McDermott Advises Ardian on Acquisition of Stake in Kapten & Son


Munich, March 12, 2021 – McDermott Will & Emery advised Ardian on the acquisition of a minority stake in Kapten & Son Group for its Ardian Growth fund.

Kapten & Son was founded in 2014 by Fabian Deventer, Johannes Theobald and Artjem Weissbeck, and has developed into one of the fastest growing fashion and accessories companies in Europe with revenues over €50m in 2020. The product portfolio includes watches, backpacks, eyewear, sunglasses, cases and accessories, which are distributed in more than 30 countries.

With their new shareholder, Ardian Growth, the founders of Kapten & Son plan to further drive international growth.

Ardian is one of the world’s leading independent investment firms, managing over US$110 billion in assets for investors from Europe, South and North America and Asia. The minority stake in Kapten & Son is Ardian Growth’s first investment in Germany.

The McDermott team co-led by Diana Hund (Corporate/M&A, Paris) and Germar Enders (Corporate/M&A, Munich) advised Ardian on all legal aspects of the transaction. The team also comprised Nikolaus von Jacobs (Corporate/M&A), Steffen Woitz (IP) (both Munich), Nina Siewert (Tax, Frankfurt), Antoine Vergnat (Tax, Paris), Christian Krohs (Antitrust, Düsseldorf) as well as associates Emmanuelle Turek (Corporate/M&A, Paris), Matthias Weingut (Corporate/M&A), Richard Gräbener (IP) (both Munich), Carina Kant (Antitrust, Düsseldorf) and Côme de Saint Vincent (Tax, Paris).

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