(January 5, 2015) - Paul Hastings, a leading global law firm, announced today that the firm is representing Hanwha Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (“HSH”) and Hanwha Q CELLS Investment Co., Ltd. (“Q CELLS”), in entering into a definitive share purchase agreement with Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd. (“Hanwha SolarOne”) to create a new global leader in solar power. Under the terms of the agreement, Hanwha SolarOne (Nasdaq: HSOL) will acquire Q CELLS and as consideration therefor, issue new shares of Hanwha SolarOne to Q CELLS’s sole shareholder, HSH.
Upon consummation, HSH will transfer its 100% stake in Q Cells to Hanwha SolarOne, resulting in HSH increasing its ownership of Hanwha SolarOne from approximately 45.7% to approximately 94%. The combination would help drive competitiveness and expansion in key geographies, and would create a global leader in solar power.
The transaction, valued at approximately US$1.2 billion (based on the implied equity value of Q CELLS based on Hanwha SolarOne’s closing share price on December 5, 2014), is expected to close during the first quarter of 2015, after the required shareholder and regulatory approvals.
Paul Hastings has previously advised the Hanwha Group on several of its corporate transactional matters over the years, notably its initial equity investment in Hanwha SolarOne in 2010.
The Paul Hastings team is being led by corporate partner Daniel Sae-Chin Kim
and of counsel Woojae Kim
, with support from partners Dong Chul Kim
, Tom Counts
, Scott Hataway
and Pierre Kirch
and associates Young Hwan Ryu
, Ryan Nier
and Brianna Dougherty
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