Stadler’s Acquisition of BÄR Bahnsicherung And The BBR Group

BianchiSchwald acted as lead counsel to Stadler in this transaction.

In the field of signalling technology and digitalisation, Stadler has acquired BÄR Bahnsicherung AG and the BBR Group (consisting of BBR Verkehrstechnik GmbH, Germany, and its group companies), thereby consistently expanding Stadler’s in-house expertise in these future-oriented areas.

Stadler will concentrate the entire signalling portfolio in a newly created division with more than 500 employees.

For more than 30 years, BBR has been one of the leading suppliers of solutions in the field of railway safety. Signalling technology from BBR is used successfully by railway operators all over the world – not only in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, but also in other countries in western and northern Europe, Asia and now also in the USA. In addition to infrastructure-related solutions such as electronic interlockings, train detection systems or points operating equipment, BBR’s portfolio also includes on-board equipment for rolling stock manufacturers and development work, particularly in the areas of interlockings, train protection and component retrofits. BBR employs around 270 people at its headquarters in Braunschweig (Germany) and at its site in Vufflens-la-Ville near Lausanne (Switzerland), which will be kept on by Stadler along with all current employees.

The BianchiSchwald team consisted of Thomas Schmid (Picture – Partner | Corporate and M&A), Stefan Scherrer (Partner | Corporate and M&A), Stipe Jozic (Senior Associate | Corporate and M&A), Andreas Suter (Senior Associate | Corporate and M&A) and Joel Tinguely (Junior Associate | Corporate and M&A).

Involved fees earner: Stipe Jozic – BianchiSchwald LLC; Stefan Scherrer – BianchiSchwald LLC; Thomas Schmid – BianchiSchwald LLC; Andreas Suter – BianchiSchwald LLC; Joel Tinguely – BianchiSchwald LLC;

Law Firms: BianchiSchwald LLC;

Clients: Stadler Rail AG;

Federica Tiefenthaler

Author: Federica Tiefenthaler