Bird & Bird advises Alcoa on the sale of its Wire Harness and Electrical Distribution Business

25 June 2009

Bird & Bird LLP has advised Alcoa Inc., the world leading provider for aluminum products and components, in seven jurisdictions on the European-wide restructuring and subsequent sale of its wire harness and electrical distribution business to Platinum Equity LLC, a California-based private equity group. The divesture of the wire harness and electrical distribution business which employs approximately 17,500 people is part of Alcoa’s multi-pronged approach to focus its resources on strategic businesses, improve financial performance and establish a strong foundation for growth.

Bird & Bird LLP is also advising Alcoa on its continuing efforts to dispose of the remainder of the electrical and electronics businesses in various European jurisdictions.

The following Bird & Bird LLP partners advise Alcoa Inc.: Christian Kessel (Commercial), Wolfgang Hess (Corporate), both lead partners; Dirk Barcaba (Real Estate), Patrick Sinewe (Tax), all Frankfurt; Markus Körner (IP, Munich); Mark Pinder (Corporate, London); as well as the Senior European Consultants / associates respectively, Kai Kerger (Corporate), Denis Förster (Corporate), Christine Jury-Fischer (Corporate), Jörg Brackmann (Real Estate), Valerian Jenny (Regulatory), Andreas Jüttner (Commercial), André Oelsner (Tax), Lutz Hoheisel (Employment), Susanne Koch (IP), all Frankfurt; Tomas Novak, Vladimir Nyc, Zuzana Fantová, David Reminek, Ivana Urbanova, Andrea Jarolímková (Prague); Andrea Simandi, Balint Halász, Titusz Puskár (Buda-pest); Carolyn Giles, Caroline Friend (London).

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Dr. Alexander Schröder-Frerkes, Managing Partner Germany
T +49 (0) 211 2005 6223, email:
alexander.schroeder-frerkes@twobirds.com

Carola Heinig, Marketing Manager Germany
T +49 (0) 211 2005 6243, email:
carola.heinig@twobirds.com

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