Düsseldorf, October 2021: WILO USA LLC, a subsidiary of WILO SE, acquired the operating business of QuantumFlo, Inc. in an asset deal. QuantumFlo, Inc. is a specialist for booster systems and intelligent pump stations.

QuantumFlo, Inc., based in Sanford, Florida/USA, is the US market leader in intelligent pump stations and creator of the world’s first variable speed booster operating system.

“With this acquisition, we are strengthening our presence in the USA in line with our ‘region-for-region’ approach. We are thus counteracting decoupling, the politically motivated separation of global value chains, and can serve local customer needs even more specifically with locally manufactured products. By acquiring QuantumFlo, we are also expanding our customer base to accelerate market development in the USA,” explains Oliver Hermes, President and CEO of the Wilo Group.

The Wilo Group with net sales of 1.5 billion € and 8.000 employees is one of the world’s leading premium suppliers of pumps and pump systems for building services, water management and the industrial sector.

The team of I-ADVISE led by Frank Sichau provided services as financial advisor to WILO SE including business valuation services.

Düsseldorf, September 2021: I-ADVISE advised Kamera Express, a portfolio company of Vendis Capital, Diegem/Brussels (Belgium), on the acquisition of all shares in FOTO-GREGOR GmbH.

FOTO-GREGOR GmbH and subsidiaries, also acquired in the context of the transaction, operate in total eight photo retail stores in Germany and a web shop. The group employs circa 100 people and is headquartered in Cologne, which is also the site of group’s main store.

Kamera Express, Capelle a/d Ijssel (The Netherlands), is the leading photo and video specialist in the Netherlands and Belgium. Through its own web shops and 21 brick-and-mortar stores, Kamera Express provides consumers with a wide product range and services. Since the investment of Vendis Capital in 2018, the business transitioned from a product orientated omni-channel retailer in the Netherlands to a fully-fledged European consumer platform. The acquisition of FOTO-GREGOR further strengthens the position of Kamera Express in Germany.

The I-ADVISE team led by Kim Niedernolte supported Kamera Express with financial due diligence and tax due diligence.

Düsseldorf, August 2021: I-ADVISE advised Odewald KMU II on the acquisition of a majority stake in the digitization expert ctrl QS GmbH Rollout Management for Digital Projects. Together with the founder, Mrs. Mirja Silverman, who will continue to lead the company as managing director, the company’s successful growth path is to be continued.

ctrl QS is a specialized service provider advising multinational corporations and brands on process, tool and change management in the context of digital projects and provides operational support. In its core market, ctrl QS already occupies a leading market position and, thanks to its extensive expertise, has many opportunities to expand the product range and continue to grow successfully both nationally and internationally. The company, based in Berlin, was founded in 2009 and today employs over 100 people.

Odewald KMU II fund invests in attractive target markets in German-speaking medium-sized companies. The industry focus is on profitable, fast-growing medium-sized companies in the areas of “German engineering”, intelligent services, health and IT / software.

Heiko Arnold, partner of Odewald KMU, explains: “The investment in ctrl QS expands our portfolio in the highly attractive and rapidly growing market of supporting companies and organizations in digital transformation.”

The I-ADVISE team, led by WP Frank Berg, supported Odewald KMU with financial due diligence and tax due diligence.

Düsseldorf, April 2020: I-ADVISE advises the Munich-based investor Ad_Astra on the successful takeover of the traditional soap manufacturer Kappus.

Ad_Astra acquires the operations of the insolvent Kappus Group at Heitersheim (“Hirtler Seifen”) and Riesa (“Kappus Riesa”) through European Soap Holding GmbH, Munich. Kappus, whose origins go back to 1848, is one of the leading European soap manufacturers and produces more than 130 million bars of soap and syndets p.a. With 150 employees at both locations, Kappus achieves sales of around € 40 million.

I-ADVISE advised Ad_Astra on the implementation of this M&A project providing financial due diligence support, preparing the business plan and in structuring of the acquisition in the form of an asset deal.