GCA Altium is now part of Houlihan Lokey

Transaction Details

June 2, 2015


Consumer, Retail, E-commerce and Leisure

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Deal Team

Dr Michael Hinderer, Axel Bauer, Tobias Levedag, Jan Greim-Kuczewski, David Thomas

GCA Altium has advised CVC Capital Partners on the acquisition of Douglas AG by funds advised by CVC

GCA Altium has advised CVC Capital Partners on the acquisition of Douglas AG by funds advised by CVC from a holding jointly held by Advent International and the Kreke family. The purchase price was not disclosed. The Kreke family has furthermore agreed with CVC to reinvest in Douglas through a joint holding company owned by CVC and the Kreke family. Dr Henning Kreke will continue to serve as CEO of Douglas.

Dr Henning Kreke, CEO of Douglas and a representative of the Kreke family, said: “Over the past two years, Douglas has become the largest specialist beauty retailer in Europe. It is renowned for its clear customer focus, an innovative product portfolio and an impressive in-store and eCommerce presence. We thank our employees for their continuous commitment and Advent International for the valuable support in aligning our business and positioning it for further growth. We look forward to partnering with CVC as a reliable and strong, long-term partner who will support the company with additional industry expertise and financial resources, to ensure our continued growth.”

Søren Vestergaard-Poulsen, Managing Partner at CVC, commented: “We are delighted to have come to an agreement to acquire Douglas together with the Kreke family. Douglas is a market leader with attractive growth prospects due to its strong management team, extensive store network, leading online presence and dedicated employees. We are very much looking forward to working with the family and the management to grow this European Beauty champion further over the long term.”

Headquartered in Germany, Douglas is Europe’s leading specialist retailer of beauty and personal care products with pro forma annual sales of about EUR 2.5 billion in fiscal year 2013/2014. The company was founded in Hamburg in 1821. It has grown into today’s market leader under the management of the Kreke family since 1969. Douglas owns more than 1,700 stores in 19 countries across Europe with market leading positions in eleven countries.

The acquisition of Douglas does not include the book retailer Thalia and the fashion retailer AppelrathCüpper, which are held by separate holding companies under the ownership of Advent and the Kreke family.

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