A cross border team of lawyers from leading global law firm Baker McKenzie has advised high performance advanced materials producer Materion Corporation as it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire film optical coatings company Optics Balzers AG, a deal valued at approximately USD 160 million. 

US-headquartered Materion, whose products include precious and non-precious specialty metals, inorganic chemicals and powders, specialty coatings, specialty engineered beryllium alloys, beryllium and beryllium composites, and engineered clad and plated metal systems, will fund the all-cash transaction with a combination of cash on hand and borrowings under its revolving credit facility. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2020.

Optics Balzers, based in Liechtenstein, recently launched a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Malaysia. Optics’ significant presence in Europe and Asia will help Materion expand its geographic footprint well beyond North America, enabling it to become a key player in the global market. 

Optics’ entire management team, workforce and facilities will be merged with Materion’s Precision Coatings business segment. The companies’ complementary technologies across the electromagnetic spectrum will boost the capabilities of the combined thin film optical coatings portfolio and position Materion to capitalize on key megatrends in the areas of life science, consumer, and industrial.

“We have long held a deep amount of respect and appreciation for the Optics Balzers business,” stated Materion President and CEO Jugal Vijayvargiya. “Their technical capabilities, product portfolio, end market, and geographic mix, combined with their talented leadership team, make them the ideal partner to accelerate our global growth. The combination creates a global industry leader in optical thin film coating solutions.”
Baker McKenzie and its Malaysian member firm Wong & Partners served as legal advisors to Materion, with a team led by Alexander Fischer and comprised of Patricia Reichmuth, Brian Chia, Joel Tan, Sujintana Mongkolthanit, Aileen Yeo and Yee Sun Tang.
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