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CMS Hasche Sigle advises Underwriters Laboratories on merger of worldwide management system certification business with DQS GmbH


CMS Hasche Sigle has advised Underwriters Laboratories Inc. on the merger of its worldwide management system certification business with DQS GmbH Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Zertifizierung von Managementsystemen. Underwriters Laboratories will contribute its global certification of management systems business, focusing on North America and the Asian Pacific regions, to DQS GmbH and in return will become a major shareholder of DQS GmbH alongside the two founding shareholders Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V. (DIN) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Qualität e.V. (DGQ).

A team from CMS Hasche Sigle headed by Frankfurt partner Dr Heike Wagner advised Underwriters Laboratories on the transaction which is still subject to clearance by the competition authorities. Once the transaction is completed DQS GmbH will have around 15,000 customers in over 100 countries and will rank among the five leading management systems certification bodies worldwide.

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. has its headquarters in Chicago and has 62 branches worldwide. It is one of the leading providers of product safety certificates. Since its inception in 1989, MSS – Management Systems Solutions – has concentrated on the certification of management systems.

DQS GmbH Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Zertifizierung von Managementsystemen, which has its registered office in Frankfurt, was founded in 1985 by DIN and DGQ and is the only major certifier to focus exclusively on the appraisal and certification of management systems.

Advisers to Underwriters Laboratories:

CMS Hasche Sigle, Frankfurt

Dr Heike Wagner – Corporate, M&A (Lead Partner)
Till Liebau – Corporate, M&A
Stefan Lehr – Competition
Dr Jens Wagner (Hamburg) – IP

Contact CMS Hasche Sigle:

Dr Heike Wagner
Tel.: +49 (0) 69 / 71701- 322
E-mail: [email protected]

Gabriela Freitag, press and publications
Tel.: +49 (0) 30 / 203 60- 1208
E-mail: [email protected]

About CMS Hasche Sigle

CMS Hasche Sigle is one of the leading German law firms with more than 500 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. It has offices in Berlin, Cologne, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich, Stuttgart, Chemnitz, Dresden, Brussels, Belgrade, Moscow and Shanghai.

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 independent European law firms. With over 595 partners, a total of 2,000 lawyers and tax consultants and around 4,200 support staff we advise our clients at commercial locations in 48 business centres in Europe and further afield on legal and tax issues.

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 58 offices in 25 countries around the world.

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