Hettich Group acquires the Italian FGV Group

Photo: Sascha Groß and Jana Schön­feld, Mana­ging Direc­tors of the Hettich Group (Photo © Hettich)
31. Janu­ary 2024

Milan — Rödl & Part­ner provi­ded compre­hen­sive legal and tax advice to the Hettich Group on the complete take­over of the Italian company Formenti e Giovenz­ana (FGV).

The Hettich and Formenti e Giovenz­ana groups are two family-owned compa­nies with more than 200 years of expe­ri­ence in the furni­ture fittings sector. Hettich was foun­ded in 1888 and is today one of the world’s largest and most successful manu­fac­tu­r­ers of furni­ture fittings. The company is head­quar­te­red in Kirchlen­gern in the furni­ture clus­ter of East West­pha­lia. The FGV Group, which opera­tes in the same sector, was foun­ded in Vedug­gio con Colzano in 1947 and has six produc­tion sites worldwide.

Rödl & Part­ner Italy advi­sed Hettich on the entire contract nego­tia­ti­ons, inclu­ding signing and closing, with an inter­di­sci­pli­nary team. Stefan Bran­des, Mana­ging Part­ner of Rödl & Part­ner Italy, was respon­si­ble for the over­all project manage­ment and was supported in parti­cu­lar by Sebas­tiano Iacono (Mana­ger) during the purchase agree­ment nego­tia­ti­ons and imple­men­ta­tion of the tran­sac­tion. The tax law team was led by Thomas Giuliani (part­ner). In addi­tion to other lawy­ers and tax consul­tants from Rödl & Part­ner Italy, consul­tants from Rödl & Part­ner Poland, Brazil, China, Germany, France and Slova­kia were also invol­ved in the over­all project.

The sellers were advi­sed by UBS (respon­si­ble direc­tor Franco Cappiello) as finan­cial advi­sor and Bonel­liE­rede (respon­si­ble part­ner Feder­ico Vermic­elli) as legal advi­sor. The nota­riza­tion was carried out by ZNR notai.

Advi­sor Hettich Group: Rödl & Partner

Stefan Bran­des, Part­ner, M&A Tran­sac­tion, Milan, Over­all Project Manage­ment — Legal
Sebas­tiano Iacono, Mana­ger, M&A Tran­sac­tion, Milan — Legal
Marghe­rita Cera (Asso­ciate Part­ner) — Legal
Anna Maria Desi­dera (Asso­ciate Part­ner) — Legal
Davide Giord­ano (Asso­ciate Part­ner) — Legal
Massimo Riva (Asso­ciate Part­ner) — Legal
Rebecca Salat (Asso­ciate) — Legal
Agata Trivel­lato (Asso­ciate) — Legal

Thomas Giuliani, Part­ner, Tax, Milan — Tax
Birgit Rauschen­dor­fer (Part­ner) — Tax
Manuel Buratti (Part­ner) — Tax
Gior­gia Cavall­aro (Senior Asso­ciate) — Tax
Andrea Crispi (Senior Asso­ciate) — Tax
Erald Karriqi (Asso­ciate) — Tax
Eleo­nora Mangia (Asso­ciate) — Tax

Rafael Martins (Part­ner) — Legal/Labour (Consul­ting)
Samara Abudd (Asso­ciate)

Enrico Pfänd­ner (Asso­ciate Part­ner) — Tax
Edgard Venan­cio (Mana­ger) — Tax
Eric Lerri (Asso­ciate) — Tax
Felipe Fogaca (Asso­ciate) — Tax

Sebas­tian Wien­dieck (Part­ner) — Legal
Qiang Cao (Asso­ciate Part­ner) — Legal
Daojie Wang (Senior Asso­ciate) — Legal
Xiao­lan Zhao (Senior Asso­ciate) — Legal

Vivian Yao (Part­ner) — Tax
Monica Chen (Asso­ciate Part­ner) — Tax
Elisa Guo (Senior Asso­ciate) — Tax

Dr. Johan­nes Scher­zin­ger — Legal
Katrin Mikschl (Senior Asso­ciate) — Legal
Dr. Mela­nie Köst­ler (Asso­ciate Part­ner) — Tax
Max Gareis (Senior Asso­ciate) — Tax

Jean-Yves Trochon (Senior Coun­sel) — Legal
Hugues Bois­sel Dombr­e­val (Asso­ciate Part­ner) — Legal
Jarosław Kamiń­ski (Asso­ciate Part­ner) — Legal
Marta Wiśniewska (Mana­ger) — Legal
Damian Dobosz (Project Leader) — Legal
Maciej Woźnica (Senior Asso­ciate) — Legal

Anna Hara­si­mo­wicz (Asso­ciate Part­ner) — Tax
Anna Ziel­ony (Mana­ger) — Tax
Justina Pomor­ska-Porębska (Mana­ger) — Tax
Marcin Muchow­ski (Senior Asso­ciate) — Tax

Frank Brei­ten­feldt (Part­ner) — Tax
Dennis Wieckert (Asso­ciate) — Tax

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