ARQIS accompanies the sale of forcont as part of a comprehensive succession plan

22. February 2021

ARQIS has accompanied the former shareholders of the Leipzig IT company forcont business technology gmbh in the sale of all shares in the context of a company succession. With the sale, the former shareholders Christa Gaudlitz, Matthias Kunisch and Inventment GmbH – who founded the company 30 years ago – are making a succession arrangement that will ensure the continued presence and further growth of the Leipzig-based IT company.

The acquiring group of forcont consists of Matthias Koch, who initiated the acquisition as management buy-in, WMS Wachstumsfonds Mittelstand Sachsen (represented by Thomas Tettenborn) and Thomas Fahrig, one of the previous managing directors of forcont. Matthias Koch, who as the new managing partner will be the entrepreneurial head of forcont, has been active as a manager in the ECM industry in German-speaking countries for more than 20 years. In addition to forcont Managing Director Thomas Fahrig, authorised signatory Achim Anhalt and the entire management team will continue their successful work.

Founded as IXOS Anwendungs-Software GmbH, the company offers standardised ECM products, especially for digital personnel and contract management as well as individual file solutions. Its approximately 400 customers include the ALBA Group and Deutsche Wohnen SE.

The ARQIS team led by Prof. Dr. Christoph von Einem regularly advises on technology-related M&A transactions and company successions. In 2018, for example, it also advised the shareholders of IT security and cloud provider Brainloop AG on its sale to US competitor Diligent. The largest shareholder there was also Inventment GmbH, with whose sole shareholder von Einem has a close, trusting relationship for decades.

Advisors to the former shareholders of forcont

ARQIS (Munich): Prof. Dr. Christoph von Einem (Federführung; of Counsel), Dr. Mauritz von Einem (Co-Lead; both Corporate/M&A), Marcus Nothhelfer (IP); Counsel: Tanja Kurtzer (Pensions); Associates: Benjamin Bandur (Corporate/M&A), Martin Weingärtner (Düsseldorf; Pensions)


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