Amsterdam – CFI is pleased to announce it acted as the exclusive corporate finance advisor to the shareholders of Industrial Safety Group B.V., in its sale, together with its subsidiaries Arbo Support B.V. and Industrial Safety Belgium BVBA (collectively ‘Arbo Support’ or the ‘Company’), to DEKRA SE (‘DEKRA’).
Arbo Support is the Benelux market leader in consulting, project support, and training in the field of industrial safety and occupational hygiene. With over 100 professionals, Arbo Support specialises in setting up and implementing safety policies, primarily with blue chip clients in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. These customers are active in sectors with complex and high-risk working environments, such as (petro-)chemicals, oil and gas, energy, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, and food (dairy). Its activities are focused on both CAPEX and OPEX situations, such as new construction projects, reconstruction projects and shut-down operations.
Established in 1925 in Berlin as the DEutscher KRAftfahrzeug-Überwachungsverein (German Motor Vehicle Testing Company), DEKRA has developed into the European market leader in safety and quality services and one of the top five such companies worldwide. With more than 43,000 employees in over 50 countries, DEKRA’s revenues amounted to approximately EUR 3.1 billion in 2017, generated through its three business lines: DEKRA Automotive, DEKRA Industrial and DEKRA Personnel.
As one of the strategic pillars of the group, DEKRA Industrial aims at becoming the reference for Testing, Inspection and Certification (‘TIC’) in the Industrial Market. Together with Arbo Support, DEKRA’s strategic business unit DEKRA Insight (Consulting) will solidify its access to the largest network of safety experts in the Benelux, ensuring people’s health and safety in an increasingly complex environment.
Mr Patrick Roskam (CEO Arbo Support) stated: “The amount of work and complexity involved in a sale process with international trade buyers is big. Now having gone through it, we couldn’t be happier that we selected CFI Netherlands (MBCF) to lead the transaction. Their transactional fortitude, industry knowledge, international reach and ability to work well with the entire Industrial Safety Group team and its diverse shareholder base proved essential in this successful transaction outcome”.
CFI Netherlands initiated discussions and negotiations, in conjunction with CFI Germany, with a select range of international strategic parties in a process that ultimately resulted in a successful transaction with DEKRA.
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