
Involved fees earner: Hendrik Thies – Friedrich Graf von Westphalen; Paul Amirault – Norton Rose Fulbright; Tino Duttiné – Norton Rose Fulbright; Andre Hartmann – Norton Rose Fulbright; Sarah Heufelder – Norton Rose Fulbright; Daniela Kowalsky – Norton Rose Fulbright; Michael Mehler – Norton Rose Fulbright; Claudia Posluschny – Norton Rose Fulbright; Nils Rahlf – Norton Rose Fulbright; Olivia Reinke – Norton Rose Fulbright; Ariane Theissen – Norton Rose Fulbright; Tiffany Zilliox – Norton Rose Fulbright;