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Rödl & Partner advises AL-KO Vehicle Technology Group on the sale of the Damping Technology business unit


Stuttgart/Shanghai, 9 August 2021: The AL-KO Vehicle Technology Group has sold its Damping Technology business unit to KW automotive GmbH, based in Fichtenberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. With around 250 employees at two sites in Spain and China, this business unit manufactures shock absorbers for heavy commercial vehicles and the passenger car aftermarket. The sale was made as part of AL-KO Vehicle Technology Group's strategic focus on its core business. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.


Rödl & Partner advised the client in this transaction with a Chinese expert team, covering all legal and tax aspects regarding the Chinese subsidiary AL-KO Automotive Parts Manufacturing (Ningbo) Co. Ltd. The Rödl team was led by Partner Jiawei Wang (Head of China Practice Stuttgart). Frances Gu, Partner from Shanghai office, was responsible for the tax advisory.


About AL-KO Vehicle Technology Group

The AL-KO Vehicle Technology Group is a globally active technology group. As a supplier of high-quality chassis and suspension components for trailers, leisure vehicles and commercial vehicles, the group is synonymous with functional excellence, superb comfort and innovations to enhance driving safety. Founded in 1931, the Group today generates sales of around 800 million US dollars with around 3,000 employees and more than 30 sites worldwide. AL-KO Vehicle Technology Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of DexKo Global, a portfolio company of KPS Capital Partners.


Advisor AL-KO Vehicle Technology Group

Rödl & Partner – China

Jiawei Wang, Partner (M&A Legal), Project Lead (China), Stuttgart – Legal

Qinglu Shao, Associate (M&A Legal), Stuttgart – Legal

Frances Gu, Partner (M&A Tax), Shanghai – Tax

Judy Zhu, Senior Associate (M&A Tax), Shanghai – Tax


Wendelstein (Frankfurt) – Transaction Lead Counsel

Nikolaus Hofstetter, Partner (M&A)

Dr. Daniel Müller-Etienne, Partner (Tax Law)

Vanessa David, Senior Associate (M&A)


Monereo Meyer Abogados (Madrid, Barcelona) – Spain

Nadja Vietz, Partner

Christian Krause Moral, Partner


Lexantis (Cologne)  – IP- und IT Legal

Thomas Becker, Partner


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Jiawei Wang, LL.M.


+49 711 7819 144 32

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Frances Gu


+86 21 6163 5238

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