ox8 Corporate Finance acted as the exclusive sell-side M&A adviser to the shareholders of Lässig GmbH („Lässig“) on the majority sale to Ambienta SGR SpA („Ambienta”).
Lässig was founded in 2006 by Claudia and Stefan Lässig and currently has more than 110 employees. The company produces functional, sustainable and innovative products for babies, children and the entire family. The company creates high brand credibility among parents via clear unique selling propositions such as innovation and functionality. Lässig is on a strong growth path and has used its strong presence in the DACH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) as a launching pad for the successful expansion into other European markets such as France and the Benelux countries.
In the wake of the majority acquisition, Ambienta, as one of Europe’s largest asset managers fully committed to environmental sustainability, will support Lässig’s holistic sustainability strategy as well as its further internationalization via its international network and expertise. In addition, Ambienta will work with the management team to drive forward the digitalization of products, processes and operations. The sellers of the shares are Arcus Capital, BE Beteiligungen, the founders Claudia and Stefan Lässig, and Karin Heinrich. The latter continue to hold significant shares in the family business, Arcus Capital also remains invested.
Hans Haderer, Partner and Manager for the DACH region at Ambienta, said: “Lässig is an ideal fit for Ambienta because of its deep conviction in sustainable action and a successful growth and internationalization strategy. The company is not only a pioneer in innovations for family needs, but also in the economical use of resources, the use of recycled raw materials and product durability. We want to consistently expand this approach together with the founders and support the company’s growth strategy to the best of our ability with our special know-how.”
The founders Claudia und Stefan Lässig affirm: “In Ambienta, we have found the optimal partner for the next growth phase of our company. This will decisively help us to become the leading supplier for babies, children and families in Europe. A big thanks to the entire ox8 team, who supported us excellently and very professionally during the whole process and were crucial to the success and, above all, the selection of the right partner.”
About Lässig (www.laessig-fashion.de)
Lässig was founded in 2006 by Claudia and Stefan Lässig and currently has more than 110 employees. The company started with innovative, sustainability-oriented diaper bags, which are still a highly successful product. Since then, the product portfolio has been continuously expanded and today includes backpacks, accessories, toys, children’s tableware, clothing and much more. In the development of its products, the family-owned company pays particular attention to the economical use of resources, the use of renewable and recycled materials, and the production of durable products. The products are sold in around 2,800 brick-and-mortar stores, 50 online stores and via the company’s own online store at www.laessig-fashion.de.
About Ambienta (www.ambientasgr.com)
Ambienta SGR SpA (“Ambienta”) is a European environmental sustainability investor in private and public markets. Based in Milan, London, Paris and Munich, Ambienta manages assets of more than €3 billion. Its focus is on investments in private and public companies driven by environmental megatrends and whose products or services improve resource efficiency and environmental protection. In the private equity sector, Ambienta has made 58 investments to date. In the public equity sector, Ambienta has launched one of the world’s largest absolute return funds fully focused on environmental sustainability and manages a full range of sustainable products from low-risk multi-asset funds to long-only equity funds.
About ox8 Corporate Finance (www.ox8-cf.com)
ox8 Corporate Finance is an independent corporate finance boutique founded in 2018 by experienced M&A specialists. Corporate finance advisory services are offered with a focus on M&A as well as Growth Capital in the Software/ SaaS, Digital Commerce, Technology/ IT services and Healthcare sectors. The team has an excellent international network to financial investors and strategic buyers. ox8 Corporate Finance has offices in Frankfurt am Main and Aschaffenburg.