KPMG Deal Advisory advised Mercurius Private Equity and further shareholders on the sale of GVG Glasfaser to Palladio Partners

About the transaction

In spring 2019 Mercurius Private Equity and further shareholders of GVG Glasfaser initiated a combined M&A and financing process to evaluate their strategic options for GVG Glasfaser, a leading German operator of broadband infrastructure in rural areas, and to explore alternative possibilities to finance the build-out of GVG Glasfaser’s own fibre networks. The process resulted in an acquisition of GVG Glasfaser by the German infrastructure investor Palladio Partners. The transaction will allow GVG Glasfaser to expand its own fibre network significantly and thereby also contributes to the German government’s goal of a nationwide coverage with Fibre-to-the-Home (‘FttH’). KPMG Deal Advisory acted as financial advisor to GVG Glasfaser and its shareholders alongside co-advisor Rautenberg Moritz & Co.

About GVG Glasfaser

GVG Glasfaser GmbH, headquartered in Kiel, is a platform for the realisation of broadband projects in rural underserved areas. Based on a newly created highspeed fibre-optic infrastructure, the company offers classic triple-play services via its own brand „nordischnet“. It has so far contracted more than 45,000 homes out of a current homes passed potential of c. 150,000 and continues to invest very actively in further expansion. Founded in Kiel in 2011, the company and its subsidiary 2locate employ more than 150 people.

About Mercurius Private Equity

Mercurius Group (parent company of Mercurius Private Equity) was founded in 2004 and has since then become one of the leading investment firms for the development of innovative, promising business ideas. The company considers itself as an active sparring partner that contributes both capital and strategic know-how. Previous portfolio companies of Mercurius Group include Cytori Therapeutics, EQS Group, Frogster Interactive Pictures and casual food. Currently, the group has ten active investments.

About Palladio Partners

Palladio Partners is an owner-managed investment boutique with a focus on infrastructure assets. Investors include leading German pension funds and insurance companies, in line with Palladio’s long-term investment horizon.

About KPMG Deal Advisory

Our expertise in structuring complex transactions, our team of dedicated and sector experienced Deal Advisory professionals and our worldwide presence through the global network of independent KPMG member firms contributed significant value to the success of this transaction.

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