December 7, 2017
M&A, Debt advisory
GCA Altium advises AWK on its partnership with Deutsche Private Equity
GCA Altium acted as exclusive financial advisor to the shareholders of AWK Group, Switzerland’s leading independent IT consulting firm, on its partnership with Deutsche Private Equity (DPE). This deal marks GCA Altium’s 14th transaction in the Business Services space to date in 2017.
With more than 250 employees, AWK is one of the largest independent Swiss consulting companies for information technology and digitalisation. AWK operates throughout Switzerland with offices in Zurich, Berne, Basel and Lausanne. The company’s key services include consulting, engineering and project management.
AWK has shown solid growth in recent years – in 2017 alone, the company executed around 300 projects for its customers and generated sales of over CHF 50 million. The AWK Group is now planning to further strengthen its position in the Swiss market and invest in the expansion of its service portfolio. Its aim is to significantly broaden its range of consulting services and to double the number of employees from 250 to 500 in the medium term.
For Oliver Vaterlaus, AWK’s CEO, the size of the company is a decisive success factor: "We want to shape digital Switzerland – and in order to do so, we will keep investing heavily. As we continue to grow, we will be able to keep pace with the rapid developments in the technology sector. Today, IT penetrates all business processes and our projects require interdisciplinary skills."
AWK has therefore decided to widen its shareholder base to enable it to make the necessary investments and rapidly tap into new customer groups. With Deutsche Private Equity, AWK gains a renowned partner who specialises in the development of medium-sized companies in growth industries in German-speaking countries. DPE will not only contribute additional capital, but will also use its expertise to support the AWK Group’s further growth.