With a team led by Dr. Pär Johansson, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advised Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH (Haniel) on the acquisition of Optimar, a leading provider of automated fish processing systems. Norwegian financial investors Credo Partners and the company's management are the sellers. The current management team led by CEO Håvard Sætre will continue to run Optimar as part of Haniel group. With this acquisition, Haniel is further expanding its portfolio in an innovative business area.
Duisburg-based Haniel is a German family-owned business. The Haniel portfolio currently comprises six units: BekaertDeslee, CWS-boco, ELG, Optimar, ROVEMA, and TAKKT. In addition, the group holds financial investments in CECONOMY and METRO. In 2016, Haniel group generated revenue of EUR 3.6 billion with more than 13,800 employees.
Optimar is a high-growth Norwegian premium supplier of automated fish processing systems. The company develops, produces, and installs solutions for use on ships, on land, and for aquaculture. Over the past two years, the company, headquartered in Ålesund on the west coast of Norway, has expanded strongly and generated sales of some EUR 115 million in 2017.
Counsel to Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek:
Dr. Pär Johansson (Lead),
Dr. Christoph Schork, LL.M.,
Tim Remmel, LL.M. (all Corporate/M&A), all Cologne
Dr. Frederik Wiemer (Antitrust), Hamburg