Lenz & Staehelin advises PQ on the acquisition of vanBaerle Group

PQ, a global producer of silicates, silicas and derivate products and headquartered in the US, has acquired the specialty silicate business of Swiss-based vanBaerle Group. The Swiss group is a leading manufacturer of high-grade silicates, serving customers in over 50 countries across Europe, America, Africa, and Asia. 

PQ’s products are used in a wide variety of industrial processes and many customer products. Supported by 1,500 employees across 30 facilities in 13 countries, PQ, owned by Cerberus Capital Management and Koch Minerals & Trading, serves more than 900 customers around the world.

Lenz & Staehelin advised PQ in this transaction. The team was led by partners Tino Gaberthüel (pictured left) and Simone Ehrsam (pictured right, both M&A) and included Lukas Held, Till Haechler, Xavier Grivel, Vincent Huynh Dac, Ananda Lee (all M&A), Leo Rusterholz, Lukas Staub (both Transitional Services, IT), Peter Ling, David Hitz, Simona Baselgia (all IP), Anja Affolter, Elena Nauer (both employment, pension) and Stephan Brandner (tax).