McDermott Advises Ardian on its First German Investment with its Minority Stake in Kapten & Son


McDermott Will & Emery advised Ardian Growth on its acquisition of a stake in Kapten & Son, a German brand specializing in the online sale of premium lifestyle accessories. With this minority investment, the Ardian Growth team has made its first investment in Germany and will support the founders of Kapten & Son in their European ambitions.

Ardian is one of the world’s leading private equity firms with $110 billion under management and advising on assets across Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Founded in 2014, Kapten & Son is one of Europe’s fastest growing retailers of premium lifestyle accessories such as suitcases, backpacks, eyewear and watches. It operates in more than 30 countries through its online store, six retail stores and a network of exclusive partners.

The McDermott team advising Ardian included:

  • Diana Hund, partner and Emmanuelle Turek, associate (Paris), Germar Enders, Counsel and Matthias Weingut, associate (Munich) on corporate matters
  • Antoine Vergnat, partner, Côme de Saint Vincent, associate (Paris), and Nina Siewert, partner (Frankfurt) on tax issues

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