RITTERSHAUS advises ADB Safegate Germany on acquisition of Protec Automation

Photo: Dr. Moritz Weber, Part­ner at RITTERSHAUS Attor­neys Mannheim
12. Octo­ber 2021

Mann­heim — ADB Safe­gate Germany GmbH, a company of the ADB Safe­gate Group based in Mann­heim, Germany, has acqui­red all shares in Protec Auto­ma­tion GmbH, based in Ecken­­tal-Brand near Nurem­berg. The company specia­li­zes in control tech­no­logy for airport light­ing systems, tech­no­lo­gies for feeding light­ing systems, and services for indus­trial auto­ma­tion. The parties have agreed not to disc­lose the terms of the acqui­si­tion or the purchase price.

ADB Safe­gate is a leading global provi­der of inte­gra­ted solu­ti­ons to increase effi­ci­ency, safety and sustaina­bi­lity for airports, airlines and airspace surveil­lance. The company deve­lops holi­stic solu­ti­ons to improve opera­tio­nal proces­ses. The port­fo­lio includes products, systems and services for airport light­ing, intel­li­gent docking guidance and IT solutions.

The acqui­si­tion of Protec Auto­ma­tion GmbH is inten­ded to expand ADB Safegate’s posi­tion on the Euro­pean market by streng­thening its core busi­ness — espe­ci­ally for solu­ti­ons in the field of control and supply of light­ing systems. The service busi­ness is also to be streng­the­ned by the acquisition.

ADB Safe­gate Germany GmbH was compre­hen­si­vely advi­sed on the acqui­si­tion of the shares in Protec Auto­ma­tion GmbH by a team of the commer­cial law firm RITTERSHAUS Rechts­an­wälte specia­li­zing in M&A tran­sac­tions under the leader­ship of the Mann­heim part­ner Dr. Moritz Weber. This was the first time RITTERSHAUS acted for a company of the ADB Safe­gate Group.

Advi­sors ADB Safe­gate Germany GmbH: RITTERSHAUS Attor­neys Mannheim
Dr. Moritz Weber, Part­ner (Lead Part­ner, Corporate/M&A)
Dr. Anno Habe­rer, Part­ner (Anti­trust Law)
Johanna Bauer, Asso­ciate (Corporate/M&A)

Advi­sor to share­hol­der Protec Auto­ma­tion GmbH: SALLECK + PARTNER Lawy­ers Tax Advi­sors Erlangen
Dr. Bene­dikt Salleck, Part­ner (Corporate/M&A)


With more than 80 lawy­ers at its offices in Frankfurt/Main, Mann­heim and Munich, RITTERSHAUS specia­li­zes in advi­sing inter­na­tio­nally opera­ting medium-sized compa­nies. Foun­ded in 1969, the firm focu­ses on corpo­rate law with a parti­cu­lar empha­sis on restruc­tu­ring, M&A, private equity and venture capi­tal tran­sac­tions, as well as corpo­rate finance and corpo­rate and asset succes­sion. Further areas of prac­tice are banking and capi­tal markets law, employ­ment law, intellec­tual property law, public law and IT law as well as real estate law. The prac­tice area of real estate law has been consider­a­bly streng­the­ned in 2021 by the trans­fer of a 15-person real estate team from Arne­cke Sibeth Dabel­stein. In addi­tion, RITTERSHAUS is inte­gra­ted into a global network with law firms on five conti­nents via Legal­ink and hand­les manda­tes world­wide on a cross-border basis.

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