July 27, 2017

A cross-border, multidisciplinary Willkie team represents IK Investment Partners in its agreement to acquire a majority stake in industrial equipment manufacturer Bretèche Industrie Group from Equistone Partners and Céréa Capital.

On July 24, Willkie’s client IK Investment Partners announced that it has agreed to acquire, through its IK VIII Fund, a majority stake in the Bretèche Industrie Group, a leading global manufacturer of industrial equipment for the production of food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic products, from Equistone Partners and Céréa Capital. The deal was made in conjunction with Bretèche’s management team, which will reinvest alongside the Fund. Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals.

With nearly 1,000 employees, Bretèche consists of six leading companies. IK Investment Partners focuses on investments in the Nordics, DACH region, France and Benelux. Since 1989, IK has raised more than €9 billion of capital and invested in over 100 European companies.

Willkie’s cross-border, multidisciplinary deal team was led by partner Eduardo Fernandez in Paris and included: Paris – partner Paul Lombard, national partners Grégory De Saxcé and Faustine Viala, special European counsel Stanislas Curien and associates Virginie Sayag, Ilan Aboukrat, Loic Toilier and Alexis Bessis; Frankfurt – partner Jan Wilms and associates Christopher Clerihew, Tim Bulian, Laura Pfirrman and Matthias Schudlo; Brussels – partner Susanne Zuekle and associate David Kupka and New York – associate Peter Melampy, due diligence attorney Samuel Neill and law clerk Peter Coulson.