Ericsson expands its Ericsson Radio System portfolio with new products and strengthens its antenna in-house competences and capabilities through the acquisition of Kathrein SE’s antenna and filters business by way of an asset deal. Kathrein, with headquarters in Rosenheim, Germany, is a world leading provider of antenna and filter technologies and a supplier of Ericsson. The acquisition will add around 4,000 highly-skilled professionals in R&D, production, and sales based in more than 20 locations, including Germany, Romania, the U.S., Mexico and China. The closing of the acquisition is subject to certain conditions and approvals from relevant regulatory authorities.
Hengeler Mueller advised Ericsson on the transaction. Led by partners Andreas Hoger (Frankfurt) and Emanuel Strehle (Munich) (both M&A/Corporate), the Hengeler Mueller team included partners Johannes Tieves (Restructuring/Financing, Frankfurt) Martin Tasma (Restructuring), Jan D. Bonhage (Regulatory/Compliance) (both Berlin), Christian Hoefs (Employment, Frankfurt), Matthias Scheifele (Tax, Munich), Daniel Kress (Real Estate, Berlin) and Thorsten Mäger (Antitrust, Düsseldorf), counsel Susan Kempe-Müller (IP/IT, Frankfurt), Gunther Wagner (Tax, Munich) and Patrick Wilkening (IT, Düsseldorf) as well as associates Christian Winkler, Till Wansleben, Adrian Cavin, Nikita Gontschar, Radmila Petrovic, Loretta Lang, Bernd Paul Delahaye (all M&A/Corporate, Frankfurt), Tom Pleiner (Public Law, Berlin), Susanne Walzer (Employment, Frankfurt), Luca Weskott, Thomas Hardaker, Lukas Böttcher (all IP/IT, Frankfurt), Sebastian Siller (Corporate/M&A, Munich), Dominik Stolz (Financing, Frankfurt), Tobias Schwab (Tax, Munich), Anja Balitzki (Antitrust, Düsseldorf), Fabian Kunkel (Berlin), Markus Reps (Frankfurt) (Restructuring), Deniz Tschammler (Düsseldorf) and Erasmus Hoffmann (Berlin) (both Public Law).
Best Friends law firm Bredin Prat (France) as well as JunHe (China), Schoenherr (Romania), Galicia Abogados (Mexico) and Wuersch & Gering (USA) acted as local counsel for Ericsson.