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White & Case has won the mandate to advise the bank consortium funding Linde’s £8bn takeover of BOC.
Banking partners Christopher Kandel, Mike Goetz and Frankfurt partner Stephen Hodgson are acting for Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Bank, Morgan Stanley and Royal Bank of Scotland.
The banks are providing the credit facility for the acquisition. The facility will include a combination of a capital increase of EUR1.4bn to EUR1.8bn, hybrid capital (EUR1.2 - 1.6bn), bonds, banks and the sale of some assets.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are acting for German industrial group Linde, on its £8bn bid. The team includes corporate partner Barry O’Brien and Düsseldorf partner Axel Epe. WilmerHale is advising on antitrust issues.
Slaughter and May is acting for longstanding client BOC, led by corporate partner Frances Murphy. Slaughters best friend Hengeler Mueller, led by Max Schiessl, advised on German aspects of the deal while Shearman & Sterling partner Kenneth Prince provided US antitrust guidance.
BOC is set to recommend the £8bn cash takeover by Linde. BOC shareholders will be offered 1,600 in cash for each BOC share.
The deal will create the world’s largest industrial gas group with a combined sales of around EUR11.9bn.