Main Capital acquires Wanko and FleetGO for new logistics software group

Cate­gory: Deals
Photo: Norman Wasse, LLM, Part­ner at McDer­mott Will & Emery in Frank­furt a. Main, Germany
17. Septem­ber 2022

Frank­furt a.M. — Main Capi­tal Part­ners acqui­res Wanko Infor­ma­ti­ons­lo­gis­tik GmbH and FleetGO Group. The two compa­nies will be merged under the name FleetGO Group to form a new compre­hen­sive logi­stics soft­ware group. The manage­ment of both compa­nies took a mino­rity stake in the tran­sac­tion. McDer­mott Will & Emery advi­sed Main Capi­tal Part­ners on both tran­sac­tions. A team led by Norman Wasse and Dustin Schwerdt­fe­ger advi­sed Main Capi­tal first on the acqui­si­tion of Wanko Infor­ma­ti­ons­lo­gis­tik GmbH and subse­quently on the acqui­si­tion of FleetGO Group.

Wanko Infor­ma­ti­ons­lo­gis­tik is a logi­stics soft­ware part­ner for route plan­ning, warehouse manage­ment and tele­ma­tics, foun­ded in 1972. FleetGO provi­des modern tele­ma­tics solu­ti­ons for compa­nies. Foun­ded in 2010, the company main­ta­ins offices in Düssel­dorf and Istan­bul in addi­tion to its head­quar­ters in Hattem, the Nether­lands. Both compa­nies have a substan­tial and well-estab­­lished track record as market leaders in their respec­tive sectors. They both focus on the supply chain soft­ware market in Germany and the Nether­lands respectively.

Main Capi­tal Part­ners is a stra­te­gic inves­tor focu­sed on enter­prise soft­ware in Bene­lux, DACH and Scan­di­na­via. The company mana­ges assets of around 2.2 billion euros.

The McDer­mott team led by part­ners Norman Wasse and Dustin Schwerdt­fe­ger, which is parti­cu­larly expe­ri­en­ced with soft­ware and tech tran­sac­tions, has alre­ady advi­sed Main Capi­tal on various tran­sac­tions and finan­cings, most recently on the acqui­si­tion and finan­cing of Form­So­lu­ti­ons and Data­Plan by mach­gruppe, Audimex by Swedish port­fo­lio company Blika Solu­ti­ons, and Cryptshare AG by its port­fo­lio company Point­s­harp. Just recently, the team also advi­sed on the dual tran­sac­tion to acquire Plato and IQS.

Advi­sors to Main Capi­tal Part­ners: McDer­mott Will & Emery, Frankfurt
Norman Wasse, LL.M. (Lead, Corporate/M&A), Dustin Schwerdt­fe­ger (Finan­cing, Düssel­dorf), Dr. Gudrun Germa­kow­ski (Labor Law, Düssel­dorf), Dr. Johan­nes Honzen (Real Estate Law), Dr. Chris­tian L. Masch (IT/IP, Munich), Marcus Fischer (Coun­sel, Tax Law); Asso­cia­tes: Dr. Marion von Grön­heim, Lisa Schick­ling (Wanko tran­sac­tion only), Isabelle Suzanne Müller (all Corporate/M&A), Lukas Deutz­mann (Labor Law, Cologne/Düsseldorf), Fran­ziska Leub­ner (Labor Law, Munich — Wanko tran­sac­tion only), Isabella Kätzl­meier (IT/IP, Munich), Hannah Henseling (Real Estate Law), Markus Hunken­schrö­der (Finan­cing, Düssel­dorf), Johanna Grei­ßel (Tax Law — FleetGO tran­sac­tion only), Feli­ci­tas Faber (Liti­ga­tion, Munich — FleetGO tran­sac­tion only), Doro­thea Zimny (Public Law, Düssel­dorf — FleetGO tran­sac­tion only)

Addi­tio­nally invol­ved in the FleetGO tran­sac­tion were: McDer­mott Will & Emery, London/Brussels
Calum Thom, Linda Zeman (both Lead, Corporate/M&A), Gary Howes (Coun­sel, Life Scien­ces), Paul McGrath (Employ­ment; all London), Hendrik Viaene (Anti­trust and Compe­ti­tion, Brussels); Asso­cia­tes: Chris Marshall, Rosie Mist, Emmy Clode (all Corporate/M&A), Char­lotte Moor­house (Employ­ment), Sanjeet Johal (Real Estate), Sarah Gabbai (Tax; all London), Hanne­lore Wiame (Anti­trust and Compe­ti­tion, Brussels)

HSA Lawy­ers: Gert-Jan van Dalen, Eva Roel­andt (Dutch law)

About McDer­mott Will & Emery

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