Gibson Dunn advises EMK Capital on add-on acquisitions of Garda Group

Photo: Dr. Wilhelm Rein­hardt, Part­ner at Gibson, Dunn & Crut­cher LLP in Frank­furt a. Main
26. June 2024

Frank­furt / Munich — Gibson Dunn has advi­sed EMK Capi­tal in connec­tion with the acqui­si­tion of a group of compa­nies in the secu­rity tech­no­logy sector, consis­ting of four German medium-sized compa­nies, by the Garda Group supported by EMK Capi­tal. The parties have agreed not to disc­lose details of the transaction.

The newly foun­ded group of compa­nies compri­ses the Gleich Group from Aschaf­fen­burg, the vi2vi Group from near Karls­ruhe, Schmid Alarm GmbH from Munich and the Frei­hoff Group from Langen­feld. The merger is inten­ded to create one of the largest secu­rity service provi­ders in Germany.

EMK is a UK-based private equity firm that invests in mid-market compa­nies where it can support growth and trans­for­ma­tion. In June 2023, EMK announ­ced the acqui­si­tion and conso­li­da­tion of the Garda Group, the largest provi­der of secu­rity solu­ti­ons in Nort­hern Europe. In April 2024, the Garda Group took over the Frei­hoff Group, follo­wed by the acqui­si­tion of the Gleich Group, the vi2vi Group and Schmid Alarm GmbH.

About EMK

EMK was estab­lished to pursue the mana­ging part­ners’ shared vision and invest­ment philo­so­phy when inves­t­ing in mid-market compa­nies. This philo­so­phy has enab­led the mana­ging part­ners’ 20-year track record and enab­led our port­fo­lio compa­nies to increase their EBITDA by an average of more than 25 % per year during this time. www.

Consul­tant EMK: Gibson Dunn

The Gibson Dunn private equity team, co-led by Frank­furt part­ner Dr. Wilhelm Rein­hardt (photo © W. Rein­hardt) and Munich asso­ciate Dr. Dennis Seif­arth, included part­ner Dr. Dirk Ober­bracht (Frank­furt), of coun­sel Dr. Aliresa Fatemi (Frank­furt), as well as asso­cia­tes Maxi­mi­lian Schnie­wind, Johan­nes Reul (both Munich), Lisa Holl­fel­der and Dr. Mattias Prange (both Frank­furt). Employ­ment law advice was provi­ded by Of Coun­sel Dr. Peter Gumnior (Frank­furt) and Asso­ciate Ann-Katrin Pfei­fer (Munich). Part­ner Kai Gesing and asso­cia­tes Yannick Ober­acker and Chris­toph Jacob (all Munich) advi­sed on IP and data protec­tion, part­ner Dr. Georg Weiden­bach and asso­ciate Jan Voll­kam­mer (both Frank­furt) on anti­trust law, asso­ciate Bastiaan Wolters on finan­cing issues, part­ner Dr. Lars Peter­sen and asso­ciate Victor Thonke (both Frank­furt) on regu­la­tory issues and part­ner Benja­min Rapp (Frank­furt and Munich) on tax law.

About Gibson Dunn

Gibson, Dunn & Crut­cher LLP is one of the leading inter­na­tio­nal law firms and is ranked among the top law firms world­wide in indus­try surveys and by autho­ri­ta­tive publi­ca­ti­ons. With more than 1,900 lawy­ers in 21 offices, the firm has a global presence in all major econo­mic regi­ons. Gibson Dunn’s offices are loca­ted in Abu Dhabi, Brussels, Century City, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Frank­furt, Hong Kong, Hous­ton, London, Los Ange­les, Munich, New York, Orange County, Palo Alto, Paris, Beijing, Riyadh, San Fran­cisco, Singa­pore and Washing­ton, D.C. — For more infor­ma­tion, visit


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