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PwC Corporate Finance advises Lonza on the acquisition of Micro-Macinazione

Geneva | A team of PwC Switzerland led by Martin Frey, Partner Corporate Finance/M&A, acted as lead advisor to Lonza Group AG (“Lonza”), a Swiss leading supplier to the pharmaceutical, biotech and specialty ingredients markets. Founded in 1897 in the Swiss Alps, Lonza today is a well-respected global company with more than 50 major manufacturing and R&D facilities and nearly 14,000 full-time employees worldwide.

With over 45 years of experience, Micro-Macinazione S.A. is a leading provider of micronization services and equipment for the Pharmaceutical & Fine Chemical industry. The company was acquired in 2012 by Cross Equity Partners, a Swiss Private Equity fund active in the development of mid-sized companies in Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

Acquiring Micro-Macinazione was strategic for Lonza as it provides micronization technology and expertise that complements its existing US capabilities and provides additional capacity to support its growth.
Thanks to its close relationships with both Cross Equity and Lonza, PwC Corporate Finance team was able to bring both parties together in the negotiation and ensure a smooth and quick deal execution.

The team

Martin Frey
Partner, Corporate Finance/M&A

Maxime Dubouloz
Director, Corporate Finance/M&A

Steve El-Osta
Manager, Corporate Finance/M&A

Labinot Brahimi
Consultant, Corporate Finance/M&A

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Martin Frey

Martin Frey

Martin Frey has over 15 years of corporate finance experience with UBS Investment Bank and Lehman Brothers in New York, Chicago and Zurich, focusing mainly on the retail and consumer goods industry. He joined PwC in 2005 and is Partner in the Corporate Finance/M&A group. He is also the PwC Advisory Leader for the Swiss Retail & Consumer industry. Martin has extensive transaction expertise in M&A, debt and equity capital markets in mature and emerging markets, advising companies such as Nestlé, Heinz, Nabisco, Anheuser Busch, Orior, MBT, Hilcona, Coop and others. Martin is a Swiss citizen, educated at the Universities of Basel and Minneapolis where he earned a masters in economics and Ph.D. in Management, respectively.