Waterland Private Equity’s Acquisition of RUF Group

CMS advised NORD Holding on the deal, while Hengeler Mueller advised Waterland.

One of Germany’s leading private equity companies, NORD Holding Unternehmensbeteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, has sold its shares in the RUF Group.

The Rastatt-based RUF Group is a leading German supplier of high-quality upholstered and box spring beds. The buyer is investment firm Waterland Private Equity. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

With its two business divisions RUF|Betten and BRUNO, the group is a leading supplier of premium beds in the German market. RUF’s and BRUNO’s current managements will remain with the group in their previous functions. 

The CMS team included Klaus Jäger (Picture), Lead Partner, Cologne; Christoph Schröer, Senior Associate, Cologne; Dr Dirk Baukholt, Principal Counsel, Frankfurt/Main; Dr Tobias Kilian, Principal Counsel, Frankfurt/Main; Ramon Weistroffer, Senior Associate, Cologne; Philipp Knopp, Associate, Cologne, all Corporate/M&A; Michael Kamps, Partner, Cologne, TMC; Dr Martin Friedberg, Counsel, Düsseldorf; Dr Hendrik Arendt, Associate, Düsseldorf, both Tax; Axel Dippmann, Partner, Berlin, Banking & Finance; Kai Neuhaus, Partner, Brussels; Moritz Pottek, Senior Associate, Brussels, both Competition & EU.

The Hengeler Mueller team was led by partner Alexander Nolte (M&A, Düsseldorf) and included partners Hendrik Bockenheimer (Employment), Henning Hilke, Nikolaus Vieten (both Financing) (all Frankfurt) and Gunther Wagner (Tax, Munich), counsel Susanne Koch (Public Law), Andrea Schlaffge, Astrid Harmsen (both IP) and Anja Balitzki (Antitrust) (all Düsseldorf) as well as associates Alexander von Bernstorff, Oliver Junk, Johannes Fütterer (all M&A), Sebastian Dworschak (Antitrust) (all Düsseldorf), Pascal Brandt (Financing) and Andreas Kaletsch (Employment, both Frankfurt).

Involved fees earner: Moritz Pottek – CMS DeBacker; Hendrik Arendt – CMS Hasche Sigle; Dirk Baukholt – CMS Hasche Sigle; Axel Dippmann – CMS Hasche Sigle; Martin Friedberg – CMS Hasche Sigle; Klaus Jäger – CMS Hasche Sigle; Michael Kamps – CMS Hasche Sigle; Tobias Kilian – CMS Hasche Sigle; Philipp Knopp – CMS Hasche Sigle; Kai Neuhaus – CMS Hasche Sigle; Christoph Schröer – CMS Hasche Sigle; Ramon Weistroffer – CMS Hasche Sigle; Alexander von Bernstorff – Hengeler Mueller; Anja Balitzki – Hengeler Mueller; Hendrik Bockenheimer – Hengeler Mueller; Pascal Brandt – Hengeler Mueller; Sebastian Dworschak – Hengeler Mueller; Johannes Fütterer – Hengeler Mueller; Astrid Harmsen – Hengeler Mueller; Henning Hilke – Hengeler Mueller; Oliver Junk – Hengeler Mueller; Andreas Kaletsch – Hengeler Mueller; Susanne Koch – Hengeler Mueller; Alexander Nolte – Hengeler Mueller; Andrea Schlaffge – Hengeler Mueller; Nikolaus Vieten – Hengeler Mueller; Gunther Wagner – Hengeler Mueller;

Law Firms: CMS DeBacker; CMS Hasche Sigle; Hengeler Mueller;

Clients: NORD Holding; Waterland Private Equity;

Federica Tiefenthaler

Author: Federica Tiefenthaler