Mandate Vinge advises Oberthur Technologies in public offer for XPonCard

February 27, 2008

Vinge is advising Oberthur Technologies in connection with its announced public offer for XPonCard Group AB (publ). The offer, which comprises all shares in XPonCard, values XPonCard at approximately SEK 704 million.

The Vinge team advising Oberthur Technologies S.A. includes Anders Åberg, Jan Lombach, Mattias Friberg and Petter Elmstedt. Paula Röttorp, Louise Salomon and Anders Morén are providing advice regarding the financing, and Mattias Schömer and Johan Bocander are providing tax advice. Emma Dufva is providing competition law advice.

Oberthur Technologies is listed on Euronext Paris. Oberthur Technologies is one of the world leaders in the field of secure technologies in its main target markets: smart cards, secure printing and cash protection. XPonCard is a services company listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm that provides card concepts and solutions for secure payment, smart mobile solutions, improved customer loyalty and secure identification. The combination of Oberthur Technologies and XPonCard will create the second largest player in the global smart card industry with sales in the order of EUR 735 million (SEK 6.8 billion).

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