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Global law firm Baker McKenzie advised Japanese Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., one of the global leaders in the printing industry, on the acquisition of Germany based Interprint Group from Wrede Industrieholding. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and expected to close by the end of 2019.

An international team of Baker McKenzie from Tokyo, Germany and all other relevant companies advised on all legal aspects of the transaction.

Hideo Norikoshi who led the Baker McKenzie's Tokyo team, said: "With the advice on the acquisition of Interprint Group we were able to support our client Toppan Printing with the implementation of its strategy to strengthen its leading position in the global printing industry.”

Nikolaus Reinhuber, lead partner for the transaction in Germany, said: “For us, it is another example of our leading cross border M&A practice and the seamless collaboration of our international team." 

Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global supplier of integrated solutions for printing, communication, security, packaging, décor materials and electronics and has a workforce of more than 50,000 worldwide. With a global annual turnover of 1,465 billion yen (approx. EUR 12 billion), Toppan is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the Nikkei 225 stock index.

Headquartered in Arnsberg, Interprint Group is a world leader for decor printing, with a staff of 1,300 and eight production sites in Germany, the US, Poland, Malaysia, China, Russia and Brazil. In 2018, Interprint Group generated approx. EUR 350 million in revenues.

The global Corporate/M&A team of Baker McKenzie advises on more cross border transactions than any other law firm and on average closes three transactions every business day.

Legal advisor to Toppan: Baker McKenzie

Lead:                          

Corporate/M&A: Nikolaus Reinhuber (Partner, Frankfurt), Hideo Norikoshi, Kiyoshi Endo (Partners, Tokyo)

Team:                         

Corporate/M&A: Ulrich Weidemann (Counsel), Valesca Molinari, Anna Ma (Associates, all Frankfurt), Junya Ae (Partner, Tokyo), Takashi Osawa (Associate, Tokyo)

Real Estate: Florian Thamm (Partner), Till Pflug (Associate, both Frankfurt)

Antitrust: Nicolas Kredel (Partner), Clara Dust, Eugen Wingerter (Associates, all Duesseldorf), Michio Suzuki (Associate, Tokyo)

Tax: Christoph Becker (Partner, Frankfurt)

Banking/Finance: Kathrin Marchant (Partner), Kira Wenzel (Associate, both Frankfurt)

Employment/Pensions: Christian Reichel (Partner), Cornelius Ziegler (Associate, both Frankfurt)

Environmental: Janet Butler (Counsel), Maximilian Voll (Associate, both Berlin)

Commercial: Johannes Teichmann (Partner), Ingmar Oltmanns (Associate, both Frankfurt)

IT: Nadine Neumeier (Associate, Frankfurt)

Intellectual Property: Markus Hecht (Associate, Frankfurt)

In addition, Lawyers from Brazil, China, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey and United States were involved.

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