Divestitures and reorganizations

Taking a public company private can be one of the trickiest corporate maneuvers, but the Withers team has the industry knowledge and negotiation skills to guide the process from either side of the acquisition.

We represented GrafTech, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, throughout its acquisition by Canadian firm Brookfield Asset Management, a transaction worth $820 million in total. That included doing IP diligence, negotiating executive compensation issues and subsequently restructuring the business in a way that minimized the global tax footprint of the company.

Withers has also advised hedge fund managers through the demergers of subsidiary operations and helped many non-US clients restructure investments into US entities.

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A Russian holding company

We acted on behalf of the holding company and shareholders behind one of the largest conglomerates of heavy industrial companies in Russia. The company was in dispute with a bank over the basis of a loan the bank had given it. The complex legal proceedings included an LCIA arbitration in London, anti-suit injunctions and injunctions in the Netherlands.

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