We acted as advisor to Cargotec, a leading Finnish provider of cargo and load handling solutions, in a contemplated merger with Konecranes, a Finnish world-leading group of lifting equipment and solutions.

The aim of the future company would have been to be a leader in sustainable material flow with a vision based on decarbonisation, safety, productivity and efficiency as well as maximizing the lifetime value of the equipment and solutions of its customers.

Cargotec and Konecranes entered into a combination agreement on 1 October 2020. The completion of the merger was subject to the fulfilment of customary conditions precedent, including obtaining merger control approvals. On 29 March 2022 Cargotec and Konecranes jointly decided to cancel the planned merger. The reason for this decision was that the UK Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) blocked the merger. Prior to the cancellation, Cargotec and Konecranes had obtained clearances for the planned merger from numerous competition authorities, among others a conditional approval by the European Commission.