Acquisition of Ophthalmic Surgical Product Company

Halma p.l.c., an international group of safety, health, and environmental technology companies based just outside of London, England, continues to pursue strategic growth opportunities, strengthening its position as a world leader in health and safety technologies. For over 25 years, Halma has turned to Dinsmore for counsel on a multitude of acquisitions. When the opportunity recently arose to acquire Microsurgical Technology, a Washington-based company that designs, manufactures and markets ophthalmic surgical products, Halma enlisted Dinsmore’s help once again.

Our team was instrumental in structuring this stock purchase for $57 million in initial consideration with additional payments of up to $43 million, contingent upon future earnings. Because of the size of the transaction, we worked to get Federal Trade Commission approval through filing pre-merger notification in accordance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. During the statutory waiting period, our team of attorneys negotiated and drafted the key transactional agreements and relevant corporate documents while managing comprehensive legal due diligence. Our due diligence efforts, which included extensive intellectual property, benefits, and employment reviews, provided a high level of security over the sellers’ warranties. Our collaborative approach toward negotiating the transactional agreements protected Halma’s interests while helping to maintain goodwill between Halma and the sellers, many of whom will continue to operate the business in Redmond, Washington. Our thorough understanding of Halma’s procedures and goals ensured we achieved the best outcome for our client.

The successful closing of this transaction enabled Halma to further strengthen its Health and Analysis Sector, which includes other market-leading ophthalmic device businesses: Accutome, Keeler, Medicel, Reister and Volk. With Dinsmore’s assistance, Halma continues to take advantage of opportunities to remain an industry leader in health and safety technology