Volvo Group’s Acquisition Of A Majority Stake In Designwerk Technologies

CMS advised Designwerk Technologies on the deal, while Pestalozzi advised Volvo Autonomous Solutions AB.

Volvo Autonomous Solutions AB, a company within the Volvo group and subsidiary of Aktiebolaget Volvo, has acquired 60% of the shares in Swiss company Designwerk Technologies. Volvo plans to use the acquisition to complement and expand its current portfolio of pioneering technologies around electromobility. The investment is part of Volvo’s corporate strategy to offer climate neutral transport solutions in all product segments. Designwerk Technologies will remain an independent company. Completion of the deal is expected in the coming weeks. The parties agreed not to disclose details.

Designwerk Technologies AG, based in Winterthur (Switzerland), specialises in innovative projects and products in the electromobility segment. The company’s product range includes fully electric trucks under the Futuricum brand, mobile rapid chargers, modular battery systems and more than 100 electromobility projects.

CMS team included Klaus Jäger (Picture), Lead Partner, Cologne, Matthias Engelen, Senior Associate, Cologne, Philipp Kunick, Senior Associate, Cologne, Laura Christin Stein, Senior Associate, Cologne, Roman Weistroffer, Associate, Cologne, all Corporate/M&A, Dr Dirk Smielick, Counsel, Cologne, IP, Dr Dirk Baukholt, Counsel, Frankfurt, Corporate / M&A, Dr Martin Friedberg, Counsel, Dusseldorf, Tax law in Germany and Dr Stephan Werlen, Partner, Zurich, Alexandra Stocker, Associate, Zurich, both Corporate/M&A, Dr Simone Brauchbar Birkhäuser, Counsel, Zurich, IP / IT and Elena Gazke, Paralegal, IP in Switzerland.

The Pestalozzi team included Christoph Lang (Partner – Corporate / M&A), Christian Roos (Partner – Employment & Pensions), Florian Schnyder (Associate – Corporate / M&A), Catherine Hörr (Associate – Corporate / M&A), Andrea P. Rohrer-Lippuner (Senior Associate – Real Estate & Environment), Severin Etzensperger (Asscoiate – Competition & Trade), Andrea Schäffler (Asscoiate – IP & TMT), Myrtha Talirz (Junior Asssociate – Coporate / M&A), Nicole Sutter (Junior Associate – Employment & Pensions).


Involved fees earner: Dirk Baukholt – CMS Hasche Sigle; Matthias Engelen – CMS Hasche Sigle; Martin Friedberg – CMS Hasche Sigle; Klaus Jäger – CMS Hasche Sigle; Philipp Kunick – CMS Hasche Sigle; Dirk Smielick – CMS Hasche Sigle; Laura Stein – CMS Hasche Sigle; Simone Brauchbar Birkhäuser – CMS von Erlach Poncet AG; Elena Gazke – CMS von Erlach Poncet AG; Alexandra Stocker – CMS von Erlach Poncet AG; Stephan Werlen – CMS von Erlach Poncet AG; Severin Etzensperger – Pestalozzi; Catherine Hörr – Pestalozzi; Christoph Lang – Pestalozzi; Andrea Rohrer-Lippuner – Pestalozzi; Christian Roos – Pestalozzi; Andrea Schäffler – Pestalozzi; Florian Schnyder – Pestalozzi; Nicole Sutter – Pestalozzi; Myrtha Talirz – Pestalozzi;

Law Firms: CMS Hasche Sigle; CMS von Erlach Poncet AG; Pestalozzi;

Clients: Designwerk Technologies AG; Volvo Autonomous Solutions AB;

Author: Federica Tiefenthaler