Bird & Bird advises on two acquisitions

30 May 2008

International law firm Bird & Bird has advised Bateman Engineering N.V on its acquisition of the Delkor Group, a leading supplier of solid / liquid separation equipment for the mineral and chemical processing industries.

Bateman Engineering N.V. is an engineering-project house serving the minerals and metals industries worldwide - covering mining, minerals and metals processing, ferroalloys, mineral salts, environmental protection, bulk-materials handling and water and effluent treatment.

This involved acquisitions of companies in The Netherlands, UK, Hong Kong, China, India, Canada, BVI and Australia. The cash consideration for the acquisition is subject to a maximum cap of Euro 30 million (US$ 47.5 million).

Mark Pinder, joint head of the firm’s International Corporate Group, led the deal and was assisted by Helen Gavin-Brown and Aaron Archer with tax advice given by Ingrid Toth. The Bird & Bird team worked closely on the transaction with Bateman’s in-house counsel, Hayden Sommer. Osborne Clarke acted for the sellers.

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International law firm Bird & Bird has advised the Team Group, one of the world’s largest international relocation and moving services in the UK and continental Europe, on the acquisition by a company managed by the Team Group, of the English and Irish moving businesses of SIRVA Worldwide Inc. (trading under the “Allied” and “Pickfords” names) for an undisclosed sum.

The Team Group (advised by the same team at Bird & Bird) acquired businesses from SIRVA Worldwide Inc. in 13 European jurisdictions in the first quarter of 2007.

In addition to the acquisition, the Team Group has also entered into commercial agency agreements with SIRVA enabling the businesses to continue to work together to provide high quality worldwide moving and relocation services throughout the world.

Mark Pinder, co-head of Bird & Bird’s London Corporate Group, led the team and was assisted by associates, Matilda Walker and Carolyn Giles. Partner Ronald Hendrikx led the commercial team dealing with the agency agreements.

Bird & Bird’s International Corporate Group has over 100 lawyers specialising in M&A, takeovers and IPOs, including AIM listings, private equity and governance – as well as key support areas such as acquisition and debt financing, employee benefits and tax.

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For more information please contact:

Derek Gilmour or Ben Girdlestone

Tel: +44(0)20 7415 6079 / +44(0)20 79826470

Email: derek.gilmour@twobirds.com or ben.girdlestone@twobirds.com

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