Carlyle’s Acquisition of AutoForm From Astorg

Lenz & Staehelin advised Carlyle in this transaction, alongside Linklaters and Latham & Watkins. Paul Hastings advised Astorg. Jeausserand Audouard advised the management of AutoForm.

The global investment firm Carlyle announced that it has agreed to acquire AutoForm, the global leader in engineering software for sheet metal forming simulation and Body in White (BiW) assembly simulation, primarily used in the automotive industry, from global private equity firm Astorg and other sellers.

Headquartered in Switzerland, the company employs approximately 400 people and is present in more than 50 countries, across EMEA, Asia and the Americas. Details of the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, are not being disclosed.

The deal value wasn’t announced. According to people familiar with the matter, the transaction was priced at €1.75 billion, equivalent to nearly $2 billion.

The Lenz & Staehelin team was led by partner Andreas Rötheli (Picture – Corporate/M&A) and included partners David Ledermann (Finance) and Frédéric Neukomm (Tax), as well as associates Roman Graf (Corporate/M&A), Sevan Antreasyan (IP), Paul Michel (Employment), Clément Bouvier (Finance), and Nadja Flühler (Data Protection), among others.

The Paul Hastings team included Alexis Terray, Sébastien Crépy, Amaury Steinlin, Camille Paulhac, Juliette Hua.

The Linklaters team included Fabrice de La Morandière, Florent Mazeron, Mehdi Boumedine, Aude Pianet, Chloé Fortin, Géric Clomes, Pauline Debré, Oliver Sceales, Daniel Peach.

The Jeausserand Audouard team included Alexandre Dejardin, Faustine Paoluzzo (Corporate), Jérémie Jeausserand, Tristan Audouard, Loïc Müller (Tax).

Involved fees earner: Sevan Antreasyan – Lenz & Staehelin; Clément Bouvier – Lenz & Staehelin; Nadja Flühler – Lenz & Staehelin; Roman Graf – Lenz & Staehelin; David Ledermann – Lenz & Staehelin; Paul Michel – Lenz & Staehelin; Frédéric Neukomm – Lenz & Staehelin; Andreas Rötheli – Lenz & Staehelin; Mehdi Boumedine – Linklaters; Géric Clomes – Linklaters; Fabrice de La Morandiere – Linklaters; Pauline Debré – Linklaters; Florent Mazeron – Linklaters; Daniel Peach – Linklaters; Aude Pianet – Linklaters; Oliver Sceales – Linklaters; Sebastien Crepy – Paul Hastings LLP; Juliette Hua – Paul Hastings LLP; Camille Paulhac – Paul Hastings LLP; Alexis Terray – Paul Hastings LLP;

Law Firms: Lenz & Staehelin; Linklaters; Paul Hastings LLP;

Clients: Astorg Partners; Carlyle Group;

Federica Tiefenthaler

Author: Federica Tiefenthaler