The NWD Group , a leading trading and service company in the dental sector, acquired NETdental, a German dental-consumable mail-order company.
- Gjensidige, a leading Nordic insurance group, acquired Mølholm Insurance, the leading provider of health insurance in Denmark, from PFA Pension.
ImmersaView, an Australian software company with business in Australia, the US, and the UK, was sold to PLEXSYS, a US-based distributor of software to the defense sector.
Ets Grassot, a family company owning garden centers under the franchise Villaverde, was sold to Gamm Vert, the top garden center retailer in France.
Cooke Seafoods Inc., one of the largest seafood companies in North America, acquired 100% of the fishing assets of Fripur S.A. and Grinfin S.A. in Uruguay and Argentina. The transaction was advised by Clairfield International in Miami.
DOREA Holding GmbH, a German owner and operator of nursing homes and a portfolio company of Quadriga Capital, a German private equity firm, acquired Meritus Seniorenzentren GmbH, an operator of elder care facilities.
Te Creemos Holding, S.A.P.I. de C.V., a Mexico Development Partners portfolio company and the parent company of Te Creemos, S.A. de C.V. Sociedad Financiera Popular, acquired 100% of the shares of Felicidad Financiera, S.A de C.V., SOFOM, ENR. Felicidad Financiera is a microfinance organization.
Te Creemos Holding, S.A.P.I. de C.V., a Mexico Development Partners portfolio company and the parent company of Te Creemos, S.A. de C.V. Sociedad Financiera Popular, acquired 100% of the shares of Financiera FINCA, S.A.P.I. de C.V., SOFOM, ENR.
Friars 716 Ltd acquired SWP Group Plc in a privatization process. SWP Group designs, manufactures, and installs a range of industrial engineered products and systems. The newly established business is wholly owned by the management team.
Clairfield UK advised on the management buyout of Lean Education and Development Limited (LEAD), a national provider of accredited vocational learning and development programs. Funding to support the MBO was provided by Finance Birmingham and Royal Bank of Scotland’s Corporate Transactions team, Birmingham.
Sea Watch International, the largest integrated producer of clam products in the US, acquired Looks Gourmet Foods Holdings Company Inc. (d.b.a. Bar Harbor Foods), a leading producer of branded quality seafood products for the retail segment. The transaction was advised by Clairfield US (Miami).
Trescal, the international specialist in calibration services, acquired Metrosul, a leading calibration services provider based in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Founded in 1995, Metrosul is Inmetro-accredited and has strong skills in several specialties. With revenues of approximately 6 million reais (EUR 1.5), the company employs 55 people and is mostly active in the automotive, utilities, and food & beverage sectors.
This acquisition will bring Trescal’s portfolio in Brazil to 7 accredited calibration laboratories, with over 200 employees. It is the 17th acquisition since Ardian became its majority shareholder in July 2013.
The transaction was advised by Clairfield France and Clairfield Brazil.
Bittium Corporation acquired Remega Group, consisting of Mega Electronics Ltd and MegaKoto Ltd. Mega Electronics Ltd, founded in 1983, is a Finnish ISO13485 certified medical device manufacturing company. The company specializes in biosignal measuring for cardiology, neurology, rehabilitation, occupational health, and sports medicine. MegaKoto Ltd provides comprehensive arrhythmia monitoring services for its customers such as primary care centers, private clinics and hospitals. The acquisition was advised by Clairfield International in Finland.
Tournus Equipement, a France-base manufacturer of stainless steel equipment for professional kitchens, acquired CED Fabrications, a UK-based commercial-catering equipment manufacturer. This acquisition will provide expansion opportunities to both the companies in the UK and other countries. The management teams of both companies will focus on working together to enhance the range of products available to their customers. The transaction was advised by Clairfield International France and UK.
Tentamus acquired BLS Analytik GmbH & Co. KG, a German company specialized in testing services, analysis, and quality certification in the food, pharma and consumer sectors. Tentamus is a growing international testing and analytic group, and one of the leading quality and safety services groups of medium-sized laboratories in the life-sciences sector. The transaction is a part of buy-and-build strategy to expand the operations of the Tentamus group in the very attractive industrial service sector. The acquisition was advised by Clairfield Germany.
Corporate Imaging Concepts, LLC, a portfolio company of Cardinal Equity Partners focused on distributing promotional products to corporate clients, was acquired by Berkley Capital, LLC, the private equity investment vehicle of W.R. Berkley Corporation. Clairfield US served as exclusive financial advisor to CIC in the transaction.
RoadSafe Traffic Systems, Inc., in partnership with management, was acquired by IX Capital Partners and Aperion Management. RoadSafe is the largest provider of traffic safety services and equipment for the transportation infrastructure, rail, and utility industries in the US. RoadSafe was majority owned by Falcon Investment Advisors and Aperion Management, middle-market private equity firms headquartered in Boston and New York, respectively. The transaction was advised by Clairfield US.
On the occasion of the retirement of the shareholding chairman, the major executives of ACM took a significant stake alongside two investment companies: Intuitis and BPI France. ACM, founded in 1948, is a major player in the manufacture of pressure vessels and heat exchangers for the chemical, oil, nuclear, and health industries. ACM group employs around 100 people at its two Lyon-area plants. The company generates revenues of over EUR 10 million. Advised by Clairfield International in France.
Clairfield Finland advised Humana, the leading care company in the Nordics, in its expansion to Finland through the acquisition of the leading Finnish psychosocial care provider Arjessa from funds managed by Sentica Partners and private owners. The enterprise value of the transaction was EUR 32 million. Together Arjessa and Humana will form the largest Nordic provider of individual and family care. Humana is listed on the Nasdaq OMX Stockholm stock exchange with a market cap of approximately EUR 400 million.
Cottel.com, specializing in the design, manufacture, and sale of promotional items, acquired Sacar, a French designer and manufacturer of small leather goods and luggage for famous brands. The acquisition forms part of Cottel’s strategy to extend its range of products and acquire a manufacturing company with “made-in-France” prestige. Cottel previously acquired CFC (Compagnie Française des Crayons), the last French pencil manufacturer. Sacar, founded in 1932, employs skilled 40 artisans.
OPTeam S.A., a Polish IT company, acquired a 50% stake in Polish Electronic Payments Company (PeP). OPTeam (WSE:OPM) is a producer and integrator of systems utilizing electronic card technologies. PeP is 50% owned by PWPW S.A. (100% state-owned company). The acquisition was a buyout financed by the private equity house Innova Capital. The transaction was advised by Clairfield Poland.The deal is the second transaction of Clairfield Poland in the fintech segment. Previously Clairfield advised Orange on disposal of PayTel.
Mobile services provider Phonero acquired 100% of the shares in its competitor Mobitalk. The acquisition expands Phonero’s distribution and local presence in the western part of Norway. Following the transaction, Phonero will have more than 250,000 subscribers in the B2B market.
Groupe RG, a leading French specialist in personal protective equipment (PPE), acquired the Italian A+A Monferrato. Groupe RG was founded in 1987 from the merger of French regional distributors Amiet, Fiprotec, Cévenole de Protection, and Gérin. Groupe RG has 450 employees and 27 agencies in Europe and North Africa, and a portfolio of 20,000 active customers. A+A Monferrato is one of the leading PPE distributors in Italy. In addition to standard PPE, the company offers fall protection and collective protection equipment.
Hawkins acquired Stauber Performance Ingredients from ICV Partners II, L.P. and its other shareholders in a cash-for-stock transaction. Stauber offers specialty products and ingredients to the nutritional, food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and pet care industries with approximately 160 employees, and facilities in California and New York. Hawkins, Inc. distributes, blends and manufactures bulk and specialty chemicals for a wide variety of industries.
DanaWeb, the leading provider of websites in Denmark, acquired Skandiaweb. Danaweb handles the entire web process from design and development to hosting and ongoing service of the website. The acquisition of Skandiaweb strengthens DanaWeb in the Danish market and adds new customers.
Trescal, an international specialist in calibration, completed the acquisition of a majority stake in MEC Q, a provider of calibration services in Brazil. With 17 accredited domains and 5 laboratories across major industrial regions (São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, and Bahia), MEC Q is the leader of the Brazilian market with a strong presence in the automotive and oil & gas industries.
First Cash Financial Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: FCFS), the global leader in the retail pawn industry, acquired Maxi Prenda, which operates 211 full-service pawn stores in Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador, under the brand names Empeños Mexicanos and Realice Empeños. This acquisition is First Cash’s largest and most significant acquisition in Latin America to date.
Altran, a global leader in innovation and high-tech engineering consulting, acquired Nspyre, a Dutch specialist in R&D and high-technology services. Nspyre was founded in 2008 out of the merger between the technical automation divisions of Ordina and Atos Origin. With a permanent staff of 680 employees specialized in software development and mechanical engineering, Nspyre adds value to key players in the high tech, traffic, infrastructure, automotive, industry, and energy & utilities market sectors.
Quincaillerie Féraud, a Marseille-area hardware store, acquired Auto Fermeture AF’s store in Nice. Quincaillerie Féraud, created in 1959, specializes in accessories for doors and windows. It is one of the French leaders in this sector and achieves around EUR 10 million in revenues. Auto Fermeture AF is a national hardware store created in 1978, specialized in locksmithery and accessories.
Clairfield Finland advised the Helsinki-listed technology company Elektrobit Corporation (nowadays Bittium) in the acquisition of the Finnish subsidiary of the Oslo-quoted Birdstep Technology Group. Elektrobit revenues totalled EUR 200 million and it specializes in embedded software and hardware solutions for the wireless and automotive industries. Clairfield Finland identified IT security companies that would complement security features in EB’s Tough Mobile secure smartphone technology.