Henkel in Acquisition of Rhodia Unit

August 8, 2005

Cleary Gottlieb is representing Henkel KGaA in the acquisition of the cartridge silicone sealants business of French Rhodia Group. The acquisition involves the purchase of operations in Germany, Great Britain and France, and is subject to regulatory approvals. The purchase price was not disclosed.

The Henkel Group is a leading producer of consumer goods with more than 50,000 employees and sales of €10.5 billion in 2004. The Rhodia Group is a specialty chemicals company with 20,000 employees worldwide and sales of €5.3 billion in 2004.