12 03 2016

Ardian purchased d&b audiotechnik from Odewald & Compagnie, Cobepa and individual executives of d&b audiotechnik

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, Hogan Lovells, P+P Pöllath + Partners, AHB Rechtsanwälte, Clifford Chance, Linklaters, White & Case and Latham & Watkins have advised on the deal

The French private equity investor Ardian purchased the Swabian sound specialists d&b audiotechnik from German private equity investor Odewald & Compagnie, Belgian co-investor Cobepa and individual executives of d&b audiotechnik. Odewald and Compagnie acquired d&b audiotechnik in 2011 from finance investor AFINUM. The transaction is still subject to approval by the relevant antitrust authorities. d&b audiotechnik, headquartered in Backnang in the Swabian region of Germany, was founded in 1981. The company is one of the world's leading suppliers of professional audio technology in the premium segment. d&b audiotechnik develops and produces high-quality sound systems for both mobile and permanently installed applications. The spectrum of venues ranges from large stadiums, concert halls, theaters and opera houses to convention centers and cruise ships. Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has advised Ardian with a team led by Norbert Rieger (Picture) (M&A), Thomas Ingenhoven, Mathias Eisen (Banking), Rolf Füger, Matthias Schell (Tax), Alexander Rinne (Antitrust), Robert Kennedy (M&A), Andrea Eggenstein, Thomas Tiedemann, Markus Messinger, Nina Hornemann, Sebastian Heim, Patrick Droese, Benjamin Leuchten, Leif Klinkert, Hannah Hwang (M&A), Alexander Klein, Nikolas Koutsós, Thomas Möller, Katja Lehr, Sumita Ahuja (Banking & Finance), Javier Ramos (IP). Hogan Lovells has advised Odewald/Cobepa with a team including Matthias Jaletzke (M&A), Martin Sura (Antitrust), Mathias Schoenhaus (Tax), Jörg Herwig (M&A), Jörg Neubauer (M&A) and Sebastian Faust (Antitrust) P+P Pöllath + Partners advised Odewald & Compagnie with regard to the existing management participation with a team including Tim Kaufhold,  Benedikt Hohaus (M&A), Barbara Koch-Schulte and Lorena Echarri (Tax). AHB Rechtsanwälte has advised the Management of D&B Audiotechnik with a team including Benjamin Waitz (Corporate/M&A). Clifford Chance has advised UniCredit and ING with a team including Barbara Mayer-Trautmann (Banking & Finance), Marc Mehlen, Thorsten Sauerhering, Avroham Gelber (Tax), Daniel Winick (Banking & Finance);  Susan Kelly, Jennifer Seipelt, Alexander Lang, Ololade Oni and Laurence Licata (Banking and Finance). Linklaters has advised Alcentra with a team including Michal Hlásek, Marc Trinkaus (Banking & Fiannce) White & Case has advised Nordic Capital with a team including Stefan Koch. Latham & Watkins has advised Astorg Capital with a team including Gregor Klenk.   Involved fees earner: Norbert Rieger - Milbank; Robert Kennedy - Milbank; Andrea Eggenstein - Milbank; Thomas Tiedemann - Milbank; Markus Messinger - Milbank; Nina Hornemann - Milbank; Sebastian Heim - Milbank; Patrick Droese - Milbank; Benjamin Leuchten - Milbank; Leif Klinkert - Milbank; Hannah Hwang - Milbank; Thomas Ingenhoven - Milbank; Mathias Eisen - Milbank; Alexander Klein - Milbank; Nikolas Koutsos - Milbank; Thomas Möller - Milbank; Katja Lehr - Milbank; Sumita Ahuja - Milbank; Alexander Rinne - Milbank; Javier Ramos - Milbank; Barbara Mayer-Trautmann - Clifford Chance; Marc Mehlen - Clifford Chance; Daniel Winick - Clifford Chance; Susan Kelly - Clifford Chance; Jennifer Seipelt - Clifford Chance; Alexander Lang - Clifford Chance; Ololade Oni - Clifford Chance; Laurence Licata - Clifford Chance; Thorsten Sauerhering - Clifford Chance; Avroham Gelber - Clifford Chance; Michal Hlásek - Linklaters; Marc Trinkaus - Linklaters; Stefan Koch - White & Case; Gregor Philipp Klenk - Latham & Watkins; Tim Kaufhold - P+P Pöllath + Partners; Benedikt Hohaus - P+P Pöllath + Partners; Barbara Koch-Schulte - P+P Pöllath + Partners; Lorena Joana Echarri - P+P Pöllath + Partners; Benjamin Waitz - Arends Hofert Bergemann (AHB); Matthias Jaletzke - Hogan Lovells; Hanns Jörg Herwig - Hogan Lovells; Jörg Stefan Neubauer - Hogan Lovells; Martin Sura - Hogan Lovells; Sebastian Faust - Hogan Lovells; Mathias Schoenhaus - Hogan Lovells;

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