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Freshfields advises Eppendorf on acquisition of centrifuge business of Japan’s Koki Holdings

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (‘Freshfields’) has advised Eppendorf AG (‘Eppendorf’) on a deal to acquire Koki Holdings Co. Ltd. ('Koki Holdings')’s centrifuge business, including the premium himac brand. The deal is expected to complete in July this year. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Eppendorf is a leading life science company that develops and sells instruments, consumables, and services for liquid, sample, and cell handling in laboratories worldwide. Koki Holdings Co., Ltd., develops and produces ultracentrifuges and floor-standing centrifuges under the brand name himac in Japan’s Ibaraki Prefecture. Eppendorf’s investment in Koki’s Centrifuge & Processing equipment business is expected to expand the company’s global presence significantly. Koki Holdings will continue to focus on the power tools business by developing superior products and services, aiming to become a leading global company in the industry.
The Freshfields team was led by partners Jochen Ellrott, Richard Bird and Christoph Seibt. Partner Kaori Yamada provided antitrust advice.
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