Debevoise Advises CDPQ in its Investment in Datamars

15 March 2017

The London office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has advised Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) in its investment in Datamars, making it the company’s largest shareholder.

Following the transaction, current owners Columna Capital, as well as the management of Datamars, will remain shareholders and partners in the business.

Datamars is a global company based in Switzerland whose technology is used to identify and track livestock, companion animals and textiles. Through its emphasis on constant innovation and its ability to successfully acquire and integrate other companies, it has grown to be one of the leaders in each of the three segments in which it operates.

CDPQ is a long-term institutional investor that manages funds primarily for public and parapublic pension and insurance plans. As at December 31, 2016, it held $270.7 billion in net assets. As one of Canada's leading institutional fund managers, CDPQ invests globally in major financial markets, private equity, infrastructure and real estate.

The Debevoise team advising CDPQ was led by London partner Katherine Ashton, and included international counsel Andrew C. Rearick, as well as associates Dominic Blaxill and David M. Becker. Finance advice was provided by London partner Pierre MaugĻ‹é, assisted by Natalie Henderson-Stewart. Tax advice was provided by London partners Matthew D. Saronson and Richard Ward, assisted by Paul Eastham. Competition advice was provided by international counsel Timothy McIver, assisted by Anne-Mette Heemsoth.

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