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collective avantgarde realizes the purchase of the insolvent business “Feinmechanische Werkstatt Colette Carius-Harris” in cooperation with MÖVE-I.M.A. GmbH.
Jena/Mühlhausen/Weingarten-Grabe, 20th of June 2017 – collective avantgarde corporate finance GmbH (Jena) – an expert for consultancy, purchase and sale of businesses – successfully concluded the purchase of “Feinmechanische Werkstatt Colette Carius-Harris” by MÖVE-I.M.A. GmbH – Holding. Consequently, the international business based in Mühlhausen acquired a strategically important supplier in Thuringia.
Metal components have been turned, drilled and milled in Weingarten-Grabe, since June 1960. Colette Carius Harris is a medium sized business with 15 employees and a long-standing tradition. They own modern lathes and milling machines and produce for multiple enterprises in central Germany. The main cause for the purchase was the importance of the supplier for MÖVE-I.M.A. GmbH – Holding and the protection of jobs in western Thuringia, as well as further strategic development with a new and bigger shareholder.
In this light, collective avantgarde conducted several exploratory talks and negotiations with the insolvency administrator. The M&A-consultancy firm from Jena – managed by Steffen Glaubrecht – and MÖVE-I.M.A. GmbH – Holding were able to present the best continuation concept for the troubled business by focusing on new investments in machinery.
The internationally operating company MÖVE-I.M.A. GmbH – Holding is specialized in metalworking, special-purpose engineering, surface coating and machining. The enterprise experienced strong growth in the last few years.
The negotiations with insolvency administrator Dr. Frank Kreuznacht were fair and constructive at all times and met the expectations of MÖVE-I.M.A. GmbH – Holding. “In collaboration with collective avantgarde, we developed a strategic approach and conducted the offer preparation and contract negotiations in a target-oriented and well structured manner. Therefore, the purchase agreement could be signed shortly after. A key point for us was ensuring the positions of the majority of employees – and that’s what collective avantgarde achieved.“ – Tino Feigenspan, director and shareholder of MÖVE-I.M.A. GmbH – Holding.
Additionally, a good personal relationship and pleasant atmosphere during negotiations led to choosing the business from Weingarten. The purchase was successfully concluded within a few months and investments in machinery and construction have already been carried out by the new owners.
About collective avantgarde corporate finance GmbH:
Founded 20 years ago in Jena, collective avantgarde consults medium-sized enterprises. Diverse contacts and relations in the German industrial and financial sectors support our existing national and international network. Our team of proficient experts is specialized in company sales and acquisitions, business succession, national and international corporate transactions, as well as equity- and debt financing of medium-sized companies. Since 2010, collective avantgarde supported, structured and realized purchase and selling transactions with a total of more than 93 million Euro.
Expertise of the collective avantgarde group:
- M&A transactions
- consultancy in international tax law
- inheritance tax for businesses
- family holdings and related transaction structures
- due diligence
- closing and sales agreements
Thuringian medium-sized enterprise becomes part of a European family network:
Jena/Diedorf/Nürnberg, 13th July 2016 – M&A- and company sales and acquisitions expert collective avantgarde corporate finance GmbH (Jena) successfully sold the Diedorfer hot galvanizing company to the Wiegel group (Nürnberg). The Bavarian company now owns five sites in Thuringia.
There is hot-galvanizing of steel components in Diedorf since June 1993.The company has got 35 employees and is one of the biggest hot-galvanizing companies in Thuringia. As an environmentally conscious medium-sized enterprise, new and modern production facilities are important for the business. Reasons for the sale of shares are the age of the management and shareholders, securing jobs in western Thuringia and the opportunity of strategic development of the enterprise with a new and bigger shareholder.
In this light, collective avantgarde negotiated with multiple prospective customers. They finally attracted the internationally operating WIEGEL group.
The leading European hot-galvanizing company bought their fifth business in Thuringia and 34th in Germany. WIEGEL is one of the top-performing hot-galvanizing companies in Europe, employing more than 1,600 people in national and international locations.
WIEGEL’s offer matched the expectations of the shareholders in Diedorf. Martin Feigenspann, director and shareholder of Diedorfer Feuerverzinkerei stated: “we developed a strategy in collaboration with collective avantgarde and they found a prospective buyer – the WIEGEL group. It was important for us to secure the jobs of our employees – and collective avantgarde accomplished this objective”.
Additionally, a good personal relationship and pleasant atmosphere during negotiations contributed to the positive outcome. The sale was closed successfully within a few months.
The new owners are planning future investments in the area of hot-galvanizing in order to extend the existing production facilities in Diedorf.
Harald Füchtenbusch, managing director at WIEGEL commented: „The sales process ran quickly and objectively. The dialogue with collective avantgarde was professional and characterized by extensive experience in negotiating”.
About collective avantgarde corporate finance GmbH:
Founded 20 years ago in Jena, collective avantgarde advises medium-sized enterprises with their team of experts. The variety of contacts in the German industry and financial sector support their existing national and international network. Their advisory focal points are sale and acquisition of companies, national and international business transactions, as well as equity- and debt financing for medium-sized enterprises. They supported and realized sales- and acquisition transactions of more than 66 million Euros since 2010.
Special know-how of collective avantgarde:
- Tax advisory for international tax law
- inheritance tax law for entrepreneurs
- Family holdings and relating transaction structures
- Due diligence-audits
- Closing/Sales Agreements
Automotive supplier Hehnke GmbH & Co. KG gets investment totaling millions for expanding their production and distribution capacities.
Jena/Steinbach Hallenberg/Planegg, 22nd October 2015 – Collective avantgarde, a business consultancy specialized in sales and acquisition of enterprises, successfully found an investor for Hehnke GmbH & Co. KG. The company produces complex components and modules and the investment secures existing jobs and prospective growth as well as expansion of production and distribution capacities in the future.
The M&A-advisors from collective avantgarde in Jena managed to attract the PartnerFonds AG (Planegg) as a future investor and new shareholder. Focused on medium-sized corporate investments and independent investment partners, PartnerFonds bought shares of Hehnke GmbH & Co. KG and additionally grants a shareholder loan in order to finance growth.
Hehnke is a family business founded in 1995 that specializes in producing complex components and modules made from plastic material with injection modeling. Due to their long-time experience, Hehnke covers the whole production process from design to prototyping and tool manufacturing until serial production. Their customers include well-known companies from the automotive industry.
Ralf Schöpker, executive of PartnerFonds AG stated: „The whole negotiating process with collective avantgarde was on par and characterized by extensive experience in negotiating“.
Strategic objectives of the transaction were securing company succession and guaranteeing the financial means to support prospective business growth, mainly in the sector injection modeling. In consideration of that, collective avantgarde negotiated with 13 national and foreign investors and associated companies. The offer of PartnerFonds AG matched the expectations of the management of Hehnke best. Additionally, a good personal relationship and pleasant atmosphere during negotiations contributed to the positive outcome. The M&A-transaction closed successfully within a year.
Tommy Hehnke, director and main shareholder of Hehnke GmbH & Co. KG commented: “Collective avantgarde, represented by director Steffen Glaubrecht, led the whole M&A process to a very positive outcome in favor of the existing shareholders. We would choose to collaborate with them again at any time”.
About Hehnke GmbH & Co. KG:
The company that is located in the Thuringian city Steinbach-Hallenberg is family-managed since 1995 and specialized in the production of complex components and modules with injection modeling. They have a customer base of well-known companies in Germany and abroad. Their know-how and long-time experience allows Hehnke to offer a wide range of services from design to prototyping, tool manufacturing and serial production. The bases of their innovative plastic products are flexible and proficient system solutions in production and high-quality precision parts (www.hehnke.de).
About PartnerFonds AG:
PartnerFonds Ag has financed the growth of medium-sized enterprises since 2003. With a total volume of more than 320 million Euros, they realized more than 70 investments. They are independent from banks and capital markets and therefore a reliable, stable and long-term financing partner (www.partnerfonds.ag).
Joyful week for children suffering from kidney disease
Jena. A few weeks ago, ten kids and adolescents - suffering from chronic kidney disease, requiring dialysis or having transplanted organs – got to spend a week in “Schullandheim Stern”. They were accompanied by their supervisors from Jena’s hospital’s children-dialysis-center.
The children experienced happy days with boat cruises on the river Saale, hiking, visiting Jena’s “Kulturarena” and theatre performances on “Schottplatz”. The young patients got to know each other and shared their experiences. For most of them it was the only opportunity to travel and get in contact with others suffering from kidney disease.
Thanks to the donations from “Audi Quattro Cup” of golfers, the children were enabled to experience the joyful week. These donations have been given for many years. Only yesterday, 1750 Euro from this year’s cup in Blankenhain were handed to the children-dialysis-association in Jena.
Judith Mannich from the children-dialysis-association
in Jena received a donation of 1750 Euro from golfers
Uwe Fischer (car dealership Fischer) and Steffen Glaubrecht
(collective avantgarde GmbH). Photo: Michael Groß