The international tax consulting firm WTS has advised "funds advised by Equistone" on the acquisition of Franke Water Systems AG with its two business units "Water Systems (WS) Commercial Group" and "KWC Group". The company is an international manufacturer of intelligent sanitary solutions for residential bathrooms, residential kitchens and commercial washrooms. The seller is the Swiss Franke Group, headquartered in Aarburg. The transaction is subject to approval by the competent merger control authorities.
In the context of the transaction, WTS assisted with tax due diligence, tax advice on the share purchase agreement and the structuring of the deal as well as with transfer pricing issues. The Swiss law firm Bär & Karrer acted as lead counsel.
Tax Due Diligence, Structuring, SPA: Roland Holz (Düsseldorf, Partner), Axel Wagner (Frankfurt), Jens Hartmann (Frankfurt), Jashar Uzeirovski (Frankfurt)
Transfer pricing: Andreas Riedl (Frankfurt, Partner), Christopher Wutschke (Frankfurt), Jakob Jung (Frankfurt)
WTS China, FTI (UK), Dhruva Advisors (Saudi Arabia)
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