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Natural growth of M&A activity

SPOT ON ORGANIC & SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE:     Is this sector still outperforming the overall agriculture industry? Our specialist Doug Kravet gives un update on the trends, drivers, challenges and opportunities shaping this particularly active and growing market. We turn a spotlight on The Wonderful Company and its strong research and technology commitment to improve product quality while minimizing environmental impact. To date, the company…

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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. With large competitors grabbing an even bigger piece of the pie, what options do small and medium-sized companies have to remain relevant in the industry? We turn a spotlight on Mr. Udo Wenzel, Chairman of…

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Trusted garden care products provider is nurtured for growth

DEAL FLASH: 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. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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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. Increased airline profits in recent years and the growth of aftermarket sales have attracted the interest of Boeing and Airbus.  The encroachment of this duopoly into the supply chain is having a significant impact on the aircraft systems market. We look at how new technologies will…

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Wave of the future

AUTOMATICA TRADE FAIR:  Oaklins’ robotics specialist returns from the Automatica trade fair with a view from the horizon. David Zürrer, an Oaklins’ robotics specialist, was in Munich this week visiting Automatica, the leading trade fair for robotics and automation. He spoke with decision makers who were excited about the future of their businesses and the fast-paced developments taking place in what is considered the Fourth…

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Sale of a premium specialist logistics group

DEAL FLASH: 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. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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Top market distributor for the collision repair sector attracts significant interest

DEAL FLASH: 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. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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

DEAL FLASH: 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…

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

DEAL FLASH: 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. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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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. Valuation trends have been positive in markets such as pharmaceutical packaging, and consolidation pressure remains high, especially for small and medium-sized players. After hitting a peak in 2016, M&A activity in the sector seems poised…

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

DEAL FLASH: 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. Read more about the transaction, market…

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Billion-dollar kibble

Our petcare specialist was in Nuremberg for the industry’s major trade fair. Interzoo 2018 drew record crowds this year, with nearly 2,000 companies exhibiting. Access to the Interzoo trade fair is limited to industry professionals. Thorben Wöltjen, Oaklins’ petcare specialist, was there tracking innovations in the sector. He joined business leaders and entrepreneurs from 117 countries from around the globe who are guiding growth in…

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Oaklins reaches the heart of Melbourne’s financial center

We are expanding our reach in Australia with an office in Melbourne. Our clients will benefit from the substantial knowledge of our local M&A team and receive broader access to Australia’s major financial center. The addition also further establishes our ability to serve our clients on a global scale and allows us greater influence in an evolving market.

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

DEAL FLASH: 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. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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US pioneer in high-tech ball screws goes Italian

DEAL FLASH: 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…

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Oaklins’ umbrella opens wider over Latin America

Oaklins has expanded its presence in South America with the addition of Columbus Zuma Investment Banking, a firm founded by former senior officers of Citigroup’s investment banking business. Columbus Zuma is a local market leader in Argentina and establishes Oaklins’ reach in the second largest economy of South America, providing a new office and a talented, experienced local M&A team. Columbus Zuma partners have worked together…

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Voice from China – 1st edition 2018

QUARTERLY UPDATE ON THE M&A MARKET IN CHINA: As we begin 2018, we continue to see a drop in Chinese outbound M&A activities. In the first quarter of this year, 25 Chinese outbound transactions were closed, compared to 35 in the last quarter of 2017. New regulations by China’s National Development and Reform Commission went into effect on 1 March 2018 in order to allow…

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Oaklins Spring Conference in Montreal, Canada

The Oaklins Spring Conference was held this year in Montreal, at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, where Oaklins professionals joined together to strengthen bonds across global borders. Reed Phillips, President of Oaklins, acknowledged outstanding cooperation and expertise during the Oaklins’ Annual Awards presented at Cirque Eloize. Marco Vismara, Jürg Stucker and Gary Rabishaw were awarded as Industry Specialist and Publishers of the Year. Vascotube GmbH…

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Creating opportunities in Aerospace & Defense

Over 100 Oaklins M&A professionals traveled to Montreal to attend the Aerospace & Defense (A&D) event, “How global trade tensions are creating opportunities”. Key manufacturers and investors were invited to share their knowledge of the aerospace industry and discuss challenges, advancements and growth opportunities in the sector. Host city, Montreal, is home to a large and supportive aerospace ecosystem. Suzanne Benoît, President of Aéro Montréal,…

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Manufacturing & Distribution of Building Materials Spot On

MARKET INTELLIGENCE ON MANUFACTURING & DISTRIBUTION OF BUILDING MATERIALS: 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. The digital revolution has increasingly become an essential part of the business landscape for many industries. As the…

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

DEAL FLASH: 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. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation…

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Market Research Spot On

MARKET INTELLEGENCE ON MARKET RESEARCH: In our third edition of market research Spot On, our specialist Ken Sonenclar delves deeper into the ways technology is disrupting the sector and looks at how the power of artificial intelligence can be harnessed for more rapid and efficient data gathering and market analysis. He also considers the potential pitfalls tied to the use of AI-driven technology, from tightening restrictions on…

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Creative Agencies Spot On

MARKET INTELLIGENCE ON CREATIVE AGENCIES: In our first edition of creative agencies Spot On, our specialist John Kaiser examines the historic shifts in the sector and shines a spotlight on the forces that are currently shaking up the industry and defining its future. He takes us from the rise of agency holding companies and massive consolidation in the mid-80s up to the encroachment of consulting firms, data-driven marketing…

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Human Resources Spot On

MARKET INTELLIGENCE ON HUMAN RESOURCES:  The global HR services market is among the fastest growing industries today. In this first edition of human resources Spot On, our HR specialist Sofie Lemmens guides us through main market drivers in this rapidly expanding sector. This edition also introduces two women at the top of the industry, Conny Vandendriessche, co-founder, and Rika Coppens, CEO, of The House of HR, a…

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

DEAL FLASH: 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…

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Distribution Spot On newsletter

MARKET INTELLIGENCE ON DISTRIBUTION: In this second edition of distribution Spot On, 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.   Learn more about…

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Creating an artificial intelligence platform for a financial data giant

DEAL FLASH: 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…

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Online Gambling Spot On newsletter

MARKET INTELLIGENCE ON ONLINE GAMBLING: In this second edition of online gambling Spot On, our specialist Adel Koubaa talks about the sector dynamics that will make 2018 a very exciting year. Change is afoot as consumers seek new gambling experiences via a variety of online platforms, presenting opportunities as well as challenges for market participants. At the same time, an uncertain regulatory environment is driving interest…

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Reaching for the skies

Aerospace & defense continues to be one of the world’s largest and most important sectors, and the M&A opportunities are on the rise. Oaklins is pleased to be hosting an impressive international event with speakers from top-tier companies in the industry and aerospace M&A advisors.  Join us for an afternoon to learn where the opportunities lie.

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

DEAL FLASH: 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. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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Creating a highly diversified market leader in the US cabinetry market

DEAL FLASH: 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. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal…

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Healthy Food Spot On newsletter

MARKET INTELLIGENCE ON HEALTHY FOOD:  In this second edition of the healthy food Spot On, our specialist 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. Healthy food (HF), and organic & free-from food in particular, is undisputedly the most important…

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An exciting transformation of an iconic brand

DEAL FLASH: 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. Read more…

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Voice from China – 4th edition

QUARTERLY UPDATE ON THE M&A MARKET IN CHINA: Chinese cross-border M&A activity dropped in 2017. This decline can be interpreted as a turn towards rationality for the Chinese M&A market, induced by a series of government policies to regulate and guide foreign investment. On the bright side, the new rules, released this past quarter by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), eased the reporting…

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Oaklins advises on innovative SPAC transaction

Dutch Star Companies ONE (DSCO) is a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) initiated by Oaklins Netherlands based on the successful launch of three SPACs by Oaklins Italy. The objective of DSCO is to acquire a significant minority stake in a Dutch well-performing ‘star company’, preferably a family business in the Netherlands. Oaklins Netherlands initiated, participated and advised DSCO on all aspects of its successful use of this innovative financing model. Gerbrand ter Brugge, who was in…

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

DEAL FLASH: 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. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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M&A Appetite for Healthy Food at BIOFACH2018 in Nuremberg, Germany

On 15 February, our healthy food experts Marco A. Vismara, Florian von Alten, Sven-Åke Lewin and Philippe Hermant will host a workshop “M&A Appetite for Healthy Food” covering trends, valuations, main drivers and lessons learned from recent M&A transactions. Our healthy food specialists will be joined by Peter Åsberg, CEO & President of Midsona, and Lars Eriksson, Partner at Riverside Company. Together they will cover the following topics: Overview…

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Birth of an international software leader in the retail sector

DEAL FLASH: 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. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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TIC Spot On

MARKET INTELLIGENCE ON TESTING, INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION: This second edition of the testing, inspection and certification Spot On, our specialist Arjen Kostelijk provides insight into the clinical diagnostic laboratory segment, where recently we have seen much M&A activity with large players consolidating the market and environmental and food labs acquiring diagnostic labs and vice versa.    You will find an overview of the market and…

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Leading medical nitinol tubing manufacturer joins medical contract manufacturing platform

DEAL FLASH: 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. Read more about the transaction, market trends,…

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Creating a global supplier of specialized machinery and automated production lines

DEAL FLASH: 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. Read more about…

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Horticulture Spot On newsletter

MARKET INTELLIGENCE ON HORTICULTURE: In this second edition of horticulture Spot On, our specialist Frank de Hek zooms in on the consolidation trends in the mid-market plant care sector. You will find an overview of the evolution amongst the larger players and mid-market players, valuation trends, an analysis of the Norwegian headquartered Yara having more than doubled its turnover as a result of both organic growth and acquisitions; followed…

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Market Research Spot On newsletter

MARKET INTELLIGENCE ON MARKET RESEARCH: In this second edition of market research Spot On, our specialist Ken Sonenclar is pleased to share some high-level industry intelligence.  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.    This…

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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. This increased demand has caused fundamental changes in the way crops are grown and delivered to retailers and food companies. You will find an overview of the trends that are driving…

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Global natural nutrition trailblazer strengthens its market position

DEAL FLASH: 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. Read more about the transaction, market…

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Creating a super acquisition platform

DEAL FLASH: 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. Read more about the transaction,…

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

DEAL FLASH: 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. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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

DEAL FLASH: 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. Read more about the transaction, market…

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Birth of an international Industry 4.0 leader

DEAL FLASH: 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. Industrial manufacturing processes are entering into a new era driven by the Industry 4.0 revolution, introduced for the first time during the “Hannover Messe” in Germany in 2011. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and…

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Leading integrated photonics group taps growth potential in the US market

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’s teams in Germany and Chicago have advised JENOPTIK AG on the acquisition of Five Lakes Automation LLC. (FLA). JENOPTIK’s acquisition of process automation and process control capabilities follows a strong trend in the German machinery sector, known as “Industrie 4.0”. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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Oaklins’ expertise acknowledged in food industry award

Davide Milano, one of Oaklins’ food & beverage specialists, has been awarded “M&A Professional of the Year 2017 in the Food Industry” by Financecommunity in recognition of his expertise shown in a number of relevant transactions completed in the sector. During the award ceremony, he was put forward as one of the most prominent professionals in the food industry. His colleague and fellow food specialist Marco…

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Voice from China – 3rd edition

QUARTERLY UPDATE ON THE M&A MARKET IN CHINA: During the third quarter of 2017, the US government continued to scrutinize, and in some cases oppose, efforts by Chinese companies to acquire US companies. But while the outlook for Chinese acquisitions of US targets remained muddied, the Chinese government has restated its focus on developing key sectors under its prevailing national plan “Made in China 2025”.…

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Robotics M&A Report 2017

AN UPDATE ON THE STATE OF THE MARKET: The first edition of the Robotics M&A Report zooms in on the driving forces for innovation and opportunities for the industry. Robotic technology has entered the work space with increasingly flexible and responsive robots beginning to augment, change and replace production processes, value chains and human labor in a wide range of industries. This is a megatrend…

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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. You will find an overview of the market and valuation trends, as well as a spotlight on Beacon Roofing Supply, the largest publicly traded distributor of…

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Expanding our global presence in Latin America with two new offices in Chile and Colombia

We are proud to introduce our new member firms Axia (Bogotá, Colombia) and LarrainVial (Santiago, Chile). With the admission of these two M&A advisory firms, we are expanding our global footprint in Latin America. JUAN PABLO BAYTER, PARTNER, SAID: “We are delighted to become part of Oaklins, the leading global mid-market advisor. We are sure that together we will greatly improve access to global markets for…

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An exclusive summit for leading mid-market private equity firms and the 18th M&A mid-market forum was held in Milan, Italy

Over 180 Oaklins M&A professionals from around the world traveled to Milan to attend our first and exclusive event Private Equity Portfolio — Providing Expansion & Returns (PEPPER) and the 18th M&A Mid-Market Forum (MMF). The first PEPPER event Oaklins always strives to serve its clients better through offering greater global coverage and industry expertise. With this aim in mind, an exclusive summit with some…

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Refinancing for independent French aerial work platforms and forklifts leader

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in France has advised the management team of ACCES INDUSTRIE on an MBO. The team, together with Parquest Capital and two other private equity funds, Irdi Soridec Gestion and CM-CIC Investissement, have acquired Butler Capital Partners (BCP)’s majority stake in the company. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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Creating a leading Italian healthy food distributor

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in Italy has advised Fior di Loto Srl on its merger with Baule Volante Srl, coordinating all activities aimed at defining and completing the transaction. The combined entity will generate revenues of over US$80 million in the healthy and organic food distribution business. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.  

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Global specialist in high technology wires and surface coating changes ownership

DEAL FLASH: 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. This collaboration with Edify stems from a strategic vision and will provide Thermo Technologies and Thermocontact with increased resources to continue their international expansion. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and…

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100 clients meeting 200 Oaklins professionals at the MMF in Milan

SO FAR 100 CLIENTS ACCEPTED OUR INVITATION TO MEET OUR GLOBAL INDUSTRY EXPERTS AT THE NEXT M&A SPEED NETWORKING EVENT: THE 18 TH M&A MID-MARKET FORUM (MMF) IN MILAN ON 9 NOVEMBER The MMF is a corporate speed networking event where clients can discuss M&A opportunities and sector developments with the Oaklins professionals of their choice in a series of 20-minute, one-on-one meetings based on…

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

DEAL FLASH: 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. PRFoods is the largest manufacturer of fish in Estonia and also one of the largest fish production brands in Finland. Read more…

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Oaklins was created a year ago

On 10 October 2016, members of the worldwide M&A International organization announced the creation of a new global player: Oaklins. Since that day, we’ve used our passion, creativity and global reach to achieve extraordinary results for our clients. Learn more about one year of Oaklins in the document below. Oaklins is one of the largest and most experienced global mid-market M&A and corporate finance advisory…

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

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in France has advised the shareholders of Disa Technology (Disatech) on the sale of the company to AkzoNobel N.V. Disatech will benefit from AkzoNobel’s worldwide reach to address the entire aerospace market, including airlines and MRO. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.  

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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. You will find an overview of the market and valuation trends, M&A trends in China, the buyers’ landscape; as well as market consolidators talking about the future.

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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. Subsequent issues will continue to track this dynamic industry and emphasize critical trends.

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

DEAL FLASH: 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). The strategic partner will support MDSL’s continuing growth and will strengthen the company’s position as a global TEM leader. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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

DEAL FLASH: 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. This transaction is a very important step in Tinsa’s internationalization strategy and it will provide Troostwijk Groep with a strong base for further growth. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation…

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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. You will find an overview of the market and valuation trends, a spotlight on Wessanen, a leading…

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TIC Spot On newsletter

MARKET INTELLIGENCE ON TESTING, INSPECTION & CERTIFICATION: The first edition of the Testing, Inspection & Certification Spot On newsletter zooms in on the drivers behind the consolidation play that is fueling the industry’s M&A activity. You will find an overview of the market and valuation trends, a spotlight on Eurofins, one of the most active consolidators in the global TIC market; as well as an interview with…

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500.com has acquired The Multi Group Ltd.

500.com, a leading online sports lottery service provider in China, has acquired a 93% stake in The Multi Group via a share purchase agreement for a total cash consideration of approximately US$56 million. 500.com Limited (NYSE: WBAI) is a leading online sports lottery service provider in China. It offers a comprehensive and integrated suite of online lottery services, information, user tools and virtual community venues…

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Voice from China – 2nd edition

QUARTERLY UPDATE ON THE M&A MARKET IN CHINA: Outbound cross-border M&A activity in China has seen a stark change in volume due to capital outflow regulations implemented in early 2017. On the bright side, China’s Belt and Road (B&R) Initiative is expected to support investors interested in acquiring businesses in countries that are part of this project, shifting the main focus of Chinese outbound M&A…

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Acquisition of two Austrian companies in the elevator sector

DEAL FLASH: 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. This deal is another example of the seamless cooperation between Oaklins’ member firms, demonstrating the organization’s added value through its global execution capabilities, industry expertise and contacts. Read more about the transaction, market trends,…

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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. You will find an overview of the most active consolidators, valuation trends, an analysis of Ball Horticultural Company’s acquisition history as well as an interview with Roger Gerritzen, Head of M&A and Integration at Dümmen Orange.

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Leading Estonian cable operator acquired by Finnish mobile telco

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in the Baltics has advised the founding shareholders of AS Starman on the sale of the company to Elisa Oyj. The transaction is expected to create considerable synergies through cross-selling opportunities, service bundling and a more efficient use of shared resources. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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Selling to a bottling partner

DEAL FLASH: 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. The transaction also included a co-packing agreement for three of Sanpellegrino’s branded products. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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Sale of controlling stake in Australian health food retailer

DEAL FLASH: 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. This is a perfectly timed transaction, with an increasing trend towards healthy foods and wellness coupled with the opportunity provided by the selldown of a non-core business operation. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and…

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

DEAL FLASH: 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. There is high demand for niche players to have new energy efficiency technologies, resulting in increasing consolidation in the industry. Read more about the transaction, market…

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

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in Italy has advised Italcer’s management team on the acquisition of La Fabbrica. This marks the first acquisition of a project that will consist of the creation of a leading Italian group in the sector. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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

DEAL FLASH: 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. The resulting company is expected to have a global footprint of more than 400 clients worldwide, including 250 airlines. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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Another powerful addition to our global presence with a new member in Brazil – IGC Partners, Brazil

We are proud to introduce our new member firm IGC Partners. With the admission of one of the largest independent M&A boutiques in Brazil, we are expanding our global footprint in Latin America and growing our deep industry expertise in one of the emerging global markets. Cristina Villela, Partner at IGC Partners, said: “The M&A advisory business today requires both deep local knowledge and strong…

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Expanding our global footprint with a new member firm in the heart of Europe – KBC Securities, Belgium

Our ability to serve our clients globally has taken a step forward with the admission of KBC Securities based in Brussels, Belgium. The firm is one of the leading corporate finance advisors in Belgium with a dedicated and experienced team. By joining forces, KBC Securities will be able to further expand their M&A activities in Belgium while Oaklins will strengthen its position in Europe. Dr.…

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Learning more about M&A developments in China and acknowledging outstanding cooperation at the Oaklins spring conference in Hong Kong

Over 100 Oaklins M&A professionals traveled to Hong Kong for the Oaklins Spring Conference and to attend the Chinese Outbound M&A Conference “From The Mouth Of The Dragon – Ambitions Of Chinese Buyers”. Oaklins’ member firm Quam Capital Limited invited Dr. William K. Fung of Li & Fung Limited, Jeff Purdey of Jardine Matheson Holdings Limited, Brett Liu of Oceanwide Holdings Co., Ltd. and James…

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Voice from China

UPDATE ON THE M&A MARKET IN CHINA: The Chinese government has recently released a series of policies designed to restrict capital outflow, which has made a considerable impact on Chinese outbound cross-border M&A activity. 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.

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Oaklins’ team in Russia will join SFM Group at the BIO 2017

Our client, SFM Group, is going to attend the world’s largest global biotechnology event BIO 2017 International Convention taking place from 19–22 June 2017 in San Diego, USA. SFM Group, is an innovative Russian pharmaceutical company specializing in pharma R&D and has its own production facilities. Its product portfolio includes medicines to treat cardio-vascular diseases, viral infections, regenerative medicines, etc. Its breakthrough product is Trombovazim, a powerful thrombolytic…

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Italian shoes market leader acquires German branded company

DEAL FLASH: 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. To succeed in the German market, it is crucial to have a well-known local brand with a long heritage, characteristics that Rohde has. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A…

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

DEAL FLASH: 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. This highly competitive process culminated in an outcome that outperformed the expectations of the shareholders and the management team. Read more about the…

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Leading Nordic IT solutions provider acquires Finnish SaaS company

DEAL FLASH: 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. The Nordic markets are characterized by digital transformation and a gradual shift away from traditional IT and multi-year ERP implementations to quicker projects that improve existing usability. The ongoing consolidation in this sector is contributing to the…

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German chemical giant acquires Swiss technology leader

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in Switzerland has advised Rolic AG on its sale to BASF Schweiz AG. Oaklins’ teams around the world provided potential candidates. The Swiss team guided Rolic through the initial sale process, the due diligence, the approach and parallel negotiations with potential buyers as well as assisting them until closing. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation…

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

DEAL FLASH: 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. This deal is another example of the seamless cooperation between Oaklins’ member firms, demonstrating the organization’s added value through its global execution capabilities, industry expertise and contacts. Read more about the transaction, market trends,…

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Consolidation in the online travel market

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in the Netherlands has acted as the exclusive financial advisor to the owners of dé VakantieDiscounter in its sale to Otravo. The Dutch team set up a broad international process to find the right partner. In cooperation with their international colleagues, the team approached parties from several countries. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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Consolidation in the staffing sector

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in Germany has exclusively advised Timecraft Group’s private shareholders on the sale of the company to Actief Group. The team selected over 50 national and international candidates. Oaklins’ team in the Netherlands identified the buyer. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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Leading Croatian port services provider sold to Italian shipping companies

LOGISTICS DEAL FLASH: 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. The team guided JPS through the initial company preparation for a strategic partnership and analysis of potential partners to final negotiations. Read more about the transaction, market…

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Leading UK and Japanese document management businesses team up

DEAL FLASH: Cavendish, an Oaklins member firm in the UK, has provided full lead sell-side advisory services to the shareholders of Annodata Limited. The team worked with the seller to prepare the business for sale, including putting a second-tier team in place to manage succession, demonstrating recurring and cross-selling revenues, and hitting key financial metrics. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and…

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Actev checks into boutique hotel group

DEAL FLASH: Smith & Williamson has advised the shareholders of Actev Limited on their investment in Another Place Ltd. The team advised the buyer throughout the process, from the origination and analysis of the opportunity through to negotiations with the management team and other shareholders. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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H2 Equity Partners has successfully invested in Multi Pilot Simulations

Oaklins Netherlands is pleased to announce that H2 Equity Partners invested a majority stake in Multi Pilot Simulations (“MPS” or the “Company”). MPS, founded in 2007, is a groundbreaking manufacturer of fixed-base flight simulators for (airline) pilot training and bridges the gap between the (low-fidelity) traditional fixed-base simulators and the (high-fidelity) full-motion simulators that are currently being offered in the market. The Company integrates more…

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Accelerating global expansion in the poultry housing industry

DEAL FLASH: 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. The Dutch team carried out a comprehensive analysis of industry trends and market potential in the USA, which was a key contributor to the transaction’s favorable valuation. This transaction demonstrates the added value of Oaklins’ industry expertise and…

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

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in Switzerland advised the shareholders of TEM Group on the sale of the company to Instrumentation Laboratory (IL). The team acted as lead advisor to the shareholders of TEM Group throughout the sale process. This deal demonstrates the value and competitive advantage Oaklins provides in guiding the client in a very close personal relationship through all stages of the process. Read…

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Marco Vismara was named “Food Professional of the Year” by Financecommunity.it

Marco Vismara, one of our Italian partners and our Head of the Food & Beverage Industry Group, was named “Food Professional of the Year”.  The motivation of the Award was “A professional that is gaining an increasing personal recognition in this industry, and is also building the brand name and the reputation of his team”. Financecommunity is a leading online magazine and newsletter, providing news…

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Merger between US and Chinese TBM manufacturers

DEAL FLASH: 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). NHI now has a 61% equity interest in Robbins with 39% retained by Robbins’ previous shareholders. Oaklins’ teams in Hong Kong, China and Germany provided strategic support and cross-border expertise throughout the transaction. This deal is…

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Pipe fittings specialist

DEAL FLASH: 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. The team prepared all the transaction documentation and collected non-binding offers during the international market approach via Oaklins’ worldwide teams. After preparing the data room, the Austrian team steered the process through the due diligence…

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A game-changer in the Italian dairy business

DEAL FLASH: 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. They advised the buyer throughout the process, from the analysis of the opportunity and the negotiations with the seller up to the closing. The team also…

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The 17th M&A Mid-Market Forum and 1st Oaklins Conference in Dublin

Over 160 Oaklins M&A professionals traveled to Dublin to attend the 17th M&A Mid-Market Forum and 1st Oaklins Conference. The 17th M&A Mid-Market Forum (MMF) For the second time in its history, the MMF was hosted in Dublin, attracting over 160 M&A advisors from more than 35 countries who met with over 30 clients. The MMF is part of the Oaklins Fall Conference and is…

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Technology software investment in the USA

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in Cleveland served as the financial advisor to n2y LLC in its sale to global private equity firm The Riverside Company. n2y LLC is a leading developer of education curricula and teaching materials for K-12 students with special needs. Oaklins’ media specialist team in New York, which has particular expertise in the education and book publishing sectors, co-advised on the transaction.…

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Online travel

DEAL FLASH: 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. This deal demonstrates the value and competitive advantage Oaklins provides in identifying a strategically sound buyer in cross-border acquisitions, in addition to its deep industry expertise. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal…

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17th Mid-Market Forum (MMF) in Dublin, Ireland

Oaklins is pleased to host the 17th Mid-Market Forum (MMF) on Thursday 10 November 2016 at the InterContinental in Dublin, Ireland. Private meetings between clients/potential clients and M&A professionals are at the heart of this event. For each participant, we pre-arrange a personalized meeting schedule of one-to-one meetings, each lasting 20 minutes. The speed networking format of the M&A Mid-Market Forum is innovative and very efficient. As these meetings are well prepared…

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M&A International Inc. members create Oaklins, a new global investment banking group with 60 offices in 40 countries

Today, members of the worldwide M&A International organization announce the creation of a new global player: Oaklins. Oaklins will be one of the largest and most experienced global mid-market M&A and corporate finance advisory firms, with a strong industry focus across 14 sectors and 60 offices in all the main financial centers of the world. Through the new international structure, Oaklins is able to advise…

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Oaklins Real Estate Group attend EXPO REAL

Gerald Beuker leads an Oaklins delegation to attend the 19th International Trade Fair for Property and Investment “EXPO REAL” being held from 4-6 October in Munich, Germany. Gerald commented “We continue to see global interest in the real estate market, and as head of the Oaklins’ Real Estate group I am pleased to attend this leading event with 20 of my colleagues”. Currently Oaklins Real…

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Shareholder succession at Sphinx Werkzeuge AG

The owners of Sphinx Werkzeuge AG have sold a majority stake in the company to Helvetica Capital AG and members of the management team. Financial details were not disclosed. Sphinx Werkzeuge is a leading precision tools developer and manufacturer for high precision mechanical and medical applications. The company’s core business is the production of micro to small drills. In the medical technology industry, its products…

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Instrumentation Laboratory Acquires CA CASYSO AG, Including TEM® subsidiaries and ROTEM® Testing Systems

Instrumentation Laboratory (IL) acquired CA Casyso AG (Basel, Switzerland) and its Tem subsidiaries (Tem), a global leader in in vitro diagnostic (IVD) testing for Patient Blood Management (PBM) with their flagship ROTEM testing systems. Tem is a global leader in in-vitro-diagnostic (IVD) testing for Patient Blood Management (PBM) with their flagship ROTEM testing systems. With a direct sales force in seven markets, including the US,…

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Mithril GmbH sells global Solar Energy to Hanergy

Oaklins HFG China and Deutsche Mittelstandsfinanz acted as corner financial advisors to Mithril GmbH, a German family office, representing 100 percent of shares in a sale of Global Solar Energy, Inc. (Global Solar) to Hanergy. Founded in 1996, Global Solar is a colonize of a solar industry. The association is a universe heading manufacturer for a full-scale prolongation of CIGS (Copper Indium Gallium diSelenide) light-weight,…

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Emergency response service acquisition in Denmark

DEAL FLASH: 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. This transaction is another example of the…

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Strategic cross-border investment

DEAL FLASH: 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). The team originated, structured, negotiated and assisted in closing this transaction, coordinating a team of multidisciplinary professionals to achieve the best terms possible…

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Japanese entry into debt enforcement industry

DEAL FLASH:  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. Oaklins’ teams in the UK and Japan advised the shareholders of JBW exclusively on the sale of the companies. OUTSOURCING was introduced by the Japanese team, who assisted throughout the…

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Leading market research platform spins off service arm

DEAL FLASH:  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. The team originated the deal, worked with management to define the…

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Dual-track privatisation of Slovak Telekom

DEAL FLASH:  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. In this transaction the teams acted as the joint lead manager, regional offering coordinator and financial advisor Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A…

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Consolidation in the retail pharmaceutical industry in Peru

DEAL FLASH:  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. The team assisted Mifarma in the valuation of Boticas Arcangel and in the identification and quantification of potential industry and company specific synergies in a combined retail and pharmaceutical distribution operation. The team also played a key…

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Swedish construction group divests its remaining Latin American operations

DEAL FLASH:  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. The team set up an international competitive process using their global relationships with strategic competitors in the industry. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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A new rehabilitation pathway for acquired brain injuries

DEAL FLASH:  Smith & Williamson advised the shareholders of Oakleaf Care (Hartwell) Limited (Oakleaf) on the sale of the company to CareTech Holdings Plc (CareTech). Oakleaf provides brain injury rehabilitation to adult males requiring specialist care and long-term support. The in-depth healthcare sector knowledge and experience of our team of advisors was crucial to achieving a successful sale. Read more about the transaction, market trends,…

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Waste not, want not!

DEAL FLASH:  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. The team acted as advisor to Worth Corporation in this transaction. In 2013, preceding a formal advisory engagement, the team responded to a request from the owners about sale prospects. Corporate…

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Top investment market in Berlin

DEAL FLASH:  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). The transaction process included structuring the asset deal, providing a complete analysis of the real estate market and its characteristics, approaching national and international potential investors, and negotiating the sale contracts. Read more about the transaction, market trends,…

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Regional media network acquired by largest multimedia publisher in the UK

DEAL FLASH:  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. In addition, the team agreed a deal for the client to acquire certain titles from Trinity Mirror Group once the transaction was complete. Read more about the transaction, market…

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Sealing the deal in aerospace, industrial and defense markets

DEAL FLASH:  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). Oaklin’s team provided CARCO with a customized buy-side process, including building a pipeline of candidates, engaging prospects, valuing the businesses, conducting due diligence, negotiations and closing. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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Marine market and automation solutions in the Nordic Region

DEAL FLASH:  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. In collaboration with other Oaklins’ member firms, the team advised the sellers throughout the transaction, from the initial assessment of potential buyers to negotiations and transaction execution. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers…

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Consolidation maintains its pace in the cyber security market

DEAL FLASH:  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. Oaklins’ team originated the deal and acted as lead advisor to the shareholders of SurfRight. They set up an international competitive process leveraging its in-depth sector expertise and global reach. Read more…

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The right momentum for the fleet management industry

DEAL FLASH:  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. Oaklins’ team exclusively on the divestment of a large stake in the company…

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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 not only its passion for high quality coffee, but also…

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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 Symbiotix Inc. and prepare the offering memorandum and other materials.…

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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 business model, including services as well as software and hardware,…

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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 to broaden their expertise within the field of high demand…

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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’ capacity requirements, extends BCA’s geographical footprint in the UK and…

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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 in the Netherlands by opening new dental practices. Read more…

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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, a classic German rum. This deal is another example of…

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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 returned 100% ownership of the company to its founding family.…

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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 prospective buyers were contacted. The team led discussions with all…

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Oaklins Netherlands appoints Gerbrand ter Brugge to lead new Equity & Equity Capital Markets Advisory team

In addition to support and advice on mergers, acquisitions and debt (re)financing, the largest independent corporate finance house in the Dutch market will also start providing adisory services to (listed) companies with regard to share issues, IPOs, recapitalizations and public takeovers. Oaklins Netherlands is anticipating on the underlying growth trend of IPOs and equity issues on the Dutch stock market. Since the second half of…

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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 an international bidding procedure, providing detailed process knowledge and industry…

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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 parties involved in this complex transaction. The teams’ persistence, dedication…

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