Ardian’s Majority Stake Acquisition in GBA Group

Sidley Austin LLP, Herbst Kinsky and Milbank advised ARDIAN on the deal, Poellath advised the management of GBA Group. Latham & Watkins advised Quadriga.

ARDIAN announced its acquisition of a majority stake in GBA Group (GBA) alongside GBA’s management team and Quadriga Capital.

GBA was founded in 1989 with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. GBA is a leading independent TIC (Testing, Inspection, Certification) provider of bioanalytical laboratory services in the DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) region, with a strong presence in Belgium and Poland. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory consents.

The Sidley team was led by Dr. Christian Zuleger (Partner, picture) and Nicole Janssen (Partner), with support from Armin Mustafic (Senior Associate), Dr. Stefan Bührle (Senior Associate), Valentin Specht (Associate), Julius Koblitzek (Associate) (all Private Equity/M&A), Dr. Roderic Pagel (Partner, Tax), Dominik P. Weickert (Associate, Restructuring), Dr. Christoph Jensen (Associate, Global Finance) (all Munich), Mateja Maher (Partner), Deirdre Fahy (Associate) (both Investment Funds), Patrick J. Harrison (Partner, Antitrust/Competition) (all London), and Sven De Knop (Partner, Global Arbitration/Trade and Advocacy, Brussels).

The Poellath team was led by Dr. Benedikt Hohaus, with Johanna Scherk and Silke Simmer.

The Millbank team included Thomas Ingenhoven, Odilo Wallner and Dr. Thomas Möller.

The Latham & Watkins team consisted of Dr. Leif Schrader, Oliver Felsenstein, Stefan Süß, Alexandra Hagelüken, Christoph Engeler, Dr. Susan Kempe-Müller, Anne Kleffmann, Ku-Hyun Baek, Dr. Sophia Probst, Katarina Fröschle, Levent Goekbuget, Martina Eisgruber, Dr. Thomas Freund, Jaschar Mirkhani, Pia Sösemann, Dr. Wolf-Tassilo Böhm, Christian Strauß.

Herbst Kinsky´s team was led by Christoph Wildmoser supported by Alexander Weber and Matthias Konrad (all Corporate), Valerie Mayer (Anti-Trust) and Tanja Lang (Employment). 

Involved fees earner: Matthias Konrad – Herbst Kinsky; Tanja Lang – Herbst Kinsky; Valerie Mayer – Herbst Kinsky; Alexander Weber – Herbst Kinsky; Christoph Wildmoser – Herbst Kinsky; Ku-Hyun Baek – Latham & Watkins; Wolf-Tassilo Böhm – Latham & Watkins; Martina Eisgruber – Latham & Watkins; Christoph Engeler – Latham & Watkins; Oliver Felsenstein – Latham & Watkins; Thomas Freund – Latham & Watkins; Katarina Fröschle – Latham & Watkins; Levent Gökbuget – Latham & Watkins; Alexandra Hagelüken – Latham & Watkins; Susan Kempe-Mueller – Latham & Watkins; Anne Kleffmann – Latham & Watkins; Jaschar Mirkhani – Latham & Watkins; Sophia Probst – Latham & Watkins; Leif Schrader – Latham & Watkins; Pia Sophie Sösemann – Latham & Watkins; Christian Strauß – Latham & Watkins; Stefan Süss – Latham & Watkins; Thomas Ingenhoven – Milbank LLP; Thomas Möller – Milbank LLP; Odilo Wallner – Milbank LLP; Benedikt Hohaus – P+P Pöllath + Partners; Johanna Scherk – P+P Pöllath + Partners; Silke Simmer – P+P Pöllath + Partners; Stefan Bührle – Sidley Austin LLP; Sven De Knop – Sidley Austin LLP; Deirdre Fahy – Sidley Austin LLP; Patrick Harrison – Sidley Austin LLP; Nicole Janssen – Sidley Austin LLP; Christoph Jensen – Sidley Austin LLP; Julius Koblitzek – Sidley Austin LLP; Mateja Maher – Sidley Austin LLP; Armin Mustafi? – Sidley Austin LLP; Roderic Pagel – Sidley Austin LLP; Valentin Specht – Sidley Austin LLP; Dominik Weickert – Sidley Austin LLP; Christian Zuleger – Sidley Austin LLP;

Law Firms: Herbst Kinsky; Latham & Watkins; Milbank LLP; P+P Pöllath + Partners; Sidley Austin LLP;

Clients: Ardian; Kai Plinke; Mark Piekereit; Quadriga Capital; Ralf Murzen; Roland Bernerth; Steffen Walter; Torben Giese;

Federica Tiefenthaler

Author: Federica Tiefenthaler