BROCK MÜLLER ZIEGENBEIN hat die United Internet Investments GmbH – ein Unternehmen der United Internet AG – bei ihrer Beteiligung an der rankingCoach International GmbH beraten. rankingCoach bietet – als einer der führenden Anbieter – kleineren und mittleren Unternehmen zielgruppengerecht bezahlbare, web- bzw. cloudbasierte Lösungen aus den Bereichen Suchmaschinenmarketing (SEM), Suchmaschinenoptimierung (SEO) und Social Media.
Die United Internet AG ist eine börsennotierte „Internet-Fabrik“ mit ca. 8.100 Mitarbeitern, zu der die Marken 1&1, GMX, WEB.DE, united-domains, Fasthosts, Arsys, home.pl, InterNetX, Sedo, affilinet und 1&1 Versatel gehören.
adesso has acquired a majority holding in QUANTO AG, an IT consultancy specialising in SAP technology. The around 200-strong QUANTO team will soon be augmented by 100 SAP experts from adesso, thereby creating a leading SAP consultancy in Germany under the adesso Group brand. The team will then be expanded to at least 500 employees over time. In the medium-term, all QUANTO AG shares are expected to transfer to adesso SE.
BROCK MÜLLER ZIEGENBEIN previously advised on the formation of QUANTO AG, created in 2016 following the merger of two software consultancies.
EDEKA plans to take over up to 72 stores in the REAL supermarket chain. Current REAL owner Metro and SCP Group, which is supported by Russian owners, signed a purchase agreement for the 276 REAL supermarkets in February 2020. SCP intends to resell many of the 276 REAL stores to competitors, leaving a core of just 50 stores to carry the REAL name for another 24 months. BROCK MÜLLER ZIEGENBEIN advised EDEKA on submitting binding offers for the takeover of up to 72 Real stores, with closing of the planned transactions remaining subject to approval by the competition authorities.
International cross-border digital payment specialist PPRO Holding GmbH acquired all, the business shares in allpago GmbH, based in Berlin, in June 2019. allpago is a fintech company with sales offices in Germany, Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina, and other sites in South America, and is considered the leading payment service provider for the Latin-American e-commerce market.
European group AniCura Holding GmbH acquired all business shares in Kleintierzentrum Asterlagen GbR in Duisburg in August 2020. The veterinary clinic has around 30 veterinary surgeons who provide care to some 50,000 patients every year, making it one of the largest veterinary clinics in Germany and Europe.
Even prior to the acquisition, BROCK MÜLLER ZIEGENBEIN assisted in the sale of several large veterinary clinics and practices throughout Germany to AniCura, the Evidensia Group and Tierarzt Plus Partner, including the sale of Tierärztliche Klinik für Kleintiere GbR based in Norderstedt and a majority holding in Tierklinik Haar.
DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH acquired all business shares in ESE Engineering und Software-Entwicklung GmbH in September. ESE is a system and software development company with around 330 employees and sales offices in Braunschweig, Frankfurt, Hanover, Munich, and elsewhere. Formed 23 years ago, the company advises industrial and rail sector customers on software development and safety analysis of engineering and IT software.
EDEKA Handelsgesellschaft Nord mbH (EDEKA Nord) is acquiring a stake in Heinrich von Allwörden GmbH, while transferring its bakery arm – Dallmayers Backhus – to the bakery company based in northern Germany. EDEKA Nord is moving its bakery division into the Mölln-based company Heinrich von Allwörden GmbH, as part of an extended partnership which sees the retail giant also receiving a stake in the family-owned enterprise. Closing of the transaction is subject to approval from the competition authorities.
The Allwörden bakery is a traditional, family-owned company. Founded in 1906, the firm is today managed by brothers Ralf and Manfred von Allwörden, representing the fourth generation of the family to do so. Production facilities in Mölln and Hamburg-Rellingen serve more than 200 stores. Von Allwörden has a workforce of 1,900 people.
EDEKA Nord is based in Neumünster and is one of seven cooperatives in the EDEKA Association. With around 700 stores and a sales floor covering around 785,000 m² in total, it is a long-established leader of the northern German food retail industry.
BROCK MÜLLER ZIEGENBEIN advised United Internet Investments GmbH, a United Internet AG company, on its stake in rankingCoach International GmbH. As a leading provider, rankingCoach offers targeted, affordable web and cloud-based solutions from the search engine marketing (SEM), search engine optimisation (SEO), and social media sectors, to SMEs.
United Internet AG is a listed “internet factory” with approximately 8,100 employees, and is home to the 1&1, GMX, WEB.DE, united-domains, Fasthosts, Arsys, home.pl, InterNetX, Sedo, affilinet, and 1&1 Versatel brands.