27 05 2016

Sonova AG acquires AudioNova International B.V. from HAL Investments B.V. for €830 Million

In close collaboration with lead counsel and best friend firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Hengeler Mueller advised HAL Investments B.V. on the transaction.


HAL Investments B.V. is a private equity firm specializing in investments in acquisitions, recapitalizations, leveraged build-ups, expansion and growth capital, and common stock as well as other forms of junior capital. The firm, led by Marcello Macedo, Jaap van Wiechen, Gerben van de Rozenberg, Ruben Kers and Robert van Heeren, is based in Rotterdam. AudioNova operates more than 1,300 stores in eight European countries. In Germany, the business is conducted under the brand name GEERS. The completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected in the second half of 2016.
In close collaboration with lead counsel and best friend firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Hengeler Mueller advised HAL Investments B.V. on the transaction. The team was led by Thomas Meurer (Picture) (Corporate/M&A) and included partners Christian Möller (Corporate/M&A), Alf-Henrik Bischke (Merger Control) (all Düsseldorf), Christian Hoefs (Employment, Frankfurt) and counsel Katharina Wodarz (Health Care, Berlin) as well as associates Dominik Heß, Ute König, Anika Gilberg (all Corporate/M&A, Düsseldorf), Vicki Treibmann (Düsseldorf) and Susanne Walzer (Frankfurt) (both Employment).
  Involved fees earner: Thomas Meurer - Hengeler Mueller; Christian Möller - Hengeler Mueller; Dominik Heß - Hengeler Mueller; Ute König - Hengeler Mueller; Anika Gilberg - Hengeler Mueller; Alf-Henrik Bischke - Hengeler Mueller; Christian Hoefs - Hengeler Mueller; Vicki Treibmann - Hengeler Mueller; Susanne Walze - Hengeler Mueller;

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