Ince & Co advises Aegean Marine Petroleum Network (AMPNI) on the US$367 million acquisition of HEC Europe

Legal, Mergers and Acquisitions — By on February 23, 2018 at 11:20 AM

Matthew Stratton

Ince & Co was instructed by longstanding client,

the world’s largest independent physical bunker supplier, on its approx. US$367 million acquisition of HEC Europe. The acquisition signed on 20 February.

Consideration for the acquisition included a mixture of accounts receivable assignments, cash and/or notes, the assumption of debt and the issue of 33 percent of the equity in AMPNI. The acquisition of HEC is an important strategic move for AMPNI in line with the evolving need for green products and services in the shipping industry. HEC specialises in removing, treating and disposing of oily waste from vessels and oil rigs and currently has operations in Greece, Germany and Gibraltar, operating under the ‘Green Ports’ brand.

London Partners, Matthew Stratton and Stephen Jarvis led the transaction with support from Ince & Co’s corporate, finance, competition and tax colleagues, working closely with teams in its Hamburg and Piraeus offices.

Ince & Co Partner, Matthew Stratton commented:

“The team were delighted to have been instructed by AMPNI on this transaction, after having worked on a number of other impressive corporate transactions recently, including the acquisition of V.Group by Advent, the acquisition of Seaway Heavy Lifting by Subsea7 and the acquisition of Credit Europe Bank’s shipping assets by SOCAR. The transaction involved collaborative working across our network of international offices and is an excellent example of the variety and international nature of the corporate work Ince & Co undertakes.”

A number of advisers were involved: Legal – Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer (US law), Seward & Kissel (US law), Polakis Sarris (Cyprus law); Tax – EY; Accounting – Deloitte; financial advisers – Jefferies, Axia, Clarksons; Environmental advisers – DNV GL.

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