UnitySC’s Acquisition of German Optical Inspection Systems Expert HSEB Dresden


Orrick advised French technology leader UnitySC, a Fogale Nanotech subsidiary, on its acquisition of 100% of the shares in German optical inspection systems expert HSEB Dresden GmbH.

Following the acquisition, the group’s extended line of leading-edge process control solutions will provide a unique and essential inspection and metrology capability to semiconductor manufacturers. Together, the group’s offerings span substrate, front-end-of-line (FEOL) manufacturing, wafer-level packaging, 3D ICs and power semiconductors.

Headquartered in Montbonnot, France, UnitySC is recognized worldwide as a key player in inspection and metrology. It provides standard and customized

solutions adapted to specific industrial needs and constraints, enabling a new era in process control. UnitySC forms part of the Fogale Nanotech group, a diversified French industrial group with a focus on sensory technology.

Headquartered in Dresden, Germany, HSEB Dresden is a leading supplier of optical inspection, review and metrology for high-value semiconductor applications.

UnitySC was advised by an Orrick team led by Munich partner Fabian von Samson-Himmelstjerna (Picture), Paris senior counsel Olivier Edwards, and Munich managing associate Markus Schmid. The team also included partners Christian Schröder (Data Privacy IT/IP, Düsseldorf), André Zimmermann (Employment Law, Düsseldorf), Till Steinvorth (Antitrust, Düsseldorf), Anne-Sophie Kerfant (Tax, Paris), and Felix Schäfer (Real Estate, Düsseldorf), as well as associates Karl Ehrenberg (M&A and Private Equity, Munich), Olivier Vuillod (M&A and Private Equity, Paris), Louisa Kallhoff (Employment Law, Düsseldorf), and Rudy Marouani (Tax, Paris).

Involved fees earner: Fabian von Samson-Himmelstjerna – Orrick; Olivier Edwards – Orrick; Markus Schmid – Orrick; Karl Ehrenberg – Orrick; Olivier Vuillod – Orrick; Christian Schröder – Orrick; André Zimmermann – Orrick; Louisa Kallhoff – Orrick; Till Steinvorth – Orrick; Anne-Sophie Kerfant – Orrick; Rudy Marouani – Orrick; Felix Schäfer – Orrick;

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Clients: Unity Semiconductor SASU;