Deal Announcement 07/17: Service Industries

PwC acted as exclusive M&A adviser to Oakley Capital on the acquisition of Schülerhilfe from Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

The Deal

The German PwC M&A team is pleased to announce the successful acquisition of Schülerhilfe, the leading K-12 tutoring and adult education platform in Germany and Austria.

PwC acted as exclusive financial advisor to Oakley Capital on this transaction. Additional services of PwC to Oakley Capital included Financial Due Diligence, and Tax/Structuring advice.

Oakley Capital has acquired Schülerhilfe in a buy-out from Deutsche Beteiligungs AG. Schülerhilfe is the market leader in tutoring services in Germany and Austria. Acquiring Schülerhilfe, Oakley Capital expands its portfolio of education assets as well as its DACH footprint significantly.

This transaction is in line with Oakley’s investment strategy, characterized by a subscription and low cyclicality business model. Oakley Capital has made several successful acquisitions in DACH in the past, such as Parship Elite Group, Verivox, Plesk, Intergenia, and Damovo.

The parties involved have agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction.


Schülerhilfe, the market leader in K-12 tutoring services in Germany and Austria, with a track record of more than 43 years, operates 457 corporate centres and an additional 602 centres via a franchise system. The company helps more than 120,000 students annually through small group and individual tutoring sessions.

The company is run by a highly competent management team with a strong consumer retail background.

Oakley Capital

Oakley Capital Private Equity L.P. and its successor funds, Oakley Capital Private Equity II and Oakley Capital Private Equity III, are unlisted mid-market private equity funds with the aim of providing investors with significant long term capital appreciation. The investment strategy of the funds is to focus on buy-out opportunities in industries with the potential for growth, consolidation and performance improvement.


The global PwC network is a worldwide association of independent auditing and consulting companies which together employ more than 223,000 employees in 157 countries. Our global network comprises nearly 1,550 M&A professionals all over the world, realizing over 400 successful transactions each year. We specialize in a wide range of independent M&A services including advice on acquisitions and disposals, mergers, public takeovers, privatizations as well as structured financing.

The following PwC teams in Germany have been involved in the transaction:

Matthias Loos (Lead Partner), Markus Müller (Manager), Tomas Artner (Senior Consultant), Matthias Stuckmann (Consultant)

Financial Due Diligence
Erik Hummitzsch (Partner), Peter Gröninger (Senior Manager), Roman Pfützenreuter (Senior Manager), Nataliya Cherednychenko (Manager), Maria Kashina (Consultant)

Christian Tempich (Partner), Imke Murchner (Senior Manager), Matthias Lindner (Senior Manager), Thomas Henke (Manager), Michaela Bücherl (Senior Consultant), Sabine Schmidtgal (Consultant).

Deal Announcement 07/17: Service Industries

Contact us

Dr. Alexander von Friesen

Dr. Alexander von Friesen

Partner, Corporate Finance | M&A Healthcare & Consumer, PwC Germany

Tel.: +49 151 11714398

Alexander Knögel

Alexander Knögel

Partner, Corporate Finance | M&A Industrial Technology & Business Services, PwC Germany

Tel.: +49 170 2250409

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