European Practice

Overview

Backed by a full-service law firm of more than 1,000 lawyers across 17 offices in 12 states, BakerHostetler’s European practice is uniquely positioned to contribute the insight and experience required to assist companies headquartered in Europe with their investments in the United States. We are accustomed to working with corporate headquarters, as well as directly with local U.S. offices, frequently helping to bridge cultural gaps and translate their respective business and legal needs and issues.

With extensive experience representing German, Swiss, Austrian, Italian, French, British and Spanish clients and their U.S. subsidiaries, we provide comprehensive legal advice on corporate issues, including:

  • Mergers and acquisitions.
  • Strategic alliances and joint ventures.
  • Recapitalizations, reorganizations, divestitures and spinoffs.
  • Corporate governance.
  • Corporate finance.
  • Formation of subsidiaries.
  • Greenfield investments.
  • Commercial contracts.

Our European practice also works closely with our other practice groups and thereby is able to cover all aspects of:

  • Employment.
  • Employee benefits.
  • Real estate.
  • Immigration.
  • Securities.
  • Advertising.
  • Technology transactions.
  • Litigation and dispute resolution.
  • Data privacy and cybersecurity.
  • Intellectual property.
  • Trade regulation.
  • Tax. 

Select Experience

  • Advised a German-headquartered global manufacturer of self-adhesive products and reflective materials in its stock acquisition of a Michigan-based Tier 1 supplier of trim graphics to the automotive industry; in its asset acquisition of a manufacturer of plastic film and sheets located in Connecticut; and in its acquisition, via a reverse merger, of a global manufacturer of reflective materials and optical components and films headquartered in Connecticut.
  • Advised a Swiss-based global transport and logistics group in its stock acquisition of a New York-headquartered time-critical transportation and logistics company; in its stock acquisition of a California-based perishable products transportation and distribution business; and in its stock acquisition of a Tennessee-headquartered multimodal shipping company.
  • Advised a German designer, manufacturer and retailer of high-quality wooden toys and games in its acquisition of an online retailer of natural toys and products for children and families.
  • Advised a European-headquartered multinational industrial control and automation company in its acquisition, via a reverse merger, of a New Jersey provider of integrated industrial learning systems and multimedia education programs.
  • Advised a German-based international fastener and fittings group in its acquisition of multiple hardware and fastener distribution companies in the U.S.
  • Advised a German-based multinational media conglomerate in the sale of its U.S. printing division to an American printing company.
  • Advised an Austrian wood products and mass timber solutions company in various commercial matters.
  • Advised on the implementation of numerous corporate restructuring projects involving a variety of entity types (including, corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships) and transactions (including stock transfers, asset transfers and mergers), with goals including the realignment of ownership structures and the management of intercompany indebtedness. These projects require coordination among U.S. and European corporate and tax advisers and strict adherence to cascading deadlines in each jurisdiction.
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Partner New York

Experience

  • Advised a German-headquartered global manufacturer of self-adhesive products and reflective materials in its stock acquisition of a Michigan-based Tier 1 supplier of trim graphics to the automotive industry; in its asset acquisition of a manufacturer of plastic film and sheets located in Connecticut; and in its acquisition, via a reverse merger, of a global manufacturer of reflective materials and optical components and films headquartered in Connecticut.
  • Advised a Swiss-based global transport and logistics group in its stock acquisition of a New York-headquartered time-critical transportation and logistics company; in its stock acquisition of a California-based perishable products transportation and distribution business; and in its stock acquisition of a Tennessee-headquartered multimodal shipping company.
  • Advised a German designer, manufacturer and retailer of high-quality wooden toys and games in its acquisition of an online retailer of natural toys and products for children and families.
  • Advised a European-headquartered multinational industrial control and automation company in its acquisition, via a reverse merger, of a New Jersey provider of integrated industrial learning systems and multimedia education programs.
  • Advised a German-based international fastener and fittings group in its acquisition of multiple hardware and fastener distribution companies in the U.S.
  • Advised a German-based multinational media conglomerate in the sale of its U.S. printing division to an American printing company.
  • Advised an Austrian wood products and mass timber solutions company in various commercial matters.
  • Advised on the implementation of numerous corporate restructuring projects involving a variety of entity types (including, corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships) and transactions (including stock transfers, asset transfers and mergers), with goals including the realignment of ownership structures and the management of intercompany indebtedness. These projects require coordination among U.S. and European corporate and tax advisers and strict adherence to cascading deadlines in each jurisdiction.
  • Representing Third Point LLC in a transaction in which Global Blue, the Switzerland-based leading provider of tax-free shopping and payment solutions, became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange through a merger with Far Point Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company co-sponsored by Third Point LLC and former NYSE President Thomas Farley.
  • Advised leading French-based data management provider in its global sale to U.S.-based software company.
  • Represented TransDigm Group Inc., a NYSE-listed aerospace and defense company, in its sale of France-based Souriau-Sunbank Connection Technologies, a manufacturer of electrical interconnect products for harsh environments, to Eaton Corporation plc for approximately $920 million.
  • Advised a Swiss and Chinese joint venture on the acquisition out of bankruptcy of a designer and distributor of fashion and sport watches.
  • Represented TransDigm Group Inc. in its $1 billion acquisition of ILC Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Data Device Corporation (DDC), from Behrman Capital, a private equity firm. DDC has operations in the U.S., the UK and Asia.

Recognition

  • Recognized as one of the top law firms for client service, BakerHostetler was named to the 2020 BTI Client Service 30 for the sixth consecutive year.

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