K+S AG Acquires Morton Salt for US$1.675B

On October 1, 2009, Germany-based K+S AG completed its acquisition of Morton International, Inc. (Morton Salt), one of the leading producers of consumer, industrial and de-icing salt in North America, for US$1.675 billion from Rohm and Haas Company, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company.

K+S AG's legal team was led in-house by Andreas Goebel, head of legal, insurance and compliance, and Albert Kipp, internal counsel, and by the following:

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP with a team in New York that included Matthew Herman, Julian Pritchard, Andrea Cunning, Jeff Gillie, Simon Little, Christian Matarese, Raquel McKenney, Tony Salerno and Gregor von Bonin (corporate); Robert Scarborough (tax); and Lisa O'Brien, Melissa Raciti-Knapp, Sabine Dittrich and Tim Fourteau (finance); in Düsseldorf, Wolfram Rhein and Sören Ludwig; in Washington, Paul Yde, Bruce McCulloch, Andrea Agathoklis, Karine Faden, Daniel Fletcher (anti-trust) and Steven Brinker (tax); and in Frankfurt, Yorck Jetter and Sabine Dittrich (finance);

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP with a team in Rochester, NY, that included Paul Sylvestri (environmental); Paul Holloway (employee benefits); Christopher Potash (executive compensation); Brian Shaw (intellectual property); David Kresock (labour and employment) and Cathy Kaman Ryan (real estate);

Stikeman Elliott LLP with a team in New York that included Ron Ferguson, Gordon Cameron, Marc-André Wolfe (corporate); in Montréal, Robert Notkin (corporate); Marie-Andrée Beaudry and Jean-Guillaume Shooner (tax); Valérie Mac-Seing and Sébastien Thomas (real estate); in Toronto, Dana Porter, Andrew Elliott and Andy Gibbons (real estate); and in Calgary, Mark Christensen (real estate); and

Torys LLP with a team in Toronto that included Patricia Koval, Michael Akkawi, Vanessa Kee and Matthew Atkey (corporate); R. Jay Holsten, Omar Wakil and Sue-Anne Fox (anti-trust); Mitch Frazer, Christina Medland, Tara Sastri and Stacey Parker-Yull (pensions and employment); Dennis Mahony, Michael Fortier and Tyson Dyck (environmental) and Jason Gilman (intellectual property).

The Dow Chemical Company's legal team was led in-house by Charles Kalil, general counsel, Kenneth Isley, assistant general counsel, Lee Sjoberg, senior attorney, and Scott Pennock, managing counsel – anti-trust; at Morton Salt, Mary Doohan, vice president –legal affairs and group counsel, and by the following:

Shearman & Sterling LLP with a team in New York that included George Casey and Daniel Litowitz (M&A); Doreen Lilienfeld (executive compensation and employee benefits) and Douglas McFadyen (tax); and

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP with a team in Washington that included George S. Cary, Jeremy Calsyn, Matthew Bachrack, Thomas McConnell, Joshua Stern, and James Abell (anti-trust).