ARQIS advises Liberta Partners on the acquisition of Kienzle Automotive

Photo: Team Liberta Part­ners (from left): Florian Korp, Nils von Wietz­low, Dr. Chris­tian Szczesny, Nils von Wietz­low, Domi­nik Lanz
29. Octo­ber 2020

Munich — ARQIS has suppor­ted the Munich-based multi-family holding Liberta Part­ners in the acqui­si­tion of Kienzle Auto­mo­tive GmbH. The tran­sac­tion was carried out through Liberta Part­ners Fund II as part of a succes­sor part­ners­hip. Closing of the tran­sac­tion is expec­ted to take place in early November.

Kienzle is the leading German provi­der of sales and rela­ted services for networ­ked devices and systems in the auto­mo­tive after­mar­ket sector. In the area of data manage­ment and fleet tele­ma­tics, Kienzle works with estab­lis­hed soft­ware deve­lo­pers to create custo­­mer-speci­­fic evalua­tions and readout opti­ons. The medium-sized company is based in Mülheim an der Ruhr.

“The name Kienzle has stood for relia­bi­lity in the trans­por­ta­tion indus­try for more than 70 years,” says Nils von Wietz­low, part­ner at Liberta and respon­si­ble for succes­sion solu­ti­ons. “We want to conti­nue to be a reli­able part­ner in the vehi­cle tech­no­logy sector and consist­ently expand the tele­ma­tics sector by streng­t­he­ning the distri­bu­tion system.” Liberta Part­ners invests in compa­nies in German-spea­­king coun­tries with clear opera­tio­nal and stra­te­gic deve­lo­p­ment poten­tial, espe­cially in succes­sion situa­tions and corpo­rate spin-offs.

ARQIS has acted for Liberta Part­ners for the second time. For example, Dr. Mauritz von Einem’s team advi­sed on the acqui­si­tion of the Liech­­ten­stein-based mecha­ni­cal engi­nee­ring company FMA Mecha­tro­nik Solu­ti­ons and the take­over of the tour opera­tor Amer­opa, a former subsi­diary of Deut­sche Bahn AG.

Advi­sor Liberta Part­ners: ARQIS Attor­neys at Law
Dr. Mauritz von Einem (Lead; Corporate/M&A/Taxes), Marcus Noth­hel­fer (IP/Commercial; both Munich), Dr. Andrea Panzer-Heemeier (Labor Law), Dr. Chris­tof Alex­an­der Schnei­der (Corporate/M&A), Dr. Ulrich Lien­hard (Real Estate; all Düssel­dorf); Asso­cia­tes: Benja­min Bandur (Corporate/M&A), Tanja Kurtzer (Labor Law), Nora Meyer-Stra­t­­mann (IP/Commercial; all Munich), Martin Wein­gärt­ner (Labor Law), Jenni­fer Huschauer (Real Estate; both Düsseldorf)
Niit­väli (Frank­furt): Evelyn Niit­väli (Anti­trust)

ARQIS Attor­neys at Law is an inde­pen­dent busi­ness law firm opera­ting in Germany and Japan. The firm was foun­ded in 2006 in Düssel­dorf, Munich and Tokyo. Around 55 profes­sio­nals advise domestic and foreign compa­nies at the highest level on German and Japa­nese busi­ness law.

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