Gimv NV’s acquisition of WEMAS Absperrtechnik GmbH from NORD Holding


NORD Holding Unternehmensbeteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, Hanover, has sold its subsidiary WEMAS Absperrtechnik GmbH, Gütersloh, to Gimv, along with the subsidiary’s management team.

The execution of the transaction is still subject to approval by the cartel authorities.

WEMAS is a market leader in the German-speaking countries in passive traffic engineering. Due to a high depth of added value and a strong service competence, the company was able to expand its market position significantly in recent years and increase its international activities. Sales are predominantly by specialist dealers and to road safety companies. WEMAS has 120 employees at the company headquarters in Gütersloh, and achieved a turnover of € 33.7 million in the past financial year.

NORD Holding acquired a majority interest in WEMAS in 2011, as part of a succession solution. Key milestones were the successful development of a management team, improvement of operational performance, as well as innovations in products, processes, and services.

McDermott Will & Emery advised Gimv on the acquisition with a team led by Dr. Nikolaus von Jacobs (picture) and Dr. Germar Enders, assisted by Matthias Weingut, Dr. Björn Biehl, Ralf Richter (all Corporate, Munich), Markus Hill (Tax, Frankfurt), Dr. Christian Masch, Dr. Martina Bannasch (both IP Litigation, Munich), Daniel von Brevern, Patryk Wcislo (both Antitrust/Competition, Düsseldorf), Dr. Paul Melot de Beauregard, Maximilian Baur (both Employment, Munich), Dr. Jessica Hanke, Andreas Herzig (both Real Estate, Düsseldorf), Dr. Oliver Hahnelt (lead financing), Dr. Sebastian Keding (both Finance, Düsseldorf), Dr. Alexa Ningelgen, Mirjam Buesch (both Regulatory, Düsseldorf).

Ashurst advised NORD Holding on the sale with a team led by corporate partner Holger H. Ebersberger, assisted by associate Nicole Kaps and paralegal Franziska Nebollieff. Partner Ute Zinsmeister and associate Franziska Sauer (both antitrust), counsel Christiane Bestgen (finance, all Munich) and partner Dr Martin Bünning (tax, Frankfurt) also advised.

Involved fees earner: Nikolaus von Jacobs – McDermott Will & Emery; Germar Enders – McDermott Will & Emery; Matthias Weingut – McDermott Will & Emery; Björn Biehl – McDermott Will & Emery; Ralf Richter – McDermott Will & Emery; Markus Hill – McDermott Will & Emery; Christian Masch – McDermott Will & Emery; Martina Bannasch – McDermott Will & Emery; Daniel von Brevern – McDermott Will & Emery; Patryk Wcislo – McDermott Will & Emery; Paul Melot de Beauregard – McDermott Will & Emery; Maximilian Baur – McDermott Will & Emery; Jessica Hanke – McDermott Will & Emery; Andreas Herzig – McDermott Will & Emery; Oliver Hahnelt – McDermott Will & Emery; Sebastian Keding – McDermott Will & Emery; Alexa Ningelgen – McDermott Will & Emery; Mirjam Buesch – McDermott Will & Emery; Holger Ebersberger – Ashurst; Nicole Kaps – Ashurst; Ute Zinsmeister – Ashurst; Franziska Sauer – Ashurst; Christiane Bestgen – Ashurst; Martin Bünning – Ashurst;

Law Firms: McDermott Will & Emery; Ashurst;

Clients: Gimv NV; NORD Holding;