EU Competition Law Briefings 2024
The EU Competition Law Briefings have been created to provide a platform for our clients and other competition law experts to stay up to date on the developments of EU Competition Law. Every month CMS competition experts will present a recent case by the EU Commission or Community Courts during a webinar.
Renewable energy in Germany
1. Introduction  The expansion of renewable energies plays a central role in Germany's energy transition (Energiewende), aiming to combat climate change, ensure a sustainable energy supply and reduce...
CMS advises MVZ Laaff on sale to amedes
Stuttgart – The founder of medical laboratory MVZ Laaff, Prof. Helmut Laaff, has sold MVZ Laaff GmbH with its facilities in Freiburg, Heilbronn and Ulm to the amedes Group. amedes is a leading German lab services provider, operating a number of healthcare centres throughout Germany with different specialisations. MVZ Laaff provides services in fields of medicine including derma­to­path­o­logy, general pathology, immunohistology, molecular pathology and cytology, and is one of the leading laboratories in these specialist areas. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.A CMS team headed by lead partner Dr Christoph Lächler advised Prof. Helmut Laaff on all legal aspects of the transaction. The sale took place by way of an auction process. A particular focus of the advice was on structuring the transaction and the associated regulatory issues. CMS Germany Dr Christoph Lächler, Lead Part­ner Stefan-Ul­rich Müller, Partner Dr Jacob Siebert, Partner Viktoria Barthel, Senior Associate Tobias Kalski, Senior As­so­ci­ate An­dreas Kazmaier, Associate, all Corporate/M&A Dr Roland Wiring, Partner Dr Siham Hidar, Senior Associate, both Regulatory Dr Harald Kahlenberg, Partner Angelika Wieczorkowski, Senior Associate, both Antitrust, Competition & Trade Dr Stefan Voss, Partner Lukas Potstada, Counsel, both Real Estate Dr Martin Mohr, Partner, TaxPress Con­tact presse@cms-hs.com
CMS advises the shareholders of Die REHA Se­li­genthaler­straße on the sale...
Frankfurt/Main - Die REHA Se­li­genthaler­straße, an ambulatory rehabilitation centre founded in 1995 and based in Landshut, has been acquired by the rehaneo Group, a portfolio company of the Belgian investment company GIMV, as part of a succession agreement with retroactive effect from 1 January 2024. Following the acquisition, rehaneo will continue to operate the facility with all of its 50 employees. With this purchase, rehaneo, a nationwide provider of ambulatory rehabilitation, is strengthening its presence in Bavaria. The parties have agreed not to disclose details of the transaction.A CMS team headed by partner Dr Joachim Dietrich advised the shareholders of the ambulatory rehabilitation centre on all legal aspects of the sale of their shares. Rehaneo was able to prevail in a Europe-wide bidding process.Press Con­tact presse@cms-hs.com
CMS advises HIRMER Group on sale of Travel Charme Hotels & Resorts to REWE...
Leipzig – The HIRMER Group has sold Travel Charme Hotel GmbH & Co. KG with its 13 exclusive hotels and resorts across Germany, Austria and Italy to DSR Hotel Holding GmbH. Travel Charme is regarded as an expert in the premium segment of the leisure hotel industry. It operates hotels in top locations, particularly in the Baltic region and in the Alps. The acquisition of Travel Charme boosts DSR Hotel Holding’s portfolio to a total of 35 hotels, thus expanding its market position in the German and Austrian holiday hotel sector. The transaction is currently awaiting approval from the merger control authorities. The parties agreed not to disclose further details.A CMS team headed by Dr Jochen Lux advised the HIRMER Group on all legal aspects of the sale. The company also relied on the expertise of CMS when it acquired Travel Charme in 2018.The Munich-based HIRMER Group is wholly owned by the Hirmer family. It employs some 1,800 people and operates in the fields of fashion retail, real estate management and development and in the hotel industry.DSR Hotel Holding is majority owned by DER Touristik, making it part of the REWE Group. It operates and markets a high-quality hotel portfolio comprising both growth-oriented hotel/resort brands and traditional individual hotels. CMS Germany Dr Jochen Lux, Lead Partner Dr Kevin Schmidt, Senior As­so­ci­ate Madeline Göbel, Senior As­so­ci­ate Theresa Bendix, Project Manager Nadine Fröhlich, Project Manager, all Corporate/M&A Dr Martin Mohr, Partner, Tax Dr Rolf Hempel, Partner Martin Cholewa, Counsel, both Antitrust, Competition & TradePress Con­tact presse@cms-hs.com
CMS advises Vance Street Capital on the acquisition of Galleon Embedded...
Hamburg – Vance Street Capital, a mid-market private equity fund, based in Los Angeles (USA), has acquired Galleon Embedded Computing GmbH. Galleon Embedded Computing GmbH was founded in 2009 and offers computer systems for the aerospace/de­fense sector as well as for demanding industrial and research applications. The acquisition of the German company complements the portfolio of Vance Street Capital, which had previously acquired an affiliated company of Galleon Embedded Computing GmbH in Norway. The parties have agreed not to disclose details of the transaction.CMS advised Vance Street Capital with a team led by lead partner Dr Eckart Gottschalk on all legal aspects of the acquisition. The advice included in particular the structuring of the transaction as well as the drafting and negotiation of the transaction doc­u­ment­a­tion. Press Con­tact presse@cms-hs.com   
Real estate finance law in Germany
A. Mortgages 1. Can Security be granted to a foreign lender? Yes. In general, there are no restrictions on the ownership of land or the taking and enforcing of security rights by a foreign party. 2...
Crypto Tax Legislation & Law in Germany
1. Is there a specific legislation issued for the taxation of crypto-assets or do general national tax law principles apply because the tax legislator has not regulated this so far? Currently, there...
CMS advises shareholder of vision tools on the sale of a majority stake...
Frankfurt/Main - The shareholder of vision tools rental and distributions gmbh, a leading company for audiovisual technical equipment in Europe, has sold a majority stake in the company to the Dutch The Rental Group B.V., a portfolio company of Capital A Investment Partners. The aim of the strategic partnership of the AV rental service company vision tools is to utilize the synergies created by the merger and thus to consolidate sustainable growth and its market position. The parties have agreed not to disclose details of the transaction.A CMS team headed by Dr Joachim Dietrich advised the shareholder of vision tools on all legal aspects of this trans­ac­tion.Press Con­tact presse@cms-hs.com   
CMS advises automotive supplier Webasto on sale of charging business to...
Cologne – Webasto, a leading global automotive supplier headquartered in Stockdorf near Munich, has sold a majority stake in its charging solutions business. The business includes charging cables, mobile chargers and wallboxes. The German company is one of the 100 largest suppliers to the automotive sector worldwide and will remain invested in the division as a minority shareholder. It intends to focus on its core business segments going forward. In 2022, Webasto took the strategic decision to seek an investor for the charging solutions business. The buyer is private equity firm Transom Capital Group, based in Los Angeles, USA. The two companies signed a purchase agreement on 7 February 2024. Further details of the transaction were not disclosed.A CMS team headed by lead partner Klaus Jäger advised Webasto on all legal aspects of the sale. The German CMS team worked closely with CMS teams from Mexico City and Beijing, as well as US law firms Miller & Martin PLLC and Locke Lord LLP. The sales process was highly complex, partly due to the fact that prior to the sale the unit in question needed to be restructured by taking appropriate action across a number of different jurisdictions. Webasto has relied on the expertise of CMS in the past, most recently when acquiring all the shares in Luxembourg company Carlex Glass.Es­tab­lished in 1901, automotive supplier Webasto focuses on roof systems and on vehicle electrification in its development, manufacturing and sales operations. The product range includes openable and fixed roofs, electric high-voltage heaters and batteries and thermo management solutions. Webasto’s customers range from manufacturers of passenger cars, commercial vehicles and boats to dealers and end customers. In 2022, the group generated sales of over EUR 4 billion and employed some 16,800 people across more than 50 locations worldwide. CMS Germany Klaus Jäger, Lead Part­ner Anna-Lena Löcherbach, Counsel Philipp Knopp, Senior As­so­ci­ate Domin­ic Zimmer, Associate Nina Fink, Associate, all Corporate/M&A Dr Angela Emmert, Partner Lennard Martin Lürwer, Counsel Marcel Heinen, Senior Associate, all Labor, Employment & Pensions Dr Sebastian Cording, Partner Lars Howe, Associate Dr Markus Kaulartz, Partner Dr Reemt Matthiesen, Partner, all TMC Dr Alexandra Schluck-Amend, Partner Manuel Nann, Senior As­so­ci­ate  Fran­ziska Fuchs, Senior Associate, all Restructuring and Insolvency Lars Eckhoff, Partner Dr Philipp Rohdenburg, Counsel, both Commercial Dr Dirk Smielick, Principal Counsel, Intellectual Property Dr Christian Scherer, Partner, Real Estate & Public Barbara Bayer, Counsel, Banking, Finance & Insurance Moritz Pottek, Counsel, Antitrust, Competition & Trade Dr Arne Burmester, Principal Counsel Conrad Gräwe, Legal Coordinator Romy Rosenhahn, Legal Co­ordin­at­or Stephanie Schulz, Legal Co­ordin­at­or Steven Washington, Legal Co­ordin­at­or Tag­rid Chahrour, Senior Legal Specialist Anke Clippingdale, Senior Legal Specialist Lisa Mattmann, Senior Legal Specialist Sarah Przybylski, Senior Legal Specialist Edris Trabzadah, Senior Legal Specialist Faraz Ahmad, Legal Specialist Jule Marie Holz, Legal Specialist Sofia Schreiner, Legal Spe­cial­ist Al­ex­an­der Stadahl, Legal Specialist, all Smart Operations CMS China Dr Falk Lichtenstein, Partner, Corporate/M&A CMS Mexico Giancarlo Schievenini, Partner, Corporate/M&A MILLER & MARTIN PLLC, Attorneys at Law, Chattanooga, USA Mike Marshall, Partner Joe De Lisle, Partner Locke Lord LLP, Boston, USA Jonathan Joung, PartnerPress Con­tact presse@cms-hs.com   
CMS advises Scannell Properties on sale of logistics property to Aviva...
Düsseldorf – US developer Scannell Properties has sold a newly developed logistics property in the Bavarian town of Kitzingen to asset management company Aviva Investors. Strategically located close to the A3 and A7 motorways, the property in ConneKT Logistics Park was completed in July of last year and offers around 12,000 sq m of warehousing. The property is leased to an online retailer for 15 years.A CMS team headed by partner Philipp Schönnenbeck and Dr Franz Maurer advised Scannell Properties on all legal aspects of the transaction. The CMS team previously advised Scannell Properties during the acquisition, development, construction and letting of the logistics property. CMS Germany Philipp Schönnenbeck, Lead Partner Dr Franz Maurer, Counsel, Co-Lead Dr Christian Scherer, Partner Dr Yves Steingrüber, Senior Associate Martin Krause, Partner Maike Füchtmann, Senior Associate, all Real Estate & Public Inhouse at Scannell Properties Marko Klemt, General CounselPress Con­tact presse@cms-hs.com
CMS advises paint and coatings producer KANSAI HELIOS on the acquisition...
Cologne – KANSAI HELIOS has acquired the entire industrial coatings business of GREBE Holding, based in Weilburg in Hessen, Germany, which operates under the name WEILBURGER Coatings. WEILBURGER Coatings is a well-known manufacturer of industrial coatings and comprises of WEILBURGER Coatings GmbH in Weilburg and WEILBURGER Asia Limited in Hong Kong. The share purchase agreement was signed on February 9, 2024. With the acquisition, KANSAI HELIOS intends to significantly expand its strategic position as a system supplier and manufacturer of industrial coatings and extend its geographical presence internationally. The company will also gain additional expertise, distribution channels, production and storage capacities. The parties involved have agreed not to disclose further details of the transaction.An international CMS team headed by Lead Partner Klaus Jäger and Christoph Schröer provided KANSAI HELIOS with comprehensive legal advice on the acquisition. The complexity of the transaction is characterized in particular by the size of the acquired Weilburger Coatings Group, which, in addition to the German companies, includes subsidiaries in Brazil, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Turkey and the USA. In addition to the actual purchase agreements in Germany and Hong Kong, CMS drafted and negotiated numerous other contracts. In addition to CMS teams in Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Italy, Turkey, France, Serbia, Austria and the United Kingdom, the law firms MILLER & MARTIN PLLC from the USA and Vaish Associates Advocates from India also provided support. KANSAI HELIOS regularly relies on the expertise of CMS, most recently in connection with the acquisition of all shares in CWS Lackfabrik GmbH (CWS), which specializes in powder coatings and synthetic resins, including the group companies in Germany, the USA, Denmark and Poland.KANSAI HELIOS, headquartered in Vienna, is part of the Japanese KANSAI PAINT Group. The company has a history of more than 170 years and is one of the major global players in the paints and coatings market. KANSAI HELIOS designs, produces and distributes industrial coating solutions, bleaching and cleaning chemicals, materials for sticking and sealing, high-quality resins, architectural paints and refinishing coatings throughout Europe and bey­ond.WEIL­BUR­GER Coatings was founded in 1900 at its current headquarters in Weilburg and has group companies in Germany, Italy, France, Turkey, the USA, Brazil, India and China. With around 600 employees at seven production sites and several sales offices, the company is active worldwide and generates a turnover of around 150 million euros. CMS Germany Klaus Jäger, Lead Partner Dr Kai Wallisch, Part­ner Chris­toph Schröer, Senior Associate Dr Katharina Kapp, Associate Dr Henrik Meurer, As­so­ci­ate Domin­ic Zimmer, As­so­ci­ate Kath­rin Dengel, Associate, all Corporate/M&A Dr Björn Herbers, Partner Moritz Pottek, Counsel Dr Denis Schlimpert, Counsel Kirsten Baubkus-Gerard, Senior Associate Dr Robert Bodewig, Senior Associate David Rappenglück, Associate, all Antitrust, Competition & Trade Dr Dirk Smielick, Principal Counsel Claudia Böhmer, Counsel, both IP Dr Angela Emmert, Partner Dr Andreas Hofelich, Partner Dr Mario Brungs, Counsel Lennard Martin Lürwer, Counsel Marcel Heinen, Senior Associate, all Labor, Employment & Pensions Michael Kamps, Partner Thorsten Hemme, Principal Counsel Dr Arne Schmieke, Senior Associate, all TMC Dr Martin Friedberg, Partner, Tax law Dr André Lippert, Partner Maike Füchtmann, Senior Associate, both Real Estate & Public Dorothée Janzen, Partner Dr Philipp Rohdenburg, Counsel, both Com­mer­cial Birgit Wagner, Legal Manager Conrad Gräwe, Legal Co­ordin­at­or Steven Washington, Legal Coordinator Anke Clippingdale, Senior Legal Specialist Edris Trabzadah, Senior Legal Specialist Faraz Ahmad, Legal Specialist Sofia Schreiner, Legal Spe­cial­ist Al­ex­an­der Stadahl, Legal Specialist, all Smart Operations CMS Beijing Falk Licht­en­stein Roxy Meng CMS Milan Daniela Murer Alessandra Cuni CMS Rome Fabrizio Spagnolo CMS Istanbul Döne Yalçın Merve Akkuş CMS Paris Thomas Hains Marion Berberian CMS Belgrade Maja Stepanović CMS Vienna Dr Dieter Zandler CMS London Russell Hoare Melanie Lane Focaccia Amaral L S Advogados, Brazil in association with CMS Renata Homem de Melo Fontes Carla Anastácio Lau, Horton & Wise LLP, Hong Kong in association with CMS Shirley Lau Albert Jok MILLER & MARTIN PLLC, USA Joe DeLisle Vaish Associates Advocates, India Shrinivas SankaranPress Con­tact presse@cms-hs.com