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Paris, 14.09.2017: Zurflüh-Feller, the European leader for the design and manufacture of systems and components for roller shutters, acquired all shares in Eckermann GmbH, a company based in Germany and specialised in the manufacture of components and accessories for roller shutters. The parties agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

The acquisition by Zurflüh-Feller allows the company to gain new market share in Germany. For Eckermann, it represents the opportunity to secure future operations. The two companies complement each other in both industrial and sales terms. Zurflüh-Feller and Eckermann will maintain their respective brands and market presence.

An international M&A team of Rödl & Partner, led by Aurélia Froissart, advised Zurflüh-Feller on the acquisition of Eckermann GmbH. The focal points of the advisory service included legal, tax, financial and environmental due diligence. Rödl & Partner also advised the buyer on financial and tax issues during negotiations and in the course of M&A deal structuring. 

About Zurflüh-Feller

Zurflüh-Feller, founded in 1920 and based in Noirefontaine (Doubs, France), makes components and accessories for roller shutters (fasteners, belt drivers, cranks, winches, locking devices, etc.). Zurflüh-Feller is the leading French manufacturer of components for roller shutters, with a turnover amounting to more than 67 million euros with 350 employees and two production sites. The company controls its entire production chain and has an extensive patent portfolio. Its customers are manufacturers and distributors of roller shutters in 35 countries (20% of export turnover). In September 2015, Zurflüh-Feller had already acquired Profilmar, a company specialised in accessories for industrial closures.

Zurflüh-Feller is held by Edify, an investment company listed on the Euro MTF market of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

Advisers to Zurflüh-Feller: 

Rödl & Partner, Paris – Legal, Tax, Financial
Nicola Lohrey, Managing Partner, Avocate, Attorney at Law (Germany) (Project coordination, SPA advice)
Aurélia Froissart, Juriste (Project coordination, Tax Due Diligence, SPA advice and M&A coordination)
Léa Brecht, Avocate (Project coordination, Legal Due Diligence, SPA advice)
Susanne Wiener, Certified Public Auditor (Germany), Certified Tax Consultant (Germany), Auditor (France), Tax Consultant (France), (Project leader Financial Due Diligence)
Maximilian Egger, Chartered Financial Analyst, Senior Associate (Financial Due Diligence)
Maxime Tisserand, Associate (Financial Due Diligence) 

Rödl & Partner, Nuremberg – Legal, Tax, Environmental
Michael Wiehl, Attorney at Law (Germany), Partner (Legal Due Diligence)
Anna Luce, Certified Tax Consultant (Germany), Partner, (Project Leader Tax Due Diligence)
Oliver Saha, Attorney at Law (Germany), Associate (Legal Due Diligence, intra-group contracts advice)
Jens Linhardt, Attorney at Law (Germany), Associate (Legal Due Diligence, SPA advice, intra-group contracts advice, M&A coordination)
Dr. Christoph Kurzböck, Attorney at Law (Germany), Associate (Labour Law Due Diligence)
Nadine Juch, Attorney at Law (Germany), Associate Partner (Environmental Due Diligence, SPA advice and M&A coordination)
Jörg Schielein, Attorney at Law (Germany), Partner (Operator’s Responsibility Due Diligence)
Henning Wündisch, Attorney at Law (Germany), Associate Partner (Operator’s Responsibility Due Diligence)
Sabrina Kraus, Certified Tax Consultant (Germany), Senior Associate (intra-group contracts advice)
Dr. Alexandra Giering, Attorney at Law (Germany), Associate Partner (intra-group contracts advice)

Rödl & Partner, Eschborn – Financial
Jochen Reis, Partner (Financial Due Diligence)

Industrie Consult International M&A GmbH, Düsseldorf
Fritz Koop, Partner (M&A buy-side advisory on behalf of Zurflüh-Feller)

GLS Immowert, Nürnberg
Christoph Schuster, Manager Real Estate Valuation

Zurflüh-Feller
Thierry Jeanmart, Chief Executive Officer
Sylvain Bordes, Chief Financial Officer
Pierre Cartier, Financial Controller

Eckermann GmbH
Thomas Eckermann, Managing Director, owner