PwC Legal advises Smyths Toys on the acquisition of Toys “R” Us Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Frankfurt am Main, April 26, 2018

A multidisciplinary and international team assembled from the PwC/PwC Legal network provided Smyths Toys Superstores (“Smyths Toys”) based in Galway (Ireland) with comprehensive advice on the acquisition of Toys “R” Us operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (“Target Companies”). PwC Legal (with teams from Germany, Austria & Switzerland) provided legal advice which focused on legal review, contract negotiation and drafting of transaction documents, PwC Transaction Services (Ireland) provided financial advice and PwC Tax (with teams from Ireland & Germany) advised on tax matters.

The Target Companies were sold out of a group subject to Chapter 11 US bankruptcy code procedures and also required to be carved out of existing financing structures (i.e. asset backed bond programmes and secured credit facilities). Smyths Toys will take on all employees and management formerly employed by the Target Companies. The deal is still subject to approvals by the responsible judicial and regulatory authorities. The parties agreed to keep the purchase price confidential.

Smyths Toys is a family owned retailer of toys with 21 stores in the Republic of Ireland and 90 Stores in the United Kingdom. The acquisition will add a further 90 stores and online operations in three European countries to Smyths Toys, making Smyths Toys the largest toy retailer in Europe.

Advisors to Smyths Toys:

PwC Legal Germany:

Denis Bacina, Dr. Dirk Stiller, Moritz Gröning (all lead, Corporate/M&A); Dr. Gerung v. Hoff (Antitrust); Georg Friedhelm Buchenhorst (Corporate/M&A); Joy Otto Neugebauer (Corporate/Finance); Dr. Frank Degenhardt (Employment); Dr. Tobias v. Tucher, Lukas Lundbeck (both IT/IP); Peter Steinbacher (Pensions); Peter Holzhäuser (Real Estate)

PwC Legal Austria (oehner & partner rechtsanwaelte):

Dr. Christian Oehner (Corporate/M&A); Daniela Steiner (Antitrust)

PwC Legal Switzerland:

Dr. Benjamin Fehr (Corporate/M&A)

PwC Transaction Services (Germany):

Mark Paliga (Financial Pensions)

PwC Transaction Services (Ireland):

John Casey; Sinead J. Lawlor (both Financial Advice)

PwC Tax (Germany):

Birgit Thalhammer (Tax Advice)

PwC Tax (Ireland):

Ronan MacNioclais; Ruth O’Malley (both Tax Advice)

About PwC Legal Business Solutions:

In our global, rapidly changing business world, cooperation, restructuring, transactions, financing and social responsibility are topics that increasingly concern our clients. They need legal certainty for a wide range of complex tasks. That is why we advise them holistically and in close cooperation with PwC’s tax, human resources and finance experts and our international legal network in over 100 countries. Whether a globally active company, a public corporation or a wealthy private individual, every client has a personal contact at our firm who supports them responsibly in all matters of commercial law. In this way, we help our clients to secure their economic success in the long term.

PwC Legal Business Solutions in Germany. More than 300 lawyers at 18 locations. Integrated, tech-powered legal advice.

About PwC:

At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We’re a network of firms in 151 countries with over 364,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services. Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at

PwC refers to the PwC network and/or one or more of its member firms, each of which is a separate legal entity. Please see for further details.

Press contact