Munich — Para­gon Part­ners, one of the leading private equity firms in Europe, acqui­res all shares in WEKA Firmen­gruppe, a leading provi­der of specia­list infor­ma­tion, soft­ware, trai­ning & services for the DACH region and France.

Dr. Edin Hadzic (photo), co-foun­der and mana­ging direc­tor of Para­gon Part­ners, says: “WEKA is an impres­sive success story, which we as a new share­hol­der want to conti­nue with the manage­ment team and employees. We want to conti­nue to streng­t­hen the diver­si­fied struc­ture and the entre­pre­neu­rial culture of the group of compa­nies. The further deve­lo­p­ment of markets, products and the digi­tiz­a­tion of corpo­rate proces­ses will conti­nue to be a prio­rity in the future. Targe­ted acqui­si­ti­ons to comple­ment the port­fo­lio will remain part of the corpo­rate stra­tegy. We welcome WEKA to the Para­gon family and look forward to working with them.”

Wolf­gang Materna, Mana­ging Direc­tor of WEKA Holding: “I am deligh­ted to have found in Para­gon Part­ners a share­hol­der with excel­lent refe­ren­ces, deter­mi­na­tion and relia­bi­lity who, thanks to his expe­ri­ence in the media indus­try, brings with him all the prere­qui­si­tes for the further deve­lo­p­ment of the WEKA Group and with whom we see the future of WEKA, our employees and our busi­ness part­ners in good hands. We are deligh­ted to be part of the Para­gon family. The manage­ment and employees of the WEKA Group will also give their all for the success­ful conti­nua­tion of the busi­ness in the new share­hol­der structure.”

About WEKA
WEKA was foun­ded in 1973 by Werner and Karin Mützel as a specia­list publi­shing house for admi­nis­tra­tion and indus­try. Over the past deca­des, WEKA has deve­lo­ped into a diver­si­fied media group and has taken a leading market posi­tion by offe­ring a broad range of specia­list infor­ma­tion and formats. The WEKA group of compa­nies is head­quar­te­red in Kissing (Germany) and compri­ses 23 compa­nies in Germany, Austria, Switz­er­land and France. WEKA gene­ra­tes annual sales of around EUR 250 million and employs a total of 1,500 people.

In the “Busi­ness Infor­ma­tion & Educa­tion” segment, WEKA offers expert know­ledge via print, digi­tal (e.g. online content/databases, soft­ware, e‑learning) and face-to-face formats (e.g. semi­nars, conti­nuing educa­tion and trai­ning). The focus is on regu­la­tory and/ or tech­ni­cal know­ledge and the inno­va­tions based on it in speci­fic niches, such as occup­a­tio­nal safety, hazar­dous mate­ri­als, law and taxes, or denti­stry. Content is prepa­red in such a way that it can be directly applied in prac­tice and thus seam­lessly inte­gra­ted into the customer’s workflow.

The “Busi­ness Commu­ni­ca­tion” segment provi­des specia­list infor­ma­tion via print (prima­rily maga­zi­nes) and digi­tal, event and service formats for various indus­tries. These include, for example, indus­tries such as elec­tro­nics, ITC and buil­ding tech­no­logy. The focus is on jour­na­listic brands as well as speci­fic data and services that inform parti­ci­pants and inte­res­ted parties in the respec­tive target markets.

About Para­gon Partners
Foun­ded in 2004, Para­gon is today one of the leading private equity compa­nies in the German-spea­king region with more than EUR 1.2 billion in equity under manage­ment. Para­gon works closely with its port­fo­lio compa­nies to ensure sustainable growth and improve opera­tio­nal proces­ses. The invest­ment port­fo­lio spans various indus­tries (e.g., Industrial/ Profes­sio­nal Services, IP Manage­ment, Media Analy­tics) and curr­ently compri­ses 14 compa­nies. The company is based in Munich, Germany.

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