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5 Dec 2018

MCF supports FSN Capital Partners on the acquisition of Rameder

FSN Capital Partners (“FSN”), a leading private equity investor in the Northern European region, has acquired a majority stake in Rameder Group (“Rameder”), a leading European distributor of tow bars & wiring kits, as well as carrier systems, from a Munich-based private equity fund. This transaction represents FSN’s first acquisition in Germany since the Scandinavian-based fund opened its Munich office earlier this year. MCF acted as financial adviser to FSN in this transaction.

“Throughout this acquisition process, MCF has been a trusted partner to FSN and has provided us with valuable support. This transaction marks a milestone for FSN and we are very pleased and proud to announce our first acquisition in the German market.”

Justin Kent

Partner of FSN Capital Partners GmbH

The Deal

With the support of MCF, FSN promptly entered exclusive negotiations with the Seller and Rameder’s management team. Hence, the planned public exit process was pre-empted, and the transaction was executed within a very short time frame. The management team will retain a minority stake in the company. With the support of FSN, the company will continue its international expansion efforts in Europe through the acquisition of add-ons, as well as the continued roll-out of Rameder assembly points.

The Target

Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Leutenberg, Germany, Rameder is the leading European distributor of tow bars & wiring kits as well as carrier systems. Customers can choose from a uniquely comprehensive product portfolio of more than 3,400 different tow bars for around 1,700 different car models. The company offers products to B2B and B2C customers through its own online shops, as well as through online market places such as eBay and Amazon. In recent years, Rameder has also started the roll-out of own assembly points in Germany (currently 16 locations throughout Germany) which deliver a one-stop-shop experience to the customer. Moreover, the company has expanded its European presence through opening subsidiaries e.g. in Switzerland and Finland, as well as through the acquisitions of French tow bar retailer France Attelage in 2016 and Czech peer ELSA Group in 2018.

About FSN Capital Partners

Established in 1999, FSN Capital is one the most active private equity investors in Northern Europe with EUR 2.125bn under management and 18 active investments. FSN focuses on majority positions in mid-market companies with enterprise values ranging from EUR 50m to EUR 300m, operating within the Consumer & Retail, Industrial, Business Services and Digital sectors. Supported by a range of leading Nordic and international institutions the FSN Capital Funds follow a responsible and long-term investment approach.

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