Dantherm Group and Trotec GmbH join forces

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) advised Dantherm Group on merger control aspects in connection with the merger with Trotec GmbH.

11 May 2022

Cryptshare and Pointsharp join forces

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised the shareholders of Cryptshare AG on the sale of their shares to the Swedish Pointsharp Group.

31 March 2022

Acquisition of Diamond IP by Cygna Labs Group

The Frankfurt Finance Team of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) advised Cygna Labs Group on the acquisition financing in connection with the acquisition of Diamond IP from BT (formerly British Telecom).

04 March 2022

KWM advised Bayerische Vermögen Group on takeover by Lloyd Fonds

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised BV Holding AG (BV Holding) in connection with the takeover by Lloyd Fonds AG (Lloyd).

17 January 2022

Silver Investment Partners strengthens specialty pharmaceuticals distributor Lucien Ortscheit by acquiring import specialist Juers

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised Silver Investment Partners (SIP) on the acquisition of Juers Group. SIP invested via GPW (German Pharma Wholesale) Holding GmbH, of which SIP is the majority shareholder.

10 January 2022

Young Fashion Group acquires activities of fashion brand Pimkie in Germany, Portugal and Spain

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised the Young Fashion Group and its management on the acquisition of Framode GmbH (Germany), Dimodes S.A. (Spain), and Bianca S.A. (Portugal) as well as the parallel establishment of a master franchising relationship for the Pimkie brand in the German, Spanish and Portuguese markets.

09 December 2021

Investor consortium (ECM, PINOVA, Gilde) acquires DETAX

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) advised funds managed by ECM Equity Capital Management GmbH (ECM), PINOVA Capital GmbH (PINOVA) and Gilde Healthcare (the investment consortium) on the acquisition of a majority stake in DETAX Group. The investor consortium supports DETAX and the management team in succession planning through a management buy-out. The transaction is still subject to approval of the relevant antitrust authorities.

06 December 2021

Star Capital acquires VINCORION from Jenoptik

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised a fund managed by STAR Capital Partnership LLP (Star Capital) on the acquisition of the business division VINCORION from German listed company Jenoptik AG.

02 December 2021

Walden International acquires Memphis Electronic

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised Walden International on the acquisition of Memphis Electronic AG and Memphis Electronic Hongkong Ltd. (Memphis Electronic) from its private owners.

30 November 2021

Nachfolgepartner invests in Chromedia

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised Nachfolgepartner AG (Nachfolgepartner) on a partnership investment with Chromedia Dialogmarketing GmbH (Chromedia).

20 October 2021

Silbitz Group acquires Eisengießerei Torgelow

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) advised Silbitz Group GmbH (Silbitz Group) on merger control aspects in connection with the acquisition of the iron foundry Eisengießerei Torgelow GmbH (EGT). EGT is a traditional company based in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany and has been active in the foundry industry for more than 260 years. The company uses its access to the Baltic Sea and specializes in large-dimension castings for use in offshore wind turbines. The company was forced to file for insolvency as a result of the Corona pandemic. Silbitz Group is a portfolio company of listed Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG). The group of companies operates three foundries. At its headquarters in Silbitz (Thuringia, Germany), various steel and iron-based materials are cast in hand-mold casting and automated machine-mold casting. The complex castings produced are mainly used in engine construction and energy technology. With the acquisition of the Torgelow iron foundry, the Group is expanding its product portfolio and is significantly reinforcing its position as a supplier to the offshore wind power industry. Advisor to Silbitz Group GmbH:

13 October 2021

Converge Technology Solutions Corp. invests in REDNET

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) advised the shareholders of REDNET AG (REDNET) on a partnership investment with Converge Technology Solutions Corp. (Converge).

12 August 2021

Marondo Capital sells Datavard to SNP

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised Marondo Capital GmbH (Marondo Capital) as well as further shareholders on the sale of all shares in Datavard AG (Datavard) to SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner SE (SNP).

03 August 2021

MORGEN & MORGEN becomes a member of JDC Group

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised MORGEN & MORGEN Group GmbH on the sale of MORGEN & MORGEN GmbH (MORGEN & MORGEN) to Jung, DMS und Cie. AG, a subsidiary of JDC Group AG (JDC Group). MORGEN & MORGEN is an independent analysis and data provider and is one of the market leaders for data analytics and comparison software in the insurance industry. The company employs its own team of actuaries to check and recalculate the rates to be compared on the market, thereby optimizing its neutral industry data and analyses. Agents, banks, insurance companies and the business press regularly access data and calculations from MORGEN & MORGEN for insurance comparisons as well as analyses, ratings and rankings. The listed JDC Group is a leading platform provider in the financial sector. Under the brands Jung, DMS & Cie, allesmeins and Geld.de, the group offers a digital platform for insurances, investment funds and other financial products and services. With more than 16,000 connected platform users, around 1.5 million customers, annual sales of around two billion euros in valuation, a fund portfolio of over five billion euros and annual insurance premiums of 750 million euros, JDC Group is one of the market leaders in the German-speaking region. With the acquisition of MORGEN & MORGEN, JDC Group complements its own offering with a leading comparison and data technology. MORGEN & MORGEN with its complementary range of products will be an independent company within the JDC Group and will continue to operate independently and neutrally. The MORGEN & MORGEN tools will be integrated into the JDC platform, which will, however, continue to work additionally with other providers of insurance comparisons. The common goal is to generate platform synergies as partners and to further expand efficiency for all market participants.

30 June 2021

zvoove acquires Leviy

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised zvoove Group GmbH (zvoove) on the acquisition of the Dutch Leviy group (Leviy).

28 June 2021

Silver Investment Partners acquires Crystal

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised Silver Investment Partners (SIP) on the acquisition of a majority stake in Crystal GmbH (Crystal), a high-tech company in the field of crystal processing.

23 June 2021

Kingenta sells COMPO Consumer

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised Compo Investco GmbH, a subsidiary of Kingenta Ecological Engineering Group (Kingenta), on the sale of the COMPO Consumer business to Duke Street. The transaction is still subject to the customary regulatory approvals. The closing is expected in the course of this year. COMPO Consumer, headquartered in Münster, Germany, is continental Europe's leading provider of branded products for plants in home and garden, including potting soils, fertilizers, lawn seeds, pest control and plant protection. The company employs over 700 people with operations across 20 European locations. Kingenta is a listed company and a leading manufacturer of plant and speciality fertilizers in Asia, employing more than 10,000 people. In 2016, the Chinese group Kingenta was advised by KWM on the acquisition of COMPO Consumer. Since then, KWM has been advising Kingenta and COMPO - also in the run-up to the sale of the COMPO Consumer business. With the support of KWM and investment advisor Eurasian Consulting, Kingenta identified funds managed by Duke Street, a renowned private equity investor with an investment focus on mid-market Western European companies, as the ideal purchaser. Advisors to Compo Investco GmbH: Christian Ostermöller (transaction lead), Dr. Christian Cornett, Hui ZHAO, Julian Buhr (PSL), Heling ZHANG (PSL) (all Corporate/M&A), Rudolf Haas (Finance), Tilman Siebert (Antitrust) (all Frankfurt), Olivier Armand (Corporate/M&A, Brussels), Victoria Ruenes (Corporate/M&A, Madrid), Fausto Caruso (Corporate/M&A, Milan), PAN Zhenhua, DIAO Yongxin, TAN Qiyao (all Corporate/M&A, Beijing), Amy CHAN (Corporate, Hong Kong)

08 June 2021

NGC acquires DIREKT CNC-Systeme

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised NGC Nachfolgekapital GmbH (NGC) on the acquisition of a majority stake in DIREKT CNC-Systeme GmbH.

02 June 2021

STAR Capital invests in SkyFive

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised a fund managed by STAR Capital Partnership LLP (STAR Capital) on its investment in SkyFive AG (SkyFive), a leading provider of broadband In-Flight Connectivity services, as part of the company's Series A investment round. SkyFive, headquartered at the Ludwig Boelkow Aerospace and Security Campus in Munich, Germany, specializes in air-to-ground (A2G) solutions and services for the aviation market. SkyFive partners with mobile operators to deliver true broadband services to airline passengers, enables the massive real-time transfer of aircraft systems data, and provides stable and secure aerial coverage for public safety authorities and novel forms of Urban Air Mobility. STAR Capital is a European private equity fund manager that was founded in 1999 with the goal of acquiring and developing asset-based businesses that provide an essential service to their customers. The company has previously invested very successfully in digital infrastructure and the aviation sector. The investment round was led by STAR Capital together with Safran Corporate Ventures, the venture capital arm of the international high-technology group Safran, which is operating in the aviation, defence and space markets.

31 May 2021

pluss Personalmanagement acquires Locum

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised pluss Personalmanagement GmbH (pluss Personalmanagement) on the acquisition of all shares in three companies of Locum group (Locum), namely LocumWork, LocumCare and LocumPro, previously held by various private shareholders.

26 May 2021

PINOVA Capital sells Deurowood to Freudenberg Chemical Specialities

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised a fund managed by PINOVA Capital GmbH (PINOVA Capital) as well as further shareholders on the sale of all shares in Deurowood Holding GmbH (Deurowood) and Deurowood Produktions GmbH to Freudenberg Chemical Specialities Munich GmbH (FCS).

05 May 2021

NGC supports growth strategy: Gelford acquires Bastex

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised NGC Nachfolgekapital GmbH (NGC) on the acquisition of Bastex Schädlingsbekämpfung & Hygienetechnik GmbH (Bastex). NGC invested via its portfolio company Gebäudereinigung & Dienstleistungen Gelford GmbH (Gelford).

23 April 2021

Silver Investment Partners supports growth strategy: ALVARA acquires it relations

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised Silver Investment Partners (SIP) on the acquisition of it relations GmbH (it relations). SIP invested via its portfolio company ALVARA Holding GmbH (ALVARA Holding).

08 April 2021

Deutsche Infrastruktur und Netzgesellschaft acquires Triopt-Group

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) advised Deutsche Infrastruktur und Netzgesellschaft mbH (DING) on merger control aspects in connection with the acquisition of Triopt-Group. DING, headquartered in Bochum, Germany, is a specialist in planning and optimizing mobile networks and employs more than 1,250 people. DING is one of Germany's leading service providers and general contractors and covers the entire value chain in the fiber optics sector, from planning to construction, operation and leasing of dark fiber networks. Projects of any size are realized by DING which is one of the portfolio companies of Deutsche Beteiligungs AG. The Triopt-Group, with headquarters in Moers, Germany, and a site in Groch, Germany, employs around 250 people. As a full-service provider with a focus on mobile network expansion, Triopt-Group offers services ranging from consulting, planning, and optimization to site inspections, cost calculations, and construction coordination to radio network optimization for events and the construction and expansion of 5G campus networks. With the Triopt-Group, DING complements its portfolio in the field of the two infrastructures fiber optics and mobile communications. In addition to strengthening its nationwide position as one of the leading service providers and general contractors for telecommunications and energy infrastructures, DING can tap new opportunities in the mobile communications business area. Advisor to Deutsche Infrastruktur und Netzgesellschaft mbH: Tilman Siebert (Competition/Antitrust)

31 March 2021

Silver Investment Partners acquires CryLaS

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) advised Silver Investment Partners on the acquisition of a majority stake in Crystal Laser Systems GmbH (CryLaS). CryLaS, based in Berlin, was founded in 2004 and is a global manufacturer of deep-UV lasers, which are mainly used in the semiconductor industry, biotechnology and analytics. CryLaS' products include pulsed lasers that use their short wavelengths to dissolve out molecules or separate cells, for instance. The lasers are used, among other things, for wafer inspection, inscription of technical optics or molecule processing. This type of laser is one of a sophisticated special technology in which CryLaS is one of the world's leading suppliers. SIP will support the expansion of CryLaS' strong market position and assist with management succession. In addition to scaling the business by expanding the product and service offering, SIP will drive new development partnerships with customers. SIP is an independent equity finance investor for medium-sized companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As an entrepreneurial, experienced and trusted partner, Silver Investment Partner engages in majority and minority interests in companies with revenues of between €5 million and €100 million, with a focus on companies with revenues of between €10 million and €50 million. Advisors to Silver Investment Partners: Dr. Peter Polke, Dr. Michael Roos, Dr. Kathrin Thoma, Lorenz Liebsch, Simon Brandt (PSL) (all Corporate/M&A), Dr. Johannes Reitzel (Employment), Markus Hill, Viktoria Rosbach (both Tax), Rudolf Haas, Daniel Ehret (both Finance)

11 March 2021

BrandMaker secures strategic investment from Rubicon

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised the shareholders of BrandMaker GmbH (BrandMaker) as transaction lead counsel on the sale to Rubicon Technology Partners (Rubicon).

03 March 2021

Marondo Capital invests in healthcare services specialist GFS

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised Marondo Capital GmbH (Marondo) on its investment in GFS Gesellschaft für Statistik im Gesundheitswesen mbH (GFS).

09 February 2021

NGC Nachfolgekapital invests in speakeasy

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) advised NGC Nachfolgekapital GmbH (NGC), a subsidiary of MEDIQON Group AG, on the investment in speakeasy Group. Together with the entrepreneurs Shervin Zamani and Fabian Kiechle who are active in the education sector, NGC established the company GfW Gesellschaft für Weiterbildung and acquired a stake in speakeasy Berlin GmbH and speakeasy Nord GmbH through a management buyout. speakeasy is a fast-growing provider of German language courses and language certificates. Over 100 teachers give German lessons both in Berlin as well as in online courses. speakeasy customers include visa applicants, foreign students as well as expats and employees of international corporations. NGC will drive the further growth of the group within the newly founded GfW Gesellschaft für Weiterbildung. The aim is to expand the educational offering by acquiring further medium-sized educational companies as well as the e-learning offerings. NGC is an entrepreneurial investment company that invests capital for entrepreneurial families in German mid-sized companies. The anchor investor is the MEDIQON Group AG, which is a German listed company. Advisors to NGC Nachfolgekapital GmbH:

27 January 2021

INVISION acquires n3k Informatik GmbH

The German Finance Team of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) advised INVISION Beteiligungsberatung GmbH (INVISION) on the acquisition financing for the acquisition of n3k Informatik GmbH (n3k) from VR Equitypartner GmbH and MEH Beteiligungs GmbH. The Private Equity Team at SKYE PARTNERS led by its partner Christoph O. Breithaupt advised INVISION on, among others, the due diligence and the share purchase agreement. VR Equitypartner GmbH as well as the managers Alexander Häcker and Christian Ehrenthal join INVISION through re-investments. n3k, headquartered in Heilbronn and with operating companies in Germany, the USA and Canada, is a fast-growing IT service provider. The company specialises in a broad range of software solutions for network management. n3k's customer base includes 14 of the companies listed in the DAX 30. The n3k Group currently has around 60 employees. INVISION, an equity investment company based in Switzerland and Germany, was founded in 1997 and has since become one of the leading investment companies for succession situations and growth financing in Europe. INVISION invests into established midsized companies while focusing on succession cases. Last year KWM advised the Swiss team at INVISION in connection with the purchase of Reisenthel and the related acquisition financing. Advisors INVISION Beteiligungsberatung GmbH: Daniel Ehret (Partner), Stephan Klein (Associate), Zuhal Uysal (PSL) (all Finance, Frankfurt), Eli Han (Partner, Finance in New York)

01 January 2021

Capital increase of KION Group AG - KWM advises major shareholder Weichai Power

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised Weichai Power (Luxembourg) Holding S.á r.l. (Weichai Power), the strategic shareholder of KION Group AG, on the capital increase with subscription rights by KION Group AG. KION Group AG, included in the MDAX, has completed the capital increase with subscription rights against cash contributions resolved on 18 November 2020. Approximately 11% of the current share capital was offered as new shares to the shareholders as part of a rights issue at a ratio of 9:1. The subscription price per new share was EUR 62,00, the total transaction volume was in excess of EUR 800 million. Weichai Power, as the major shareholder of KION Group AG, had undertaken to exercise its subscription rights in line with its equity stake. KWM represented Weichai Power, a Chinese company listed on the Shanghai and Hongkong Stock Exchanges, in fully exercising its subscription rights and subscribing for 5,934,520 new shares in KION Group AG. In addition to aspects of capital market law, KWM has also advised on foreign trade law issues. The global KWM team comprised Rudolf Haas (Partner, Capital Markets), Dr. Sandra Link (Partner, Corporate) and Dr. Tilmann Becker (Counsel, Corporate, Foreign Investment Control) in Frankfurt as well as XU Ping (Partner, Corporate) and JIA Han (Associate, Corporate) in Beijing. Weichai Power is one of KWM's long-standing clients. KWM Frankfurt had already advised together with international KWM teams on certain aspects of Weichai Power's the investment in KION AG.

07 December 2020

LANDWEHR/prosoft and BackOffice join forces to become one of the largest software providers for the temporary staffing market in Europe

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised LANDWEHR Group in connection with the merger with BackOffice AG. With the support of the technology investor LEA Partners, the unique combination of LANDWEHR/prosoft and BackOffice forms one of the largest software providers for the temporary staffing market in Europe with more than 350 employees and over 3,500 customers.

20 October 2020

FAWER invests in ABC Umformtechnik

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised FAWER Automotive Parts Limited Company (FAWER) on the conclusion of a purchase agreement for acquiring all shares in ABC Umformtechnik. The closing of the acquisition is still subject to the usual regulatory approvals in China and Germany. FAWER, based in Changchun and listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, is a leading Chinese manufacturer of products for the automotive industry. The company specialises in the research and development of automobile spare parts in the categories of climate control, chassis, brake, transmission, steering, electronic and safety systems as well as engine systems and accessories. FAWER's products are used for commercial vehicles and passenger cars in the Asian domestic market as well as internationally. ABC Umformtechnik is a leading systems supplier of cold formed parts, components and fasteners for the global automotive industry. The company was founded in 1823 and is based in Gevelsberg, Germany. ABC Umformtechnik's customer base includes the leading German automobile manufacturers. Both specialised manufacturers for the automotive industry share strategic ambitions and values and aim to continue their international growth story together. KWM lawyers from Beijing and Frankfurt jointly advised the investor on this transaction led by WANG Kaiding (KWM Beijing) and Dr. Sandra Link (KWM Frankfurt). Advisors to FAWER Automotive Parts Limited Company: KWM Frankfurt: Dr. Sandra Link, Hui Zhao, Dr. Tilmann Becker, Dr. Xianrui Wang, Dr. Katrin Thoma, Heling Zhang (PSL) (all Corporate/M&A), Markus Hill (Tax), Daniel Ehret (Finance), Dr. Johannes Reitzel (Employment)

20 August 2020

LANDWEHR and prosoft join forces with the support of LEA Partners to become the market leader for HCM software in the temporary staffing market

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised LANDWEHR Group on the merger with prosoft Group. The two groups form the leading HCM software provider for the German temporary staffing market.

27 July 2020

Wonder Auto Group invests in e-Mobility business of thyssenkrupp AG

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised Jinzhou Halla Electrical Equipment Co., Ltd. (JHEECO), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chinese Wonder Auto Group Limited, on its investment in the electromobility business of thyssenkrupp AG. JHEECO is a leading Chinese manufacturer of electronic products for the auto industry and produces in particular electric generators and starters for auto manufacturers. The company was founded in 1996 and has become the market leader in this product segment in China.

08 July 2020

NGC Nachfolgekapital acquires Gelford Gebäudereinigung & Dienstleistungen

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) advised MEDIQON Group AG and its subsidiary NGC Nachfolgekapital GmbH (NGC) on the acquisition of Gelford Gebäudereinigung & Dienstleistungen GmbH (Gelford) by NGC.

09 June 2020

Silver Investment Partners acquires specialty pharmaceuticals distributor Lucien Ortscheit

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised Silver Investment Partners (SIP) on the acquisition of a majority stake in Lucien Ortscheit GmbH (Lucien Ortscheit).

15 May 2020

Ninestar invests in tonerdumping.de

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised Ninestar Corporation (Ninestar) on the investment in the German tonerdumping.de Orth & Baer GmbH (tonerdumping.de) by its subsidiary Ninestar Image Tech Limited, Hong Kong S.A.R. Ninestar, based in Zhuhai, China, is the largest manufacturer of compatible printer cartridges in the world. The group also offers laser printers and manufactures components for the production of printer toner and printer cartridges. Ninestar's own-label products are known under the brand G&G. tonerdumping.de, based in Berlin, Germany, distributes toner cartridges, printer inkjet cartridges, other printer accessories and office supplies both online and offline. The tonerdumping.de distribution network is particularly active in Germany. Ninestar's investment was made by way of a capital increase of tonerdumping.de. The strategic cooperation brings advantages for both partners. While tonerdumping.de can benefit from optimal conditions for supplying products from China, Ninestar is given the opportunity to successfully enter the German market for printer consumables and accessories. Advisors to Ninestar:

02 March 2020

Specialists in visual inspection systems join forces: ISVision acquires EHR

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised ISVision (Huangzhou) Technology Co, Ltd. (ISVision) on the acquisition of all shares in EHR GmbH & Co. KG (EHR), a specialist of optical measuring, testing and analysis systems. ISVision is specialising in the development, production and application of vision inspection products. ISVision currently employs more than 200 people and has research and development centres as well as test and demonstration facilities both in Hangzhou and Tianjin (China). The company provides its customers with complete vision processing solutions. The products, such as an in-line geometric dimensional measurement system, a visual guidance system, a glue bead inspection system, a gap and flushing system and a defect detection system, are used in the automotive, aerospace, railway transportation, shipping and other high-tech manufacturing industries. EHR, based in Pforzheim, Germany, specialises in the high-precision measurement of weld seams in industrial manufacturing processes and production lines. EHR's customers are mainly industrial companies from the sectors of automotive body shell body in white construction, aerospace technology as well as tube and profile production. Thomas Rehmann, former managing partner of EHR, will retain a minority stake in the company and will continue to act as managing director alongside Lei Zhou (Vice President of ISVision). Both specialists for quality assurance in the industrial environment, ISVision and EHR, share strategic ambitions and values and aim to continue their international growth story together. Advisors to ISVision (Huangzhou) Technology Co., Ltd.:

07 February 2020

Sino German M&A Service acquires SolMic Research out of insolvency

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised Sino German M&A Service GmbH (Sino German M&A) on the acquisition of business operations of SolMic Research GmbH (SolMic) out of insolvency.

28 January 2020

INVISION invests in Reisenthel – manufacturer of the carrybag®

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised INVISION on the acquisition of a majority stake in Reisenthel Accessoires GmbH & Co. KG (Reisenthel). Reisenthel, based in Gilching, was founded in 1971 and is the leading manufacturer of shopping baskets, bags and trolleys for the segments shopping, travel, cosmetics and children. The products are characterised by a high degree of innovation, award-winning functional design and highest quality. The longevity of Reisenthel products are particularly appreciated by environmentally conscious consumers. The carrybag®, a shopping basket with an aluminium frame and aluminium handle, is probably the best-known Reisenthel product. The investment by INVISION was part of a succession plan. The members of the founding Reisenthel family remain shareholders of the group and continue to assume management and advisory functions. Together with INVISION, Reisenthel aims to further expand and diversify its successful business model. INVISION, based in Zug (Switzerland), was founded in 1997 and has since become one of the leading investment companies for succession situations and growth financing in Europe. INVISION invests into established midsized companies while focusing on succession cases. Advisors to INVISION: Dr. Michael Roos (partner), Hilke Schmitt (counsel), Dr. Katrin Thoma (associate), Dr. Laura Schumann (associate) (all Corporate/M&A), Markus Hill (partner, Tax), Daniel Ehret (partner, Finance)

23 December 2019

LANDWEHR Group is growing further: investment in rhb Software

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised LANDWEHR Group in connection with the investment in rhb Software GmbH (rhb Software). rhb Software, based in Hamm/Westphalia, was founded in 2014 and is an innovative software company. With the analysis tool PDNavi®, rhb Software is the leader in the field of controlling and management software especially for personnel service companies. PDNavi® was specially developed for LANDWEHR L1 and offers companies from the personnel service sector an efficient corporate management and operative controlling. Currently, more than 200 LANDWEHR L1 users already use PDNavi® for analyses. Due to the long-standing partnership with rhb Software, the acquisition is a logical step and is intended to strengthen the product portfolio of the LANDWEHR Group in the strategically important areas of controlling and analysis. The expansion is thus intended to create decisive added value and competitive advantages. The previous managing directors of rhb Software, Patrick Ritter and Markus Budde, will remain with the LANDWEHR Group in this function. The acquisition of rhb Software was supported by the technology investor LEA Partners as part of an add-on transaction to expand the LANDWEHR Group. In spring 2019, funds advised by LEA Partners acquired a majority stake in LANDWEHR Group, a renowned provider of special branch software for personnel service companies, event service providers, building service providers, as well as agricultural and trading companies. In this transaction, LEA Partners was advised by the KWM team (LEA Partners invests in LANDWEHR, 04/2019). Advisors to LANDWEHR Group: Markus Herz (partner), Dr. Laura Schumann (associate), Dr. Michael Roos (partner), Hilke Schmitt (counsel) (all Corporate/M&A)

03 December 2019

Sale of Vdynamics to Formel D

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised the shareholders of Vdynamics GmbH (Vdynamics) on the sale to Formel D GmbH (Formel D). Vdynamics, located in Munich and Ravensburg, was founded in 2012 and employs more than 100 people, mainly engineers with years of experience in various areas of automotive development. Vdynamics specialises in the physical and virtual testing of automotive software and ECUs (electronic control units). Following its integration, Vdynamics will continue to operate under its own name. The acquisition of Vdynamics enables Formel D, a global service provider to the automotive and supply industry, to reinforce its market position in product development, with a focus on testing and validation. In this field, the group already supports its customers with services extending from vehicle construction, retrofitting, and camouflage to fleet management, provision of testing bases up to testing operation, including technical vehicle management. Advisors to the shareholders of Vdynamics GmbH:

01 November 2019

EFESO Consulting acquires Milet Dynamics

EFESO and KWM have been working together on two important transactions recently.

24 October 2019

Magical Honour acquires Matratzen Concord

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised Magical Honour Limited (Magical Honour) on the acquisition of the distribution chain Matratzen Concord, active in the DACH region, from the Dutch company Beter Bed Holding N.V. (Beter Bed). Magical Honour has reached agreement with Beter Bed on the acquisition of Matratzen Concord – the closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. Matratzen Concord, a specialist discounter, distributes its products in over 1000 branches in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and was founded in Cologne in the 1980s. The seller, Beter Bed Holding N.V., is a Dutch company listed on Euronext Amsterdam specialising in bedroom furniture and related products. Magical Honour is a vehicle that consists of an Asian private equity investor with strong ties to key players in the bedding industry. KWM lawyers from Guangzhou and Frankfurt am Main jointly advised the investor on this transaction led by Haibo Mo (KWM Guangzhou) and Dr. Sandra Link (KWM Frankfurt). Advisors Magical Honour Limited: KWM Frankfurt: Dr. Sandra Link (partner), Hui Zhao (partner), Dr. Tilmann Becker (counsel | AWG key contact), Dr. Xianrui Wang (associate), Stephan Klein (Associate), Dr. Katrin Thoma (associate) (all Corporate/M&A), Dr. Johannes Reitzel (counsel, Employment) KWM Guangzhou: Haibo Mo (partner), Wenwen Li (associate), Tan Zhe (associate), Weihao Huang (associate) (all Corporate/M&A)

15 October 2019

Sale of NVT AG to Blue Sail Medical

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised the shareholders of NVT AG (NVT) on the sale to Blue Sail Medical Co., Ltd. (Blue Sail Medical). NVT is a privately owned Swiss company with production sites in Germany. NVT develops, manufactures and markets medical devices for interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery for minimally invasive treatment of valvular heart disease. Blue Sail Medical, a Chinese medical device company, is listed at Shenzhen Stock Exchange. The share purchase agreement to acquire NVT has been signed – the closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. The Frankfurt KWM team around partner Dr. Sandra Link acted as German and Chinese counsel to the sellers and advised the NVT together with colleagues from Beijing on German and Chinese law issues. The Swiss law firm Walder Wyss accompanied the transaction as lead counsel and global coordinator. Advisors NVT AG: KWM Frankfurt: Dr. Sandra Link (partner), Dr. Tilmann Becker (counsel | AWG key contact) (both Corporate/M&A), Markus Hill (partner), Viktoria Rosbach (associate) (both Tax) KWM Beijing: PAN Zhenhua (partner), ZHANG Dai (associate) (both Corporate/M&A)

04 October 2019

Visionmax acquires Zuse Hüller Hille Werkzeugmaschinen out of insolvency

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised Visionmax Germany GmbH (Visionmax), which will operate under Hüller Hille GmbH in future, on the acquisition of the business operations of Zuse Hüller Hille Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH (ZHH) out of insolvency.

01 October 2019

Mission Blue acquires KDX out of insolvency

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised Mission Blue LLP (Mission Blue) on the acquisition of all shares in KDX Europe Composites R&D Center GmbH (KDX) under an insolvency plan. The acquisition by the financial investor Mission Blue ensures the future of KDX, a company specialising in composite materials for the automotive sector, which faced a financial bottleneck in mid-2019. KDX was part of the Chinese Kangde Investment Group. The insolvency proceedings are administered by Thomas Klöckner (LECON) and his team. The insolvency plan submitted to the insolvency court on 8 August 2019 was unanimously approved on 9 September 2019. Going forward, supported by the sole shareholder Mission Blue, the aim is to strengthen KDX's sales activities and develop new markets. Both Mission Blue and KDX are specialised in the automotive sector. Mission Blue is a subsidiary of Nio Capital - a Chinese private equity company focused on transforming the automotive industry through new energies and innovative technologies. Nio Capital is related to Nio Automotive, which specialises in electronic automobiles, through its management and some of the investors. Based in Weyarn, Germany, KDX specialises in the research and development of lightweight components used primarily in the electric automotive market. KDX provides support for its customers starting from the first idea until serial production. Advisors Mission Blue LLP: Hui Zhao (partner), Dr. Sandra Link (partner), Dr. Xianrui Wang (associate), Stephan Klein (associate), Dr. Katrin Thoma (associate), Heling Zhang (PSL) (all Corporate/M&A), Daniel Ehret (partner, Restructuring), Dr. Johannes Reitzel (counsel, Employment)

23 September 2019

Marondo Capital invests in Datavard

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised Marondo Capital GmbH (Marondo) on the growth financing of Datavard AG (Datavard) by way of a capital increase. Marondo's investment enables Datavard, the data management expert, to continue its strategic growth and the successful development of the company. Datavard, headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, and with other locations worldwide (in Europe, the USA and Asia) is an innovative provider of intelligent solutions and consulting for SAP data management, system decommissioning, integration of SAP data into Big Data and Data Lakes, managed service and system landscape transformation, including SAP S/4 HANA migration. The IT specialist's customers include international companies such as Allianz, BASF and Nestlé. Marondo is an innovative investment company for fast-growing, technology-focused companies of the next generation of medium-sized businesses in Germany and the DACH-region. The fund invests in companies in the classic German engineering disciplines within the framework of majority and minority transactions. This includes the industrial sectors software & IT, industry 4.0, environmental technologies, new materials as well as medical technology and health technologies. Advisors to Marondo Capital: Dr. Michael Roos (partner), Hilke Schmitt (counsel), Dr. Laura Schumann (associate)

16 September 2019

ADCO Group sells majority stake to Apax Funds

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised the shareholders of ADCO Group – the global market leader in the mobile sanitary unit sector who operates the DIXI® and TOI TOI® brands – on the sale of a majority stake to funds advised by private equity advisory firm Apax Partners (Apax Funds). The existing shareholders will retain a significant stake. The transaction is expected to close in Q4 2019, subject to regulatory approvals. ADCO Group (ADCO) was founded about 45 years ago in Germany and operates the DIXI® and TOI TOI® brands providing portable toilet and sanitation equipment rental and services worldwide. From the simple toilet cabin to the luxury container with its choice of furnishings, ADCO can offer tailored solutions to a variety of customers. With around 49 operating companies and more than 4,000 employees, ADCO is represented in 28 countries worldwide. The company achieved a group turnover of approx. €360 million in 2018. Apax Partners is a leading global private equity advisory firm. The Apax Funds invest globally in companies across four sectors (Tech & Telco, Services, Healthcare and Consumer) providing long-term equity financing to build or strengthen market leaders. Apax will support the management with ADCO's growth plans. This will include strengthening the company's portfolio in existing markets, as well as identifying and realising new areas for development. The partnership will enable ADCO to take the next step in developing the successful business model and investing even more in internationalisation and digitalisation. The KWM team around Rüdiger Knopf already has a long-standing client relationship with ADCO. In this transaction, KWM provided comprehensive advice (M&A, commercial structuring, tax). Advisors to the shareholders of ADCO Umweltdienste Holding GmbH (ADCO Group):

05 August 2019

Silver Investment Partners again supports growth strategy: CMH Group acquires ZEISER Software

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised Silver Investment Partners (SIP) on the acquisition of the software division of ZEISER GmbH (ZEISER Software) via SIP's portfolio company CMH Group.

06 June 2019