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CMS ad­vised the share­hold­ers of agta re­cord on the sale of their ma­jor­ity...
<em­phas­is role="strong">CMS ad­vised the share­hold­ers of agta re­cord on the sale of their ma­jor­ity stake in agta re­cord to the Swedish group Assa Abloy</em­phas­is>The share­hold­ers of the Swiss fam­ily-held com­pany 3B Fin­ance GmbH, CM-CIC In­ves­t­isse­ment and Banque Fédérat­ive du Crédit Mu­tuel (Crédit Mu­tuel Al­li­ance Fédérale) have de­cided to sell their shares in 3B Fin­ance and Agta Fin­ance, i.e. the hold­ing com­pany of the agta re­cord group, to Assa Abloy, which already is a 39% share­hold­er in agta re­cord. The parties have signed an SPA valu­ing the in­dir­ect 53.75% ma­jor­ity stake held by Agta Fin­ance in agta re­cord's share cap­it­al at EUR 70 per share and 100% of agta re­cord's share cap­it­al at EUR 933m. After the com­ple­tion of the ac­quis­i­tion, which is how­ever con­di­tion­al upon ap­prov­al from the European com­pet­i­tion au­thor­it­ies, Assa Abloy will own 93.77% of agta re­cord's share cap­it­al.The agta re­cord shares are lis­ted on Euronext Par­is, for­eign stocks. Fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of the trans­ac­tion, ASSA ABLOY will launch a vol­un­tary pub­lic tender of­fer or, sub­ject to the pri­or agree­ment of the AMF (Autor­ité des marchés fin­an­ci­ers in Par­is), any oth­er kind of pub­lic of­fer for the re­main­ing out­stand­ing shares in agta re­cord.The trans­ac­tion is ex­pec­ted to close dur­ing the fourth quarter of 2019.An in­ter­na­tion­al CMS team led by Stefan Brunnsch­weiler, Part­ner, Glob­al Head of the CMS Cor­por­ate/M&A Group, and Alain Raemy, Part­ner, (both CMS Switzer­land), and Jean-Robert Bousquet, Part­ner, Co-Head of Cor­por­ate/M&A of CMS Fran­cis Le­fe­b­vre, (CMS France), have com­pre­hens­ively ad­vised the sellers on all leg­al as­pects in the course of this in­ter­na­tion­al trans­ac­tion.   <em­phas­is role="strong">agta re­cord</em­phas­is>agta re­cord is a well-es­tab­lished man­u­fac­turer and ser­vice or­gan­isa­tion ded­ic­ated to auto­mat­ic ped­es­tri­an en­trance sys­tems. agta re­cord is headquartered in Fehraltorf, Switzer­land, and has 2,600 em­ploy­ees. agta re­cord's sales for 2018 amoun­ted to EUR 374 mil­lion. agta re­cord's ex­tens­ive ex­pert­ise cov­ers the design, pro­duc­tion, mar­ket­ing, in­stall­a­tion and main­ten­ance of a large range of auto­mat­ic doors.agta re­cord sells its products and ser­vices across the globe and is dir­ectly present with sub­si­di­ar­ies in 17 coun­tries.<em­phas­is role="strong">ASSA </em­phas­is><em­phas­is role="strong">ABLOY</em­phas­is>ASSA ABLOY is the glob­al lead­er in door open­ing solu­tions, ded­ic­ated to sat­is­fy­ing end user needs for se­cur­ity, safety and con­veni­ence. Since its form­a­tion in 1994, ASSA ABLOY has grown from a re­gion­al com­pany in­to an in­ter­na­tion­al group with about 48,500 em­ploy­ees, op­er­a­tions in more than 70 coun­tries and sales of SEK 84 bil­lion. In the fast-grow­ing elec­tromech­an­ic­al se­cur­ity seg­ment, the Group has a lead­ing po­s­i­tion in areas such as ac­cess con­trol, iden­ti­fic­a­tion tech­no­logy, en­trance auto­ma­tion and hotel se­cur­ity.<em­phas­is role="strong">CMS Switzer­land</em­phas­is>Stefan Brunnsch­weiler, Part­ner, Glob­al Head of the CMS Cor­por­ate/M&A GroupAlain Raemy, Part­ner, Cor­por­ate/M&ADr Daniel Jenny, Part­ner, Cor­por­ate/M&AAnna To­maschek, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&AAn­drea Relly, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&AFlori­an Jung, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&AOliv­er Girst­mair, Train­ee, Cor­por­ate/M&AMari­on Wyler, As­so­ci­ate, Com­pet­i­tionChris­ti­an Gers­bach, Part­ner, Em­ploy­mentDav­id Hürli­mann, Part­ner, TaxMark Ca­gi­enard, Part­ner, TaxJens Lehmann, As­so­ci­ate, TaxCedric Müller, As­so­ci­ate, Tax<em­phas­is role="strong">CMS France</em­phas­is>Jean-Robert Bousquet, Part­ner, Co-Head of Cor­por­ate/M&A of CMS Fran­cis Le­fe­b­vreThibault Jabouley, Coun­sel, Cor­por­ate/M&A / Cap­it­al Mar­ketsAnne-Flore Mil­let, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&A<em­phas­is role="strong">CMS Brus­sels</em­phas­is>Kai Neuhaus, Part­ner, Com­pet­i­tionDr Björn Her­bers, Part­ner, Com­pet­i­tion
Feb 2019
CMS Cor­por­ate/M&A Group
With more law­yers across Europe than any oth­er law firm and an ex­pan­ded in­ter­na­tion­al foot­print, CMS Cor­por­ate/M&A of­fers:The ca­pa­city to trans­act more deals than any oth­er law firm We close more than a deal a day each year and are ranked top in Europe by Bloomberg, Mer­ger­mar­ket and Thom­son Re­u­ters League Tables by the num­ber of trans­ac­tions.Breadth and depth More than 1,000 Cor­por­ate/M&A law­yers are ad­vising on Cor­por­ate/M&A mat­ters across 39 coun­tries.Cross-bor­der ex­pert­ise We are ex­per­i­enced in multi-jur­is­dic­tion­al deals and work­ing in cross-bor­der teams.Solu­tions for dy­nam­ic eco­nom­ies Be it Europe, Asia or Lat­in Amer­ica, we de­liv­er tailored re­gion­al solu­tions for busi­nesses in di­verse and fast-grow­ing eco­nom­ies.To learn more, please view the PDF be­low.
March 2018
CMS European M&A Study 2018
560340ht­tps://me­dia.cmsleg­al.com/me­dia/em­bed?key=3d93d71726cdc4c4ce0298c5bd178ca8&unique_key=1044a4216408cd00164d604a68f134ec&width=720&height=405&auto­play=false&auto­light­soff=false&loop=false&clean1al­wayseznode://499585The CMS European M&A Study 2018 provides in­sight in­to the leg­al pro­vi­sions of mer­ger & ac­quis­i­tion (M&A) agree­ments, makes com­par­is­ons across Europe and with the US and iden­ti­fies mar­ket trends. CMS ana­lysed private M&A agree­ments re­lat­ing to both non-lis­ted pub­lic and private com­pan­ies in Europe for the el­ev­en-year peri­od 2007 – 2017.Our new CMS European M&A Study 2018 cov­ers more than 3,650 deals. We fo­cus on the 438 CMS deals in 2017 and the 2,488 CMS deals in the peri­od 2010 – 2016 by way of com­par­is­on.In ana­lys­ing the 2017 mar­ket, we re­port on cur­rent mar­ket stand­ards on risk al­loc­a­tion in M&A deals, com­par­ing 2017 against 2016 and the pre­vi­ous sev­en-year av­er­age in 2010 – 2016. The spe­cial fea­tures of this Study are as fol­lows:CMS Trend In­dex – we provide a CMS Trend In­dex to il­lus­trate a cur­rent fact or trend for the par­tic­u­lar fea­ture re­por­ted on, com­par­ing the po­s­i­tion in 2017 with that of 2016 and / or the sev­en-year peri­od 2010 – 2016.CMS European / US risk al­loc­a­tion com­par­is­on – we provide a head­line ana­lys­is of the dif­fer­ing risk al­loc­a­tion on stand­ard is­sues in European and US M&A.CMS European re­gion­al dif­fer­ences – we high­light cer­tain is­sues which are par­tic­u­lar to one or more of the six covered European re­gions.CMS deal size ana­lys­is – we have ana­lysed our data against three dif­fer­ent deal val­ues: firstly, deals up to EUR 25m; secondly, deals in a value range of EUR 25m to 100m; and thirdly, deals ex­ceed­ing EUR 100m.Tenth Edi­tion: Look­ing back to 2007 – we re­flect on some sig­ni­fic­ant changes in the way that risk is now al­loc­ated between sellers and buy­ers in M&A deals, and also on some sig­ni­fic­ant sim­il­ar­it­ies where the world does not seem to have changed at all.We are proud to an­nounce that this is the tenth edi­tion of the CMS European M&A Study. This rep­res­ents a sig­ni­fic­ant body of work which is unique both for its longev­ity and large deal sample. In this edi­tion, we take the op­por­tun­ity to look back at how risk al­loc­a­tion in M&A deals has changed in the 2007 – 2017 peri­od and the reas­ons for such change. We trust that the CMS European M&A Study will as­sist you in your every­day M&A activ­it­ies. 340340ht­tps://form.jot­formeu.com/807919292873721al­waysFull­screen

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