Austrian Mail has acquired a majority stake in the logistics company Trans-o-flex GmbH (limited liability company). Sellers are Odewald & Cie. and the Alpha-group, both private equity funds. They sold 74.9 per cent of their participation in Trans-o-flex, however, continue to hold the remaining shares. According to press reports, Austrian Mail paid between 300 and 350 million Euro. It was only in March 2006 that the German Mail (Deutsche Post) sold the logistician to the two investors.
Alpha was advised by Thomas Heymann and Titus Walek.
Funds advised by Alpha Beteiligungsberatung GmbH & Co. KG have acquired Uster Technologies AG, based in Uster, Switzerland. Sellers were the private equity houses Capvis and Quadriga Capital, as well as the management of Uster Technologies AG. Within the transaction, the management reinvested in User Technologies AG.
Uster-group is the world market leader in the production of electronic measuring- and quality control devices for the textile industry and runs technology centers in Uster, Knoxville (USA) and Suzhou (China). In 2006, the Uster-group employed approximately 470 staff and achieved a revenue of more than CHF 160m. Financing bank was IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG.
Alpha was advised by Thomas Heymann, Titus Walek, Dr. Sabine Pittrof, Julia Dolleschel, Eva Prinz and Dr. Jörg Schneider.
A fund advised by Steadfast Capital GmbH has, along with members of the management, and with effect as of 24 July 2006, acquired the Peine-group. Peine-group is a textile company with international focus and its emphasis on men's fashion (e.g. Mario Barutti, San Siro).
Steadfast was advised by Thomas Heymann, Titus Walek, Dr. Henning Bloß, Dr. Sabine Pittrof and Julia Dolleschel.
Funds advised by Alpha Beteiligungsberatungs GmbH & Co. KG and members of the management have acquired eterna Mode AG from Ahlers AG with effect as of July 1st 2006. eterna Mode AG, which is active in the manufacturing of shirts, is known as the German market leader in the superior segment.
Alpha was advised by Thomas Heymann, Titus Walek, Dr. Sabine Pittrof, Julia Dolleschel and Udo Steger.
On December 9, 2005 the management, Alpha Private Equity and HarbourVest has acquired all shares in VCST Industrial Products B.V., Sint Truiden, Belgium, from, inter alia, Fox Paine, a private equity fund located in San Francisco. VCST is a supplier in the automobile sector for accessory parts of drive trains and braking systems and had sales in the amount of EUR 155 million in 2005. VCST operates production sites in Belgium, Germany and the U.S.A further production site in Mexico is under development.
Alpha was advised by Thomas Heymann, Dr. Sabine Pittrof, Dr. Andreas Müller-Driver and Julia Dolleschel.
US financial investors Alpha and HarbourVest have purchased a miority stake of 26 per cent from the shareholders of the media technologies provider Nero AG. Nero produces software applications, including the well-established CD burner software Nero 7. The competent competition authorities still have to agree to the transaction. (Christoph Tillmanns).
Alpha/HarbourVest was advised by Thomas Heymann, Titus Walek and Dr. Andreas Müller-Driver.
The shareholders of Nero AG sold a participation to a company controlled by funds advised by the financial investors Alpha, HarbourVest and Atlantic Bridge. Nero AG is one of the market leaders in the digital media technology sector and member of the MPEG-4 Industry Forum, as well as the producer of the world's leading CD-/DVD application software Nero 7, which is, by now, extended to an all-embracing multimedia complete solution.
Alpha, HarbourVest and Atlantic Bridge were advised by Thomas Heymann, Titus Walek, Dr. Andreas Müller-Driver and Udo Steger.
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