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8 Jun 2021

MCF advises the Shareholders of Xantaro on the sale to KKA Partners

The shareholders of Xantaro Holding GmbH (“Xantaro”), a leading European expert for high-performance communication networks, have sold the majority stake to KKA Partners, a Berlin-based private equity investor, and family office FRIBA Investment as co-investor. MCF advised Xantaro’s shareholders and helped to facilitate the transaction through its ability to manage the interest of the different shareholder groups, identify suitable buyers as well as negotiate and execute a focused transaction for the benefit of the divesting shareholders.

“Working together with MCF was extremely professional and we were impressed with their understanding of our industry. MCF gave us clear guidance and good advice in handling the impact of COVID 19 on the business and the process. The team had an instrumental role in the negotiation phase, and in achieving a positive outcome. It was a great pleasure working with MCF."

Ingo Kierse

co-founder and CEO

The Deal

Berlin based investor KKA Partners acquires majority stake in Xantaro, a leading service provider for high-performance communication networks, from a group of business angels and management. Co-founder and CEO Ingo Kierse transitions to the Advisory Board, Gerold Arheilger, also a co-founder, appointed new CEO. KKA backs the company’s technology-enabled growth through roll out of network software platform Yukon and continued focus on secure, high performance networks and related services.

About Xantaro Holding GmbH

Xantaro is a leading European service provider for high-performance communication networks, offering design, integration and best-in-class maintenance / operational services. Recently launched software platform Yukon provides customers full transparency over their complex multi-vendor network environments, improves maintenance / operational processes and identifies optimisation potential. The company was founded in 2007 and employs over 160 staff across several locations in Germany and the UK.

Client Statement

Ingo Kierse, co-founder and CEO says: “Working together with MCF was extremely professional and we were impressed with their understanding of our industry. MCF gave us clear guidance and good advice in handling the impact of COVID 19 on the business and the process. The team had an instrumental role in the negotiation phase, and in achieving a positive outcome. It was a great pleasure working with MCF.”

About Sellers

Xantaro Holding shareholders comprise a group of business angels as well as management. The shareholders jointly supported the development of the company since its foundation in 2007.

About KKA Partners

KKA Partners (“KKA”) is a Berlin-based investor that invests in leading Mittelstand companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and puts a special focus on successful firms where there is a significant opportunity to accelerate growth through the utilisation of technology and digitalisation. KKA manages and invests capital on behalf of pension funds, endowments, insurances and family offices.