04 December 2017

Greatest diligence due with shareholder disclosures

On 22 December 2016, the Chinese aviation conglomerate HNA Group completed the public takeover of gategroup Holding AG (launched about eight months before) by  paying the offer price of CHF 53 per share to the accepting shareholders. Shareholders rejecting the offer were compensated by way of a stock exchange squeeze-out. The total offer price paid by HNA in the takeover of gategroup amounts to approx. CHF 1.4 billion. On 27 April 2017, the gategroup shares were delisted from the Swiss stock exchange. After Swissport and SR Technics, this was the third former Swissair subsidiary taken over by HNA in Switzerland, in addition to HNA building up a substantial stake in Dufry.

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