Baker McKenzie is advising specialty chemicals group Evonik Industries AG in its acquisition of Porocel Group for USD 210 million. Based in Houston, Texas (USA), Porocel offers a technology for efficient rejuvenation of desulfurization catalysts, which are in increasing demand to produce low-sulfur fuel. Rejuvenation reduces carbon-dioxide emissions by more than 50 percent compared with the production of new desulfurization catalysts. Catalysts are essential for the production of many chemical products and for production of clean fuels.

Porocel has more than 300 employees worldwide and production facilities in the USA, Canada, Luxembourg, and Singapore. Porocel’s global position strengthens the worldwide presence of Evonik's catalyst activities. The complementary fit to Evonik’s existing catalyst portfolio and Porocel's available production capacities offer considerable growth opportunities.

The Baker McKenzie M&A team is led by Dieter Schmitz in the United States and includes:


US: Michelle Carr, Jimmie Covington, Nina Nolan

Canada: Matthew Grant

China: Tracy Wut

Luxembourg: Jean-Francois Findling

Singapore: Andrew Martin


Litigation: John Murphy

Banking and Finance: Garry Jaunal, Brian Lee

Tax: Kai Kramer, Ross Staine

Environmental: Doug Sanders, Jessica Wicha

Real Estate: Brian Zurawski, Sarah Swain

IP: Richard Wells, Ellen Cheong


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About Evonik

Evonik is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. The company is active in more than 100 countries around the world and generated sales of €13.1 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of €2.15 billion in 2019. Evonik goes beyond chemistry to create innovative, profitable and sustainable solutions for customers.


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