Clifford Chance advising Geodis on purchase of Ozburn-Hessey Logistics

Aug 18, 2015, 15:04 ET from Clifford Chance LLP

NEW YORK, Aug. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Clifford Chance is advising Geodis SA on its acquisition of Ozburn-Hessey Logistics from private equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe. Geodis has entered into an agreement to acquire OHL for an undisclosed amount.

Geodis — the fourth largest supply chain operator in Europe and the 13th largest world-wide — will significantly enhance its US freight forwarding and contract logistics offering with the acquisition. Tennessee-based OHL employs over 8,000 transportation and fulfilment professionals in the United States and specializes in the sectors of apparel, electronics, healthcare, food and beverage, and consumer packaged goods. OHL reported revenue of $1.31 billion in revenue last year.

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The cross-border Clifford Chance team advising Geodis on this strategic acquisition is led out of New York by corporate partner Benjamin Sibbett and associates Matthew Warner and Marissa Marco. Partner Philip Wagman is handling the tax aspects of the deal and partner Howard Adler is advising on ERISA concerns. Additional team members include:

Tim Cornell (partner, Washington, D.C.)
Brian Concklin (associate, Washington, D.C.)

George Kleinfeld (partner, Washington D.C.)
Jacqueline Landells (associate, Washington D.C.)

Yves Wehrli (partner, Paris)
Xavier Petet (avocat, Paris)
Ken Lee (associate, New York)
Amy Chen (associate, New York)
Joshua Wohl (associate, New York)

Rob Stone (counsel, New York)
Atul Jain (law clerk, New York)

Intellectual Property
Daryl Fairbairn (counsel, New York)
Jennifer Saionz (associate, New York)

Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Robert Myers (senior counsel, New York)

Real Estate
Vicky Manthas (counsel, New York)

Alan Kravitz (associate, New York)
Caroline Phillips (associate, New York)

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