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DORDA advises VR Equitypartner on acquisition of IT service provider SIGNON

Thursday, 4 July 2019

A team led by Bernhard Rieder and Lukas Schmidt advised VR Equitypartner GmbH on its acquisition of a majority stake in SIGNON Österreich GmbH. The complex cross-border transaction was managed jointly with German law firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek (team led by Rainer Herschlein and Benedikt Raisch). Antitrust clearance is still pending. SIGNON Austria's management team holds a significant stake in the company. The partnership is aimed at strengthening its position in a niche market and tapping additional growth potential.

SIGNON Österreich GmbH is a Vienna-based IT service provider specialising in mobility, infrastructure and digitisation. The company was founded by Paul Kleinrath under the name Evolit – Consulting in 2011. Two years later, a majority stake was acquired by TÜV SÜD Group, making the company part of SIGNON Group. SIGNON Österreich GmbH currently has more than 50 employees.

VR Equitypartner is one of the leading private equity financers in the DACH region. The company supports medium-sized family businesses in solving complex financing issues. VR Equitypartner offers majority and minority shareholdings as well as mezzanine financing. As a subsidiary of DZ BANK, VR Equitypartner consistently prioritises the sustainability of corporate development over short-term exit philosophy. VR Equitypartner's portfolio currently comprises some 100 investments with an investment volume of EUR 500 million.
Advisor to VR Equitypartner GmbH
Bernhard Rieder (Partner, Corporate/M&A)
Lukas Schmidt (Attorney at Law, Corporate/M&A)
Paul Doralt (Partner, Tax)
Julia Berent (Attorney at Law, M&A)
Markus Aigner (Associate, Financing)
Bernhard Heinzl (Attorney at Law, IP/IT)
Alona Klammer (Legal Consultant, IP/IT)
Sarah Pichler (Associate, IP/IT)
Tullia Veronesi (Associate, IP/IT)
Lisa Kulmer (Attorney at Law, Labour Law)
Florina Thenmayer (Associate, Labour Law)
Marie-Luise Pugl (Attorney at Law, Real Estate)
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek:
Rainer Herschlein (Partner, M&A, Stuttgart)
Benedikt Raisch (Partner, M&A, Stuttgart)

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