Waterland Private Equity opens London office, hires Oli Bevan as Managing Director and Head of the UK
Waterland Private Equity (“Waterland”) is delighted to announce the formal opening of its London office and the hiring of Oli Bevan as Managing Director as part of its strategy to deploy more capital and deepen its presence across the UK.
The London office is Waterland’s 11th and follows the opening of the firm’s first UK office in the North West in early 2017. Over the last four years, Waterland UK has made six platform investments and 37 bolt-on acquisitions, with a market-led origination strategy focusing on partnering with entrepreneurs and family businesses operati [...]Read more
Waterland secures €500m ESG Equity Bridge Facility for its eighth Fund
Waterland Private Equity Investments and a group of three banks comprising Natixis, ABN Amro and Rabobank closed a €500m Equity Bridge Facility linked to ESG targets for Waterland Private Equity Fund VIII (‘WPEF VIII’), the latest fund closed by Waterland with €2.5bn in commitments from world class institutional investors.
This is Waterland’s first ESG Equity Bridge Facility, evidencing its desire to positively contribute to a sustainable future for businesses, society, and the environment.
This Equity Bridge Facility provides WPEF VIII with the flexibility to efficient [...]
Waterland Private Equity went for more than profit in 2020!
Again, in 2020, we joined Ondernemers voor Ondernemers [OVO] to promote economic growth in low and middle income countries. Because now more than ever we are convinced that enterprise is the motor that drives people forward.Read more
Software development provider GOD and Waterland enter into growth partnership
In partnership with Waterland Private Equity (“Waterland”), software development provider GOD (Gesellschaft für Organisation und Datenverarbeitung mbH), is planning to accelerate its growth. The company, based in Lower Saxony, is a leading provider of customized enterprise IT and software solutions, with a special focus on companies with complex supply chains and production processes. The company’s service portfolio is to be expanded through targeted acquisitions as part of a buy-&-build strategy. The shareholders Igor Krahne, Ralf Holland and Dr. Thomas Wolenski will remain on the ma [...]Read more
Dematra attracts growth capital from Waterland
Waterland Private Equity Investments will provide growth capital to Dematra, a specialist in the storage and fine-meshed distribution of food and non-food products.
Dematra, located in Nazareth (Belgium), was founded by the De Jaeger family in 1976. The company generates a turnover of ~€ 25m and is specialized in the storage and distribution of food and non-food products in the Benelux. The company employs around 120 people spread over 3 sites in the ‘De Prijkels’ industrial zone (Nazareth, Deinze and Kruisem) and 1 site in Roeselare, with a total of 80,000 pallet space [...]Read more
Celestia welcomes Waterland as its new partner to accelerate growth
Celestia, a group of high-tech space technology companies across Europe, has joined forces with Waterland, a European buy & build investor, with the aim to accelerate its growth and become a leading player in its market.
Celestia operates in the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Germany and the US. Celestia has achieved significant growth, both organic as well as through acquisitions. Starting in 1996 as a one-man company, Celestia has evolved to become a group with 240 employees and more than €35 million in sales.
The i [...]Read more
Sideshow, one of the largest independent digital agency groups in the UK, partners with Waterland Private Equity to support ambitious growth plans
Sideshow (“the Company”), the award-winning independent digital agency group, is pleased to announce it has taken significant investment from Waterland Private Equity (“Waterland”) to support its ambitious growth plans.
Sideshow Group aims to become a global leader in evidence-driven digital communications. The partnership will support Sideshow’s vision by accelerating investment in services that deliver meaningful and measurable impact to its clients, and by helping retain and attract the best people in the industry.
Sideshow Group offers clients a highly connected [...]Read more
Viqtor Davis joins First Consulting and Valcon to create an international consulting and technology firm
Waterland Private Equity is pleased to announce the combination of First Consulting, Valcon and Viqtor Davis to create a leading North Western European consulting and technology group with over €100 million in revenues and over 800 professionals. While the three firms will continue to operate under their own brands, their integration has already started.
In December last year, First Consulting, a leading Dutch consultancy (350 consultants in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK) joined forces with Valcon, a leading Danish counterpart (180 professionals in Denmark and S [...]Read more
Fit/One and Waterland form partnership
German fitness studio chain Fit/One, based in Waldbrunn near Würzburg and part of the Harlekin Group since 2014, is entering into partnership with Waterland Private Equity (“Waterland”). The partnership enables Fit/One to continue its current growth trajectory and act as an independent player in the market. Waterland and the Mühleck family, which will retain a 50 percent share in Fit/One, will further develop the company together in the future through both organic and inorganic initiatives; Moritz Mühleck will continue to lead Fit/One as CEO.
The fitness studio chain [...]Read more
Ludger Beerbaum Stables and Helgstrand Dressage enter partnership to create global equestrian leader
Global Equestrian Group is established as a strategic partnership between the internationally esteemed Ludger Beerbaum Stables, consisting of sports and trading stables specialised in show jumping horses, a stallion station and the state-of-the-art Riesenbeck International Equestrian Center located in Germany, Helgstrand Dressage, one of the world’s leading equestrian sports companies with modern sales and training centers in Denmark, Germany and the US, and Waterland Private Equity.
In combination, the new partnership will have more than 150 employees, presence in 4 countries and r [...]Read more
Performance marketing specialist YIELDKIT and Waterland enter into partnership for further growth
Waterland Private Equity has acquired a majority stake in YIELDKIT GmbH, a global leading platform in the area of in-text advertising, content monetisation and performance marketing. With a workforce of 30 employees, YIELDKIT generated revenues of €33 million in 2020, an increase of around a third compared to the previous year. Together with founder Oliver Krohne, CEO Daniel Neuhaus and tech entrepreneur Lars Hinrichs, Waterland is planning for an additional boost to organic growth at YIELDKIT and to develop the software platform towards market leadership through a buy & build s [...]Read more
Waterland portfolio company strengthens its presence in the German Rhine-Main region through buy-&-build: ATOS acquires Main Klinik in Frankfurt
ATOS, a portfolio company of the private equity investment group Waterland Private Equity and one of the leading networks of orthopedic medicine providers in Germany, acquires Main Klinik, based in Frankfurt, from its previous owner Prof. Dr. Georg Kovacs, who will remain the clinic’s chief physician. With the acquisition, ATOS strengthens its position in the market for elective orthopedic treatments and secures a first foothold in the city of Frankfurt am Main. Purchase price and further financial details of the transaction will not be disclosed.
Each year, Main K [...]Read more
netgo group continues growth trajectory: Waterland portfolio company acquires arxes-tolina GmbH
netgo group (“netgo”), an IT services provider with offices throughout Germany, expands its IT services portfolio once more: After acquiring three companies in 2020, Berlin-based arxes-tolina GmbH (“arxes-tolina”) now becomes part of the group. arxes-tolina offers its clients a wide range of IT and software services with a focus on the public and financial services sector. Together with its majority shareholder Waterland Private Equity (“Waterland”), netgo will further strengthen its presence on the German market and expand its software development service portfolio significantly through the [...]Read more
Waterland to acquire UK’s Priory Group and combine with MEDIAN to create European leader in rehabilitation healthcare
Waterland Private Equity Investments is pleased to announce it is acquiring Priory Group, the leading provider of behavioural healthcare services in the UK. Waterland intends to combine Priory with MEDIAN, Germany’s largest provider of rehabilitation, neurology and orthopaedic treatments and portfolio company of Waterland to create Europe’s leading rehabilitation and mental health services provider. The transaction is expected to complete in January 2021.
MEDIAN operates 120 clinics and facilities with 18,500 beds and places across Germany. The Group provides a ran [...]Read more
WATERLAND ANNOUNCES CLOSING OF €2.5 BILLION FOR THEIR EIGHTH FUND
Waterland Private Equity Investments (“Waterland”) is pleased to announce the closing of its eighth institutional fund, Waterland Private Equity Fund VIII (“WPEF VIII”) at €2.5 billion. The fund closed at the hard cap three months after its initial launch.
WPEF VIII was considerably oversubscribed with demand significantly exceeding the fundraising target, attributable to continued strong support from existing investors combined with significant interest from new investors.
The fundraise attracted commitments from world class institutional investors with over half head [...]Read more
Three in a row for Waterland’s physiotherapy provider group: ATHERA acquires several new therapy centers
Physiotherapy service provider ATHERA (formerly Rehacon), has recently acquired “Das Zentrum”, “Therapie-Zentrum Gert Ehlers” and the physiotherapy practices “Heim & Hendrixen”. The group currently operates more than 120 physiotherapy institutions throughout Germany, with its central headquarters in Gelsenkirchen. ATHERA, along with majority shareholder Waterland Private Equity, will further strengthen its practice network in Cologne, Wolfsburg and Oberhausen, demonstrating a clear growth trajectory for a group brand established only earlier this year. The current owners and managing di [...]Read more
Waterland invests in green engineering solutions company EnviDan
Waterland Private Equity invests in EnviDan, a leading water and environmental engineering company delivering valuable solutions for the water and wastewater industry with a strong position and unique competencies within the entire water cycle – also in a European perspective.
EnviDan has activities in Denmark, Norway and Sweden with more than 260 specialised employees delivering sustainable solutions and turnkey projects in close collaboration with clients and developing digital tools and software that are being used by Nordic utility companies and m [...]
Waterland opens Paris office
Louis Huetz (former CEO of Altrad Group) joins the pan-European private equity firm Waterland, where he will be responsible for establishing and heading Waterland’s Paris office.
With the opening of its Paris office, Waterland Private Equity expands its presence in Europe by entering the French market. The independent private equity firm focuses on buy-outs and growth financing, and supports mid-sized businesses in consolidating fragmented markets (Buy & Build). With this strategy it has achieved a successful long-term track record on the European market. T [...]
Waterland invests in green transition and acquires Modstrøm
Waterland Private Equity acquires climate-friendly energy company Modstrøm Danmark A/S, which is the leading independent electricity supplier and a significant contributor to the green transition in Denmark. Modstrøm provides electricity and advises on energy improvements, and the company furthermore performs energy saving projects and sells energy saving products to consumers and businesses. In 2019, Modstrøm’s revenue was DKK 257 million (EUR 35 million), and its operating profit (EBITDA) increased by 47% to DKK 30 million (EUR 4 million).
Modstrøm was established in 2008 and has focus [...]Read more
Waterland’s new platform grows: infoWAN Datenkommunikation complements the cloud champion consisting of Beck et al., binary and direkt gruppe
infoWAN, based in Garching near Munich will become part of the new cloud champion, which was recently formed by the merger of Beck et al., binary and direkt gruppe. As a platform investment of the private equity firm Waterland, the cloud champion is expanding its existing capabilities with another experienced cloud provider to support its customers in creating state-of-the-art IT solutions. The acquisition of infoWAN further enhances its service portfolio in the growing digital workplace segment and further deepens the Group’s strategic relationship with Microsoft. infoWAN’s main sha [...]Read more
Succession plan for leading producer of folding cartons: Waterland Private Equity to partner with Leupold to expand its technology and quality leadership
As part of a succession plan, Waterland is acquiring all shares of packaging and folding carton producer Leupold and its subsidiary Schneller, based in Schwabach, Germany. The aim of the partnership is to expand the technology and quality leadership of Leupold in scale as well as geographically. Leupold and Schneller are both led in fourth generation by the family, which is now selling its shares, while the existing management team will remain in place to ensure business continuity. The financial details of the transaction, which still remains subject to approval by the German [...]Read more
Waterland Private Equity announces that it has sold Enhesa
Waterland Private Equity (“Waterland”), today announces that it has sold its stake in Enhesa, the fast growing global environmental, health and safety (“EHS”) compliance intelligence platform.
Enhesa’s platform provides mission-critical information services and actionable content to many of the world’s biggest companies on a recurring subscription basis, helping them to understand, act on and comply with local EHS regulation. Enhesa is the global leader in its industry, using its team of 75 multi-lingual analysts to provide clear, frequently updated advice on EHS regulations. Enhesa help [...]Read more
netrics joins forces with Tineo and nexellent to form new powerhouse in the Swiss ICT market
Biel-based cloud pioneer and managed services provider netrics is partnering with Tineo and nexellent to form a new, powerful cloud and ICT service provider in Switzerland. netrics brings to the joint portfolio specialist expertise in digitalisation using the public cloud as well as modern workplace services. Tineo and nexellent are incorporating their own infrastructures and had already bundled competencies in the areas of data centre, connectivity and private cloud services in their partnership announced last November.
Tineo, based in Münchenstein, and nexellent, [...]Read more
Waterland launches new group brand ATHERA for physiotherapy service provider Rehacon and continues growth with two more therapy centers bolstering the network
The German physiotherapy service provider Rehacon, which operates in more than 120 institutions nationwide, has introduced a new group brand: ATHERA. At the same time, the majority shareholder Waterland Private Equity is continuing the buy-and-build strategy at its portfolio company, integrating two additional physiotherapy providers into the group: GANTZE Zentrum für Gesundheit and Physiotherapie Rosita Boose will be part of the Gelsenkirchen-based high-growth healthcare brand in the future. The transactions, for which the details have been agreed not to be disclosed, are expected [...]Read more
Entry into the Dutch market: Waterland’s portfolio company coeo Inkasso acquires Centraal Invorderings Bureau (CIB)
coeo Inkasso, a German receivables management service provider in Waterland Private Equity’s investment portfolio expands into the Benelux region: Rotterdam-based Centraal Invorderings Bureau (CIB) will be part of the high-growth group based in Dormagen in the future. The sellers of the majority share – both CIB founders as well as one later co-owner – will re-invest into the company and remain with CIB in operative positions. Further financial details of the transaction, which was completed on May 28, 2020, will not be disclosed.
Centraal Invorderings Bureau (CIB) is a [...]Read more
Waterland to make a € 1 million donation to Doctors Without Borders
The global outbreak of COVID-19 brings unprecedented challenges that affect people, businesses and communities across the world. It is clear that the impact from this pandemic will fall especially hard on the most vulnerable people worldwide, on people living in precarious situations and/or with limited access to healthcare.
Waterland has decided to make a multi-year contribution to the global fight against COVID-19 through a donation of € 1 million to Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières – MSF), including a substantial donation this year to the COVID-19 Crisis Fund, that [...]Read more
Creating a new cloud champion: Waterland acquires three German IT specialist providers
Waterland Private Equity is acquiring three IT service providers in the German market: Beck et al., binary, and direkt gruppe. Together, these three companies will form a new platform serving the rapidly growing market for managed enterprise cloud services. As a provider of end-to-end solutions for both private and public clouds, the new group will offer a comprehensive range of services throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland and beyond, thus supporting its client base of medium-sized businesses and large enterprises as they digitalise their business processes and transition to the [...]Read more
Waterland Private Equity Investments installs Supervisory Board with founder Rob Thielen as its first Chairman
Waterland Private Equity is pleased to announce the establishment of a Supervisory Board and the appointment of Waterland’s founder and chairman Rob Thielen as the first Chairman of the Supervisory Board.
The Supervisory Board will have an advisory role and will consider all stakeholder perspectives. It will advise on strategic matters affecting Waterland and the private equity funds under management. Furthermore, the Supervisory Board shall oversee risk management, the independence of the daily management of Waterland, as well as compliance matters.
“We are glad that Rob Thi [...]Read more
All Things Live acquires Stand Up Norge
All Things Live, the leading independent entertainment company in the Nordics, acquires Stand Up Norge, the leading provider of comedy content and live experiences in Norway. The well-known Latter brand is maintained, and the partnership strengthens All Things Live’s market position in Norway and enables the group to export the Norwegian stand up success to the other Nordic countries.
“Stand Up Norge is a well-run company with many talented comedians and great prospects in Norway and beyond. We look forward to strengthening our position in Norway and introducing talents, texts and exp [...]Read more
Waterland portfolio company Hansefit expands internationally: Leading German network for company fitness joins with Dutch counterpart
Bremen-based Hansefit, a leading German network for company-based fitness programmes, is joining together with its Dutch peer Bedrijfsfitness Nederland (BFNL). The integration with BFNL marks another key milestone on Hansefit’s path of long-term growth. Together, the two companies can offer their approximately 3,500 corporate customers and their more than one million employees the services of more than 5,000 network partners from the fitness, wellness and health sectors.
“The partnership with BFNL – which, very much like us in Germany, is a leading corporate fitness network within the N [...]Read more
Waterland Private Equity Investments opens office in Dublin, Ireland
Waterland Private Equity is pleased to announce the formal opening of the new Dublin office.
The opening is Waterland’s 9th office and takes place on the back of the recent completion of Waterland’s first Irish platform investment, SilverStream Healthcare Group, a provider of residential care for the elderly catering for 357 residents across 7 care homes in the greater Dublin Area. The initial SilverStream investment was led by the Waterland Team in Manchester.
Several of Waterland’s portfolio companies such as Sarens, Amino Labs, Otravo and Cawood Scientific have already been activ [...]Read more
German IT systems provider netgo to enter partnership with Waterland for further growth
Waterland Private Equity and the founders of German IT systems provider netgo, Patrick Kruse and Benedikt Kisner, are aiming to further accelerate the company’s natural growth. In doing so, the service portfolio of netgo is to be expanded via targeted acquisitions in the highly fragmented German market for IT systems providers, which offers various opportunities for consolidation. The two founders will retain a significant stake in the company and remain on board as managing directors.
netgo, originally founded by Benedikt Kisner and Patrick Kruse in 2007, started as a small IT s [...]Read more
Within Reach group rebrands to Enreach
Unified Communications and Collaboration company announces new vision and brand to match Within Reach, the fast-growing European UC provider, announces its new name Enreach with a new brand to match. The group, supported by pan-European investor Waterland, is a leading communications and technology business serving SMEs with intelligent communication solutions.
Enreach’s mission is to give businesses access to the best communication and collaboration tools with an easy, user-centric interface built around their specific needs and systems. The groups products put powerful features in r [...]Read more
Waterland invests in Ad Ultima Group and Pylades and creates a strong European business software partner with deep market knowledge and a focus on Microsoft Dynamics and PTC
The international investment firm Waterland brings together Ad Ultima Group and Pylades, and takes a majority stake in the combined group. The group realizes sales of € 50m and counts more than 350 employees. Waterland as a strategic partner will help accelerate growth, both organically and by means of acquisitions.
Ad Ultima Group and Pylades are both specialists in the implementation of business software. They support companies in their “Digital Transformation” through a broad range of solutions with key partners Microsoft and PTC. The group opts for a deep sector focus to realize their [...]Read more
Intersoft Electronics & Advionics attract growth capital from Waterland
Waterland Private Equity Investments will provide growth capital to Intersoft Electronics and Advionics – together IE Group – world leading manufacturers & technology services providers in the air traffic control (ATC) radar market.
Intersoft Electronics is a manufacturer of components and software for ATC radar systems, offering radar testing systems and functional upgrades to existing radars, which drastically reduce the total cost of operations for radar operators. Advionics, which joined forces with Intersoft Electronics in 2016, produces high-quality integrated circuits and [...]Read more
Waterland portfolio company continues its buy-&-build activities: MEDIAN signs two acquisition agreements in one day
MEDIAN, a Waterland Private Equity portfolio company and the largest private operator of rehabilitation clinics in Germany, has signed two purchase agreements on 18 July 2019. In doing so, MEDIAN is further expanding its leading position in the market for rehabilitation with Klinik Eschenburg and the Rhein-Reha centre in Düsseldorf. The purchase prices and other financial details of both transactions were not disclosed.
MEDIAN is acquiring the Eschenburg addiction clinic in Germany’s federal state of Hesse (Lahn-Dill district). The clinic offers 87 treatment places and a broad range of [...]
Waterland’s VivaNeo joins forces with the leading UK IVF Group The Fertility Partnership
VivaNeo, a fertility clinic group in the portfolio of Waterland Private Equity (“Waterland“), is joining forces with The Fertility Partnership, a portfolio company of Impilo. Based on the original acquisition of Kinderwunschzentrum Wiesbaden (Germany), which Waterland closed in 2011, VivaNeo grew to become one of Europe’s leading operators of clinics offering treatments and associated services in the fertility sector, with 15 locations in Germany, Denmark, Austria and the Netherlands. Currently, the group generates about EUR 50 million in annual revenue. As part of this transaction, Water [...]Read more
Waterland and Baltisse have successfully completed the private placement of shares in Fagron
Fagron NV (“Fagron”) has been informed by WPEF VI Holdco III BE B.V. (referred to as “Selling Shareholder”), jointly owned by Waterland Private Equity Fund VI C.V. and Baltisse NV, of the successful private placement of 7,184,391 existing ordinary shares (the “Shares”) of Fagron. This represents 10% of Fagron’s current outstanding capital. Following the successful private placement, the Selling Shareholder will still hold 20.2% of Fagron’s current outstanding capital. The Shares have been placed at a price of € 16.20 per share, resulting in a placement amount of c. € 116.4 million.
Settlement will [...]Read more
Waterland’s portfolio company coeo Inkasso announces acquisition in Austria – KNP Financial Services to become part of the debt collection group
coeo Inkasso, a German debt collection agency in Waterland Private Equity’s portfolio, is acquiring KNP Financial Services GmbH. KNP is a leading provider of debt collection services in Austria, primarily providing support to corporate clients in the e-commerce sector. The integration of KNP into coeo Inkasso will grant the Waterland portfolio company access to the Austrian market. The sellers are the two company’s founders and managing directors, Anton Moser and Wolfgang Hetlinger, who will both remain in the management team after the acquisition. Completion of the transaction is subject to [...]Read more
Additional acquisition for Waterland portfolio company Rehacon: Partnership with fysioconcept
Waterland Private Equity continues with the Buy & Build strategy for its portfolio company, Rehacon: fysioconcept is the fourth acquisition Rehacon has announced within just a few weeks. With its broad range of physiotherapy services, fysioconcept is one of the most significant providers in the Krefeld area. This partnership is strengthening Rehacon Group’s regional presence in the Lower Rhine area. Furthermore, the Group aims to collaborate with fysioconcept to continue the consolidation of its practice network, to expand its range of services and to enter into additional partnerships w [...]Read more
Waterland sells holding in Zentrum Gesundheit
Waterland Private Equity (“Waterland”) has sold its majority stake in Zentrum Gesundheit to NORD Holding Unternehmensbeteiligung GmbH (“NORD Holding”). Since Waterland’s investment in 2017, Zentrum Gesundheit has progressed to become the largest group of outpatient ophthalmic surgery and diagnostic centres in Lower Saxony and Bremen. Other ophthalmic practices were also successfully integrated into the group. In addition, Zentrum Gesundheit systematically expanded the range of medical treatments on offer. In 2018, the group achieved a turnover of around EUR 18 million. The group’s medical practitione [...]Read more
Expansion into Scandinavia: Unified Communications group Within Reach acquires ipnordic
Within Reach, one of Europe’s leading providers of Unified Communications and a portfolio company of the private equity investment firm Waterland, is taking over the Danish telecommunications service provider ipnordic A/S, based in Gråsten. This means that yet another top-ranking company in this sector is joining the only recently formed group, which remains on a sustained growth path. In 2018 the Swyx group, headquartered in Dortmund and with branches in Germany, the United Kingdom and France, joined forces with the Dutch company Voiceworks, and at the same time integrated the French co [...]Read more
Waterland Private Equity acquires Sandcastle Care in off-market deal
Waterland Private Equity has acquired childcare services provider Sandcastle Care (Sandcastle).
Operating in the North West of England, Sandcastle provides high quality, highly nurturing residential care for some of the most vulnerable young people in society. The business has been operating small care homes since 2004, and now offers long term therapeutic care across 18 sites.
Sandcastle operates an ‘in house’, proprietary therapeutic care model, providing tailored and consistent care to over 50 young people across Blackpool, Lancaster, Preston and Cumbria.
The deal rep [...]Read more
Intracto attracts growth capital from Waterland
Waterland provides growth capital to Intracto, an innovative digital services group in the Benelux, which operates at the crossroads of strategy, creation, marketing and technology.
Intracto was founded in 2005 by Pieter Janssens and has since grown into one of the leading digital service providers in the Benelux. Intracto assists its clients in the digitization of both internal business activities as well as user experiences, through a combination of technical and creative services. The company has offices in Herentals (BE), Antwerp (BE) and ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL) and operates under b [...]Read more
Hg succeeds Waterland as investor in Combell Group
Hg today announces that it has agreed to invest in Combell Group (“Combell”), a leader in mass hosting services for SMEs across Europe. Waterland Private Equity exits its shareholding in Combell as part of the transaction.
The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and so will close in the New Year. Terms of the transaction are not disclosed.
Established in 1999, Combell is a leading mass hosting player in Belgium and Denmark, and has growing positions in the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. Combell has over 800,000 SME and SoHo customers and is a one-stop partner for [...]
Waterland acquires 6 Nordic live entertainment companies and creates independent market leader
The new independent market leader in Nordic live entertainment – All Things Live – is established with Waterland Private Equity as the majority shareholder following the acquisition of six leading companies ICO Concerts, ICO Management and Touring (Denmark), Friction and Atomic Soul Booking (Norway) as well as Blixten & Co and Maloney Concerts (Sweden). The All Things Live partnership will have combined annual revenue of around EUR 85 million and approximately 70 employees in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
“Together with our great Norwegian and Swedish colleagues, we have created a serie [...]Read more
Waterland strengthens ATOS clinics by acquiring second leading hospital in Cologne
Waterland Private Equity has expanded its portfolio company ATOS to include a second location in Cologne. MediaPark Klinik is a premium hospital specialising in orthopaedics, with a focus on fields such as trauma surgery, sports medicine, osteopathy and chiropractic. The acquisition will allow the ATOS group of specialised hospitals to enhance its sports medicine expertise. In combination with its ORTHOPARC Clinic, the addition of MediaPark Klinik also makes ATOS the largest regional provider of specialised orthopaedic surgery.
“MediaPark Klinik is one of the leading specialised o [...]Read more
Waterland’s Schönes Leben Group expands to Northern Germany
Waterland Private Equity has expanded its portfolio company Schönes Leben/compassio to include the care specialist A+R Betriebsgesellschaft mbH. The company operates three inpatient nursing facilities, two of which are located north of Hamburg. This is the second acquisition of the group in the month of November.
Following the acquisition of the specialised care home operator Gut Köttenich/Euregio in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia announced last week, Schönes Leben/compassio has added its first two facilities in northern Germany by acquiring A+R Betriebsgesellschaft mb [...]Read more
Waterland strengthens Schönes Leben by adding Gut Köttenich Group
Waterland Private Equity has expanded its portfolio company Schönes Leben Group to include Gut Köttenich / Euregio, a care specialist based in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Gut Köttenich Group’s portfolio of services includes inpatient, outpatient and adult day care, as well as assisted living, non-hospital intensive care and meals on wheels.
Following the acquisition of the southern German care specialists compassio in December 2017, Schönes Leben is now expanding into North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state. As a result, the company is taking a further step to [...]Read more
Waterland exits Infradata to IK Investment Partners
IK Investment Partners (“IK”), a leading Pan-European private equity firm, is pleased to announce that the IK VIII Fund has acquired a majority stake in Infradata Group (“Infradata”) from Waterland Private Equity Fund V (“Waterland”). Infradata is a leading provider of cybersecurity and secure networking solutions across Europe. Financial terms of the transaction are not disclosed.
Infradata was founded in the Netherlands in 2004, where it continues to be headquartered. The company has an additional presence in France, Germany, UK, Belgium, Poland and the US, with ambitious expansion p [...]Read more
Andreas Helgstrand nominated for Entrepreneur Of The Year
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the world's most prestigious competitions celebrating those who are best at creating growth in Denmark and globally. The nomination of Andreas for this award is an acknowledgement of his tremendous work with Helgstrand Dressage.
From the early start in 2008, Andreas had high ambitions for Helgstrand Dressage and in just 10 years the enterprise has developed into one of the largest and most innovative firms in its field, resulting in the partnership with Waterland Private Equity this summer. All along, Andreas has dared to think big and this has [...]Read more
Waterland strengthens its presence in Switzerland with a new office
Waterland Private Equity expands its Swiss activities with an office in Zurich. This enables Waterland to get closer to Swiss entrepreneurs and local markets. The team will be working closely with the offices in Munich and Hamburg, and will help to continue fostering international growth while leveraging synergies between the locations.
“Switzerland is a highly interesting market, and we are a very attractive growth partner for mid-sized companies in the region. This is demonstrated by our current engagement in Tineo – previously Quickline Business,” says Jörg Dreisow, Managing Partne [...]Read more
The Gas Tag Group acquires leading gas safety management consultants in multi-million pound deal
Leading RegTech company Gas Tag has acquired independent gas compliance consultants Morgan Lambert.
The strategic deal is set to create the sector’s leading multi-disciplinary compliance consultancy to the UK social housing sector.
The acquisition is for the Millington Lord Group, which includes Morgan Lambert, who work with social landlords to provide gas and electrical auditing and safety management consultancy, as well as Qualitas Compliance, which provides similar services to the private sector.
Gas Tag is a leading Regulatory Technology company and its innovative t [...]Read more
Within Reach and Swyx announce merger and the acquisition of Centile, creating a European Unified Communications Champion
Swyx merges with the Within Reach Group (WRG), parent company of Voiceworks and creates the European market leader for innovative communication services. At the same time, the new Group is acquiring the French software developer Centile, one of Europe’s leading providers of Cloud PBX, unified communications and fixed mobile convergence solutions for service providers and integrators. The combined group will become European market leader in the field of Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS).
Three strong solutions for partners under one roof
The group will strive for further [...]Read more
Waterland enters into partnership with Hansefit
Waterland Private Equity has acquired a stake in corporate fitness network Hansefit. The company, a B2B platform for fitness services
with its headquarters in Bremen, is the clear market leader in Germany with more than 1,300 corporate customers.
“We are delighted that we will be able to support Hansefit – the market leader in the highgrowth segment of company fitness networks – in expanding and rolling out its high-quality services,” says Dr. Gregor Hengst, Principal of Waterland Private Equity. The growth investor acquired its shares from Stefan Runge, who is leaving the company.Read more
Waterland and Helgstrand Dressage enter partnership to create the world leader in equestrian sports
Waterland Private Equity (”Waterland”) enters into a partnership with Helgstrand Dressage A/S (”Helgstrand Dressage”), one of the world’s leading equestrian sports companies with modern sales and training centers in Aalborg, Denmark, and Wellington, US, and more than 70 employees. Waterland becomes a majority shareholder in Helgstrand Dressage and completes its first investment in Denmark after the opening of Waterland’s office in Copenhagen in August 2017.
Since its foundation in 2008, Helgstrand Dressage has created a successful international business with sales activities in more than 35 cou [...]Read more
Waterland adds Klinikzentrum Mühlengrund to MEDIAN
Waterland Private Equity has expanded its portfolio company MEDIAN by adding Klinikzentrum Mühlengrund in north Hesse. Mühlengrund is a modern facility for inpatient rehabilitation in the indications of orthopaedics, internal medicine/cardiology, diabetology, neurology and psychosomatics. The acquisition marks the extension of MEDIAN’s range of medical and therapeutic services and complements MEDIAN’s regional presence in Hesse.
“Klinikzentrum Mühlengrund is a perfect addition to MEDIAN. Featuring more than 550 beds and 530 employees with the highest standard of professional expertise, [...]Read more
Otravo plans to merge with Travelgenio, to become top-5 online travel agent in Europe
Otravo, the parent company of Vliegtickets.nl, dé VakantieDiscounter, Flygstolen, Greitai and many other online travel brands, plans to merge with the global online travel agent Travelgenio.com. With this proposed merger, Otravo becomes one of the top 5 online resellers of airline tickets and packaged holidays in Europe. It is the fourth transaction in a row since the entry of investment company Waterland as a majority shareholder. Notification has been submitted to the German ‘Bundeskartellamt’.
Active in 32 countries
With its strategy to offer very attr [...]
Waterland sells its stake in PREMIUM Group
Waterland Private Equity has sold its stake in PREMIUM Group to Clarion Events. PREMIUM Group is Germany’s leading organiser of trade fairs, conferences and events in and around the fashion sector. The group’s formats include a number of fashion trade fairs, such as PREMIUM, SEEK, BRIGHT and Show & Order. Anita Tillmann will remain in her position as CEO and Managing Partner of the PREMIUM Group.
“We are delighted that, with Clarion Events, we have found a new strategic owner from the trade fair world that will continue to drive the growth of PREMIUM Group. We would like to take this [...]Read more
Waterland Invests in Unified Communications Provider Swyx Solutions
Private equity investor Waterland has purchased Swyx Solutions, a provider of unified communications solutions to mid-sized companies throughout Europe. This acquisition enables Waterland to strengthen the software and IT section of its portfolio.
Swyx is a leading unified communications software solutions provider and developer. The company offers leading edge communications and collaboration solutions to SMEs. Swyx integrates and connects all communication channels such as voice, instant messaging, video and email with company-relevant process applications. Solutions can be run direc [...]Read more
Gas Tag completes Private Equity deal, worth over £20 million
Pioneering technology company Gas Tag has secured a multi-million pound investment from leading private equity house Waterland.
The deal, which values Gas Tag at well in excess of £20million, will enable the business to continue to scale up rapidly both within the UK and internationally.
In return for the investment, Waterland will gain a minority stake and two of its senior team will join the board of the Liverpool-headquartered company.
Waterland Private Equity has been established in Europe since 1999 but only launched its UK office in early 2017. It recently moved in [...]Read more
Waterland sells its participation in A-ROSA river cruises
Munich, 11th January 2018 – Waterland Private Equity is selling its interest in the
A-ROSA river cruise group to Duke Street. The British company based in London is
acquiring all the shares in the market leader for premium cruises on European rivers
together with management.
“We are delighted to have found in Duke Street a new investor who will push ahead with
growth of the A-ROSA river cruise group,” commented Jörg Dreisow, Managing Partner at
Waterland. The independent private equity firm acquired a majority share in the leading
German river cruise [...]
Waterland invests in debt collection service provider coeo Inkasso
Waterland Private Equity has added the coeo Inkasso
Group to its portfolio. The service provider for receivables management with annual
sales of around EUR 50 million is active in telecommunications, e-commerce and
retail, among other industries. Dr. Tom Haverkamp, the owner to date, will remain
part of the company as co-owner and managing director, and he will also continue
to be actively involved in shaping the company in the future.
coeo Inkasso based in Dormagen collects receivables from consumers and companies as
a specialized service [...]
Schönes Leben Group acquires care specialist compassio
Schönes Leben Group, a subsidiary of independent private equity company Waterland, has purchased Ulm-based care specialist compassio – operator of currently 28 care homes for elderly people with 3,058 spaces in southern Germany.
The acquisition has taken the recently established Schönes Leben Group on its first steps towards becoming an outstanding platform for retirement care, new ways of living for older people and innovative packages for retirees from the age of 65. Care specialist compassio generates revenue of around 110 million euros and forms the first strategic pillar.
Martin Braun-Gruppe has signed a sale and purchase agreement with Waterland Private Equity Fund V for the acquisition of Diversi Foods
Martin Braun-Gruppe has signed a sale and purchase agreement with Waterland Private Equity Fund V for the acquisition of Diversi Foods
On 6 December 2017, the Martin Braun-Gruppe, which consolidates the consumer baking activities within the Oetker-Gruppe, signed the contract to purchase the Belgian company Diversi Foods from a group of shareholders including the founding families and Waterland Private Equity Fund V. Subject to the approval of the relevant competition authorities, the deal is expected to be complete in the beginning of 2018. Both parties have agreed not to disclose [...]Read more
Alpha Private Equity Fund 7 (“Alpha”) has signed a sale and purchase agreement with Waterland Private Equity Fund IV (“Waterland”) for the acquisition of IPCOM, the leading European insulation solutions provider
Brussels – Alpha has signed a sale and purchase agreement with Waterland and its co-shareholders for the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of IPCOM (“the Group”).
Founded by Waterland in 2010 and headquartered in Belgium, IPCOM is the leading European insulation solutions provider with sales of ca. €285 million. The Group serves a large and diverse loyal customer base of installers, international contractors, wholesalers and OEMs. IPCOM delivers its products and solutions through a network of 50 outlets across the Benelux, the DACH region, Ireland and Scandinavia.
The new sha [...]Read more
Otravo expands in Europe with its acquisition of Lithuanian Interneto Partneris
Otravo, the parent company of Vliegtickets.nl, Vakantiediscounter.nl and many other online travel brands, is taking over Interneto Partneris. The acquisition of this online travel agent from Vilnius, Lithuania, is an expansion into the Baltic States. It is the third acquisition in a row since the entry of investment company Waterland as majority shareholder in February 2016. Previously, Flygstolen and Vakantiediscounter also became part of Otravo.
Active in 23 countries
Interneto Partneris is a young and successful company from Lithuania active in the online sale of airline [...]Read more
Waterland strengthens ATOS clinics by acquiring Fleetinsel Klinik Hamburg
Waterland Private Equity has expanded its portfolio company ATOS by acquiring Fleetinsel Klinik Hamburg, a speciality clinic with an orthopaedic focus on spinal surgery, sports medicine and vascular surgery. This is the third add-on acquisition for ATOS in under twevele months, having recently acquired Starmed (Munich) and Orthoparc (Cologne). With this acquisition, the speciality clinic group ATOS is further developing its expertise in the field of elective surgery and strengthening its regional footprint.
“Fleetinsel Klinik is one of Germany’s leading orthopaedic speciality cli [...]Read more
HealthLink Europe & International acquired by Base Logistics Group
Base Logistics Group, supported by Waterland Private Equity Investments, has announced the acquisition of HealthLink Europe & International. With offices in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands), Raleigh (USA) and Memphis (USA), HealthLink is a logistics outsourcing partner for life science manufacturing companies. From its offices in The Netherlands and the United States, Healthlink offers support in the field of logistics, order-to-cash and customer service. The activities and strategy of the service provider from ‘s-Hertogenbosch fit well with those of Base Logistics, which strengthens its pos [...]Read more
Waterland announces closing of €2 billion for their seventh fund
BUSSUM, THE NETHERLANDS (August 28, 2017) – Waterland Private Equity Investments (“Waterland”) is pleased to announce the closing of its seventh institutional fund, Waterland Private Equity Fund VII (“WPEF VII”) at €2 billion, less than two months after its initial launch.
WPEF VII was considerably oversubscribed with demand exceeding the fundraising target significantly, attributable to continued strong support from existing investors combined with significant interest of new investors.
The fundraising attracted commitments from world class institutional investors from Europe (40% [...]Read more
Waterland sells stake in direct sales specialist Ranger Marketing
Waterland Private Equity sells, along with the founders John Keller and Frank Rittmann, its stake in Ranger Marketing to Ströer. The Cologne-based acquirer will continue to support the direct sales specialist to further expand its focus on dialog marketing, adding a new sales channel to its subsidiary Avedo Group.
Dr. Carsten Rahlfs, partner at Waterland and Head of the Düsseldorf office, commented: “Together with the Ranger management team we have continuously developed the group’s strategic focus and pursued digitalization since the beginning of our investment in 2010. We have succe [...]Read more