EQT’s Acquisition of BBS Automation


Willkie advised EQT on the deal

The EQT Mid Market Europe Fund is partnering with co-founders Josef Wildgruber and Uwe Behr to invest in BBS Automation GmbH to support the further expansion of the business.

BBS Automation is a leading provider of flexible and high-quality automation solutions for complex manufacturing and testing processes. The Company develops, builds and installs high-quality automated systems for a wide range of industries and requirements. With more than 600 employees across production sites in Germany, China, Malaysia and the US, BBS Automation partners with blue chip customers on a global scale.

EQT Mid Market intends to leverage its long-term experience in the Industrial Technology space to assist BBS Automation’s growth ambitions both organically and through add-on acquisitions in new end markets. Furthermore, EQT’s global network, in particular the presence in China and the Americas, will support the Company in further expanding its geographical foot-print to reach blue chip customers on a global scale.

The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approval. The parties have agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction.

EQT is a leading investment firm with approximately EUR 49 billion in raised capital across 26 funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia and the US with total sales of more than EUR 19 billion and approximately 110,000 employees.

BBS Automation is a leading provider of flexible and high-quality automation solutions for complex manufacturing and testing processes. With more than 600 employees across production sites in Germany, China, Malaysia and the US, BBS Automation partners with blue chip customers on a global scale.

Willkie advised EQT with a team including Axel Wahl (Picture), Mario Schmidt, Jan Wilms, Johannes Eckhardt and Lukas Nein.

KNPZ Rechtsanwälte advised EQT with Kai-Uwe Plath, Jan-Michael Grages and Anokh Singh (IP&IT)

Bird & Bird advised BBS Automation GmbH with Stefan Münch, Stephan Kübler, Michael Gaßner, Benedikt Weiß (M&A) and Martin Jäger (Antitrust)

Involved fees earner: Kai-Uwe Plath – KNPZ Rechtsanwälte – Klawitter Neben Plath Zintler; Jan-Michael Grages – KNPZ Rechtsanwälte – Klawitter Neben Plath Zintler; Anokh Singh – KNPZ Rechtsanwälte – Klawitter Neben Plath Zintler; Axel Wahl – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Mario Schmidt – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Johannes Eckhardt – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Lukas Nein – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Jan Wilms – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Stefan Münch – Bird & Bird; Stephan Kübler – Bird & Bird; Michael Gaßner – Bird & Bird; Benedikt Weiß – Bird & Bird; Martin Jäger – Bird & Bird;

Law Firms: KNPZ Rechtsanwälte – Klawitter Neben Plath Zintler; Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Bird & Bird;

Clients: EQT Partners; BBS Automation GmbH;

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