Manage business evolutions with assurance to unlock transformative growth

As 2023 unfolds, it’s clear that the swift evolutions in business, already present for years, aren't letting up. While many yearn for a return to calmer times, changes and challenges continue to emerge. And yet, history has shown that demanding times often pave the way for significant and positive transformations. At Oaklins, we understand the complexity of navigating this relentless pace. Our insights this quarter aim to help you comprehend and adapt to these ongoing shifts, harnessing them for transformative progress.

One of the notable transformations at the moment is the role of AI in redefining industries. It's creating new ways of doing things while challenging existing ones. Alongside AI, the emphasis on sustainable energy and improved healthcare stands out. These are not just trends; they are vital steps towards a better future for our planet.

But with so many changes, how do business leaders make the right decisions? The answer is knowledge. It's crucial to understand what's happening and why. Good leaders not only make smart decisions for their businesses but also guide their teams with confidence. It's also essential to have the right people around you — experts who can guide you and help make sense of everything.

We're committed to guiding you through these transformations. Delve into our insights this quarter and let's collaborate to create a meaningful impact.

Global insights and webinars

Selling a business: Answers to key questions – a series of six articles

Deciding to sell a business is one of the biggest and most challenging decisions a company owner will ever make. The process involves lots of moving parts, and it’s easy to make a misstep if you haven’t planned ahead.

1. Selling a business: How to get started?

2. Five things you need to know about selling a business

3. When is the time right to sell your business?

4. How do you know if your business is ready for sale?

5. What’s the advantage of appointing an M&A advisor?

6. What you need to consider when choosing an M&A advisor

ENERGY I Geothermal energy: a route to net zero

HVAC SPOT ON: The industry is embracing the use of geothermal heat pumps (GHPs), a heating and cooling system that harnesses energy from the sun that is stored naturally underground. In our report, we outline how this process works, along with the benefits and challenges around GHPs. We also summarize recent M&A activity in the HVAC market, and feature two case studies where Oaklins provided key sell-side advisory services. Read more.

BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES I Unwavering TICC market: How the sector remains robust amid economic turbulence

TICC SPOT ON: While the global economy has faced a tumultuous year to date, the testing, inspection, certification and compliance (TICC) sector has weathered the storm in style, seeing a rise in its average number of monthly M&A deals. Read more.

TMT I HEALTHCARE I AI's transformative role in healthcare and life sciences: Unleashing investment potential

AI WEBINAR RECORDING: Discover how to unlock investment potential and explore the impact of AI on healthcare and life sciences in our webinar with AI experts and industry insiders. Read more.

TMT I Capitalizing on the AI revolution

AI SPOT ON: In this newsletter, we present key insights presented during our AI-focused webinar, which explored market trends and opportunities. Read more.

BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES I European HR services prove resilient in M&A

HR EUROPE SPOT ON: We explore key themes such as business confidence and GDP across the continent, and recent statistics related to temporary work, job starters and leavers, and job vacancies. Read more.

TMT I The transformative power of the Internet of Things

IoT SPOT ON: We recently hosted a webinar on the transformative power of IoT, moderated by Jan P. Hatje, Oaklins’ specialist in the sector, and with the participation of three European industry leaders. Topics covered included the use of IoT in farming, real estate and business infrastructure, which sectors can most benefit from IoT, and the challenges when it comes to best harnessing its potential. Read more.

The drive for gender balance in M&A: a Nordic perspective

INTERVIEW: In this article, we explore the gender balance in M&A through conversations with our Nordic colleagues: Inna Manko, Kristin Bratengen and Caroline Lindeman. Read more.

Global deal highlights

TMT I PRIVATE EQUITY I Pan-European PE firm acquires a majority stake in leading tax software provider in Spain and Latin America

DEAL FLASH: Stirling Square Capital Partners has acquired a majority stake in Gestión Tributaria Territorial (GTT) from AnaCap Financial Partners. Both GTT’s management team and AnaCap will reinvest as minority investors alongside Stirling Square. Oaklins’ team in Spain advised Stirling Square on all aspects of the execution, negotiation and closing of the transaction. Read more.

AGRICULTURE I Boosting commitment to sustainable animal care: Global leader acquires Brazilian biotech company

DEAL FLASH: Olmix Group, a portfolio company of Motion Equity Partners, has acquired a majority stake in Yes Sinergy, a portfolio company of Aqua Capital. With this sale, Aqua Capital, which has been a majority shareholder since 2016, is completing a partial exit from the company. Oaklins Olimpia Partners in Brazil served as the sole buy-side advisor to Olmix Group and Motion Equity Partners. The Oaklins team in France supported the transaction in its early stages. Read more.

CONSUMER & RETAIL I FINANCIAL SERVICES I UK’s leading pre-paid funeral plan provider acquired by private equity firm

DEAL FLASH: The shareholders of Pure Cremation Ltd. have sold the company to Epiris Fund III. Oaklins Cavendish, based in the UK, advised the founders and shareholders on their complete exit following nearly eight years of growing the company to be one of the country’s leading funeral plan providers, with an impressive customer-centric business model. Oaklins Cavendish ran a full auction process, obtaining several offers before driving value by utilizing this competitive tension to negotiate the optimum deal value and structure for the vendors. Read more.

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING SERVICES I ENERGY I PRIVATE EQUITY I Gaining a strategic Iberian market position in pellet and wood heating

DEAL FLASH: NIBE Group, the listed Swedish developer and manufacturer of intelligent and energy-efficient indoor comfort solutions, has acquired Portugal-based Solzaima, a leading developer and manufacturer of pellet- and wood-fired products for primary and secondary heating, from Portuguese private equity firm HCapital Partners. Oaklins’ Portuguese and Swedish teams proactively sourced the opportunity and acted as NIBE Group’s financial advisors throughout the acquisition process. Read more.

BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES I Large independent UK self-storage business acquired by global investor syndicate

DEAL FLASH: An investor syndicate comprising funds advised by Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP and Pithos Capital has acquired UK Storage Company Ltd. Oaklins Cavendish, based in the UK, advised the founders on their complete exit following nearly 20 years of growing the company to be the country’s largest independent self-storage business, with an impressive staffless site and light-touch customer onboarding model. Read more.

FINANCIAL SERVICES I Baird Capital invests in Freemarket, boosting growth potential

DEAL FLASH: Baird Capital has completed a growth capital investment in Freemarket. The investment supports Freemarket’s continuing fast growth and international expansion, as well as providing a partial cash-out to existing shareholders. Oaklins Cavendish, based in the UK, acted as buy-side advisor to Baird Capital on a growth capital investment by its global private equity team in Freemarket. Oaklins provided advisory services to Baird Capital, leveraging its deep experience in the payments and fintech sector, and delivered by a multiproduct team covering private markets M&A and public markets insight. Read more.

CONSUMER & RETAIL I Verticalization strategy: Brazilian tissue producer bought by global cellulose giant

DEAL FLASH: The shareholders of OL Papéis have sold the company to Bracell, an RGE Group company. Oaklins Fortezza Partners in Brazil acted as the exclusive financial advisor to OL Papéis’ shareholders in this transaction. Read more.

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