Carlyle Europe Technology Partners’ Acquisition of SER Group


Shearman & Sterling advised Ardian Private Debt as sole lender on the financing of the acquisition of SER Group by Carlyle Europe Technology Partners.

Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) has acquired a majority stake in SERgroup GmbH (SER), a European Enterprise Content Management solutions (ECM) software company based in Bonn, Germany. Underlining their commitment to continuity, the selling shareholders will retain a significant minority stake in SER. Further details were not disclosed. The transaction has been approved by the relevant antitrust authorities.

Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Bonn, Germany, SER is committed to innovation, highly customizable and scalable solutions, and excellent client service. SER began as a provider of electronic archiving and has grown into a supplier of state-of-the-art ECM solutions to companies throughout Europe. Carlyle’s investment will support SER’s management team as it implements its growth plans.

Shearman & Sterling advised Ardian Private Debt with a team including Winfried M. Carli (Picture) and Sven Oppermann.

Involved fees earner: Winfried Carli – Shearman & Sterling; Sven Oppermann – Shearman & Sterling;

Law Firms: Shearman & Sterling;

Clients: Ardian Private Debt;