Willkie Advises Grillo-Werke on IP Sale Regarding MSA

August 8, 2019

The firm’s Frankfurt and Brussels offices represented Grillo-Werke AG on the sale of intellectual property and know-how regarding production of Methanesulfonic Acid.

Willkie recently advised Grillo-Werke in the sale of its intellectual property and know-how regarding the production of Methanesulfonic Acid (MSA) from methane to an international chemical company. The purchaser will utilize the acquired IP and know-how within its own R&D activities on MSA.

Grillo has developed a new process (Grillo-Ott) and optimized it in R&D pilot plant scale over recent years. The purchaser, with its global research and engineering expertise, now intends to accelerate the implementation on an industrial scale.

Based in Duisburg, Germany, Grillo was founded in 1842 and today is the European market leader in the processing of zinc and sulfur. The family-owned company is active worldwide and employs around 1,550 employees working in four divisions: Chemicals, Zinc Oxide, Metal, and RHEINZINK.

The multidisciplinary Willkie deal team was led in Frankfurt by partner Georg Linde and associate Dr. Matthias Schudlo (Corporate) and included partners Susanne Zuehlke (Antitrust) and Dr. Patrick Meiisel (Tax); national partner Dr. Christian Rolf (HR) and special European counsel Dr. Moritz Stuart Vettermann (Real Estate).