VR Equitypartner’s Acquisition of a majority stake in SIGNON Austria


Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek and DORDA advised on the transaction

VR Equitypartner GmbH executed its acquisition of a majority stake in SIGNON Österreich GmbH.

Antitrust clearance is still pending. SIGNON Austria’s management team will continue to hold a significant stake in the company. The partnership is aimed at strengthening its position in a niche market and tapping additional growth potential.

SIGNON Österreich GmbH is a Vienna-based IT service provider specializing in mobility, infrastructure, and digitization. The company was founded under the name Evolit – Consulting by Paul Kleinrath and Dr. Christoph Bonelli in 2011. Two years later, a majority stake was acquired by TÜV SÜD group, making the company part of SIGNON group. SIGNON Österreich GmbH currently has more than 50 employees.

VR Equitypartner is one of the leading private equity financiers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The company supports medium-sized family businesses in solving complex financing issues. VR Equitypartner offers majority and minority shareholdings as well as mezzanine financing. As a subsidiary of DZ BANK, the company consistently prioritizes the sustainability of corporate development over a short-term exit philosophy. VR Equitypartner’s portfolio currently comprises some 100 investments with an investment volume of EUR 500 million.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advised VR Equitypartner GmbH with Rainer Herschlein (Picture) and Benedikt Raisch (M&A),

DORDA advised VR Equitypartner GmbH with a team including Bernhard Rieder and Lukas Schmidt (M&A).

Involved fees earner: Bernhard Rieder – DORDA BRUGGER JORDIS Rechtsanwälte GmbH; Lukas Schmidt – DORDA BRUGGER JORDIS Rechtsanwälte GmbH; Rainer Herschlein – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek; Benedikt Raisch – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek;

Law Firms: DORDA BRUGGER JORDIS Rechtsanwälte GmbH; Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek;

Clients: VR Equitypartner GmbH;