The PwC M&A team is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of Project CALL, the sale of Gesellschaft für Reisevertriebssysteme mbH (“GfR”), a 100% subsidiary of Thomas Cook Touristik GmbH and the market leader for customer management and customer care in the German travel industry, to a fund advised by DUBAG Group (“DUBAG”), a German based private equity firm focused on special situation investments. Thomas Cook GmbH and its two subsidiaries Thomas Cook Touristik GmbH and Bucher & Öger Tours GmbH had to file for insolvency on 25th September 2019 as a result of the insolvency of the British parent company. Despite the group insolvency, GfR did not have to file for bankruptcy. PwC M&A acted as exclusive financial advisor to the vendor, insolvency administrator Ottmar Hermann of hww hermann wienberg wilhelm, on this transaction.
The share purchase agreement was signed on 20th of December 2019.
Thomas Cook GmbH covered the entire range of tourism services for various target groups in
Germany. With Neckermann Reisen, Thomas Cook Signature and Air Marin, leading and renowned tour operator brands belonged to the company, until November 2019 ÖGER TOURS and Bucher Reisen also belonged to the brand portfolio.
GfR is one of the leading providers of tourism call center services in Germany. From its locations in Bochum and Berlin, the company supports numerous renowned tourism portals with services for professional travel customer management. GfR, founded in 1997, now employs approximately 500 qualified tourism professionals who, depending on the order, process booking procedures, verify data or answer end customer inquiries in German and English. In 2018, GfR generated revenues of approximately €27m.
DUBAG Group, headquartered in Munich, advises and manages private equity funds and focuses on the acquisition and active development of companies in special situations. Currently DUBAG Group is investing capital from LEO II funds, which was successfully launched with institutional investors in September 2019.
hww hermann wienberg wilhelm is a service provider specialised in legal advice, restructuring, insolvency and receivership. hww is represented in more than 20 cities in Germany and has its own international network. hww hermann wienberg wilhelm has been appointed by numerous insolvency courts throughout Germany in thousands of insolvency proceedings during its many years of activity.
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The transaction was led by Timo Klees (Partner) and executed by Dr. Boris Hippel (Manager), Felix Lenk (Senior Associate), Hendrik Blumenstock (Senior Associate) and Florian Middelkamp (Associate).
For more information please contact Timo Klees +49 (0) 69 9585-6614.
Partner, Co-Head Mergers & Acquisitions: Automobilindustrie, Industrielle Produktion
Tel.: +49 69 9585-5667
Dr. Alexander von Friesen
Partner, Co-Head Mergers & Acquisitions: Gesundheitswesen, Handel und Konsumgüter
Tel.: +49 69 9585-5487