Dynamic international supply chains, tightening margins, and industry consolidation are but some of the factors transforming the industrials and manufacturing sector. O’Melveny helps companies confront the promise and peril of these challenging times.
With strengths in the full array of relevant legal disciplines, our team features experienced transactional and finance teams, savvy labor lawyers, courtroom-tested products liability litigators, knowledgeable environmental and real estate specialists, and regulatory and trade experts with experience serving in relevant US and international government agencies.
We have been involved in some of the industry’s most complex deals and disputes, from defending a Fortune 100 company in a criminal investigation in the United States that triggered some 50 class actions to advising on the financing and development of manufacturing facilities in Asia, Europe, North and South America. Our client roster—which, over the years, has included such names as ASSA ABLOY, General Electric, Honeywell, Westinghouse, and Xerox—is further testament to our ability to understand our clients’ goals and help them succeed.
Aleris International, Inc
O’Melveny represented Aleris, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aleris Corporation, and certain of its US, German, Belgian, and Swiss subsidiaries in connection with the refinancing of a US$600 million asset-backed revolving credit (ABL) facility. Read
O’Melveny is regular counsel ASSA ABLOY, the world’s leading manufacturer of locking solutions, on its cross-border, including its acquisition of the door closer business of China’s Shenfei Group and its purchase of Yingkou-based Pan Pan Door Company, a leading Chinese door manufacturer—the latter transaction was one of the largest-ever acquisitions by a foreign acquirer to receive antitrust regulatory clearance. Read
Case Study: China Agritech
In a rare accomplishment in securities litigation, we successfully defended China Agritech, a Chinese fertilizer manufacturer, and certain of its officers and directors in three successive class actions, twice defeating motions for class certification and securing dismissal of the third case on statute of limitations grounds. Read
Case Study: Exportadora de Sal, S.A. de C.V.
O’Melveny secured a major victory on behalf of Mexican salt mining company, Exportadora de Sal, S.A. de C.V. (ESSA), in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Read
Case Study: RSI Home Products
O’Melveny represented RSI Home Products in its definitive agreement and plan of merger with American Woodmark Corporation. Read
Colt Defense switched strategies from refinancing its debt to restructuring the company through chapter 11 proceedings, relying on O’Melveny to negotiate with the courts, creditors, stakeholders, and a property landlord before emerging a stronger company. Read
When Honeywell’s US$5.1 billion acquisition of the Elster Division of Melrose Industries plc drew scrutiny from antitrust authorities around the world, O’Melveny lawyers worldwide mobilized to defend the transaction before the Federal Trade Commission, China’s Ministry of Commerce, and the European Commission. Read
Litigation Stemming from Fires
We have significant experience representing clients in litigation and investigations stemming from fires, an aerospace company in litigation arising out of a fatal fire aboard an aircraft; an oil refining company in criminal enforcement and civil litigation arising out of a series of fires at its refinery; a utility company in an appeal of a case brought after downed electric power lines were believed to have started a fire that consumed homes; and a home remodeling retailer in an government investigation of alleged violations of fire code, hazardous waste, and hazardous materials laws. Read
Norsk Hydro ASA
O’Melveny obtained an important victory for Norsk Hydro ASA when the EU Commission approved the company’s proposed joint venture with consumer goods group Orkla ASA concerning the parties’ extruded products, building systems and precision tubing businesses. Read
Oaktree Capital Management
O’Melveny represented Oaktree in its US$150 million acquisition of the ownership interests in Oasis BH Holdings, the owner of the historic Beverly Hilton Hotel located in Beverly Hills, California. The transaction began when Oaktree acquired various tranches of Oasis’s distressed commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) structure. Read
Products Manufacturing Company
O’Melveny helped a US specialty engineered products manufacturing company on the establishments of various joint venture projects in China, including an equity joint venture with a soft axle and soft tube factory in Ningbo, an equity joint venture with an auto cable factory in Shengyang, and an equity joint venture producing auto parts in Shanghai. Read
Ready-Mixed Concrete Suppliers
An O’Melveny team secured a preliminary injunction barring the State of California from enforcing the recent expansion of its prevailing wage law against a client group of ready-mixed concrete suppliers and other similarly situated companies. Read
- Agrium Inc.
- ASSA ABLOY
- Colt Defense
- Honeywell International
- Leoni AG
- Malibu Boats
- Norsk Hydro
- RSI Home Products