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Stryker Corporation acquires BERCHTOLD Group

14 April 2014 – BERCHTOLD Holding AG, Switzerland, was acquired by Stryker Corporation (NYSE: SYK) on 15 April 2014.

BERCHTOLD has been a family-run business providing customer-centric healthcare equipment for the modern operating room for more than 90 years manufacturing and distributing operating room lights, tables and blanket supply concepts. At its production, research and development sites in Tuttlingen (Germany), Schaffhausen (Switzerland) as well as Charleston (USA), BERCHTOLD employs well over 400 people.

Stryker Corporation is a globally leading provider of innovative medical technologies, including reconstructive, medical and surgical, neurotechnology and spine products. Stryker Corporation is headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, employs about 25,000 people and provides its products and services in over 100 countries worldwide.

Walder Wyss AG is lead counsel for the transaction and acted as legal and tax advisor to the shareholder of BERCHTOLD. The team was led by Christoph Stäubli (Partner, Corporate/M&A) together with Simon Kehl (Associate, Corporate/M&A) and further included Mark A. Reutter (Partner, IP/IT), Gion Giger (Managing Associate, Antitrust), Peter Hongler (Associate, Tax), Ralph Imoberdorf (Associate, Corporate/M&A) and Manuel B. Mühlestein (Trainee, Corporate/M&A).