Ecolab’s $3.7 Billion Acquisition of Purolite

Baker McKenzie advised Ecolab Inc. in the transaction, while Skadden advised Purolite. Simpson Thacher represented J.P. Morgan Securities as financial advisor to Ecolab.

Ecolab Inc. completed the acquisition of Purolite, a provider of high-end ion exchange resins for separation and purification solutions that complement Ecolab’s current offerings and are critical for high-quality, safe drug production and biopharma products purification in the life sciences industries. The all-cash acquisition is valued at approximately $3.7 billion. 

A trusted partner at nearly three million commercial customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services. With annual sales of $12 billion and more than 44,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions, data-driven insights and personalized service to advance food safety, maintain clean and safe environments, optimize water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies and sustainability for customers in the food, healthcare, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.

Purolite is a global leader in resin technology and services. They develop and manufacture very small beads that are used in the most regulated industries in the world. Industries like biopharma, pharma, microelectronics and nuclear power depend on their solutions to separate, remove, or recover very specific elements and compounds. In the fast growing $3 billion life sciences market, Purolite provides critical solutions to help its customers produce high quality drugs like monoclonal antibodies, cell and gene therapies, immunological treatments for chronic illnesses and vaccines such as COVID-19. 

J.P. Morgan Securities acted as exclusive financial advisor to Ecolab.

The Baker McKenzie team was led by Dieter Schmitz (Picture), and Michelle Carr, Asama Itseumah; Antitrust: Teisha Johnson, Daniel Moon, Arvind Miriyala; Benefits: Chris Guldberg; Compliance: Maurice Bellan, Graham Cronogue; Employment: Liz Ebersole, Goli Rahimi; Environmental: John Watson; Foreign Investment: Rod Hunter, Callie Lefevre; IP: Jessie Greenwald, Lisa Rosaya; Real Estate: Sarah Swain, Sarah Winston; Securities: Chris Bartoli, Sali Wissa; Tax: Kai Kramer, Ross Staine, Phil Taylor; Trade: Kerry Contini, Eunkyung Kim Shin; and included Brazil (Trench Rossi Watanabe): Felipe Ferenzini, Mauricio Pacheco; China (FenXun Partners): Cherrie Shi, Cora Wu; Germany: Christian Burholt; Mexico: Hugo Dubovoy; Poland: Weronika Achramowicz, Anna Zmitrowicz; Singapore: Andrew Martin, Pearlyn Chen; United Kingdom: Jannan Crozier, Anthony Pisarski.

The Skadden team included M&A partners Stephen Arcano (New York) and Neil Stronski (New York) and associates Brett Fleisher (New York) and Ariel Zuckerbrot (New York); and Tax partners David Rievman (New York), Armando Gomez (Washington, D.C.) and Eric Sensenbrenner (Washington, D.C.) and counsel Jared Binstock (Washington, D.C.).

The Simpson Thacher team included Caroline Gottschalk (M&A)

Involved fees earner: Weronika Achramowicz – Baker McKenzie; Christopher Bartoli – Baker McKenzie; Maurice Bellan – Baker McKenzie; Christian Burholt – Baker McKenzie; Michelle Carr – Baker McKenzie; Pearlyn Chen – Baker McKenzie; Kerry Contini – Baker McKenzie; Graham Cronogue – Baker McKenzie; Jannan Crozier – Baker McKenzie; Hugo Dubovoy – Baker McKenzie; Daniel Duk-ki Moon – Baker McKenzie; Elizabeth Ebersole – Baker McKenzie; Jessica Greenwald – Baker McKenzie; Christopher Guldberg – Baker McKenzie; Rod Hunter – Baker McKenzie; Asama Itseumah – Baker McKenzie; Teisha Johnson – Baker McKenzie; Kai Kramer – Baker McKenzie; Callie Lefevre – Baker McKenzie; Andrew Martin – Baker McKenzie; Arvind Miriyala – Baker McKenzie; Anthony Pisarski – Baker McKenzie; Goli Rahimi – Baker McKenzie; Lisa Rosaya – Baker McKenzie; Dieter Schmitz – Baker McKenzie; Cherrie Shi – Baker McKenzie; Eunkyung Shin – Baker McKenzie; Sarah Swain – Baker McKenzie; Phillip Taylor – Baker McKenzie; John Watson – Baker McKenzie; Sarah Winston – Baker McKenzie; Sali Wissa – Baker McKenzie; Cora Wu – Baker McKenzie; Anna Zmitrowicz – Baker McKenzie; Caroline Gottschalk – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Stephen Arcano – Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom; Jared Binstock – Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom; Brett Fleisher – Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom; Armando Gomez – Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom; David Rievman – Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom; Eric Sensenbrenner – Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom; Neil Stronski – Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom; Ariel Zuckerbrot – Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom; Felipe Ferenzini – Trench, Rossi and Watanabe (BakerMckenzie); Mauricio Pacheco – Trench, Rossi and Watanabe (BakerMckenzie);

Law Firms: Baker McKenzie; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom; Trench, Rossi and Watanabe (BakerMckenzie);

Clients: Ecolab Inc; J.P. Morgan Securities LLC; Purolite;