12 04 2016

Aurelius Group acquires Colt Managed Cloud

Watson Farley & Williams has advised mid-market investor Aurelius Group on the successful completion of its cross-border acquisition of Colt Group S.A.’s virtualised cloud computing and managed hosting services business, Colt Managed Cloud.

AURELIUS Group (ISIN DE000A0JK2A8) today announces the acquisition of Colt Managed Cloud (“CMC” or “the Company”), the managed cloud business of Colt Group S.A. (“Colt”). Following the completion of this acquisition, AURELIUS will begin an integration of CMC into global ICT services provider Getronics Group (“Getronics”), another AURELIUS investee company, to further expand its European managed cloud offering. Furthermore, a long-term strategic business partnership has been agreed between Getronics and Colt which will allow Getronics to provide managed cloud services to Colt’s customer base and utilise Colt's network, voice and data centre capabilities. CMC is a leading pan-European provider of cloud and managed hosting services. It operates data centre locations and support services across 10 countries (the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Romania and India) and employs a skilled workforce across operations, transition and engagement, presales, service management and support functions. CMC retains a strong base of long-term customer contracts from around 600 blue chip customers across multiple sectors including financial services and media. The Company is forecast to deliver revenues of around €77m in the current year to December 2015. This deal represents the latest addition to the Getronics family, which has grown significantly through a strategic acquisitions programme since AURELIUS’ initial investment in 2012. Under AURELIUS’ ownership to date, Getronics has achieved a steady growth in revenues, and transitioned from a traditional portfolio of workspace services to a broader service suite aimed to accommodate today’s mobile and cloud enabled enterprises. Previous strategic investments have included the successful integration of AURELIUS’ IT portfolio companies Telvent, Thales Spain and Connectis Consulting into the business. Getronics also acquired the operations of NEC Enterprise Solutions across four countries in October 2013 to further the growth of its Unified Communications business. More recently Getronics acquired a subsidiary of T-Systems in Germany called Individual Desktop Solutions GmbH. The WFW team was led by London partner and Head of Corporate Jan Mellmann (Picture), assisted by senior associate Georgina Don and associates Andrew Slucky and Simon Elliot, with Devan Khagram (senior associate) advising on employment matters.  Local law advice was provided on the transaction by Pascal Roux (partner, Paris), Anne-Kelly d’Amécourt (avocat, Paris), Pierre Chipaux (avocat, Paris), Tiziana Manenti (partner, Rome), Cristina Betti (associate, Rome), Giuseppe Franch (counsel, Rome), Giovanni Incardona (associate, Rome), Luca Sfrecola (counsel, Rome), Gonzalo Aranzabal (partner, Madrid), Rosana Segado (associate, Madrid), Simon Preisenberger (partner, Munich), Joachim Heinemann (associate, Munich) and Florian Dehmel (associate, Munich). Involved fees earner: Jan Mellmann - Watson Farley & Williams; Georgina Don - Watson Farley & Williams; Andrew Slucky - Watson Farley & Williams; Simon Elliott - Watson Farley & Williams; Pascal Roux - Watson Farley & Williams; Anne-Kelly d’Amécourt - Watson Farley & Williams; Pierre Chipaux - Watson Farley & Williams; Gonzalo Aranzabal - Watson Farley & Williams; Rosana Segado - Watson Farley & Williams; Simon Preisenberger - Watson Farley & Williams; Joachim Heinemann - Watson Farley & Williams; Devan Khagram - Watson Farley & Williams; Florian Dehmel - Watson Farley & Williams;

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