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CMS Hasche Sigle advises ConocoPhillips on their acquisition of Wilhelmshaven Refinery


The US-American oil company ConocoPhillips of Houston has signed an agreement with the British company Louis Dreyfus Energy Holdings Ltd. concerning the acquisition of the Wilhelmshaven refinery. The transaction will be completed in the first half of 2006. In addition to the refinery, the acquisition encompasses further installations and the British Louis Dreyfus Refining & Marketing Ltd. A team of CMS attorneys under the leadership of Hamburg partner Dr Christian von Lenthe advised ConocoPhillips in the transaction. Details of the purchase price were not disclosed.

With the acquisition of the facilities in Wilhelmshaven, which produce 275,000 barrels per day, ConocoPhillips increases its European refinery capacities by roughly 74% to 647,000 barrels per day.

Advisors to ConocoPhillips in Germany:

CMS Hasche Sigle
Dr Christian von Lenthe, Hamburg (lead partner, corporate)
Dr Hilke Herchen, Hamburg (corporate)
Dr Fritz von Hammerstein, Hamburg (public law, environmental law)
Dr Hjalmar Vagt, Hamburg (public law, environmental law)
Dr Tim Reher, Hamburg, (competition)
Dr Markus Schöner, Hamburg, (competition)
Helmut Stange, Hamburg (employment law)
Dr Petra Schaffner, Cologne (corporate)
Dr Thomas Link, Frankfurt (tax)
Katja Pohl, Frankfurt, (corporate, due diligence)
Dr Markus Sachslehner, Frankfurt, (corporate, due diligence)
Dr Jochen Nikolaus Schlotter, Frankfurt, (corporate, due diligence)
Anja Baumann, Frankfurt, (corporate, due diligence)
Claudia Ewers, Frankfurt, (Corporate, Due Diligence)

Contact CMS Hasche Sigle:

Dr Christian von Lenthe
Tel.: +49 (0)40 / 37630-0
E-Mail: [email protected]

About CMS Hasche Sigle:

CMS Hasche Sigle is one of the leading German law firms with more than 420 lawyers. It covers the entire area of commercial law and provides legal advice to major German and international companies from a wide spectrum of industry. CMS Hasche Sigle operates at all the major business centres. It has offices in Berlin, Cologne, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich, Stuttgart, Chemnitz, Dresden, Brussels, Belgrade, Moscow and Prague.

CMS Hasche Sigle is a partnership of lawyers and tax consultants; for register details / list of partners see www.cms-hs.com

CMS Hasche Sigle is a member of CMS, an alliance of leading European law firms. With over 575 partners, a total of 2,000 lawyers and tax consultants and around 3,800 support staff we advise our clients in 24 countries in Europe and further afield on legal and tax issues.

Local strength and legal tax advice tailored to the requirements of the market combined with a substantial amount of business and organisational integration form the basis for high-quality international legal advice.

In addition to CMS Hasche Sigle, the following firms are also members of the CMS alliance: CMS Adonnino Ascoli & Cavasola Scamoni (Italy), CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo (Spain), CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre (France), CMS Cameron McKenna LLP (Great Britain), CMS DeBacker (Belgium), CMS Derks Star Busmann (the Netherlands), CMS von Erlach Henrici (Switzerland) and CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz (Austria). CMS has 57 offices in 24 countries in Western and Central Europe, North and South America, Asia and North Africa.

For further information on CMS Hasche Sigle see www.cms-hs.com and on the CMS alliance see www.cmslegal.com .