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Knowing the importance of staying in motion

Our specialist Ken Sonenclar explains why key industry players have their heads in cloud-based data technology, citing recent high-value acquisitions of data analytics startups as a strong indicator of the MD&I sector’s future direction.

Dynamic collaboration that takes you to powerful and unexpected places

Our distribution sector specialists track the upward and downward valuation trends to outline the shape of the market in Q3 and share their view on the future.

A crisp vision driving expansion

Oaklins' team in France has advised Apax Partners and Europe Snacks-Kolak, one of the largest European producers in the private label salted biscuit market, on the acquisition of Grupo Ibersnacks SL.

Orlebar Brown makes waves

Oaklins Cavendish has advised the shareholders and management of Orlebar Brown Limited on the sale of the business to Chanel.

Voice from China – 3rd edition 2018

QUARTERLY UPDATE ON THE M&A MARKET IN CHINA: John Zhang, our local Oaklins specialist, examines the potential for hot commodities in a cold-war climate.

A&D continues to fly high

As the global A&D industry continues to soar, Oaklins’ aircraft systems specialist Jason Kimball gives us a bird’s-eye view of the sector and identifies the trends behind the current hot market environment.

Sale of a leading Irish logistics company

Oaklins' team in Ireland has advised the shareholders of Avant Air and Sea Ltd. (Avant) on the sale of the company to Rhenus Group, a logistics services provider with global business operations. Oaklins’ team in Germany assisted in finding the successful buyer. This transaction will unable Avant to continue developing its services to existing and future customers due to its global network and comprehensive expertise.

Creation of the third largest DIY group in the Baltics

Oaklins' team in the Baltic region has advised Mylnvest Estonia, a consortium of private investors, on the sale of the DIY chain Bauhof Group AS to Ermi Group, a subsidiary of the Baltics’ largest retail group, Vilniaus Prekyba. This acquisition will bring immediate sourcing synergies to Vilniaus Prekyba in their domestic market in addition to strengthening the group’s presence in Estonia.

Distributor of specialty construction products attracts financial partner

Oaklins' logistics team in Jacksonville has acted as intermediary and financial advisor to the shareholders of Coastal Construction Products, LLC (CCP) as they joined with a financial partner, Supply Chain Equity Partners. As the largest independent distributor in the waterproofing and restoration specialty construction products segment in the US, CCP provides an attractive platform for organic and M&A growth opportunities.

Say “Cheese!”: an industry snapshot

Oaklins’ cheese specialist Davide Milano samples current trends and gives us a taste of the strongest segments in the industry. Making the right pairing is the key ingredient to becoming the next big cheese, and we look at how small players can spread their reach.

Building a global leader in automation solutions

Oaklins' industry specialist teams in Germany, the USA and Canada identified potential targets and advised JENOPTIK AG on the acquisition of Prodomax Automation Ltd. With this transaction, JENOPTIK strengthens its position as a full-service turnkey provider of complex automated manufacturing solutions, while Prodomax will benefit from JENOPTIK’s extensive expertise in efficient, precise and safe 3D laser processing, a technology that becomes ever more important in automated manufacturing environments.

Sale of supplier of sensors in the maritime industry

Oaklins’ team in the Netherlands has advised VAF Instruments, a global market leader in maritime measurement systems, on the sale of the company to Aalberts Industries. This transaction will further strengthen VAF Instruments’ worldwide reputation by bringing its top-class platform and tier-1 products for fuel and performance measurement into new B2B niche markets.

Big players craving healthy profits

M&A is the inevitable result of the need to combine all the pieces of the pie in the fragmented gluten-free industry. The once-niche sector is now considered a mainstream category linked to health and wellness and helping to boost interest in the free-from segment, which is rising steeply. The global free-from industry was valued at US$36 billion in 2017 and will continue to grow, making its players a natural target for larger traditional food players, desperately looking for new sources of revenues and profits.

Robots overpowering more industries

AN UPDATE ON THE STATE OF THE MARKET: M&A is on the rise as robots are being deployed throughout an increasing number of industries, forcing manufacturers to innovate their technology and step up to meet consumers’ ever-growing needs despite rising prices.

European biscuit manufacturer expands into Spain

Oaklins’ team in France has advised Biscuit International, a portfolio company of Qualium Investissement, on the acquisition of Arluy S.L.U. The Spanish market represents a real growth opportunity for Biscuit International. This acquisition strengthens the company’s position as one of Europe’s leading producers of private label sweet biscuits.

Investment in the Italian dental market

Oaklins’ team in Italy has advised Lifco AB, a Swedish investment group, on the acquisition of a majority stake in Rhein83 Srl. Lifco acquires and develops market-leading niche operations with the potential to deliver sustainable profit growth.

A blossoming combination

Oaklins Smith & Williamson, based in the UK, has advised Icepage Limited (Floranova) on the sale of the company to Syngenta International AG. Oaklins’ team in the Netherlands provided strong sector expertise. Floranova is an established specialist breeder and supplier of flower and home garden vegetable seeds with a global portfolio and costumers in over 50 countries.

Consolidation in the Scandinavian DIY/building materials distribution sector continues

Oaklins’ team in Norway has advised Byggmakker Handel AS, Kesko’s Norwegian building and home improvement chain, on the acquisition of its two largest retailers: Skattum Handel AS and Gipling AS. As a key step in its growth strategy, Kesko’s building and technical trade division in Norway has significantly strengthened its position through these strategically important acquisitions.

Major investment in a renewable energy power plant in Canada

Oaklins’ team in Canada has advised Les Industries JPB on a minority equity sale and on the debt financing plan to build a new power plant. The new cogeneration plant will use contaminated lumber for its fuel, transforming waste into energy, and will benefit from recent legislative reforms.

Sale of a premium 3PL logistics company

Oaklins’ team in Jacksonville has advised the shareholders of The Grimes Companies, Inc. on the sale of the company to People Services, Inc. The Grimes Companies provides a broad set of services to handle the entirety of its clients’ logistics needs. The new investor will expand the company’s growth into the southeastern United States.

Value shoppers drive change

SPOT ON DISTRIBUTION: Our specialists Don Wiggins and Alex Kellison highlight the trends and economic factors creating challenges and opportunities in the distribution industry.

TIC ticks the boxes for private equity

SPOT ON TIC: Our specialist Arjen Kostelijk hones in on the key factors pulling financial investors into the TIC M&A market.

Market research’s new kid on the block

SPOT ON MARKET RESEARCH: Our specialist Ken Sonenclar braces us for the radical impact of blockchain technology on market research and foresees the exciting opportunities lying in wait for the sector’s innovators.

Building M&A opportunities in China

SPOT ON MANUFACTURING AND DISTRIBUTION OF BUILDING MATERIALS: Our specialist Angela Chen helps us make sense of all the changes in the Chinese market and discover the upside of these challenging deal making conditions.

Packaging alternatives driving M&A

SPOT ON FLEXIBLE PACKAGING: Our specialist Thomas Jungreithmeir explains how much-needed innovation in packaging will further boost market development and contribute to the strong M&A pace in the sector.

Voice from China – 2nd edition 2018

QUARTERLY UPDATE ON THE M&A MARKET IN CHINA: John Zhang, our local Oaklins specialist, elaborates on the headwinds to a possible rebound and gives an overview of China’s cross-border landscape in this edition of the Voice from China.

Natural growth of M&A activity

SPOT ON ORGANIC & SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE: Our specialist Doug Kravet gives an update on the trends, drivers, challenges and opportunities shaping this particularly active and growing market.

Specialty ingredients sweeten profits

SPOT ON FOOD INGREDIENTS: Our specialist Michele Manetti breaks down the key components of the specialty food ingredients supply chain and the forces driving growth and change in the sector.

Trusted garden care products provider is nurtured for growth

Oaklins’ team in the Netherlands has advised Pokon Naturado B.V., the Dutch market leader in consumer garden care products, on its sale to Evergreen Garden Care. This transaction will help both parties to gain further efficiency in their operations, R&D and legislation.

Shaking up the aircraft supply chain

SPOT ON AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS: Our specialist Jason Kimball looks at factors driving the “supercycle” in the commercial aerospace industry and how increased airline profits in recent years and the growth of aftermarket sales have attracted the interest of Boeing and Airbus.

Sale of a premium specialist logistics group

Oaklins Cavendish, based in the UK, has advised the shareholders of Cadogan Tate to H2 Equity Partners. The new investor will support the existing management team to invest in state-of-the-art storage and open new offices internationally.

Top market distributor for the collision repair sector attracts significant interest

Oaklins’ team in the Netherlands has advised the owner and sole shareholder of Geevers Auto Parts on the sale of the company to Autodis Group. Oaklins’ French team assisted in identifying and initiating contact with the buyer.

Innovative medical device company executes its plan to become a global leader in respiratory care

Oaklins’ team in Germany has advised the private shareholders of Acutronic Group, a group on non-affiliated companies active in neonatal ventilation and monitoring, on its sale to Apax-backed Vyaire Medical Inc. Vyaire and Acutronic are a perfect synergetic match, bringing together the sales force, resources and organizational excellence of a true multinational as well as the innovative spirit, flexibility and product portfolio of a highly focused premium manufacturer.

Leading innovative anti-reflective glass producer to be taken to the next level

Oaklins’ team in Latvia has advised the management team of GroGlass on an MBO transaction. Oaklins’ teams in the Netherlands, Germany and Boston supported the transaction.

Flexible packaging Spot On

Market intelligence on flexible packaging: In this first edition of flexible packaging Spot On, our specialist Thomas Jungreithmeir sums up the major factors driving growth in today’s flexible packaging industry, where valuations trends have been positive.

Sale of a leading supplier of equestrian equipment to a financial investor

Oaklins’ team in Germany has advised the managing shareholder of HKM Group on the sale of a majority stake in the company to Frankfurt-based private equity investor Finatem. Equestrian equipment distribution is largely fragmented, with independent mom-and-pop stores dominating the market sphere across almost all geographies. However, consolidation is ongoing and has seen larger specialist retailers prosper.

Decorative lighting developer and home building products leader design a perfect fit

Oaklins’ team in Cleveland has advised L.D. Kichler Co., a designer of decorative lighting products, on its sale to Masco Corporation, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of branded home improvement and building products.

US pioneer in high-tech ball screws goes Italian

Oaklins’ team in Italy and our aerospace & defense specialist in the US have advised UmbraGroup S.p.A., the world leader in the manufacture of high-tech recirculating ball screws, on the acquisition of US-based Thomson Aerospace & Defense from British giant Meggitt PLC. This acquisition will consolidate the Italian presence in a highly technological and innovation-driven sector in the US and will boost its international prestige and standing.

Voice from China – 1st edition 2018

Quarterly update on the M&A market in China: In the first edition of 2018, our local Oaklins specialist John Zhang gives an overview of China’s cross-border landscape in the Voice from China.

Manufacturing & Distribution of Building Materials Spot On

In our first edition of manufacturing & distribution of building materials Spot On, our specialist Brian Livingston takes us through the macroeconomic factors driving growth in the building materials distribution market and reveals the forecast for the next two years. We also spoke to Joe Sowton, Group Strategic Development Director of Grafton Group, about how they have been using digitalization to build growth opportunities.

Leading Finnish importer and distributor of KIA and Mitsubishi vehicles joins global distribution group headquartered in Spain

Oaklins’ team in Germany has advised Delta Motor Group Ltd. on the sale of its import and distribution activities in Finland to Bergé Auto, a leading automotive distributor in Europe and Latin America. Oaklins team in Spain identified the buyer and the Dutch team supported the transaction in its early stages.

Market Research Spot On

Market intelligence on market research: In our third edition of market research Spot On, our specialist Ken Sonenclar looks at how the power of artificial intelligence can be harnessed for more rapid and efficient data gathering and market analysis. He also examines pitfalls to watch out for, from privacy concerns to changes in the labor market.

Creative Agencies Spot On

Market intelligence on creative agencies: In our first edition, our specialist John Kaiser examines the historic shifts in the sector. He also zooms in on the M&A landscape in this growing and complex sector.

Human Resources Spot On

Market intelligence on human resources: In our first edition, our specialist Sofie Lemmens guides us through main market drivers in one of today’s fastest growing industries. We also meet two key players who explain how to navigate the future and grow an idea to a billion-dollar business.

An important transaction for the number one player in the mobile stage industry

Oaklins’ team in Canada has advised the shareholders of Stageline Mobile Stage Inc. (Stageline) on the sale of a majority stake in the company to Roynat Capital, Fonds de Solidarité FTQ and the senior management team. This deal will be an important driver for the future success of Stageline and will enable the company to continue promoting innovate and high quality mobile stages while maintaining sustainable and healthy growth.

Distribution Spot On newsletter

Market intelligence on distribution: In our second edition, our specialists Don Wiggins and Alex Kellison analyze the distribution sector in four different subgroups (healthcare, consumer goods, industrial and capital goods, food and beverage). They also zoom in on some major factors that have driven changes to distribution firms’ business processes and overall operations in more recent years.

Creating an artificial intelligence platform for a financial data giant

One of Oaklins’ TMT specialists in New York has advised the shareholders of Panjiva, Inc., a machine learning and data analytics company, on its sale to S&P Global, a leading provider of transparent and independent ratings, benchmarks, analytics and data to the capital and commodity markets worldwide. The combination of Panjiva’s exceptional team and technology with S&P Global’s market intelligence platform will create a powerful solution in global trade, providing unrivaled insight into companies and industries around the world.

Online Gambling Spot On newsletter

Market intelligence on online gambling: In our second edition of online gambling Spot On, our specialist Adel Koubaa talks about the sector dynamics that will make 2018 a very exciting year. In this newsletter, we explore these market trends, highlighting important developments and offering some predictions about how they will play out during the remainder of 2018.

Leading supplier of IT solutions for the insurance and pension industry joins European vertical market software provider

Oaklins' team in Denmark has advised Total Specific Solutions B.V. (TSS) in connection with the acquisition of FDC. Oaklins’ team in the Netherlands has a long-standing relationship with TSS and introduced the Danish team, who executed the transaction.

Creating a highly diversified market leader in the US cabinetry market

Oaklins’ team in Los Angeles has advised the shareholders of RSI Home Products, Inc. a leading manufacturer of kitchen and bath cabinetry and home storage products, on the sale of the company to American Woodmark Corporation. The combined company will have approximately US$1.6 billion in pro forma annual revenue along with a broader product portfolio.

Healthy Food Spot On newsletter

Market intelligence on healthy food: In our second edition of healthy food Spot On, Marco A. Vismara shares some high-level industry intelligence covering market and valuation trends, followed by a spotlight on EcorNaturaSi and an interview with Roberto Maschio, Chairman of Baule Volante & Fior di Loto, SRL.

An exciting transformation of an iconic brand

One of Oaklins’ TMT specialists in New York has advised Essence Ventures, LLC, an independent African-American owned company focused on merging content, on the acquisition of ESSENCE Communications Inc. (ESSENCE) from Time Inc. ESSENCE currently reaches a global audience of more than 16 million across its various platforms encompassing its signature print magazine, digital, video and social platforms, and television specials.

Voice from China – 4th edition

Quarterly update on the M&A market in China: In the fourth edition of Voice from China, our local Oaklins specialist John Zhang gives an overview of China’s cross-border landscape.

Sale of a premium skin care brand to a private equity firm

Oaklins Smith & Williamson has advised the shareholders of QMS Medicosmetics GmbH, a leading premium skin care brand, on the sale of the company to BlueGem Capital Partners LLP. This transaction reflects an increase in private equity and venture capital activity in the luxury end of the sector.

Birth of an international software leader in the retail sector

Oaklins’ team in France has advised the founder and management team of software solutions provider Cylande on the sale of the company to Cegid, a digital transformation group. This acquisition underpins Cegid’s ambitious growth plan to accelerate its development in the rapidly evolving retail sector.

TIC Spot On

Our second edition of testing, inspection and certification Spot On provides insight into the clinical diagnostic laboratory segment, where we have lately seen much M&A activity with large players consolidating the market and environmental and food labs acquiring diagnostic labs and vice versa.

Leading medical nitinol tubing manufacturer joins medical contract manufacturing platform

Oaklins’ team in Germany and our healthcare specialist in New York have advised the shareholders of Vascotube GmbH, a global manufacturer of high quality nitinol tubing, on the sale of the company to 3i-backed Cirtec Medical Systems, LLC. This acquisition aligns with Cirtec’s strategy to vertically integrate and expand its capabilities in minimally invasive interventional therapies.

Creating a global supplier of specialized machinery and automated production lines

Oaklins’ team in Germany has advised the shareholders of USK Karl Utz Sondermaschinen GmbH, a renowned specialist in automation solutions for assembly, handling and testing processes, on the sale of the company to Aumann AG. Combining USK’s development, construction and assembly capacities with its expertise in future technologies, Aumann expects to achieve a substantial growth boost in the e-mobility sector.

Horticulture Spot On newsletter

Market intelligence on horticulture: Our second edition of horticulture Spot On zooms in on consolidation trends in the mid-market plant care sector.

Market Research Spot On newsletter

Market intelligence on market research: Our second edition of market research Spot On focuses on how technology is transforming the field of shopper marketing. Long a slow-moving, reactive segment of market research, the infusion of new algorithms, sensors and databases, plus a bottomless well of cheap computing power, has brought shopper marketing alive.

Organic & Sustainable Agriculture Spot On newsletter

Market intelligence on an expanding segment: The first edition of the Organic & Sustainable Agriculture Spot On newsletter zooms in on the consequences of the shift in consumer preferences toward fresh and healthy foods. You will find an overview of the trends that are driving M&A transactions throughout the global agricultural supply chain, valuation trends, as well as a spotlight on Pipeline Foods, a sustainable supply chain company that supports both growers of organic and non-GMO crops and food companies.

Global natural nutrition trailblazer strengthens its market position

Oaklins’ team in France has advised Naturex SA, the world leader in specialty plant-based natural ingredients, on the acquisition of Swedish Oat Fiber AB, a specialized manufacturer of oat products. Oaklins’ team in Sweden identified the target. This acquisition offers both businesses diversification in the high-growth oat-based beta-glucan segment and geographic expansion via a platform in Scandinavia.

Creating a super acquisition platform

Oaklins’ media team in New York has acted as the exclusive financial advisor to ASI Government Inc., a portfolio company of Excellere Partners, on the sale of its Virtual Acquisition Office (VAO) division to Compusearch, a portfolio company of ABRY Partners. ASI VAO is the leading provider of subscription research, information and educational services to government acquisition professionals.

Market leader and industry pioneer in genetic diagnostics acquired by global medical technology company

Oaklins’ team in Los Angeles has advised the shareholders of Ambry Genetics Corporation, a clinical diagnostics testing services provider, on the sale of the company to Konica Minolta, Inc. This powerful combination will bring the most comprehensive genetic diagnostic solutions to Japan, Europe and globally.

Regional tech-enabled human resources outsourcing firm expands to the US Midwest

Oaklins’ team in Dallas has advised Sequent, Inc., a well-established professional employer organization (PEO), on its sale to Resourcing Edge Holding Company LLC, an industry leader and certified professional employer organization (CPEO). This is a perfect strategic transaction in an industry that is highly IT-driven and therefore scalable, but best served by having regional customer-facing service personnel.

Birth of an international Industry 4.0 leader

Oaklins’ team in France has advised the founders of AvenAo Industrie on the sale of the group’s SolidWorks distribution and integration activity to Prodways Group. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Leading integrated photonics group taps growth potential in the US market

Oaklins’s team in Germany has advised JENOPTIK AG on the acquisition of Five Lakes Automation LLC. (FLA). Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

Voice from China – 3rd edition

Quarterly update on the M&A market in China: in the third edition of Voice from China, our local Oaklins specialist John Zhang gives an overview of China's cross-border landscape.

Robotics M&A Report 2017

In the first edition of the Robotics M&A Report you 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...