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Jürgen Schwarz receives ‘Deal Maker of the Year Award 2016’

13th January 2017

Jürgen Schwarz, Partner and Head of M&A Consumer Business of Capitalmind in Germany, has been awarded the Deal Maker of the Year Award 2016 for advising Outfitter Group on their sale to Karstadt owned by Signa Retail/René Benko.

Jürgen joined Capitalmind as a partner in August 2016. With his extensive experience as founding entrepreneur and M&A advisor in the retail sector supports Capitalmind’s consistent pan-European sector approach in the consumer industry.

Jürgen Schwarz acted as M&A sell-side advisor for the Outfitter founder/shareholder on the sale of the Outfitter Group to the Karstadt shareholder Signa Retail/René Benko.

SIGNA  Retail  has  taken  an  important  step  towards becoming an integrated retail business. In April, 2016, in a move designed to unlock even stronger online growth potential, the company acquired a 60% stake in Outfitter, the leading multi-channel retailer in sports apparel – the remaining 40% were retained by Ron Berger. The Outfitter’s founder and former sole shareholder will  remain  a  minority shareholder  and  will  continue  to operationally head the company together with the co-general manager Thorsten Bichowski.

Outfitter’s strong online presence and the excellent position in Germany’s  bricks-and-mortar  retail  segment  of  Signa  Retail’s subsidiary  Karstadt  sports,  create  an  outstanding  basis  for  a strategic  partnership.  The  companies’  expert  management teams  and  young,  energetic  employees  with  a  passion  for sports will be instrumental in capitalising on the strengths of each business and the synergies between them.

Jürgen comments on the deal were, "In oder to achieve sustainable future success, the online and brick-and-mortar business need to be seamlessly integrated. With the acquisition of Outfitter, Signa Retail can quickly realised this goal in the sports goods business. Additionally, Signa Retail gains further strengths in the sports segment, as well as strong competence in logistics and processes for its online business".  


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