Osborne Clarke has advised communications technology specialist, KATHREIN, on its entire group restructuring.
The most recent and important component of the restructuring was the conversion of the KATHREIN-Werke KG into a European company (SE), called KATHREIN SE. Osborne Clarke has also established the group’s future parent company.
All of KATHREIN-Werke KG’s assets were transferred to KATHREIN SE. Rosenheim will remain the company's headquarters. Shares in the company will remain with the family.
The aim of the restructuring project was to set up the group so it could meet future challenges in terms of organisation. Various restructuring measures were implemented both nationally and internationally, in order to organise Kathrein according to business lines and simplify the corporate structure.
Rosenheim-based KATHREIN is a specialist in reliable, high-quality communication technology. The company is an innovation and technology driver in today's connected world. The company’s service and problem-solving expertise enables people to communicate, obtain information and use media globally. The firm covers a wide range of services including mobile, RFID and special solutions as well as satellite reception and broadcast technology up to broadcast and reception systems in vehicles.
An Osborne Clarke team led by corporate partner Matthias Elser and corporate Counsel Susanne Kühlthau advised KATHREIN SE on this project from the planning stage in the beginning of 2013 to the final implementation in May 2018. The team also included Partner Dr David Plitt (Employment law) and Counsel Dr Nanni Spitzer (Corporate law).
The firm’s work was closely interlinked with KATHREIN’s inhouse team, comprising of Mike Tschirschwitz (General counsel and project lead) and Stefanie Nohe (Legal counsel). PWC Nürnberg advised KATHREIN on all aspects of tax law with Dr Daniel Blöchle (lead) and Dr Klaus Dumser.

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