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Freshfields advises on the sale of IFA Group

Global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (‘Freshfields’) has advised SGP Schneider Geiwitz & Partner as trustee for the automotive supplier IFA as well as IFA on the sale of the IFA Group and on all related legal aspects of the trusteeship. The closing of the transaction was subject to regulatory approvals in various jurisdictions and a full refinancing of the IFA Group.

IFA Group is a leading manufacturer of automotive drive and cardan shafts with production sites in Germany, Poland, China and the USA and thus an important supplier to leading national and international OEMs (original equipment manufacturers).

The Freshfields-Team was led by Partner Stephanie Hundertmark (Global Transactions, Berlin) and Partner Lars Westpfahl (Finance, Hamburg) who were supported by Principal Associate Jacob Fontaine and Associate Vasco Ollero (both Global Transactions, Hamburg).

The team also included i. a.:

Partner: Christian Ruoff (Tax, Hamburg), Katrin Gaßner (Antitrust, Düsseldorf), Boris Dzida (People & Reward, Hamburg), Hans-Patrick Schroeder (DR, Hamburg)

Counsel: Maren Tamke (Antitrust, Berlin), Sascha Arnold (Regulatory, Hamburg)

Principal Associates: Hauke Sattler (Finance, Hamburg), Aljosha Barath (Intellectual Property, Hamburg), Flavia Lang (People & Reward, Hamburg), Kristina Maria Weiler, Marcus P. Lerch (both DR, Hamburg)

Associates: Leon Luserke (Finance, Hamburg), Tobias Dressler (Global Transactions, Hamburg), Friedrich-Asmus Matzen (Tax, Hamburg), Nicolas Sölter (Regulatory, Hamburg), Jonas Köster (Regulatory, Düsseldorf)

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