Cross Border m&a deals in Germany

German M&A transactions

Cross border m&a is the core business of Corporate Finance in Europe. We are active in the German market continuously and are involved in cross border m&a deals Opportunities exist in the development of the European market. When selling a business it makes more sense to look for buyers within a wider area like Europe instead of only your own country. On this page you will find some recent m&a deals which could be of importance to your strategic plans. For the latest M&A deals ask us for more info.

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2014 German M&A Deal in France

CONJECT an European software company to support infrastructure lifecycle management (ILM) in the construction and real estate industries, today announces its acquisition of French software specialist Wapp6. Through the acquisition, CONJECT extends its capabilities to include dedicated inspection and defects management via mobile platforms.

Wapp6 is a software house based in Paris. With core competencies in developing mobile applications combined with intimate knowledge of the real estate and construction sectors, Wapp6 is the market leader in inspection and defects management solutions in France, with 30,000 active users. The merger creates opportunities for both companies: Wapp6 can now offer CONJECT products in France, and CONJECT can offer Wapp6 products around the world. CONJECT already has an ILM cloud-based software portfolio, including project control, cost management, document control and facilities management. By acquiring Wapp6, CONJECT has added a cloud and mobile based inspection and defects management suite plus enhanced its mobile computing competencies.

CONJECT is an international software company, headquartered in Germany. It also operates in the UK, France, Austria, Poland, Russia, New Zealand, the USA, Singapore and the UAE. CONJECT provides applications to support and manage key processes throughout the full lifecycle of infrastructure management. CONJECT's operates in industries such as real estate, construction, infrastructure and utilities.

Acquirer

 

Conject

Country Acquirer

flag Germany

Germany

Target

 

Wapp6

Country target

flag France

France

Purchase price

 

Undisclosed

% Sold

 

Undisclosed

Industry

 

IT Software

2014 German Cross Border M&A Deal in Switzerland

EgoSecure, purchased FinallySecure from Secude AG.

German endpoint security specialist, EgoSecure, acquired the full disk encryption brand, FinallySecure, from SECUDE AG, a Swiss software manufacturer. The company offers data security products across many industries and countries.

EgoSecure solutions protect and manage the endpoints within corporate networks providing protection against the unauthorized release of information or the upload of malware such as viruses and Trojans. EgoSecure provides total data-at-rest security with software- or hardware-based full disk encryption.

Acquirer

 

EgoSecure

Country Acquirer

flag Germany

Germany

Target

 

Secude AG

Country target

flag Switzerland

Switzerland

Purchase price

 

Undisclosed

% Sold

 

Full sale (Brand)

Industry

 

IT Security

2014 Cross Border M&A Deal in software testing

SQS acquires Thinksoft Global Services. SQS is a software quality testing company. SQS consultants provide solutions for all aspects of quality throughout the whole software product lifecycle driven by a standardised methodology, high offshore automation processes and knowledge in various industries. Headquartered in Cologne, Germany, the company employs approximately 2,800 staff. SQS has offices in Germany, the UK, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa and the US. In 2012, SQS generated revenues of 210 million Euros.

With the strategic acquisition of a majority stake in Thinksoft, SQS is strengthening its industry coverage and increasing its focus on banking and financial services, with the addition of offshore capacity, including highly qualified consultants and software testers. In India, SQS currently conducts testing mainly for clients in the manufacturing, retail and logistics, telecommunications and gaming sectors.

Thinksoft, has 800 employees and focuses exclusively on banks, financial services companies and insurances (BFSI). The fact that Thinksoft experts specialize in managed testing services was the crucial factor that prompted SQS to acquire Thinksoft.

Acquirer

 

SQS

Country Acquirer

flag Germany

Germany

Target

 

Thinksoft

Country target

flag India

India

Purchase price

 

Premium on stock price

% Sold

 

100%

Industry

 

Software testing

2013 Cross Border M&A transaction in transportation

As part of its continued global development strategy, Norbert Dentressangle has acquired Fiege’s logistics operations in Italy, Spain and Portugal. The acquisition further strengthens Norbert Dentressangle’s market leading positions in these key countries and significantly increases the size of its logistics business with a portfolio of FMCG, retail, healthcare and pharmaceutical customers.

The transaction makes Norbert Dentressangle become the fourth largest player in the Italian logistics market – twice Norbert Dentressangle’s current size in Italy. In a deal that is complementary in terms of network, expertise and customer portfolio, Norbert Dentressangle will acquire Fiege Borruso and FLI spa (Pharma) Italian operations. Fiege will retain some logistics and air freight contracts in Italy.

Acquirer

 

Norbert Dentressangle

Country Acquirer

flag France

France

Target

 

Fiege

Country target

flag Germany

Germany

Purchase price

 

Undisclosed

% Sold

 

Majority

Industry

 

Logistics: temperature controlled

2013 German M&A transaction in Finland

Dachser has increased its stake in Oy Waco Logistics Finland. The air and sea freight logistics company headquartered in Vantaa, southern Finland, not far from the capital Helsinki, has additional sites in the commercial centers Lahti, Oulo, Tampere, and Vaasa. In 2012, 54 employees generated almost EUR 24m in revenue for the company. Waco Finland was founded in 1996 by leading members of WACO (World Air Cargo Organisation) and three Finnish shareholders. After the acquisition the only other remaining share holder besides Dachser is the Japanese logistics company Nishitetsu Railroad (NNR). Finland is an attractive market for air and sea freight says Thomas Reuter, managing director of Dachser Air & Sea.

Acquirer

 

Dachser

Country Acquirer

flag Germany

Germany

Target

 

Waco Logistics

Country target

flag Finland

Finland

Revenue

 

24m Euro

% Sold

 

Partial

Industry

 

Air and Sea freight logistics

2013 M&A Deal in IT Security and network performance

COMPUTERLINKS AG, a global distributor of IT security and Internet technology solutions has been sold to Arrow Electronics Inc. Equistone acquired a majority stake in COMPUTERLINKS, alongside the management team, in 2008. During Equistone’s investment period, the company increased revenue by nearly 60 percent. COMPUTERLINKS currently has approximately 700 employees operating across 22 countries worldwide.

Acquirer

 

Arrow Electronics

Country Acquirer

flag USA

US

Target

 

Computerlinks

Country target

flag Germany

Germany

Purchase price

 

€230 million

% Sold

 

100%

Industry

 

IT security

2013 Italian Cross Border M&A Deal on the German market

Reply S.p.A acquires 100% of the shares of Triplesense GmbH, a German company leader in consulting and the development of strategies and solutions for digital communication on mobile and social channels. Reply S.p.A. offers Consulting, System Integration and Application Management. Reply combines vertical market expertise with innovative technologies such as Social Networking, Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things for the optimisation and integration of processes, applications and devices.

Triplesense GmbH operates as a consulting firm and Internet agency. The company offers services in strategic consultation as well as conception, design, programming and project management.

Acquirer

 

Reply

Country Acquirer

flag Italy

Italy

Target

 

Triplesense

Country target

flag Germany

Germany

Purchase price

 

€8 million

% Sold

 

100%

Industry

 

Digital communication

2013 Cross Border M&A transaction in Software

Galigeo, acquires geoXtend GmbH. Galigeo acquires a majority stake in geoXtend GmbH of Limburg to address the growing Location Intelligence (LI) and Analytics (LA) markets in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. With Galigeo, geoXtend will improve its focus on proposing state-of-the-art LI/LA software and services to fortune 500 companies.

Galigeo provides innovative location intelligence solutions for superior business analytics. Galigeo software connects directly to enterprise applications, maps large-scale datasets and applies spatial processing to enhance data visualization, reporting and predictive analytics.

geoXtend guides its clients through complex technical, organizational and integration alternatives, including how to: Implement spatial and geomarketing capabilities from a distributed database environment; Geocode, enrich and exploit heterogeneous data from any Data Source.

Acquirer

 

Galigeo

Country Acquirer

flag France

France

Target

 

geoXtend

Country target

flag Germany

Germany

Purchase price

 

Not disclosed

% Sold

 

Majority

Industry

 

Location intelligence software

2013 Cross Border M&A Deal in plastics

Domo Chemicals and Aquafil have reached an agreement on the acquisition of Aquafil’s Engineering Plastics business unit by Domo Chemicals. Domo’s Engineering Plastics business unit will now have a global presence in Europe (Arco; Italy) and Premnitz, Germany), US (Cartersville) and China (Jiaxing), serving automotive, electrical, industrial and consumer goods applications worldwide.

The transaction which integrates an Engineering Plastics business is part of Domo Chemicals’ strategy to significantly enlarge its global footprint of its forward integrated Engineering Plastics activities based on a upstream (Caprolactam and intermediates, Nylon) production platform.

Acquirer

 

Domo Chemicals

Country Acquirer

flag Germany

Germany

Target

 

Aquafil

Country target

flag Italy

Italy

Purchase price

 

Undisclosed

Industry

 

Engineering plastics

2013 German chemical distribution company does acquisition in India

Brenntag AG, a Germany based chemical distribution player has signed an agreement to acquire the chemical distribution division of the Mumbai-based Zytex Group, a biotechnology food formulation and manufacturing company in India, by means of an asset deal. Post acquisition, the division will become part of Brenntag India, headquartered in Mumbai. With this acquisition, Brenntag is further strengthening its Nutrition and Health business in India by adding new customer segments and products to its portfolio as well as further expanding its strategic relationships with key global suppliers. The investment amount will be Euro 10.2 Mn. Zytex's food ingredients distribution business focuses on enzymes and yeast for a wide range of applications in the food and beverage industries in India. Brenntag is the global market leader in full-line chemical distribution. Linking chemical manufacturers and chemical users, Brenntag provides business-to-business distribution solutions for industrial and specialty chemicals globally.

Acquirer

 

Brenntag

Country Acquirer

flag Germany

Germany

Target

 

Zytex

Country target

flag India

India

Purchase price

 

10,2m €

Industry

 

Chemical distribution

2012 Russian M&A Deal in German Logistics

Volga-Dnepr Group has applied with the German Anti-Monopoly Authorities for the planned acquisition of Air Cargo Germany GmbH, a German cargo carrier. Volga-Dnepr is a Russia-based company operating in the areas of aircrafts manufacturing, aviation operations, airbridge cargo, truck manufacturing, insurance and education centers. Air Cargo is valued between at $30 million and $40 million.

Acquirer

 

Volga-Dnepr Group

Country Acquirer

flag Russia

Russia

Target

 

Air Cargo Germany

Country target

flag Germany

Germany

Purchase price

 

$30-40m

% Sold

 

Majority

Industry

 

Air Cargo

2011 Cross Border M&A Deal in IT Outsourcing Services

ATOS Origin, acquired Siemens IT Solutions and Services GmbH.

Atos has acquired Siemens IT Solutions and Services GmbH, the holding company of all Siemens IT activities. Siemens IT Solutions and Services provides IT solutions and delivers outsourcing services.

Atos Origin is an international information technology (IT) services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations.

Siemens IT Solutions and Services is a provider of IT solutions and services, offering one-stop shopping for the complete IT service chain – from consulting to systems integration, IT infrastructure management and application management right through to industry-specific IT solutions..

Acquirer

 

ATOS

Country Acquirer

flag France

France

Target

 

Siemens IT Solutions

Country target

flag Germany

Germany

Purchase price

 

$1,243 million

% Sold

 

100%

Industry

 

IT Outsourcing services

2011 Cross Border M&A Deal

Canto Inc acquires Vitras GmbH.

Canto, maker of Canto Cumulus digital asset management (DAM) software, has acquired Vitras GmbH of Germany. Vitras is known best throughout the Cumulus community as the brainpower behind Cumulus installations for Lufthansa and Neckermann, and as the developer of Cumulus mobile clients for Android, BlackBerry and iOS (iPhone/iPad).

Canto® has been dedicated to helping customers fully utilize their digital assets since 1990. Canto Cumulus® is a cross-platform solution that enables companies to easily organize, find, share and track their ever-increasing numbers of digital files, in any format.

Acquirer

 

Canto

Country Acquirer

flag USA

USA

Target

 

Vitras

Country target

flag Germany

Germany

Purchase price

 

Undisclosed

% Sold

 

Undisclosed

Industry

 

Digital Content Management

2011 Cross Border M&A transaction in IT

Avanade Inc., acquires eCONNEX AG. Avanade Inc., a business technology solutions and managed services provider acquires eCONNEX, a German-based leader in Microsoft Dynamics® CRM consulting services, making Avanade the leading services provider for Microsoft Dynamics CRM in Germany.

Avanade provides business technology solutions and managed services that connect insight, innovation and expertise in Microsoft® technologies to help customers realize results. Avanade helps organizations in all industries improve business agility, employee productivity, and customer loyalty.

eCONNEX consults, implements and operates CRM and XRM systems based on the standard software Microsoft Dynamics CRM in Germany and Europe. The majority of eCONNEX's customers belong to the High Tech & Electronics, Machine Construction, Health and Non-Profit Fundraising industry sectors.

Acquirer

 

Avanade Inc

Country Acquirer

flag USA

US

Target

 

eConnex AG

Country target

flag Germany

Germany

Purchase price

 

Not disclosed

% Sold

 

Majority

Industry

 

Microsoft Dynamics

2011 Cross Border M&A Deal by German chemical distributor

Brenntag acquires specialty chemical distributor Multisol Group Limited (UK). Brenntag acquires Multisol Group Limited, the holding company of the Multisol Group which is engaged in the distribution of high value specialty chemicals.

Multisol provides a further expansion of Brenntag’s product portfolio into lubricant additives and high quality base oils and expands Brenntag’s mixing and blending capabilities. Multisol’s geographic presence in Central and Eastern Europe and Africa complements Brenntag’s existing infrastructure and logistics network. Brenntag, the global market leader in chemical distribution, further develops its market position in the distribution of specialty chemicals with focus on lubricants and base oils including mixing and blending capabilities. Multisol is a specialist in the distribution of lubricant additives and base oils in Europe and Africa working together with some of the world’s largest producers. Revenues of Multisol are GBP 238 million.

Acquirer

 

Brenntag

Country Acquirer

flag Germany

Germany

Target

 

Multisol

Country target

flag United Kingdom

UK

Revenues target

 

238m GBP

Industry

 

Specialty chemical distribution

2011 Swiss M&A Deal in Chemicals

In February 2011 Clariant reached agreements with the majority shareholder One Equity Partners (50.4%) and the family shareholders (around 46%) to acquire a total of 96.15% of the outstanding shares of Süd-Chemie AG from Germany. The total value of the transaction was EUR 2.0 billion (CHF 2.5 billion).

Acquirer

 

Clariant

Country Acquirer

flag Zwitserland

Zwitserland

Target

 

Süd-Chemie AG

Country target

flag Germany

Germany

Purchase price

 

2.0b €

Industry

 

Chemicals

2010 Cross Border M&A Deal in Germany

The M&A transaction provides Day4 the opportunity to roll out its manufacturing technology offering. ACI’s manufacturing process and equipment engineering capabilities adds significant depth to Day4’s R&D team. This will accelerate the development of PV technology. The deal allows Day4 to immediately launch the offering of its anticipated turn-key manufacturing technology solution for production of PV cells and PV modules. Which is based on technologies developed by Day4. The acquisition closed on 01 November 2010

Acquirer

 

Day4 Energy, Inc.

Country Acquirer

 Canada flag

Canada

Target

 

ACI-ecotec GmbH & Co., KG

Country target

 Germany-flag

Germany

Purchase price

 

7.6m $ (est.)

Industry

 

Industrial Goods - Machinery

2010 M&A transaction in Germany

Through the acquisition Thomas Cook it’s position on the German leisure market will be strengthened. The deal also increases its strong presence in Turkey. The transaction was completed on 01 October 2010

Acquirer

 

Thomas Cook Group plc

Country Acquirer

 Uk-flag

United Kingdom

Target

 

OGER TOURS GmbH

Country target

 Germany-flag

Germany

Purchase price

 

37.9 (estimated)

Industry

 

Leisure - Tour Operators

2010 German Cross Border Deal

The M&A deal makes STRATEC to continue its strategy of widening its technology offering to OEM customers and strengthens its position in technologies and processes for in-vitro diagnostics automation solutions. The cooperation between both Ballista and STRATEC will significantly increase their market presence and the scope of the products and services for their customers. A foothold on the United States market will be created for its subsidiaries like Invitek. The acquisition was completed on 06 July 2010.

Acquirer

 

STRATEC Biomedical Systems AG

Country Acquirer

 Germany-flag

Germany

Target

 

Ballista, Inc.

Country target

 United States-flag

United States

Purchase price

 

5.2m $

Industry

 

Machinery

2008

Acquirer

 

Domino Printing Sciences

Country Acquirer

 Uk-flag

United Kingdom

Target

 

Photon Energy Gmbh

Country target

 Germany-flag

Germany

Purchase price

 

€4m

Industry

 

Laser printing

2008 

Acquirer

 

GE Sensing and Inspection Technologies

Country Acquirer

United States-flag

USA

Target

 

Rheonik

Country target

 Germany-flag

Germany

Purchase price

 

Undisclosed

Industry

 

Sensor technologies

2008 

Acquirer

 

Glam Media

Country Acquirer

 United States-flag

USA

Target

 

Codex Media

Country target

 Germany-flag

Germany

Purchase price

 

Undisclosed

Industry

 

Media

2008

Acquirer

 

Fresenius SE

Country Acquirer

 Germany-flag

Germany

Target

 

American Pharmaceuticals

Country target

 United States-flag

USA

Purchase price

 

Undisclosed

Industry

 

Pharmaceuticals

 2008 

Acquirer

 

SAF Holland

Country Acquirer

 Germany-flag

Germany

Target

 

Austin-Westran China

Country target

 China-flag

China

Purchase price

 

Undisclosed

Industry

 

Automotive

2008

Acquirer

 

Greaves Cotton

Country Acquirer

 India-flag

India

Target

 

Bukh-Farymann Diesel GmbH

Country target

 Germany-flag

Germany

Purchase price

 

€4.24m

Industry

 

Automotive