PQ acquired Specialty Silicates Producer vanBaerle

PQ, a leading global producer of silicates, silicas and derivate products and headquartered in the US, acquired the specialty silicate business of Swiss-based vanBaerle Group. vanBaerle is a leading manufacturer of high-grade silicates, serving customers in over 50 countries across Europe, America, Africa, and Asia. 

PQ’s products are used in a wide variety of industrial processes and many customer products. Supported by 1,500 employees across 30 facilities in 13 countries, PQ, owned by Cerberus Capital Management and Koch Minerals & Trading, serves more than 900 customers around the world.

Lenz & Staehelin advised PQ in this transaction. The team was led by Tino Gaberthüel and Simone Ehrsam (both M&A) and included Lukas Held, Till Haechler, Xavier Grivel, Vincent Huynh Dac, Ananda Lee (all M&A), Leo Rusterholz, Lukas Staub (both Transitional Services, IT), Peter Ling, David Hitz, Simona Baselgia (all IP), Anja Affolter, Elena Nauer (both Employment, Pension) and Stephan Brandner (Tax).