Gruppe Georg Kofler sold all shares in Leifeld Metal Spinning AG, the world market leader in spinning and flow-forming machines, to Nihon Spindle Manufacturing Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Sumitomo Heavy Industries.

A team led by M&A partner Dr. Stephan Bauer advised the Georg Kofler group on the transaction. The ESCHE team also included the partners Dr. Robert Kroschewski (Tax), Dr. Philipp Engelhoven (Regulatory) and Dr. Patrizia Chwalisz (HR) as well as the associates Benjamin Kastner, Sebastian Schröder and Lara Bos (all corporate / M&A).

ESCHE cooperated in the transaction with Lexpert Dr. Bauer & Partner (Dr. Axel Bauer) as further legal advisor and PricewaterhouseCoopers as M&A advisor.

Leifeld Metal Spinning AG is the world market leader for spinning machines and spinning rolling machines for non-cutting metal forming in the automotive, aerospace, energy and industrial applications. Leifeld is based in Ahlen / Westphalia and has subsidiaries and sales offices in Livonia (USA), Shanghai (China), and Moscow (Russia). In the past three years, Leifeld and its subsidiaries have achieved average annual sales of more than EUR 35 million and currently have approximately 175 employees.

Nihon Spindle Manufacturing Co. Ltd. based in Amagasaki (Japan) is a 100% subsidiary of Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. and is also active in the production of spinning machines, spinning rolling machines and other industrial machines. In addition, Nihon Spindle manufactures cooling towers, dust collectors and precise air filters and controls.

The sale of Leifeld Metal Spinning was agreed in October 2019 and completed on May 29, 2020.

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