We acted as the legal advisor to Caverion Corporation in the voluntary public tender offer for all issued and outstanding shares in Caverion made by Crayfish BidCo Oy, which is controlled by private equity investor Triton Partners. We also advised Caverion in the preceding public tender offer for all shares in Caverion made by North Holdings 3, a consortium of purchasers comprising private equity investor Bain Capital and the main shareholders.

The two bidders competed aggressively each other in the beginning of 2023 and eventually valued the issued and outstanding shares in Caverion at well over one billion euros. In May 2023, North Holdings 3 Oy announced that it would not complete its tender offer. Crayfish BidCo Oy obtained all necessary authority permits in October 2023 and completed the tender offer at the end of 2023.

Due to the competitive bidding between the purchasers, we focused in particular on providing strategic legal advice for the board and the management of Caverion and advice on competition law issues. In the competing tender offers on Caverion’s shares two new elements were introduced into the Finnish market practice: an offer consideration including an interest component that takes into account the time value of money and an offer consideration that allows the receiver to choose between a debt instrument or cash.

The project was led by Thomas Landell.