Private equity firm Capiton’s acquisition of a majority stake in Gemaco group

Laga has advised the shareholders of Gemaco group on the sale of a majority stake to German based private equity firm capiton V GmbH & Co. Beteiligungs KG.

Gemaco is a leading provider of full-service merchandising and promotional marketing solutions for global industry and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) customers. Gemaco’s service offering allows its clients to outsource all business processes related to promotional merchandising – from trend analysis, design, procurement and logistics to distribution, quality control, IT and cost management. Based in Mechelen, Gemaco has been operating for more than 20 years and has 13 locations globally. It employs 290 people and had turnover of €90m last year.

capiton acquires the Gemaco Group together with Management from the family office Saffelberg Investments and will support the further internationalization of the business. Financing of the transaction is provided by capiton’s current investment vehicle, capiton V, and banks.

Based on its strong market positioning, capiton and management are planning to grow the business both organically as well as through targeted acquisitions.

The transaction remains subject to approval from competition authorities. Buyers and sellers have agreed not to disclose the financial terms of the transaction.

CMS has advised capiton on all legal aspects of this Private Equity transaction with a team in Germany led by Ralf Kurney (picture), Partner, assisted by Dr Igor Stenzel, Counsel, Patrick M. Lühr, Senior Associate, Julian Hornberg, Associate (all Corporate); Dr Jens Moraht, Partner, Dr Florian Lörsch, Senior Associate (both Banking & Finance), Jesko Nobiling, Partner (Tax law), Dr Martina Jentsch, Counsel (Labor, Employment & Pensions), Dr Rolf Hempel, Partner, Martin Cholewa, Associate (both Competition & EU), Prof Dr Winfried Bullinger, Partner

Alexis von Kruedener, Associate (both Intellectual Property) and Dr Michael Schellenberger, Counsel (Private Clients).

In Belgium acted a CMS team led by Cedric Guyot, Partner, assisted by Olivia de Patoul, Associate (both Corporate), Arnaud van Oekel, Partner and Benoît Vandervelde, Counsel (both Banking & Finance).

In Netherlands acted a CMS team led by Martika Jonk, Partner, alongside Jacqueline Feld, Associate and Claudia van der Schoot, Associate (all Corporate).

In Switzerland acted a CMS team led by Dr Stephan Werlen, Partner, assisted by Andrea Ferchl, Associate (both Corporate), meanwhile in Austria acted Bernt Elsner, Partner (Competition & EU).

Laga has advises Gemaco group on the deal with a Corporate – M&A team led by David Roelens (picture), alongside Bram Joye and Gert-Jan Audoore.

Involved fees earner: Cedric Guyot – CMS DeBacker; Olivia de Patoul – CMS DeBacker; Arnaud van Oekel – CMS DeBacker; Benoît Vandervelde – CMS DeBacker; David Roelens – Laga; Bram Joye – Laga; Gert-Jan Audoore – Laga; Bernt Elsner – CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz; Martika Jonk – CMS Derks Star Busmann; Jacqueline Feld – CMS Derks Star Busmann; Claudia van der Schoot – CMS Derks Star Busmann; Stephan Werlen – CMS von Erlach Poncet AG; Andrea Ferchl – CMS von Erlach Poncet AG; Ralf Kurney – CMS Hasche Sigle; Igor Stenzel – CMS Hasche Sigle; Patrick Lühr – CMS Hasche Sigle; Julian Hornberg – CMS Hasche Sigle; Michael Schellenberger – CMS Hasche Sigle; Jens Moraht – CMS Hasche Sigle; Florian Lörsch – CMS Hasche Sigle; Jesko Nobiling – CMS Hasche Sigle; Martina Jentsch – CMS Hasche Sigle; Rolf Hempel – CMS Hasche Sigle; Martin Cholewa – CMS Hasche Sigle; Winfried Bullinger – CMS Hasche Sigle; Alexis von Kruedener – CMS Hasche Sigle;

Law Firms: CMS DeBacker; Laga; CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz; CMS Derks Star Busmann; CMS von Erlach Poncet AG; CMS Hasche Sigle;

Clients: Capiton AG; Gemaco group;

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