Related Professionals: Kristin I. Wells Rita Gnoth-Novak Debra H. Dermody Michelle A. Mantine Nicole R. Bechtold Constantin Conrads Anya Lernatovych

PITTSBURGH (April 26, 2016) – Reed Smith LLP recently represented SKF, the leading worldwide manufacturer and supplier of ball and roller bearings, linear motion products, precision bearings, spindles and seals, in an agreement, subject to regulatory approvals, to divest its Kaydon velocity control business to Stabilus, a global manufacturer of electromechanical drives, as well as gas springs and hydraulic dampers for the automotive and industrial markets. The total value of the transaction is $339 million, on a cash- and debt-free basis. It is expected to close during the summer of 2016.

The cross-office Reed Smith team consisted of Pittsburgh corporate partners Courtney Murray and Kristin Wells, assisted by Munich partner Constantin Conrads; anti-trust partners Debra Dermody and Michelle Mantine; Pittsburgh associates Nikki Bechtold, Bennett Reed, and Anya Lernatovych; and Munich associate Rita Novak.

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