Hogan Lovells advises Woodward Inc. on the acquisition of L' Orange

Led by partners Volker Geyrhalter, Jörg Herwig and Mark Kurtenbach Hogan Lovells has advised Woodward Inc. on the acquisition of German L' Orange GmbH from the Rolls-Royce group. Woodward will also acquire L'Orange's operations in the US and China.

With approximately 1,000 employees based mostly in Germany, but also in the U.S. and China L’Orange’s 2017 pro forma sales were € 244 million. L’Orange is one of the world's leading suppliers of fuel injection systems for industrial diesel, heavy fuel oil and dual-fuel engines. L' Orange will continue to serve MTU Friedrichshafen and other subsidiaries of the Rolls-Royce group with fuel injection technologies for certain diesel engines. The transaction value is about EUR 700m.

Headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, US, Woodward reported 2017 sales of approximately USD 2.1 billion and has about 7,400 employees in 14 countries around the globe. With the acquisition of L'Orange Woodward will become one of the leading technology providers of engine control systems for industrial engines. 

Hogan Lovells has advised Woodward in the structuring, the negotiations and implementations of the transaction.

Volker Geyrhalter said: "We are delighted to have advised Woodward with our strong international network on this strategically important transaction."

Hogan Lovells for Woodward


Volker Geyrhalter (Partner, Lead, Corporate/M&A), Falk Loose (Counsel, Tax), Cornelius Naumann (Senior Associate, Corporate/M&A), Patrick Ayad (Partner, Commercial), Florian Unseld (Partner, Commercial), Christoph Wünschmann (Partner, Antitrust), Ingmar Dörr (Partner, Tax), Andreas Eggert (Senior Associate, Tax), Thomas Frank (Senior Associate, Pensions), Martin Günther (Partner, Real Estate), Johanna Brock-Wenzek (Senior Associate, Antitrust), Matthias Schlau (Associate, Antitrust).


Jörg Herwig (Partner, Lead, Corporate/M&A), Simon Theis (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Sophie Ulrich (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Kerstin Neighbour (Partner, Employment), Sabrina Gäbeler (Senior Associate, Employment), Fugui Tan (Projects Associate, Banking and Finance), Eva-Maria Patt (Senior Associate, Real Estate);


Thomas Salomon (Partner, Commercial, Hamburg).


Falk Schöning (Partner, Antitrust), David Dauchez (Associate, Antitrust).


Mark Jones (Partner, Antitrust), Christopher Peacock (Associate, Antitrust), Myrto Tagara (Associate, Antitrust).


Mark A. Kurtenbach (Partner, Lead, Corporate/M&A), Sandra M. Harris, Christopher W. Weigand (Senior Associates, Corporate/M&A), Jeremy R. Gibb (Associate, Corporte, Denver), Scott H. Reisch (Partner, Environmental, Denver), Christine K. Lane (Partner, Tax), Caitlin R. Piper (Associate, Tax, Washington).


Roberta Chang (Partner, Tax), Viola Shen (Associate, Tax), Shengzhe Wang (Counsel, Finance).

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