KUKA AG is transferring Augsburg-based HLS Engineering Group, which has been part of KUKA Systems GmbH for some nine years, to financial investors Aheim Capital and TerVia Invest and to HLS management. Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advised general manager Ulrich Betz on his participation in HLS Engineering Group.
Employing a staff of more than 250, HLS Group operates in the field of engineering services for plant and machine construction and is a subsidiary of KUKA Systems GmbH. With offices in the Czech Republic and Vietnam, HLS has achieved a leading market position in engineering services for vehicle bodywork manufacturing since its establishment in 1966. Today, all major German automobile manufacturers and international companies are HLS customers. Current shareholder KUKA Systems will also continue to work closely with HLS Group on issues such as automation and robotics.
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advised the management on the tax structuring, designing the corporate and employment contract documentation, and during contract negotiations.
Counsel to Management HLS Engineering Group
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek:
Dr. Dirk Koch (Lead, Structuring/Tax Law), Stuttgart/Munich,
Andreas Hartmann (Lead, Corporate), Stuttgart,
Astrid Wellhöner, LL.M. Eur. (Employment Law),
Dr. Stephan Degen (Corporate/Restructuring), both Munich,
Dr. Sebastian Heß (Structuring/Tax Law), Stuttgart