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Freshfields advises Van Leeuwen on takeover of Benteler Distribution

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP ('Freshfields') has advised the Netherlands based Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group ('Van Leeuwen') on the planned acquisition of BENTELER Distribution ('BD'), the international distribution division of BENTELER International AG. 

The proposed acquisition will give Van Leeuwen access to further markets in Europe and contribute to enhancing its position as a leading distributor of pipe and tube materials across the continent. BD is active in 24 countries worldwide.  

The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter this year pending approvals from regulatory bodies.
An international team advised Van Leeuwen on M&A, tax, financing and regulatory aspects of the deal. Partners Gregor von Bonin and Shawn der Kinderen advised on the corporate aspects of the deal alongside principle associate Moritz Koch. Thijs Flokstra provided guidance on finance while Georg Roderburg was leading on tax matters. Partner Dr. Peter Niggemann and principle associate Elske Raedts  advised on competition law.
Media contact for Germany: Heiner Seidel, Senior Communications Lead Germany & Austria, E T +49 69 27 30 84 25

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About Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group
The Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group is an international distribution company specialising in steel pipes and tube applications. The family-owned company, headquartered in Zwijndrecht, the Netherlands, was founded in 1924 and is active in almost all industrial sectors. The company's turnover in 2018 was 630 million euros.
BENTELER Distribution ('BD') is an international distribution company offering a comprehensive range of carbon and stainless steel tubes, as well as customer-related services, in the mechanical engineering, automotive, energy, construction and shipbuilding sectors. The company employs 1,600 people in 59 locations , including warehousing facilities, in 24 countries. The acquisition of BD allows Van Leeuwen to significantly expand its global presence, particularly in Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia and Central Europe.