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Robotics M&A Report 2017

In the first edition of the Robotics M&A Report will find an overview of M&A activity and price developments within the robotics industry and specific insights into the current challenges of a robotics company.

Distribution Spot On newsletter

Market intelligence on the Distribution sector: The first edition of the Distribution Spot On newsletter zooms in on major distribution trends including industry consolidation, the emergence of e-commerce business models, big data analytics and the resurgence of private labelling.

Refinancing for independent French aerial work platforms and forklifts leader

Oaklins France has advised the management team of ACCES INDUSTRIE on an MBO. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Creating a leading Italian healthy food distributor

Oaklins Arietti has advised Fior di Loto Srl on its merger with Baule Volante Srl, coordinating all activities aimed at defining and completing the transaction.Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Global specialist in high technology wires and surface coating changes ownership

Oaklins’ team in France has advised the shareholders of Thermo Technologies, the parent company than controls Thermocontact SA, throughout a dual-track process and managed the sale to Edify SA. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Premium Scottish smoked salmon producer acquired by Estonian fish processor and retailer

Cavendish, an Oaklins member firm in the UK, has advised the shareholders or John Ross Jr. [Aberdeen] Limited (John Ross) and Coln Valley Smokery Limited (Coln Valley), jointly known as JRJ Group, on the sale of the company to AS PRFoods. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

French manufacturer of specialty adhesive films sold to leading Dutch multinational paints specialist

Oaklins’ team in France has advised the shareholders of Disa Technology (Disatech) on the sale of the company to AkzoNobel N.V. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Online gambling Spot On newsletter

Market Intelligence on Online Gambling: The first edition of the Online Gambling Spot On newsletter zooms in on the dynamics of the online gambling sector that are changing more rapidly than ever before.

Market research Spot On newsletter

High-level industry intelligence on transforming sector: The first edition of the Market Research Spot On newsletter is highlighted by an overview of the key digital technologies transforming the sector. We also take note of recent MR deals led by Oaklins' firms, focus on one recent cross-border transaction and track the world’s leading, publicly traded MR organizations.

US Private Equity investment accelerates the growth of UK SaaS provider MDSL

Oaklins Smith & Williamson has advised the directors and shareholders of Market Data Services Limited (MDSL) on the sale of the company to Sumeru Equity Partners (SEP). Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Spanish and Latin American real estate valuation and assessment market leader acquires Dutch valuation business

Oaklins’ team in Spain has advised Tinsa Tasaciones Inmobiliarias, S.A. on the acquisition of Troostwijk Groep. Oaklins’ Dutch team identified the target and assisted throughout the transaction. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Healthy food Spot On newsletter

Market intelligence on a growing and transforming segment: The first edition of the Healthy food Spot On newsletter zooms in on the factors driving M&A growth in the industry and more specifically in the four player categories we identified: Fresh fruits and vegetables, functional foods, organic foods and specialized retailers.

TIC Spot On newsletter

Market intelligence on Testing, Inspection & Certification (TIC): The first edition of the TIC Spot On newsletter zooms in on the drivers behind the consolidation play that is fueling the industry’s M&A activity.

Voice from China – 2nd edition

Outbound cross-border M&A activity in China has seen a stark change in volume due to capital outflow regulations implemented in early 2017.

Acquisition of two Austrian companies in the elevator sector

Oaklins’ team in Sweden has advised Sdiptech AB on the acquisition of Liftsystems GmbH and Aufzüge Friedl GmbH. Oaklins’ Austrian team played a crucial role in identifying the target.

Horticulture Spot On newsletter

Market intelligence on flower and plant breeding: The first edition of the Horticulture Spot On newsletter zooms in on the drivers behind the market consolidation in the flower and plant breeding market.

Leading Estonian cable operator acquired by Finnish mobile telco

Oaklins’ team in the Baltics has advised the founding shareholders of AS Starman on the sale of the company to Elisa Oyj. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Selling to a bottling partner

Oaklins’ team in Italy has advised Sanpellegrino, a Nestlé company, on the sale of its Recoaro mineral water brand, business and assets to the Dutch listed group Refresco. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Sale of controlling stake in Australian health food retailer

Oaklins’ team in Australia has advised the owners of Healthy Life Group on the sale of a controlling stake in the company to Allegro Funds. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Swedish leader in energy efficient solutions sold to UK-based supplier of ventilation products

Oaklins’ team in Sweden has advised the owners of VoltAir System AB on the sale of the company to Volution Group. Cavendish, an Oaklins member firm in the UK, identified the buyer and assisted throughout the transaction. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

First step towards the creation of a leading Italian group in the high-end ceramic tile industry

Oaklins’ team in Italy has advised Italcer’s management team on the acquisition of La Fabbrica. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Merger of leading provider of financial and commercial technological solutions in the aviation industry

Oaklins’ team in Spain has advised Accelya’s management team on its reinvestment and ongoing participation in the company and its subsequent integration with Mercator. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Voice from China

Update on the M&A market in China: In this first edition of Voice from China, our local Oaklins specialists John Zhang and Iris Lu talk about regulations affecting China’s cross-border M&A, recent M&A transactions and acquisitive Chinese buyers.

Italian shoes market leader acquires German branded company

Oaklins’ team in Italy has advised Condor Trade on the acquisition of Rohde Shoes, an iconic German company engaged in the design and distribution of high-end slippers and sandals. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Global market leader in airbag covers and wraps sold to Belgian private equity house

Oaklins’ team in the Netherlands has advised the shareholders of ALT Technologies on its sale to Gimv. With the support of Oaklins’ members across the world, they identified and approached strategic and automotive-focused financial buyers from all over the world. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Leading Nordic IT solutions provider acquires Finnish SaaS company

Oaklins’ team in Finland has advised the owners of Movenium Ltd. on the sale of the company to Visma A/S, the leading Nordic IT solutions provider. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

German chemical giant acquires Swiss technology leader

Oaklins’ team in Switzerland has advised Rolic AG on its sale to BASF Schweiz AG. Oaklins’ teams around the word provided potential candidates. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

US ad-tech software company acquired by Chinese private equity consortium

Oaklins’ media specialist team in New York has advised Ad-Juster, Inc. on its sale to Innotech Capitals. Oaklins’ team in Shanghai identified the buyer and assisted with cross-border expertise. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Consolidation in the online travel market

Oaklins' team in the Netherlands has acted as the exclusive financial advisor to the owners of dé VakantieDiscounter in its sale to Otravo. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Consolidation in the staffing sector

Oaklins’ team in Germany has exclusively advised Timecraft Group’s private shareholders on the sale of the company to Actief Group. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Leading Croatian port services provider sold to Italian shipping companies

Oaklins’ team in Croatia has acted as the exclusive advisor to JPS and its owner on the sale of a majority stake in the company to SCAFI Società di Navigazione SpA and Rimorchiatori Laziali SpA. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Leading UK and Japanese document management businesses team up

Cavendish, an Oaklins member firm in the UK, has provided full lead sell-side advisory services to the shareholders of Annodata Limited. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Actev checks into boutique hotel group

Smith & Williamson has advised the shareholders of Actev Limited on their investment in Another Place Ltd. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Accelerating global expansion in the poultry housing industry

Oaklins' team in the Netherlands advised the shareholders of Volito on the sale of the company to CTB, Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Globalizing cutting edge technology in point-of-care patient blood management

Oaklins’ team in Switzerland advised the shareholders of TEM Group on the sale of the company to Instrumentation Laboratory (IL). Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Merger between US and Chinese TBM manufacturers

Oaklins’ team in Cleveland acted as lead strategic and financial advisor to The Robbins Company in the merger with China’s Northern Heavy Industries Group Co., Ltd. (NHI). Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Pipe fittings specialist

Oaklins’ team in Austria advised the shareholders of Erne Fittings Group GmbH (Erne Group) on the sale of the entire group of companies to a private investment consortium. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

A game-changer in the Italian dairy business

Oaklins’ team in Italy advised Sabelli SpA to acquire Trevisanalat SpA from Alto Partners S.G.R. Trevisanalat SpA is a leading Italian dairy company active in the production of private label and its own branded mozzarella cheese products. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Technology software investment in the USA

Oaklins’ team in Cleveland served as the financial advisor to n2y LLC in its sale to global private equity firm The Riverside Company. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Online travel

Oaklins’ team in Sweden acted as the exclusive financial advisor to the owners of Flygstolen Nordic AB in its sale to Otravo Topholding B.V. Oaklins’ Dutch team identified the buyer. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Emergency response service acquisition in Denmark

Our Oaklins’ Danish team acted as the strategic and financial advisor to the private shareholders on the sale of Røsva Skadeservice to identify a potential partner capable of securing future growth and accelerating the development of the company. Oaklins’ team in Germany introduced BELFOR and an international deal team was established to work throughout the project. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Strategic cross-border investment

Oaklins’ team in Dallas, USA, advised the private shareholders of Dresen Quimica, S.A.P.I. de C.V. (Dresen), a leading player in the Mexican food and feed blends business, on the sale of a 65% stake in Camlin Fine Sciences Ltd. (CFS). Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Japanese entry into debt enforcement industry

Cavendish, one of Oaklins member firms in the UK, has advised on the sale of JBW Group Limited (JBW) and its sister company Case Dynamics Limited (CDL) to OUTSOURCING Inc. for US$34.5 million. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Leading market research platform spins off service arm

Oaklins’ media specialist team in New York acted as the exclusive investment banking advisor on the sale by Vision Critical Communications Inc. (Vision Critical) of its North American Research & Consulting division (VCR&C) to MARU Group, a UK-based market research firm backed by Primary Capital Partners, a leading European private equity firm. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Dual-track privatisation of Slovak Telekom

Oaklins’ Slovak and Czech teams advised Deutsche Telekom, the majority shareholder of Slovak Telekom, to acquire the remaining 49% stake in the company from the Slovak government’s National Property Fund for just over US$1 billion. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Consolidation in the retail pharmaceutical industry in Peru

Oaklins’ team in Peru acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Mifarma S.A.C. (Mifarma), a subsidiary of the Peruvian holding group Quicorp, who acquired Albis S.A. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Swedish construction group divests its remaining Latin American operations

Oaklins’ Peruvian team acted as lead corporate advisor to the shareholders of Skanska AB on the sale of Skanska Peru to Confipetrol for approximately US$29 million. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

A new rehabilitation pathway for acquired brain injuries

Smith & Williamson advised the shareholders of Oakleaf Care (Hartwell) Limited (Oakleaf) on the sale of the company to CareTech Holdings Plc (CareTech). Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Waste not, want not!

Oaklins’ Australian team advised Worth Recycling Pty Ltd, on the sale of their parent company, Sydney-based Worth Corporation to ASX-listed Tox Free Solutions Ltd (Toxfree) for US$53 million, based on enterprise value. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Top investment market in Berlin

Oaklins’ team in Berlin advised PATRIZIA Immobilien AG (PATRIZIA) on the sale of a prime office building in BerlinMitte to MOMENI Investment Management GmbH (MOMENI). Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Regional media network acquired by largest multimedia publisher in the UK

Smith & Williamson advised a substantial shareholder of Local World, one of the largest regional media networks in the UK, in the sale of the company to Trinity Mirror Group plc for US$350 million. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Sealing the deal in aerospace, industrial and defense markets

Oaklins’ team in Cleveland, USA, served as the exclusive financial advisor to CARCO S.R.L. in its acquisition of Polymer Concepts Technologies, Inc. (PCTI). Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Marine market and automation solutions in the Nordic Region

Oaklins’ Norwegian team advised Auto-Maskin AS, a world leading supplier of diesel engine control, monitoring and automation solutions on the sale of the company to Lifco AB. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Consolidation maintains its pace in the cyber security market

Oaklins’ Dutch team advised the Netherlands-based next generation endpoint security software developer SurfRight on the sale to UK-based Sophos Group PLC, a global leader in network and end user security solutions. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

The right momentum for the fleet management industry

Oaklins’ Italian team advised the shareholders of W.A.Y. Srl, a leading Italian fleet management and geolocalization group, on the sale of a significant stake in the company to Telecom Italia Digital Solutions, the digital division of Telecom Italia SpA and the market leader in telecommunication services in Italy and Brazil. Read more about the transaction market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Starbucks sells rights to Puerto Rico stores

CONSUMER & RETAIL DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ Atlanta team served as the sole financial advisor to Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) in its sale of the exclusive right to operate Starbucks stores in Puerto Rico to Baristas Del Caribe, LLC, an affiliate of Puerto Rico-based Empresas Fonalledas Inc. The team assisted Starbucks in attracting a partner that shares...

Medical communications and marketing agency

MEDIA DEAL FLASH:  Oaklins’ media specialist team in New York acted as the exclusive financial advisor to the shareholders of Symbiotix, Inc. in the sale of the company to Havas Health, Inc., a world leading healthcare marketing network and a subsidiary company of Havas. The team worked with management to define the marketplace positioning for...

Infrastructure services in the Nordic Region

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING SERVICES DEAL FLASH:  Oaklins’ Swedish team exclusively advised the shareholders of Bergsäker AB, a consulting firm in construction-related environmental monitoring, on the sale of the company to OY Forcit AB, a leading manufacturer of explosives, throughout the entire sales process. A strategic review in the preparatory phase to describe Bergsäker AB’s complex...

Cross-border deal in biosimilars

HEALTHCARE DEAL FLASH:  Oaklins’ Swedish and Italian teams advised the shareholders of Xbrane Biosciences AB (Xbrane) on the acquisition of Primm Pharma. They supported the buyer by scouting the Italian market, identifying the most suitable target, and assisting in the LOI formulation and in negotiations throughout the process. Through the acquisition, Xbrane will be able...

Under the hammer

BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES DEAL FLASH:  Cavendish, an Oaklins member firm in the UK, advised the shareholders of SMA Vehicle Remarketing exclusively on the sale to BCA Marketplace, providing detailed process knowledge and structuring advice. The acquisition of SMA will help BCA to meet increased demand for its core auction services. It serves to support customers’...

Consolidation continues in the dental industry

HEALTHCARE DEAL FLASH:  Our Oaklins’ team in the Netherlands and Cavendish, an Oaklins member firm in the UK, advised the shareholders of C.D.C. Complete tandzorg (CDC) in the sale of a stake in the company to G Square Healthcare Private Equity. The partnership will enable CDC to expand its dental care services to other regions...

Alcoholic beverages

FOOD & BEVERAGE DEAL FLASH:  Oaklins’ teams in the Netherlands and in Germany advised Royal Dirkzwager in the sale of a selection of liquor brands to Nordbrand Nordhausen GmbH. The selected brands include Asmussen and Boddel, two of the oldest rum brands in Germany; Fläminger Jagd and Jagd Hütte, traditional German herb liqueurs; and Balle,...

Mud Pie completes debt recapitalization

CONSUMER & RETAIL DEAL FLASH:  Oaklins’ specialist teams from Atlanta, Boston and New York served as the exclusive financial advisor to Mud Pie, LLC in its debt recapitalization and repurchase of shares owned by minority investor Lineage Capital LLC. The team arranged senior and mezzanine financing to effect a recapitalization for Mud Pie, LLC that...

Global automotive quality tracking and customer satisfaction

MEDIA DEAL FLASH:  Oaklins’ media specialist team in New York acted as the exclusive financial advisor to the shareholders of RDA Group in the sale of the company to Ipsos. The team worked closely with the management to define the marketplace positioning for RDA Group and prepare the offering memorandum and other materials. Nearly 40...

Turbocharger specialist

AUTOMOTIVE DEAL FLASH:  Oaklins’ team in Germany advised PRAE-TURBO Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of compressor wheels for turbocharger applications in light and commercial vehicles, on a management buy-out with support from the German private equity investor Halder.  The team advised the shareholders of PRAE-TURBO Group exclusively on the sale to Halder during...

Oil & gas field services

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING DEAL FLASH:  Oaklins’ teams in Dallas, USA, and in Canada represented three firms in the oil & gas field services sector – two American and one Canadian – in a merger to become US Shale Solutions of Houston, Texas, USA. The US and Canadian teams provided strategic advice and guidance to all the...