Penguin Random House’s Acquisition of Frechverlag From WEKA Group GmbH

Gütt Olk Feldhaus, Altenburg, Kind & Drews and Blomstein advised Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe GmbH on the deal. GLNS, Leo Schmidt-Hollburg Witte & Frank and Buntscheck advised WEKA Group.

Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe is expanding its portfolio in the advice book segment with the acquisition of Frechverlag from Weka Group.

Founded in 1955 and headquartered in Stuttgart, frechverlag currently has a workforce of around 80 employees. With its “TOPP” and “BusseSeewald” brands, it is one of the leading publishers in the German-speaking world in the field of creative guidebooks and do-it-yourself. Under the umbrella of the Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe, the frech programs will continue to develop independently.

With more than 40 publishing houses the Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe, part of the media group Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, is the largest German-language general-interest publishing group.

The Gütt Olk Feldhaus team included Dr Heiner Feldhaus (Picture – Partner, Corporate/M&A, Lead), Thomas Becker (Of Counsel, IP/IT/Data Protection), Matthias Uelner (Senior Associate), Dr Ricarda Theis (Associate, both Corporate/M&A).

The Altenburg team included Dr Charlotte Beck and Dr. Dirk Schnelle (both Employment Law).

The Kind & Drews team included Dr Ernesto Drews (Tax).

The Blomsteim team included Dr Max Klasse and Rita Zuppke (both Antitrust Law).

The Buntscheck team was led by Dr. Tatjana Mühlbach.

The GLNS team included partners Dr Daniel Epe, Dr Ludger Schult (all Private Equity/M&A) and Andreas Scheidle (Tax) as well as associate Eva-Maria Bayer (all Private Equity/M&A). 

The Leo Schmidt-Hollburg Witte & Frank team included partners Dr Tom Frank and Dr Hartwig Schmidt-Hollburg.

Involved fees earner: Charlotte Beck – Altenburg Fachanwälte für Arbeitsrecht; Dirk Schnelle – Altenburg Fachanwälte für Arbeitsrecht; Max Klasse – Blomstein; Rita Zuppke – Blomstein; Tatjana Mühlbach – Buntscheck; Eva-Maria Bayer – GLNS; Daniel Epe – GLNS; Andreas Scheidle – GLNS; Ludger Schult – GLNS; Thomas Becker – Gutt Olk Feldhaus; Heiner Feldhaus – Gutt Olk Feldhaus; Ricarda Theis – Gutt Olk Feldhaus; Matthias Uelner – Gutt Olk Feldhaus; Ernesto Drews – Kind & Drews; Tom Frank – Leo Schmidt-Hollburg Witte & Frank; Hartwig Schmidt-Hollburg – Leo Schmidt-Hollburg Witte & Frank;

Law Firms: Altenburg Fachanwälte für Arbeitsrecht; Blomstein; Buntscheck; GLNS; Gutt Olk Feldhaus; Kind & Drews; Leo Schmidt-Hollburg Witte & Frank;

Clients: Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe GmbH; WEKA Group GmbH;

Federica Tiefenthaler

Author: Federica Tiefenthaler