M&A

Zepos & Yannopoulos advises on the acquisition of minority stake in booming generics pharma development group

Our firm has advised DECA Investments AIFM, the exclusive investment manager of Diorama fund based in Luxembourg, in connection with a cross-border transaction related to the acquisition of a strategic minority position in a rapidly growing generics pharmaceutical development group. 

Zepos & Yannopoulos advises on the acquisition of the marine and offshore business of TTS Group

Our firm has advised both the seller and the buyer in connection with the Greek component of a cross-border approx. 87 million Euro transaction related to the acquisition of the marine and offshore businesses of the Norwegian-headquartered TTS Group ASA by MacGregor, a subsidiary of Cargotec Oyj listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Stock Exchange in Finland. Both companies are global providers of handling solutions and access systems and services for the marine and offshore industries. 

Acquisition of majority stake in LASS by KNAPP AG

Zepos & Yannopoulos advised the KNAPP Group, a worldwide leader in providing intelligent automation solutions for production and distribution from a single source, in the acquisition of a majority stake in the Greek company LASS, headquartered in Athens, which is a business partner of KNAPP in Greece for many years. Besides its core competencies in logistics consulting and in technical system optimization, LASS is also an expert regarding airport logistics.

Orkla acquires majority in Greek listed F&B market leader “KANAKIS”

Zepos & Yannopoulos acted for Norwegian ORKLA SA in the purchase of 65% of S.KANAKIS SA from the controlling family advising on the structure of the transaction, the share purchase and the shareholders’ agreement. KANAKIS is listed on the Athens Exchange and is a market leader in the sale and distribution of confectionery, bakery and ice cream ingredients in Greece. 

Zepos & Yannopoulos acts as legal advisor to ORKLA SA in the voluntary tender offer for the total of shares in KANAKIS.

VF Group spins off jeanswear business to Kontoor Brands

Zepos & Yannopoulos acted as Greek legal counsel for the spin off of the group’s jeanswear business, including the key brands Lee and Wrangler, to a newly established group company, Kontoor Brands. The transaction is part of the global restructuring of the VF Group into Kontoor Brands. The project took place concurrently in more than 20 jurisdictions around the world.

Italian Cerved acquires Eurobank Property Services and enters the Greek real estate services market

Zepos & Yannopoulos acted for Cerved Group SpA, the leading Italian player in credit risk analysis and credit management, to establish a long term relationship with Eurobank in the real estate services. Athina supported Cerved with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of the acquisition of Eurobank Property Services in Greece as well as its subsidiaries in Romania and Serbia.

New law on corporate transformations_Client seminar

Zepos & Yannopoulos in cooperation with ACC organized a client seminar to present the new law on corporate transformations, on 6 March 2019. Our partner Manos Mastromanolis, who sat on the legislative committee of the new law, assisted by our associates Giorgos Vavatsioulas and Adam Iliou, guided us through the revised framework, while providing hindsight on the goals that it is set to achieve.

Manos Mastromanolis presents new M&A legal framework

The Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) hosted a session on the recently published draft law on mergers and corporate transformations. Manos Mastromanolis, partner of Zepos & Yannopoulos and Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Athens, was a member of the legislative committee that drafted the bill. In his speech, Manos summarised the key changes introduced by the new framework, as well as the points that remain unresolved particularly in relation to aligning the proposed legal framework with existing tax provisions on mergers & acquisitions. 

Acquisition of Norsafe by Viking Life-Saving Equipment

Zepos & Yannopoulos advised the maritime safety equipment manufacturer and global service provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S on the acquisition of Norsafe, a well known Norwegian boatbuilder. Established in 1903, Norsafe produces a full range of free-fall lifeboats and fast rescue boats. The synergies behind Norsafe’s entry into the VIKING group is that the entities share identical missions, both focusing on people's safety and leading their respective markets through constant innovation.

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