Schoenherr has advised the Alpiq Group, a leading Swiss energy services provider and electricity producer (“Alpiq”) on the sale of its industrial business to the French building company Bouygues Construction, which is taking over InTec and Kraftanlagen group for a purchase price of CHF 850m (EUR 725m). Schoenherr assisted Alpiq in Austria, the Czech Republic and Romania. The transaction is subject to customary conditions including the approval by the relevant antitrust authorities in the EU and Switzerland. Closing is expected in the second half of 2018.

Alpiq is listed on the Swiss SIX exchange and employs around 8,500 staff; Alpiq Group’s registered office is in Lausanne. The divestment allows Alpiq to focus on its core business, international energy trading, customer business and digitalisation as well as power production in Europe and Switzerland.

Bouygues Construction is a France-based global construction company which designs, builds, and operates projects in the sectors of building, infrastructure and industry. Owing to the transaction, Bouygues Construction stands to become a benchmark player in energy and services in Europe.

The Schoenherr team advising Alpiq was led by Florian Kusznier (partner, corporate/m&a). He was supported in Austria by Julia Wasserburger (attorney at law, corporate/m&a), Johannes Stalzer (counsel, regulatory), Teresa Waidmann (associate, labour & employment) and Christopher Jünger (associate, corporate/m&a). In the Czech Republic, the team comprised Vladimír Čížek (partner, corporate/m&a), Jitka Kadlčíková (attorney at law, corporate/m&a), Helena Hangler (attorney at law, corporate/m&a, labour & employment), and Christoph Dürr (attorney at law, corporate/m&a) and in Romania Mădălina Neagu (partner, corporate/m&a), George Ivan (attorney at law, corporate/m&a), Alexandra Munteanu (attorney at law, corporate/m&a), and Adriana Stănculescu (attorney at law, real estate & construction).

The Alpiq international legal team was led by the Swiss law firm Homburger. Gleiss Lutz provided advice on all aspects of German law.