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Clifford Chance Advises 3i in Private Equity Deal

Clifford Chance has advised the investment company 3i on the offer from funds advised by Apax Partners, a global private equity firm, for its majority stake in the Azelis Group, a leading pan-European speciality chemical distributor. Atlas Holding S.A., the holding company of Azelis Group, has entered into exclusive negotiations with funds advised by Apax Partners.

The workers’ councils of relevant Azelis Group companies will, where required, be consulted on the proposed transaction, which is also subject to antitrust approval.

3i is a leading international investment manager focused on mid-market private equity, infrastructure and debt management across Europe, Asia and North America.

The Clifford Chance team was led by partner Dr. Kerstin Kopp  and comprised associate Dr. Christian Nordholtz and transaction lawyer Alexander Suren (all Private Equity/Corporate), partner Marc Besen and senior associate Dr. Florian Wiesner (both Antitrust, Düsseldorf), partner Alexandra Hagelüken and counsel Dr. Mattias von Buttlar (both Finance, Frankfurt), partner François Farmine and associate Anne-Sophie Cammas (both Employment, Paris) as well as partner Claudie Grisius and associate Marion Finzi (both Corporate, Luxembourg).

3i has been advised by Clifford Chance on numerous transactions, including the financing of the acquisition of CHRIST (2014), the acquisition of a majority share in Geka GmbH (2012), the purchase of the S&D Group (2011), the sale of MWM Holding (2010), the acquisitions of Azelis group (2007) and Euro-Druckservice AG (2007).

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