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French conglomerate Saint-Gobain has extended its deal with the Burkard family, giving the company more time to acquire a controlling interest in Swiss specialty chemical company SIKA AG. The Burkard family owns SIKA’s majority voting rights via Schenker-Winkler Holding.
The Swiss Competition Commission has “unconditionally authorized Saint-Gobain’s acquisition of control over SIKA” according to French conglomerate Saint-Gobain.
The Swiss Federal Administrative Court (FAC) had upheld Swiss specialty chemical company SIKA AG’s opt-out clause, rejecting a complaint filed over the clause by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Trust and Cascade Investment. The court drama began after French conglomerate Saint-Gobain’s plan to gain a controlling interest in SIKA by acquiring Schenker-Winkler Holding (SWH) was revealed late last year.
Swiss specialty chemical company SIKA AG’s board restricted the voting rights of Schenker-Winkler Holding (SWH) to 5 percent of all registered shares, thwarting the Burkard family-owned company’s attempt to remove the board chairman and several board members during the extraordinary shareholders meeting held Friday. In a repeat of what occurred at annual general shareholders meeting in April, compensation for the members of the board was rejected for the “current term of office.” SWH retained its majority voting rights on this topic.
French conglomerate Saint-Gobain’s deal to acquire a controlling interest in Swiss specialty chemical company Sika AG appears to have had the brakes thrown on it. The Sika Board of Directors has decided the Burkard’s family voting rights in the company should be reduced to 5 percent. The Saint-Gobain deal hinged the Burkard’s family’s agreement to sell Schenker Winkler Holding AG to Saint-Gobain. The family-owned company controls 16.1 percent of Sika’s capital and 52.4 percent of its voting rights, which would have paved the way for Saint-Gobain to gain controlling interest of Sika.