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Trade Sale Comcave to Gilde Buy Out

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31. December 2014 from Holger Fries
Trade Sale Comcave to Gilde Buy Out
Seller: Comcave Group
Buyer: Gilde Buy Out Partners
Branch: health- and education sector
Transaction volume: not published
Closing: 31.12.2014

WALTER FRIES Corporate Finance GmbH sucessfully advised COMCAVE.COLLEGE® GmbH from Dortmund throughout the sales in shares of Comcave College GmbH, COMCAVE Recruitment Services GmbH, Academy 2.0 GmbH and CPI Consulting + Training GmbH to Gilde Buy Out Partners.

Comcave is a leading provider of occupational re-training and advanced vocational training for adults. The Company is focused on IT-related education measures, which are being held at 14 education centers nationwide. Participants can flexibly choose between on-site presence learning modules or location-independent courses via the Company’s telelearning offering. In order to support Comcave’s transition to the next level of corporate development, management has chosen to partner with Gilde, a well-established financial investor with a strong track record in mid-market buy-out transactions in Germany. As a result of the acquisition, management will gain an experienced partner looking to actively support the planned growth strategy, which is centered on the expansion of the German education center network as well as on selective service portfolio enhancements. The incumbent management team procures substantial experience in the occupational re-training and advanced vocational training markets and has successfully developed Comcave into a leading adult education provider. The operational management of the Company will remain with the incumbent management team.

»In recent years COMCAVE performed very successfully. The company has an outstanding position in the german vocational training market and has created the necessary conditions for a nationwide roll-out of education centers. With Gilde Buy Out Partners we will get a strong strategic partner supporting the next level of corporate development. Therefore we focus on growth and continuity together. The M&A consultants of WALTER FRIES Corporate Finance have advised during the whole transaction process with an outstanding engagement. They have understood our business rapidly and recognized the potentials in COMCAVE. The advisers of WALTER FRIES contributed to success of this transaction significantly and created a balanced, pleasant atmosphere, where every party’s interests were taken into account.«
Maximilian A. Jaber Founder and CEO von COMCAVE


Comcave, founded in 2004 and headquartered in Dortmund is one of the leading providers for adult education and training in Germany. For almost ten years the Company has been offering high quality education services preparing participants for the ever growing demand of increasing skill requirements in the labour market. The Company’s services are aimed at effectively alleviating the skills shortage in Germany. Comcave offers more than 200 occupational re-training and advanced vocational training courses focusing on IT related education measures. Course attendance can be achieved either at one of the currently 14 nationwide education centers or remotely via logging into a virtual classroom.


About Gilde Buy Out Partners

Gilde Buy Out Partners is a leading European private equity investor for mid-market transactions with operations in the DACH region and the Benelux countries. Gilde manages funds in excess of EUR 2 billion and controls majority stake shareholdings in, amongst others, Spandex, Eismann, Teleplan, Roompot, Powerlines, HG and Plukon Royal. For more information, please visit

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