Reed Smith advises Duravant on the acquisition of German engineering company Henneken

10. March 2024

Frank­furt, Germany — Duravant LLC (“Duravant”), a global provi­der of engi­nee­red equip­ment and auto­ma­ted solu­ti­ons for the food proces­sing, pack­a­ging and mate­rial hand­ling indus­tries head­quar­te­red in Downers Grove, Illi­nois, USA, has acqui­red Henne­ken, a German engi­nee­ring company. — Global law firm Reed Smith has advi­sed Duravant LLC (“Duravant”) on the acqui­si­tion of Ferdi­nand Henne­ken GmbH (“Henne­ken”).

Henne­ken is a manu­fac­tu­rer of protein proces­sing solu­ti­ons based in Bad Wünnen­berg, North Rhine-West­­pha­­lia, Germany, that deve­lops and produ­ces inno­va­tive machi­nes, inclu­ding vacuum tumb­lers, tende­ri­zers, injec­tors and brine mixers, that enable higher produc­tion volu­mes and better product quality for meat, poul­try and seafood processors.

The acqui­si­tion of Henne­ken is part of Duravant’s corpo­rate stra­tegy to expand its invest­ments in the growing protein sector. The products and services offe­red by Henne­ken are highly comple­men­tary and enhance Duravant’s ability to offer complete and inte­gra­ted plant solutions.

Duravant was advi­sed by a multi­di­sci­pli­nary, inter­na­tio­nal Reed Smith team led by Dr. Octá­vio de Sousa , Foto (Part­ner, Corporate/M&A, Frank­furt) and Sid Bale (Part­ner, Corporate/M&A, Chicago).

Dr. de Sousa adds: “We are very plea­sed to have been able to support Duravant in pursuing its inter­na­tio­nal growth stra­tegy in Germany. The tran­sac­tion has once again demons­tra­ted Reed Smith’s strength in provi­ding inte­gra­ted and compre­hen­sive advice on cross-border transactions.”

Advi­sor Duravant LLC: Reed Smith LLP 

Dr. Octá­vio de Sousa (Part­ner, Corporate/M&A), Sid Bale (Part­ner, Corporate/M&A, Chicago), both lead; with the assis­tance of Wim Vanden­berghe (Part­ner, Regu­la­tory Commer­cial, Brussels), Dr. Oliver Hahn­elt (Part­ner, Finance), Harald Heller (Part­ner, Real Estate), Dr. Martin Bünning (Part­ner, Tax) Chris­tian Leuth­ner (Part­ner, Tech & Data), Chris­tian Filip­pitsch (Part­ner, Anti­trust, Brussels), as well as Dr. Niklas Kout­sós (Coun­sel, Finance) and Ceci­lia Manny (Asso­ciate, Corporate/M&A), Jona­than Diehl (Asso­ciate, Real Estate), Dr. Hannah von Wickede (Asso­ciate, Tech & Data), Jonas Weimert (Asso­ciate, IP), Vincent Magotsch (Asso­ciate, Employ­ment Law) and Elisa Saier (Asso­ciate, Employ­ment Law).

About Duravant

Head­quar­te­red in Downers Grove, Illi­nois, Duravant is a global auto­ma­ted equip­ment company with manu­fac­tu­ring, sales and service faci­li­ties in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Through its port­fo­lio of opera­ting compa­nies, Duravant deli­vers relia­ble end-to-end process solu­ti­ons for custo­mers and part­ners through engi­nee­ring and inte­gra­tion exper­tise, project manage­ment and opera­tio­nal excel­lence. With world­wide sales and service networks, Duravant provi­des imme­diate and life­time support for all the markets they serve in food proces­sing, pack­a­ging and mate­rial hand­ling. Duravant’s market-leading brands are synony­mous with inno­va­tion, dura­bi­lity and relia­bi­lity. Further infor­ma­tion can be found at

Advi­sor Ferdi­nand Henne­ken GmbH: Kanz­lei im Technologiepark
Peter Suminski

About Henne­ken

Henne­ken, head­quar­te­red in Bad Wünnen­berg, Germany, is a manu­fac­tu­rer and service provi­der of inno­va­tive machi­nes for the meat, poul­try and seafood indus­try. The Henne­ken port­fo­lio of highly deve­lo­ped machine solu­ti­ons includes vacuum tumb­lers, tende­ri­zers, injec­tors, curing mixers, flat­ten­ers as well as product hand­ling and loading systems. Since 1977, the company has been a leader in deve­lo­ping solu­ti­ons that meet the needs of food proces­sors who demand quality and safety while maxi­mi­zing produc­ti­vity and produc­tion volume. Henne­ken is commit­ted to custo­mer satis­fac­tion and works with its custo­mers to find the right solu­tion. The company deve­lops and deli­vers its systems on time and offers a relia­ble service and spare parts service. Further infor­ma­tion can be found at

About Reed Smith

Reed Smith is one of the leading inter­na­tio­nal law firms. The firm compri­ses 31 offices with more than 1,700 lawy­ers in Europe, the USA, the Middle East and Asia.

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