GS Star Hotels’ Acquisition of Rilano Group


Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advised on the deal

Private equity investor Auctus and its portfolio company GS Star Hotels executed the acquisition of a majority interest in Rilano Holding GmbH. With this transaction, GS Star group is consistently implementing its expansion concept and expanding its offering to include additional hotels in Germany and Austria. Following the acquisition, GS Star group will grow to a scheduled sales volume for 2019 of over EUR 100 million.

Rilano Group operates hotels throughout Germany and Austria under the The Rilano Hotel, Rilano 24|7, and Rilano Resorts brands. In total, Rilano Group’s current hotel portfolio comprises eight hotels that are already operating and one hotel under construction. Additional hotels are also being planned.

GS Star group’s portfolio, which also includes Gorgeous Smiling GmbH, currently comprises 79 hotels in Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands. It acts as a franchise partner for global players such as Intercontinental, Hilton, and Wyndham while also operating hotels under its private label, Arthotel Ana.

By 2020, GS Star group intends to operate some 100 hotels under management, thus becoming the fastest growing German hotel group. The group also has expansion plans for other European countries, including Switzerland and the UK.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advised Auctus and GS Star Hotels with a team including Boris Dürr (Picture), Oliver Treptow (both M&A/Corporate, both Lead), Arnold Büssemaker (Financing), Steffen Wilberg (Real Estate), Peter M. Schäffler (Tax), Christian Schild (Corporate /M&A), and Holger Lüders (Employment).

Involved fees earner: Arnold Büssemaker – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek; Boris Dürr – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek; Holger Lüders – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek; Peter Schäffler – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek; Christian Schild – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek; Oliver Treptow – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek; Steffen Wilberg – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek;

Law Firms: Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek;

Clients: AUCTUS Capital Partners AG; GS Star GmbH;

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