Minneapolis, October 5, 2018 — The Corporate and International practices at Cozen O’Connor represented Eurofins Scientific SE in the acquisition of TestAmerica Environmental Services LLC (TestAmerica) from JSTI Group. The transaction is valued at $175 million on a cash-free, debt-free basis. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018, subject to the fulfillment of regulatory and customary closing conditions.
Eurofins Scientific is a scientific leader in food, environmental, and pharmaceutical products testing and in agroscience CRO services. It is also one of the independent market leaders in certain testing and laboratory services for genomics, discovery pharmacology, forensics, CDMO, advanced material sciences, and supporting clinical studies. In addition, Eurofins is one of the emerging players in specialty clinical diagnostic testing in Europe and the United States. Eurofins has more than 38,000 staff in more than 400 laboratories across 44 countries and is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN FR0000038259, Reuters EUFI.PA, Bloomberg ERF FP).
TestAmerica, which became part of JSTI through its 2016 acquisition, operates a network of 24 full-service testing laboratories and 40 service centers through the U.S. TestAmerica employs more than 2,000 staff. JSTI Group is headquartered in Nanjing, China, and is listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (300284.SZ).
Steven J. Dickinson led the Cozen O’Connor team on the transaction. The team included Barbara Müller, Evan Berquist, Jonathan M. Grossman, Thomas Ingalls, Heather L. Marx, Matthew D. Clyde, and Robert K. Magovern. TestAmerica was represented by Hylands Law Firm and Akerman LLP.
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