- 191 completed transactions worldwide (20 in Germany)
- Transaction value increases significantly to USD 12 billion
- 36% cross border deals (40% in Germany)
- Established among the Top 10 M&A advisors worldwide
In 2017, IMAP was able to increase the number of successfully completed transactions – from 167 to 191 worldwide. As a result, IMAP was once again among the top 10 global M&A advisors in the mid-cap segment of the Thomson Reuters Ranking. In Germany IMAP is number 7 – with 20 completed transactions in the year of its 20th anniversary.
The total value of transactions increased to over USD 12 billion, the average deal value was USD 78 million. Worldwide, 36% of IMAP transactions were cross-border; in Germany, this was the case in 40% of all deals – further proof of the successful collaboration within the international group. Most transactions which IMAP advised on worldwide took place in the sectors Industrial (40), Consumer goods and Food (34) as well as Technology (27); the same sector ranking also applied to German deals. In 80% of transactions the German IMAP team advised the seller with the remainder being strategic buy-side advisory assignments. Two thirds of sell-side transactions were closed with strategic buyers, two with private equity investors and the remainder with family offices and private investors.
The most notable transactions of IMAP in Germany in 2017 included two sales to Chinese investors: The mechanical engineering company VEM Sachsenwerk was acquired by the Chinese SEC Electric Machinery and Aluminiumwerk Unna AG was acquired by industrial group China Zhongwang Holding. IMAP also advised the packaging specialist RCP on the sale to Family Office Zobel Values and NOE, a concrete formwork manufacturer, on the sale to Dutch financial investor Nimbus. The shareholders of sports and dietary nutrition supplier WPT were advised on the sale to HQ Equita.
IMAP Germany has successfully started the New Year with two completed transactions and continues to work on a persistently strong project pipeline.
Last weekend, IMAP colleagues from all over the world were due to congregate in Denver, Colorado, for a conference planned for many months, where deals, learning, and friendships would be developed and shaped. Even a month ago when the difficult decision was made to cancel the event, none of us could have foreseen the speed and scale of events that have occurred since.
GRE Gauff Rail Engineering GmbH & Co. KG has been acquired by Dorsch Holding GmbH. With this acquisition, Dorsch expands the group's range of services in the railway sector.