28 December 2010 - In the scope of a European distressed M&A transaction the WEPA Group, with seat in Arnsberg, Westphalia, Germany, acquired the businesses of the companies Kartogroup S.r.l. Group in Italy, Germany and France. Under the WEPA Industrieholding SE, the Group took over a total of seven Kartogroup companies.

The family-run WEPA Group produces tissue products, such as hygiene and toilet paper, kitchen towels, handkerchiefs or paper towels. With the transaction it doubled its annual turnover to ca. EUR 950 million and is now the fifth largest hygiene paper producer in Europe. The company has over 2,900 employees at 10 locations in Europe.

The WEPA Industrieholding SE was advised by an integrated team from the law firm Mayer Brown LLP, its Italian alliance partners Tonucci & Partner and by Ernst & Young Italy. Friedrich Merz and Dr. Marco Wilhelm lead the central coordination; both are partners with Mayer Brown in Germany.

A special insolvency proceeding before the competent court of Lucca (Italy) was initialized in August 2008 for the Kartogroup companies, which were the subject of the acquisition. The so called Concordato Preventivo as the main insolvency proceeding under the EC Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings was a first for companies in Germany and France. The procedure made it possible for the WEPA Group to already lease the Kartogroup’s businesses at the beginning of the insolvency proceedings. The current acquisition completes the integration into the WEPA Group.

Team Mayer Brown: Friedrich Merz (Berlin), Dr. Marco Wilhelm (both corporate law and both leading the central coordination), Markus Strelow, Dirk-Peter Flor (both finance law, all Frankfurt), Dr. Hendrik Otto (Berlin), Dr. Sven Labudda (both corporate law), Matthias Gippert (finance law), Dr. Nicolas Rössler (labor law, all Frankfurt), Dr. Jan Streer (corporate law, Cologne), Serge Levine, Benoit De Monval (both corporate law), Charles-Henri Prioul (finance law, all three Paris).

Tonucci & Partners: Stefano Cirielli, Francesco Fiore

E&Y Italien: Francesco Marotta, Vera Sacchi    

For further information, contact:

Friederike Hartmann
Director Marketing & Business Development
T: +49 69 7941 1045
M: +49 160 9019 2756

Dr. Marco Wilhelm
T: +49 69 7941 2731