Toby Luckhurst

Hong Kong-based alternative investment group Xio has relied on Jones Day in Frankfurt and Chilean firm Aninat Schwencke & Cia to acquire fertiliser company Compo Expert, which manufacturers products for vineyards and golf courses, from German private equity fund Triton.

Triton turned to eight Linklaters offices in Germany, the UK, France, Spain and Italy, and Carey in Santiago for the deal, which closed on 30 March for an undisclosed amount.

Xio financed the acquisition with a loan from Commerzbank, which drew upon Chilean firm Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados in Santiago and eight Ashurst offices in Frankfurt, Munich, Brussels, Madrid, Milan, London, Washington, DC, and Paris.

Compo Expert manufactures specialist fertiliser and plant protection products used by professionals to maintain vineyards and golf courses. As well as Chile, it also operates in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico. Triton aims to target its funding and management to the consumer branch of Compo, which sells products like lawn fertiliser and plant pot soil.

Counsel to Xio Group

Jones Day

Partners Annica Lindegren, Lutz Hülsdunk, Andreas Holzwarth-Rochford, My Linh Vu-Grégoire, Sandra Kamper and Philipp Grzimek, counsel Sascha Schmidt, Thomas Stoll and Christian Krebs, and associate Daniela Schmitt in Frankfurt, and partners Johannes Zöttl and Markus Kappenhagen, counsel Jakob Guhn and associate Henning Heinrich in Dusseldorf

Aninat Schwencke & Cia

Partners Luis Aninat and Manuel Blanco and associate Francisco Prado in Santiago

Counsel to Triton


Partners Rainer Traugott and Timo Engelhardt, counsels Jan Jetter and Konrad Berger, and associates Hanno Witt, Jennifer Kramar and Niclas von Woedtke in Munich, partner Daniela Seeliger and associate Christina Trebing in Dusseldorf, and associates Annegret Eding in Berlin, Stefanie Huber in Frankfurt, Alfonso O’Donnell in Madrid, Louis Prades in Paris, Christophe Carriere in London and Valentina Gariboldi in Milan


Partner Francisco Ugarte and associates Jorge Ugarte and Pamela Morales in Santiago

Counsel to Commerzbank

Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados

Partner Jorge Lembeye in Santiago


Partner Bernd Egbers, counsels Christoph Rieken and Christiane Bestgen, and associate Isabell Pöller in Munich, partner Heiko Penndorf and associates Feliz Krüger and Philip Cavaillès in Frankfurt, partners Arnaud Wtterwulghe in Brussels, Jose Christian Bertram in Madrid, Gianluca Fanti in Milan, Martyn Rogers in London, Scott Faga in Washington, DC, and counsel Amanda Bevan in Paris

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