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Freshfields advises banks on a EUR 4.1 billion equivalent acquisition bridge facility for Messer

Global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (‘Freshfields’) has advised the banks on a EUR 2.65 billion and USD 1.60 billion acquisition bridge facility for Messer SE & Co. KGaA (Messer) for the acquisition of full control by Messer of a joint venture with CVC Capital Partners and the refinancing of certain outstanding financings. The credit facility is provided by an international banking syndicate, arranged by BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan and UniCredit and comprises of acquisition bridge, term and revolving credit facilities.

The Freshfields team comprised Partner Mario Hüther, Counsel Alexander Pospisil and Associate Lucas Lengersdorf (all Finance, Frankfurt) as well as Partner Martin Schiessl, Principal Associates Christian Schmidt and Hendrik Menzel (all Tax, Frankfurt). Partner Allison Liff and Associate Sonam Cheema (both Finance, New York) provided support on aspects of US law. Partner Thijs Flokstra and Associates Juliette Willems and Leonie Persant Snoep (all Finance, Amsterdam) advised in relation to Dutch law.