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CMS Hasche Sigle advises WestLB on IPO of GENEART AG

23/05/2006

GENEART AG has successfully completed its IPO coordinated by the WestLB AG. As of today the shares are available for free trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and are listed under the "Entry Standard" 'The transaction was supervised by a team of lawyers from the Frankfurt office of CMS Hasche Sigle led by partner Dr Andreas Zanner (capital markets), Dr Zanner was assisted by Philipp Melzer and Dr Martin Kniehase (both capital markets) and Dr Rupert Doehner (corporate) and Martin Beckmann (life sciences).

GENEART is one of the world's leading specialists on the emerging market of synthetic gene production (gene synthesis). GENEART uses gene synthesis to offer companies from the pharmaceutical, biotech and chemical industries integrated product systems for developing innovative medicines, in particular DNA and protein-based therapies and vaccines, and for identifying improved industrial enzymes.

Despite the current market difficulties GENEART AG's IPO, the first this year from the life science sector, was well received by investors. The placing price is EUR 27, which is the equivalent of an emission volume of approx EUR 23.2 million. GENEART AG is valued at around EUR 60 million (post money) on the basis of the placing price. GENEART AG is the first company from the life science sector to be listed in the Entry Standard.

This is the second time this year that Andreas Zanner's CMS team has advised on an IPO coordinated by WestLB; the first concerned MBB Industries.


Contact CMS Hasche Sigle:

Dr Andreas Zanner
Tel.: +49 (0) 69 / 71701-139
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, legal and 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 .