Windjammer Capital and Hilco’s Acquisition of I NEED YOU


McDermott Will & Emery advised Windjammer Capital and Hilco on the deal.

Windjammer Capital and its portfolio company The Hilsinger Company Inc. (“Hilco”) executed the add-on acquisition of I NEED YOU The Frame Company GmbH (“I NEED YOU”).

The new partnership with Hilco will enable the further growth of I NEED YOU and allow access to new customers worldwide. The managing directors of I NEED YOU will keep their management positions as part of Hilco. Both companies will operate independently.

Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, I NEED YOU is a leading manufacturer of ready-to-wear reading glasses. I Need YOU sells ready-to-wear eyewear, lenses and other accessories in more than 30,000 specialty stores in 65 countries.

Hilco, based in Plainville, Massachusetts, is the leading global distributor of branded and consumable professional eyecare products and optical accessories throughout the eye healthcare supply chain. The company is present with subsidiaries in the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Australia, China and the Netherlands. The company’s product range includes professional workshop equipment for opticians, ophthalmological equipment and accessories, eye protection, consumables and eyewear care products.

Windjammer Capital is a private equity investment firm, based in Newport Beach, CA and Waltham, MA that invests control equity in middle-market businesses and in partnership with management in attractive niche markets. Since its founding in 1990, Windjammer Capital has managed over $2 billion of committed capital with respect to its control equity investment strategy, and has completed over 50 platform investments and more than 100 strategic add-ons.

The McDermott team advising Windjammer Capital and The Hilsinger Company Inc. was led by Frankfurt corporate partners Dr. Michael Cziesla (Picture) and Norman Wasse and included Dr. Maximilian Clostermeyer, Dr. Heiko Kermer, Marcus Fischer, Dr. Christian Rolf, Dr. Christian Masch, Dr. Marion von Grönheim, Tobias Riemenschneider, Tina Zeller, Isabella Kätzlmeier.

Involved fees earner: Maximilian Clostermeyer – McDermott Will & Emery; Michael Cziesla – McDermott Will & Emery; Marcus Fischer – McDermott Will & Emery; Isabella Kätzlmeier – McDermott Will & Emery; Heiko Kermer – McDermott Will & Emery; Christian Masch – McDermott Will & Emery; Tobias Riemenschneider – McDermott Will & Emery; Christian Rolf – McDermott Will & Emery; Marion von Grönheim – McDermott Will & Emery; Norman Wasse – McDermott Will & Emery; Tina Zeller – McDermott Will & Emery;

Law Firms: McDermott Will & Emery;

Clients: The Hilsinger Company; Windjammer Capital Investors;