May 18, 2018

Willkie advised Ardian on the transaction.

Willkie client Ardian, an independent private investment company, announced that it has signed an agreement on selling ESIM Chemicals (“ESIM”), a leading Austrian fine chemicals manufacturer and among the top three of crop protection producers in Europe, to an affiliate of Sun European Partners, LLP (“SUN”).

Headquartered in Linz, Austria, ESIM is a global provider of high-quality agricultural and crop protection chemicals, intermediates and maleic anhydride tree chemicals. The company emerged after Ardian carved-out the two business units: agrochemicals (Exclusive Synthesis, “ES”), and fine chemicals (Maleic Anhydride Intermediates & Specialties, “IM”) from DPx Holdings B.V. in August 2015 and subsequently led the business to independence.

The Willkie team was led by partners Dr. Maximilian Schwab and Mario Schmidt and included partners Jan Wilms and Susanne Zuehlke.