Deals & Cases
Equistone acquires Roth GroupFunds managed by Equistone Partners Europe have acquired a majority stake in Roth Group, alongside its current management, from Swiss Investor Ufenau Capital Partners. Roth is one of the leading providers of services for domestic and industrial fire protection, insulation and coatings in Switzerland. Since its founding in 1958, the Gerlafingen-based company has evolved into one of the leading Swiss providers of services for fire protection, insulation and related services. Its products are particularly targeted towards domestic, industrial and commercial buildings as well as infrastructure projects for both the private and public sector. With nine offices in Switzerland and over 350 employees, Roth has established a significant presence within the market. In the last 18 months the company has been strengthened through four add-on acquisitions. EPE’s investment will support Roth’s plans for growth both organically and acquisitively in the fragmented Swiss fire protection industry. The signing of the transaction occurred on August 31, and the closing on September 7, 2016. Lenz & Staehelin advised Equistone in this transaction. The team was led by Andreas Rötheli (M&A, lead) and included partner Marcel Tranchet (Banking and Finance) as well as associates Roman Graf, Dominik Kaczmarcyk, Eric Olivier Meyer and Nicole Humbel (M&A), and Pascal Genoud and Charlotte Rüegg (Banking and Finance).