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Aquin advises the shareholders of designLED on its sale to Faurecia

June 4, 2021

Effective June 4, 2021, the Tier-1 automotive supplier Faurecia (France), acquired 100 percent of the shares in designLED Products Ltd. (Scotland). Aquin was exclusively appointed by designLED and its shareholders to manage the M&A process.
designLED, based in Edinburgh, is specialized in advanced backlighting technologies. Its offer is built on a rich intellectual property portfolio as well as advanced modelling and simulation capabilities. Its flexible, energy-efficient backlighting technologies can be adapted to virtually any automotive surface, including complex displays and interiors. The transaction enables designLED to utilise Faurecia’s global reach, international customer base and world-class engineering and manufacturing skills while its advanced technologies and team will enrich Faurecia Clarion Electronics’ display technologies ecosystem.

designLED is an innovative technology company designing, developing and manufacturing ultra-thin, flexible and homogeneous LED light tiles for the automotive industry. The mission is to enable cost-effective, differentiated and highly attractive, large area backlighting and smart (dynamic and touch-reactive) surfaces in automotive interiors.

Faurecia has 266 industrial sites, 39 R&D centers and 114,000 employees in 35 countries and is a global leader in its four areas of business: seating, interiors, Clarion Electronics and clean mobility. The Group’s strong technological offering provides carmakers with solutions for the cockpit of the future and sustainable mobility. In 2020, the Group reported total turnover of EUR 14.7 billion.

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Aquin advises the shareholders of designLED on its sale to Faurecia

June 4, 2021

Effective June 4, 2021, the Tier-1 automotive supplier Faurecia (France), acquired 100 percent of the shares in designLED Products Ltd. (Scotland). Aquin was exclusively appointed by designLED and its shareholders to manage the M&A process.
designLED, based in Edinburgh, is specialized in advanced backlighting technologies. Its offer is built on a rich intellectual property portfolio as well as advanced modelling and simulation capabilities. Its flexible, energy-efficient backlighting technologies can be adapted to virtually any automotive surface, including complex displays and interiors. The transaction enables designLED to utilise Faurecia’s global reach, international customer base and world-class engineering and manufacturing skills while its advanced technologies and team will enrich Faurecia Clarion Electronics’ display technologies ecosystem.

designLED is an innovative technology company designing, developing and manufacturing ultra-thin, flexible and homogeneous LED light tiles for the automotive industry. The mission is to enable cost-effective, differentiated and highly attractive, large area backlighting and smart (dynamic and touch-reactive) surfaces in automotive interiors.

Faurecia has 266 industrial sites, 39 R&D centers and 114,000 employees in 35 countries and is a global leader in its four areas of business: seating, interiors, Clarion Electronics and clean mobility. The Group’s strong technological offering provides carmakers with solutions for the cockpit of the future and sustainable mobility. In 2020, the Group reported total turnover of EUR 14.7 billion.

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Aquin advises the shareholders of designLED on its sale to Faurecia

June 4, 2021

Effective June 4, 2021, the Tier-1 automotive supplier Faurecia (France), acquired 100 percent of the shares in designLED Products Ltd. (Scotland). Aquin was exclusively appointed by designLED and its shareholders to manage the M&A process.
designLED, based in Edinburgh, is specialized in advanced backlighting technologies. Its offer is built on a rich intellectual property portfolio as well as advanced modelling and simulation capabilities. Its flexible, energy-efficient backlighting technologies can be adapted to virtually any automotive surface, including complex displays and interiors. The transaction enables designLED to utilise Faurecia’s global reach, international customer base and world-class engineering and manufacturing skills while its advanced technologies and team will enrich Faurecia Clarion Electronics’ display technologies ecosystem.

designLED is an innovative technology company designing, developing and manufacturing ultra-thin, flexible and homogeneous LED light tiles for the automotive industry. The mission is to enable cost-effective, differentiated and highly attractive, large area backlighting and smart (dynamic and touch-reactive) surfaces in automotive interiors.

Faurecia has 266 industrial sites, 39 R&D centers and 114,000 employees in 35 countries and is a global leader in its four areas of business: seating, interiors, Clarion Electronics and clean mobility. The Group’s strong technological offering provides carmakers with solutions for the cockpit of the future and sustainable mobility. In 2020, the Group reported total turnover of EUR 14.7 billion.

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Stefan Deuschl - New Analyst at Aquin

January 7, 2021

We are very pleased to welcome Stefan Deuschl as a new analyst in the Munich office.

Mr. Deuschl previously successfully completed his Master's degree in Accounting & Finance at the University of Klagenfurt and has already gained first M&A experience at Airbus.

Welcome to the team!

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Stefan Deuschl - New Analyst at Aquin

January 7, 2021

We are very pleased to welcome Stefan Deuschl as a new analyst in the Munich office.

Mr. Deuschl previously successfully completed his Master's degree in Accounting & Finance at the University of Klagenfurt and has already gained first M&A experience at Airbus.

Welcome to the team!

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Stefan Deuschl - New Analyst at Aquin

January 7, 2021

We are very pleased to welcome Stefan Deuschl as a new analyst in the Munich office.

Mr. Deuschl previously successfully completed his Master's degree in Accounting & Finance at the University of Klagenfurt and has already gained first M&A experience at Airbus.

Welcome to the team!

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Composite & lightweight construction: Marc Schrief is new Senior Advisor

December 4, 2020

Aquin welcomes Marc Schrief as a new Senior Advisor for the composite & lightweight construction sector!

With over 20 years of operational industry experience and practiced entrepreneurship, Marc Schrief is a perfect fit for Aquin's industry-specific M&A advisory approach. Mr. Schrief was significantly responsible for the tremendous growth of the SAERTEX Group as a long-time managing director. Under his leadership, the manufacturer of multiaxial glass- and carbon fabrics grew from 80 employees at 2 production sites to a global market leader with more than 1,300 employees at 13 production sites on 5 continents.

After we already got to know and respect each other last year during the Kümpers Composites transaction, we are now very much looking forward to our further cooperation!

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Composite & lightweight construction: Marc Schrief is new Senior Advisor

December 4, 2020

Aquin welcomes Marc Schrief as a new Senior Advisor for the composite & lightweight construction sector!

With over 20 years of operational industry experience and practiced entrepreneurship, Marc Schrief is a perfect fit for Aquin's industry-specific M&A advisory approach. Mr. Schrief was significantly responsible for the tremendous growth of the SAERTEX Group as a long-time managing director. Under his leadership, the manufacturer of multiaxial glass- and carbon fabrics grew from 80 employees at 2 production sites to a global market leader with more than 1,300 employees at 13 production sites on 5 continents.

After we already got to know and respect each other last year during the Kümpers Composites transaction, we are now very much looking forward to our further cooperation!

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Composite & lightweight construction: Marc Schrief is new Senior Advisor

December 4, 2020

Aquin welcomes Marc Schrief as a new Senior Advisor for the composite & lightweight construction sector!

With over 20 years of operational industry experience and practiced entrepreneurship, Marc Schrief is a perfect fit for Aquin's industry-specific M&A advisory approach. Mr. Schrief was significantly responsible for the tremendous growth of the SAERTEX Group as a long-time managing director. Under his leadership, the manufacturer of multiaxial glass- and carbon fabrics grew from 80 employees at 2 production sites to a global market leader with more than 1,300 employees at 13 production sites on 5 continents.

After we already got to know and respect each other last year during the Kümpers Composites transaction, we are now very much looking forward to our further cooperation!

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Reinhold W. Schlegel - Senior Advisor at Aquin

October 8, 2020

We are pleased to welcome Mr. Reinhold W. Schlegel as Senior Advisor and to be able to rely on his professional expertise as a financial auditor and tax consultant in the future. We are already looking forward to the cooperation in future projects.

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Reinhold W. Schlegel - Senior Advisor at Aquin

October 8, 2020

We are pleased to welcome Mr. Reinhold W. Schlegel as Senior Advisor and to be able to rely on his professional expertise as a financial auditor and tax consultant in the future. We are already looking forward to the cooperation in future projects.

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Reinhold W. Schlegel - Senior Advisor at Aquin

October 8, 2020

We are pleased to welcome Mr. Reinhold W. Schlegel as Senior Advisor and to be able to rely on his professional expertise as a financial auditor and tax consultant in the future. We are already looking forward to the cooperation in future projects.

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Aquin advises Nils Holger Moormann on business succession

September 25, 2020

Effective September 11, 2020 the family office, Emendo GmbH, acquired 100 percent equity in Nils Holger Moormann GmbH.

The Moormann name stands for the development and sale of minimalistic, avant-garde, and timeless designer furniture of the highest quality. The distinctive, often unconventional, striking furniture creations enjoy the enthusiasm from a devoted fan base. The furniture, made out of only sustainable raw materials, is produced exclusively by regional craftsmen located within a 50 km radius. Founded in 1984 by the self-taught Nils Holger Moormann, the company has maintained its cutting edge innovative ability by consistently staying true to its own values as well as allowing young external designers to have a platform to bring their new ideas to life.

The company earns approximately 10 million euros in annual revenues with above average profitability in its industry.

The sale of Nils Holger Moormann GmbH to younger entrepreneurs allowed Nils Holger Moormann, at the age of 67, to arrange his succession. Nils Holger, along with his wife Silke Moormann, will remain on the management board until February of 2021. Thereafter, taking over an advisory role for strategy and design. Employees, business partners, local production and branding along with the location in Aschau (Chiemgau, Germany), including the logistics center and the guesthouse berge will not be impacted by this transaction.

The family office, Emendo GmbH, was founded by siblings Kristina Münnix and Christian Knorst. Having invested their own capital, they consider themselves long-term partners, who bring their knowledge and expertise to the daily management of the business.

Nils Holger Moormann engaged Aquin as the sole M&A advisor.

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Aquin advises Nils Holger Moormann on business succession

September 25, 2020

Effective September 11, 2020 the family office, Emendo GmbH, acquired 100 percent equity in Nils Holger Moormann GmbH.

The Moormann name stands for the development and sale of minimalistic, avant-garde, and timeless designer furniture of the highest quality. The distinctive, often unconventional, striking furniture creations enjoy the enthusiasm from a devoted fan base. The furniture, made out of only sustainable raw materials, is produced exclusively by regional craftsmen located within a 50 km radius. Founded in 1984 by the self-taught Nils Holger Moormann, the company has maintained its cutting edge innovative ability by consistently staying true to its own values as well as allowing young external designers to have a platform to bring their new ideas to life.

The company earns approximately 10 million euros in annual revenues with above average profitability in its industry.

The sale of Nils Holger Moormann GmbH to younger entrepreneurs allowed Nils Holger Moormann, at the age of 67, to arrange his succession. Nils Holger, along with his wife Silke Moormann, will remain on the management board until February of 2021. Thereafter, taking over an advisory role for strategy and design. Employees, business partners, local production and branding along with the location in Aschau (Chiemgau, Germany), including the logistics center and the guesthouse berge will not be impacted by this transaction.

The family office, Emendo GmbH, was founded by siblings Kristina Münnix and Christian Knorst. Having invested their own capital, they consider themselves long-term partners, who bring their knowledge and expertise to the daily management of the business.

Nils Holger Moormann engaged Aquin as the sole M&A advisor.

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Aquin advises Nils Holger Moormann on business succession

September 25, 2020

Effective September 11, 2020 the family office, Emendo GmbH, acquired 100 percent equity in Nils Holger Moormann GmbH.

The Moormann name stands for the development and sale of minimalistic, avant-garde, and timeless designer furniture of the highest quality. The distinctive, often unconventional, striking furniture creations enjoy the enthusiasm from a devoted fan base. The furniture, made out of only sustainable raw materials, is produced exclusively by regional craftsmen located within a 50 km radius. Founded in 1984 by the self-taught Nils Holger Moormann, the company has maintained its cutting edge innovative ability by consistently staying true to its own values as well as allowing young external designers to have a platform to bring their new ideas to life.

The company earns approximately 10 million euros in annual revenues with above average profitability in its industry.

The sale of Nils Holger Moormann GmbH to younger entrepreneurs allowed Nils Holger Moormann, at the age of 67, to arrange his succession. Nils Holger, along with his wife Silke Moormann, will remain on the management board until February of 2021. Thereafter, taking over an advisory role for strategy and design. Employees, business partners, local production and branding along with the location in Aschau (Chiemgau, Germany), including the logistics center and the guesthouse berge will not be impacted by this transaction.

The family office, Emendo GmbH, was founded by siblings Kristina Münnix and Christian Knorst. Having invested their own capital, they consider themselves long-term partners, who bring their knowledge and expertise to the daily management of the business.

Nils Holger Moormann engaged Aquin as the sole M&A advisor.

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Mathias Bode – Senior Advisor at Aquin

July 29, 2020

With the addition of Mathias Bode, Aquin strengthens its team of Senior Advisors in the area of »Automotive Testing, Automation and E-Mobility«. As the former managing director of Horiba FuelCon GmbH and SensoTech GmbH, he has extensive technological background knowledge, a wealth of experience in how to set up and develop successful enterprises, a broad industry network and has accompanied various M&A and PMI processes from the company’s point of view.

Thanks to Mr. Bode, Aquin will be able to support clients in the future with even broader technological and operational know-how, especially in complex technology driven corporate transactions.

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Mathias Bode – Senior Advisor at Aquin

July 29, 2020

With the addition of Mathias Bode, Aquin strengthens its team of Senior Advisors in the area of »Automotive Testing, Automation and E-Mobility«. As the former managing director of Horiba FuelCon GmbH and SensoTech GmbH, he has extensive technological background knowledge, a wealth of experience in how to set up and develop successful enterprises, a broad industry network and has accompanied various M&A and PMI processes from the company’s point of view.

Thanks to Mr. Bode, Aquin will be able to support clients in the future with even broader technological and operational know-how, especially in complex technology driven corporate transactions.

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Mathias Bode – Senior Advisor at Aquin

July 29, 2020

With the addition of Mathias Bode, Aquin strengthens its team of Senior Advisors in the area of »Automotive Testing, Automation and E-Mobility«. As the former managing director of Horiba FuelCon GmbH and SensoTech GmbH, he has extensive technological background knowledge, a wealth of experience in how to set up and develop successful enterprises, a broad industry network and has accompanied various M&A and PMI processes from the company’s point of view.

Thanks to Mr. Bode, Aquin will be able to support clients in the future with even broader technological and operational know-how, especially in complex technology driven corporate transactions.

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Aquin advises the Shareholders of Kümpers Composites on the takeover by an international investor group

June 29, 2020

Effective June 29, 2020 a Singapore based investor consortium acquired 95 percent equity in Kümpers Composites GmbH & Co. KG.

The acquisition has allowed the investors to secure the technological know-how, along with the perfected product quality from a leading manufacturer of reinforced carbon-fiber structural components. Through the investment consortium, Kümpers Composites has gained access to the promising Asian composite and lightweight construction market. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

Kümpers Composites GmbH & Co. KG, headquartered in Salzbergen-Holsterfeld (Germany), specializes in high-tech materials made out of carbon-, glass- and aramid fibers. The company relies on its proven, perfected technology along with a fully automated, robot driven production, to deliver high-strength composite solutions to the automobile, aviation and wind power industries. In the proven and mature technology of Kümpers Composites and the fully automated production at a high quality manufacturing level using robot applications, the group of investors sees the cornerstone for advancing via the Asian market to become one of the world's leading solution providers and volume manufacturers of carbon composites. For managing director and co-owner Franz-Jürgen Kümpers, who has continued to manage the company post acquisition, the takeover opens up the opportunity to expand into the future market Asia. A production facility in Taicang, near Shanghai (China) is already under construction.

Aquin was engaged by the shareholders of Kümpers Composites as the sole M&A advisor. Tax and legal advice was provided by HLB Schumacher. Taylor Wessing provided legal advice to the buyer side.

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Aquin advises the Shareholders of Kümpers Composites on the takeover by an international investor group

June 29, 2020

Effective June 29, 2020 a Singapore based investor consortium acquired 95 percent equity in Kümpers Composites GmbH & Co. KG.

The acquisition has allowed the investors to secure the technological know-how, along with the perfected product quality from a leading manufacturer of reinforced carbon-fiber structural components. Through the investment consortium, Kümpers Composites has gained access to the promising Asian composite and lightweight construction market. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

Kümpers Composites GmbH & Co. KG, headquartered in Salzbergen-Holsterfeld (Germany), specializes in high-tech materials made out of carbon-, glass- and aramid fibers. The company relies on its proven, perfected technology along with a fully automated, robot driven production, to deliver high-strength composite solutions to the automobile, aviation and wind power industries. In the proven and mature technology of Kümpers Composites and the fully automated production at a high quality manufacturing level using robot applications, the group of investors sees the cornerstone for advancing via the Asian market to become one of the world's leading solution providers and volume manufacturers of carbon composites. For managing director and co-owner Franz-Jürgen Kümpers, who has continued to manage the company post acquisition, the takeover opens up the opportunity to expand into the future market Asia. A production facility in Taicang, near Shanghai (China) is already under construction.

Aquin was engaged by the shareholders of Kümpers Composites as the sole M&A advisor. Tax and legal advice was provided by HLB Schumacher. Taylor Wessing provided legal advice to the buyer side.

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Aquin advises the Shareholders of Kümpers Composites on the takeover by an international investor group

June 29, 2020

Effective June 29, 2020 a Singapore based investor consortium acquired 95 percent equity in Kümpers Composites GmbH & Co. KG.

The acquisition has allowed the investors to secure the technological know-how, along with the perfected product quality from a leading manufacturer of reinforced carbon-fiber structural components. Through the investment consortium, Kümpers Composites has gained access to the promising Asian composite and lightweight construction market. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

Kümpers Composites GmbH & Co. KG, headquartered in Salzbergen-Holsterfeld (Germany), specializes in high-tech materials made out of carbon-, glass- and aramid fibers. The company relies on its proven, perfected technology along with a fully automated, robot driven production, to deliver high-strength composite solutions to the automobile, aviation and wind power industries. In the proven and mature technology of Kümpers Composites and the fully automated production at a high quality manufacturing level using robot applications, the group of investors sees the cornerstone for advancing via the Asian market to become one of the world's leading solution providers and volume manufacturers of carbon composites. For managing director and co-owner Franz-Jürgen Kümpers, who has continued to manage the company post acquisition, the takeover opens up the opportunity to expand into the future market Asia. A production facility in Taicang, near Shanghai (China) is already under construction.

Aquin was engaged by the shareholders of Kümpers Composites as the sole M&A advisor. Tax and legal advice was provided by HLB Schumacher. Taylor Wessing provided legal advice to the buyer side.

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