Reference project in the mechanical engineering sector
EUR > 20 million
Wohlhaupter GmbH, founded in Frickenhausen in 1929, is a leading manufacturer of innovative tooling systems for drilling applications. The middle-market player has subsidiaries in the United States and in India. Prior to the transaction, Wintergerst assisted the restructuring of Wohlhaupter GmbH, analyzing its business model and its international realignment.
The extremely complex transaction structure as a result of the diverse shareholders of the American Wohlhaupter Corp. and the German Wohlhaupter GmbH necessitated a careful balancing of various interests. Another challenge lay in the international transaction process.
The American family-owned Allied Machine & Engineering Corp. acquired most of the assets of the U.S. subsidiary, Wohlhaupter Corp. as well as a qualified majority stake in Wohlhaupter GmbH. Market entry in the USA provides Wohlhaupter GmbH with long-term growth potential. At the same time, it was possible for the former shareholders to retain a minority stake in the company.