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27 May 2022

MCF advises LEAD Equities and Dr Wolfgang Sturz on the sale of Transline Group (“Transline”) to Blue Cap AG

MCF advised the shareholders of Transline, a tech-driven Language Service Provider (LSP), on the sale to German private equity firm Blue Cap AG.

Transline’s services cover the entire corporate language management supply chain and are automated through a proprietary workflow platform. With more than 150 employees across 6 locations in Europe and a global network of 5,000 translation partners, Transline is one of the leading LSP’s in the DACH region.

MCF supported the shareholders of Transline in finding the right buyer, using its extensive experience within the business services and technology sectors.

“MCF developed a deep understanding of our business model and showed a lot of dedication in guiding us through the entire project. I feel confident to say that they achieved the optimal outcome for both the shareholders and the Transline Group in a well-structured process.”

Dr Wolfgang Sturz

Founder Transline Group

The Deal

Blue Cap AG is a German publicly-listed private equity firm supporting mid-market companies in accelerating their growth plans. Transline is expected to be part of Blue Cap’s platform for a buy-and-build strategy for creating a leading language service provider in the European market. Dr Wolfgang Sturz will remain in the company as a significant shareholder and will continue to support the group in its strategic development.

The Target

Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Reutlingen, Germany, Transline is a tech-driven language service provider covering the entire corporate language management supply chain. The group has six offices across Germany, France and Italy. With more than 150 employees and a global network of 5,000 translation partners, Transline is one of the leading LSP’s in the DACH region.

About LEAD Equities & Dr Wolfgang Sturz

Founded in 2001, LEAD Equities is an Austrian independent private equity firm and a leading partner for medium-sized companies in German-speaking countries.

Dr Wolfgang Sturz has an engineering background and founded Transline in 1986. He has led the company for over 30 years and has extensive experience in the LSP market.

About Blue Cap

Founded in 2006, Blue Cap AG is a German publicly listed private equity firm supporting mid-market companies in accelerating their growth plans.