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AURELIUS acquires majority of ZIM Flugsitz GmbH - SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz advises ZIM Group

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AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA (Aurelius) acquired the majority of ZIM Flugsitz GmbH from the founding family Zimmermann. ZIM Flugsitz GmbH is based in Markdorf near the Bodensee and is a renowned provider of quality flight seats for commercial passenger planes. With approx. 210 employees in the headquarter in Markdorf as well as a production site in Schwerin (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) the company achieves annual sales of approx. EUR 55 million. The transaction is expected to close in January 2020.

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz, with a team led by partners Dr. Peter Bauschatz and Marc-Philippe Hornung, offered comprehensive advice to the ZIM Group regarding the preparation and structuring of the transaction as well as in the contractual negotiation.

ZIM Flugsitz was founded in 2008 by the engineer couple Zimmermann, who will continue as shareholders of the company and will remain active in the company's management board. ZIM Flugsitz has been growing steadily since its foundation. With its development department being acknowledged throughout the entire industry, as well as an innovative and high quality product portfolio, mainly for the Economy and Premium Economy classes, ZIM Flugsitz is comfortably positioned to profit from the long-term growth trend in the flight seat sector. Among the company's clients are international airlines such as Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Japan Airlines und ANA.

"Since the foundation in 2008 we have grown strongly as family business and have successfully managed the entry in the linefit segment and the Premium Economy class. Now time has come to prepare our financial structure and our organization for future growth, and we are delighted to have found an experienced investor in AURELIUS who will support us in our future challenges," says Angelika Zimmermann, president of ZIM Flugsitz.

AURELIUS will support ZIM Flugsitz financially and operationally, to enable further growth. The focus will be on operational improvements and the optimization of the financial structure. With the existing portfolio of excellent products as well as with new developments, the company is expected to maintain its growth.

"The transaction shows that the value commitment of our far-reaching operative ressources is also appreciated by medium-sized companies. We are looking forward, together with the Zimmermann couple, to further develop the organization and lift it to the next level", says Dr. Dirk Markus, CEO of AURELIUS.

AURELIUS was advised by Seabury Capital (M&A), Ebner Stolz (Financial Due Diligence) and Oppenhoff & Partner (Tax Due Diligence).
PWC organized the international bidding process. 

The ZIM Group was advised by the following SZA team: 
Dr. Peter Bauschatz (Tax Law; lead partner)
Marc-Philippe Hornung (M&A/Restructuring; lead partner)
Dr. Matthias Heusel (M&A/Corporate Law)
Jan Friedrichson (M&A/Corporate Law)
Katja Schmitt (M&A/Corporate Law)
Prof. Dr. Kristian Fischer (Public Law)
Dr. Andreas Herr (Financing)
Dr. Rolf Schmich (Tax Law)
Marcus Schnabelrauch (Tax Law)
Elena Neumüller (Tax Law)
Dr. Florian Schuhmacher (Tenancy Law and Real Estate Law)
Dr. Christina Malz (Competition Law)


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