Succession solution successful: SWJ Group acquires majority share in inform GmbH

Within the framework of an international investor process, we have succeeded in winning the SWJ Group as a strategic partner for the reorientation of inform GmbH. By taking over the share packages of two founding shareholders who are retiring for age reasons, the SWJ Group acquires the majority of shares.

The M&A experts of Falkensteg GmbH advised inform GmbH on the search for investors. The realignment of the financing was led by the law firm Schilling Zutt & Anschütz (SZA) and the restructuring specialists of FalkenSteg.

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The SWJ Group is a leading international provider of engineering services, primarily in the area of production planning for the automotive and automotive supply industry.

inform GmbH is an engineering specialist for complete solutions in the automotive sector with proven expertise in the areas of powertrain, electrical and electronic systems.

Changing market environment
The market for engineering services has changed massively in recent years. Flexible and highly efficient factories, demand-oriented and optimized material provision, streamlining of the supply chain, industrialization 4.0, production-oriented product design, alternative drive concepts and electrification, right up to mobility concepts and later recycling, are forcing a multitude of upheavals and changes in the industry. Internationalisation and increasing project volumes also play a major role for manufacturers when it comes to choosing the right service provider.

A stronger future together

The merger of inform and SWJ makes it possible to meet these requirements even better. The two companies’ know-how and range of services complement each other ideally and thus offer an even broader portfolio ranging from product development and factory planning to implementation support and engineering in ongoing series production and quality management. And all this on an international level.

Markus Jurditsch, CEO and company spokesman of the SWJ Group, looks confidently to the future: “We made a conscious decision to become involved with inform GmbH because we recognised the potential in two respects. On the one hand, the know-how brought in will expand SWJ’s competencies and on the other hand, it will support the global growth strategy and significantly strengthen our market position”.

The founder of inform GmbH, Mr. Can Konsul, is also optimistic that the new partners will complement each other. Especially the integration of complementary skills and the international presence of the SWJ Group will open up new opportunities for inform GmbH. Together with Mr. Kohns, Mr. Konsul will continue to manage inform GmbH as managing director and will significantly advance the integration into the SWJ Group. Mr. Konsul will also remain a shareholder of inform GmbH.

Advisors inform GmbH

FalkenSteg (Munich/Frankfurt/Düsseldorf): Jochen Wierz (M&A, Munich), Tillmann Peeters, Sebastian Wilde (both restructuring, both Düsseldorf); Director: Steffen Brand (M&A, Frankfurt); Associate: Florian Weingärtner (M&A, Munich); Consultant: Maximilian Schneider (restructuring, Düsseldorf)

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz (Mannheim): Marc Philippe Hornung, MBA (M&A, restructuring); Associate: Katja Schmitt (corporate law)