Wanzl Metallwarenfabrik Acquires Cari-All Group

A company directly controlled by Wanzl Metallwarenfabrik GmbH (“Wanzl”) completed its acquisition of Cari-All Group Inc. (together with its affiliates, “Cari-All” or the “Company”) for an undisclosed price. Wanzl acquired Cari-All from a consortium equity group, including OMERS Private Equity Inc., the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Norderon Capital Inc.

The acquisition was financed in part by GE Canada Finance Holding Company, by General Electric Capital Corporation and by Bank of Montreal.

Cari-All is the leading manufacturer and distributor of shopping carts to the North American retail market. The company's products and services are offered under the Technibilt, Cari-All and Rondi brand names. In addition to its core shopping cart products, Cari-All also offers an array of shelving systems, display racks, and other container products.

Wanzl was represented in Canada by Stikeman Elliott LLP, with a team that included Brian Pukier, Christine Legé, Andrée-Anne Arbour-Boucher and Annick Gaucher-Paradis (corporate); Howard Rosenoff, Sylvia Avedis, Meaghan Obee Tower, Alison Bier, Cristina Darwish and Laurie-Ann Willett (banking); Larry Cobb (environmental); Francesco Gucciardo (tax); Nathalie Duceppe (real estate); Eveline Poirier and Michèle Robichaud (labour and employment) and Michel Legendre (employee benefits and executive compensation) and in the United States by Charlotte, NC-based Moore & Van Allen PLLC with a team that included Mike DeLaney, James Wyche, Robert Vass and Jared Poplin (corporate); Doak Barnhardt and John Gilson (banking); William White (environmental); Gregory Faltin (real property); Paul Peralta (labour and employment) and Janet Higley (employee benefits and executive compensation).

Cari-All was represented in Canada by McCarthy Tétrault LLP, with a team that included Éric Gosselin, Serge Tousignant, Max Rogan, Julie Elmlinger and David Létourneau (corporate); David Tournier (banking); Cindy Vaillancourt (environmental); Stéphanie Gilcher (real estate); Rachel Solyom (labour and employment) and Véronique Wattiez Larose (intellectual property) and in the United States by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, with a team that included Richard Aldridge and Benjamin Wills (business and finance) and Patrick Rehfield (employee benefits and executive compensation).

One of the selling shareholders, OMERS Private Equity Inc., was represented by its in-house counsel, Andrew Peel, Director, Legal. Another selling shareholder, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, was represented by its in-house counsel, Guy Lebeuf, Director, Advisory services, Legal Affairs. Another selling shareholder, Norderon Capital Inc., was represented by Charles Gagnon of BCF LLP.

The lenders were represented in Canada by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, with a team that included Michael Harquail, Alexis Levine, Aude Godfroy, and Matthew Trim; in the United States by Finn Dixon & Herling LLP, with a team that included Peter Buscemi, Tanyee Cheung, Thomas Aragona and Neil Ruben and in Germany by Mario Lindner from DLA Piper UK LLP.