Venable LLP Represents the Association for Materials Protection and Performance in Its Formation and Merger

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To create a unified voice for the corrosion control and protective coatings industries, a new association, the Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP), was recently launched. AMPP was formed by a merger between Houston-based NACE International, the Corrosion Society, and Pittsburgh-based SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings. AMPP’s name, logo, and other brand elements were revealed at a virtual event led by AMPP CEO Bob Chalker and the organization’s executive leadership.

Ronald M. Jacobs and Judith Y. Kim helped to design the transaction and new organization and solve the complicated tax and governance issues that arose though AMPP’s formation and merger. Andrew Price assisted with the international trademark portfolio, Lisa Tavares with employee benefits issues, and Jennifer Prozinski with employment transition issues.

With more than 40,000 members in 130 countries, AMPP consists of two governance structures—AMPP, a 501(c)(6), and AMPP Global Center, a 501(c)(3). AMPP provides services to members in the areas of certification, accreditation, membership, advocacy, and public affairs, and AMPP Global Center focuses on standards, technical and research activities, conferences, events, education, training, publications, and pre-professional programming.

The transaction involved multiple domestications, a merger, and an asset transfer and was one of the more complex association mergers on record.
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