Osborne Clarke has advised the retail group REWE on the acquisition of 50% of the shares in the Trinks Group. 

The Trinks Group, based in Hennef (Rhineland), has taken a new shareholder on board with REWE. Trinks is a beverage logistics service provider that primarily supplies food retailers, but also the catering industry, with reusable beverages and related services (sorting, etc.). Trinks generates a turnover of around EUR 1.6 billion and employs approximately 1,700 people in Germany.

REWE acquires 50% of the shares in the Trinks Group as part of a capital increase and thus becomes the fourth shareholder of Trinks alongside the German premium breweries Bitburger, Krombacher and Warsteiner. With REWE joining the company, future-oriented topics such as the automation of empties sorting at the various Trinks locations and the area of digitalisation can be further expanded and advanced. 

The transaction has already been cleared by the relevant authorities and has been completed.

Advisors Trinks / former shareholders: Inhouse Counsel, Dr Stephan Schmitz (Bitburger), Olaf Runggas (Krombacher), Achim Deisenroth (Warsteiner), all known from the market.

Advisors Trinks: Schmitz Knoth (Bonn): Dr Guido Plassmeier, Dr Christian Weis (both lead), Dr Claus Recktenwald (Antitrust Law), Dr Wolfgang Werber (Real Estate Law), Associates: Ute Toparkus, Jörg Noa, Tabea Lieberum, Jenna Pütz.

REWE Inhouse Counsel: Christoph Schmid, LL.M. (WCL) (M&A / Finance), Dr Beatrice Fischer and Dr. Vanessa Farmand (Antitrust Law), Alexander Schmitz (Tax). 

Advisors REWE: Osborne Clarke (Hamburg): Dr Fabian L. Christoph, Dr Hendrik Greinert, Alexandra Martha Nautsch, Dana Alpar (all Corporate / M&A), Dr Ulrike Bär, Dr Dinh V. T. Phan (both Tax), Thomas Schnabel, Moritz Windheuser, Maria Bibik (all Real Estate), Christoph Boeminghaus, Daniel Stein, Nikolaos Xenidis (all Commercial), Dr David Plitt, Dr Philipp Raben, Dr Sebastian Lilje (all Employment), Philip Funke (IP), Reinhard Bunjes (Finance), Adrian Schneider (IT) and Dr Marc Störing (Data Protection).

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