Latham & Watkins LLP has advised the shareholders of HIT Holzindustrie Torgau GmbH & Co. KG (HIT), Deutsche Bank and Orchard Global Asset Management, on its sale to Mercer International Inc, a US/Canadian company listed on the NYSE. HIT is the world's largest producer of EPAL wood pallets used for shipping. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of requisite regulatory antitrust approvals, and is expected to close in the third or early fourth quarter of 2022.
The Latham corporate team was led by Düsseldorf partner Heiko Gotsche and Munich partner Stefan Süss with Munich associates Stephan Hufnagel, Philipp Gärtner, Lena Hummel, Manuel Schmutzler, Frankfurt associate Dominik Waldvogel, and Munich associate Felicitas Mayer-Theobald. Advice was also provided on IP matters by Frankfurt partner Susan Kempe-Müller with associate Daniela Jaeger; on real estate matters by counsel Sven Nickel; on antitrust matters by Hamburg counsel Jana Dammann de Chapto; on data privacy matters by Frankfurt associates Wolf-Tassilo Böhm and Jonas Kraus, on regulatory matters by associate Alexander Wilhelm; on finance matters by Munich partner Christian Jahn with counsel Ludwig Zesch and associate Julia Bräuer; on employment matters by associate Kristina Hufnagel and on litigation matters by Hamburg partner Christoph Baus with associate Marco Grotenrath.