Flick Gocke Schaumburg has advised the French consulting firm Wavestone SA on tax law aspects in connection with Wavestone’s planned acquisition of the German Q_Perior group. Wavestone will acquire 100% of share capital of Q_Perior’s parent holding, based on an enterprise value of EUR 330 million (plus a potential earn-out of up to EUR 35 million). The purchase price payment comprises both a cash component and a return participation for the sellers of the Q_Perior group in Wavestone SA.
Advisors to Wavestone SA: Flick Gocke Schaumburg
Dr. Jochen Bahns, Fabian Mang (project lead); associate: Jonathan Zeller (all M&A/tax)
The advisory services included tax due diligence and tax advice on the transfer agreement and the structuring of the acquisition and return participation. The Flick Gocke Schaumburg team established contact with Wavestone SA through its French Taxand partner Arsene Taxand, with which it worked closely in the course of the transaction.
Founded in 1990, Wavestone is a French management consultancy listed on Euronext Paris. It employs around 4,400 people and is active in nine countries, primarily in France, the UK, the US, and Asia.
Q_Perior is a German business and IT consultancy which has so far been owned by its founders, directors and partners. It was founded in 2011 following the merger of three business and IT consultancies (ESPRiT Consulting AG, agens Consulting GmbH, and Paricon AG) and is now one of the German-speaking countries’ leading advisory firms. The group has a strong presence in Europe, especially in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and the UK, and in North America. <<<
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