By on January 30, 2012

Suddenly, everybody is in a big hurry: On February 14, the Supervisory Board Volkswagen’s supervisory board will convene to hear plans to acquire the remaining stake of Porsche’s sports car business, Der Spiegel [sub] reports. The deal is supposed to happen in a tax-efficient manner. It also drives plaintiffs mad.

According to Der Spiegel, Volkswagen will have to pay €3.9 billion ($5.1 billion) plus taxes for the  50.1 percent stake. Add to that a “low three-digit million” amount in taxes. There are people who don’t like that deal at all.

Those people are international funds that sued Porsche and Volkswagen for more than €5 billion. They felt duped after getting caught in a monster short squeeze. On the Porsche side, the suits are against Porsche SE, a holding company that owns Porsche AG.

“If Porsche gets ransacked, we need to react,” Munich lawyer Franz Braun told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung. He is worried that Volkswagen makes off with the juiciest assets, leaving a hollowed-out holding behind. He wants to get a temporary injunction that stops the sale. Volkswagen told the paper that this is “lawyerly nonsense.” The holding will have plenty assets, Volkswagen argues. It gets billions from Volkswagen and keeps owning 50.7 percent of Volkswagen.

Volkswagen could officially swallow Porsche this year.

Stay tuned.


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