Mediahuis Group’s Acquisition of Aachener Verlagsgesellschaft mbH

Linklaters has advised Mediahuis Group on the deal.

Mediahuis Group acquired all shares in Aachener Verlagsgesellschaft mbH (AVG) and, thereby, of a majority stake in Medienhaus Aachen GmbH, which, among other activities, publishes the daily newspapers “Aachener Zeitung” and “Aachener Nachrichten”. For European media group Mediahuis, this is the first acquisition in Germany.

Mediahuis is one of the leading media groups in Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland and Luxembourg. Its portfolio includes news titles such as De Standaard, Het Nieuwsblad/De Gentenaar, Gazet van Antwerpen and Het Belang van Limburg in Belgium, NRC, De Telegraaf, Noordhollands Dagblad, De Limburger and Dagblad van het Noorden in the Netherlands, Irish Independent, Sunday Independent and Belfast Telegraph in Ireland and Luxemburger Wort in Luxembourg. In addition, Mediahuis operates digital marketplaces, mainly in the real estate, employment and automotive sectors.

The Linklaters team was led by partners Kristina Klaaßen-Kaiser (Picture), Charles-Antoine Leunen and counsel Sebastian Klingen. 

Involved fees earner: Kristina Klaaßen – Linklaters; Sebastian Klingen – Linklaters; Charles-Antoine Leunen – Linklaters;

Law Firms: Linklaters;

Clients: Mediahuis Group;

Giulia Di Palma

Author: Giulia Di Palma