Mayer Brown has advised Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA), a global automotive technology leader in Seating and E-Systems, on its acquisition of substantially all of Kongsberg Automotive’s Interior Comfort Systems (ICS) business unit.
Kongsberg Automotive’s ICS business unit is a leader in automotive comfort seating solutions, including massage, lumbar, seat heat and ventilation, with production sites across Europe, China, India and the US.
Under the terms of the deal, Lear will acquire Kongsberg Automotive’s ICS business unit for €175 million, on a cash and debt free basis. The transaction, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions and adjustments, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022. Market dependent, the acquisition is expected to be funded through debt financing.
Kongsberg Automotive’s ICS business unit brings operational leadership personnel and more than 3,800 employees globally from its production, engineering and sales facilities throughout Asia, Europe and North America and is expected to generate approximately US$300 million in revenue in 2021.
Mayer Brown has successfully advised Lear Corporation in Germany and UK for several years on several M&A transactions, joint ventures corporate and commercial matters.
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