HgCapital’s Acquisition of MeinAuto GmbH

Shearman & Sterling advised the previous shareholders of MeinAuto GmbH, including Holtzbrinck Ventures GmbH, Global Founders Capital GmbH & Co., Beteiligungs KG Nr. 1, Vorwerk Direct Selling Ventures GmbH and Herrn Nicolas Leutwiler, on the sale of their shares to the U.K. investment firm HgCapital.

The online platform MeinAuto.de is Germany’s leading online website for new car sales. MeinAuto, founded in 2007, is headquartered in Cologne, Germany. The company has over 16 million visitors per year and is connected to more than 9,000 car dealers.

The Shearman & Sterling team was led by Alfred Kossmann (Picture) and included associates Aliresa Fatemi and Evelin Moini (all Frankfurt-Mergers & Acquisitions). Other lawyers included partner Simon Burrows (London-Mergers & Acquisitions); counsel Mathias Stöcker (Frankfurt-Antitrust) and Anders Kraft (Frankfurt-Tax); and associates Philipp Jaspers, Sven Oppermann and Marc Lorenz (all Frankfurt-Mergers & Acquisitions).

Involved fees earner: Alfred Kossmann – Shearman & Sterling; Aliresa Fatemi – Shearman & Sterling; Simon Burrows – Shearman & Sterling; Philipp Jaspers – Shearman & Sterling; Sven Oppermann – Shearman & Sterling; Marc Lorenz – Shearman & Sterling; Anders Kraft – Shearman & Sterling; Mathias Stöcker – Shearman & Sterling;

Law Firms: Shearman & Sterling;

Clients: Global Founders Capital; HV Holtzbrinck Ventures Adviser GmbH ; Vorwerk Direct Selling Ventures GmbH;