Ardian finances acquisition of SER Group by Carlyle

4. Febru­ary 2019

Frank­furt a. Main/ Bonn - Shear­man & Ster­ling advi­sed Ardian Private Debt as lender on the finan­cing of the acqui­si­tion of SER Group by Carlyle Europe Tech­no­logy Part­ners. The sellers retain a substan­tial mino­rity interest.

SER Group, head­quar­te­red in Bonn, Germany, has evol­ved from a pioneer in elec­tro­nic archi­ving to Europe’s number one provi­der of pionee­ring enter­prise content manage­ment (ECM) solu­ti­ons. Foun­ded in 1984, the company is charac­te­ri­zed by its inno­va­tive strength, custo­mi­zed solu­ti­ons and excel­lent custo­mer service.

Ardian, a world-leading private invest­ment house, as a sole lender, has provi­ded a senior finan­cing package to Carlyle Europe Tech­no­logy Part­ners in support of the acqui­si­tion of SER Group in Germany. The finan­cing under­lines the ongo­ing expan­sion of Ardian Private Debt’s direct lending capa­bi­li­ties throug­hout Europe.

Mark Brenke, Mana­ging Direc­tor & Co-Head Ardian Private Debt, said: “As a finan­cing part­ner, we are deligh­ted to be support­ing the SER manage­ment team toge­ther with Carlyle who have a strong track record of inves­t­ing in B2B tech­no­logy busi­nesses. SER is the leading inde­pen­dent ECM soft­ware provi­der in the German m

The Shear­man & Ster­ling team led by Winfried M. Carli included Sven Opper­mann and Marina Kieweg (all Germany-Finance).

About Shear­man & Sterling
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