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Kirkland & Ellis Advised Gilde Buy Out Partners on Acquisition of Spandex Group

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP advised Gilde Buy Out Partners on the acquisition of Spandex Group from Gerber Scientific, Inc., by Spandex management and funds managed by Gilde. The value of the transaction is confidential. Spandex, headquartered in Ruemlang, Switzerland, is a leading supplier to the sign-making and display industries in Europe and Australia. Kirkland advises Gilde Buy Out Partners on an ongoing basis.

The Kirkland team in Munich was led by corporate partner Volker Kullmann and included corporate partner Dr. Christian Zuleger, finance partner Wolfgang Nardi, tax partners Dr. Roderic Pagel and Dr. Oded Schein, corporate associates Nicole Schlatter, Sylvia Strumpler and Dirk Kramer, finance associates Dr. Markus Feil, Dr. Karsten Raupach, Anja-Charlotte Wagner and Christine Kaniak, as well as tax associates Dr. Ulf Kieker and Juliane Scholz. The U.S. and London teams were also instrumental to the deal and included corporate partner Armand Della Monica, intellectual property partner Edward Sadtler, corporate associates Philipp Muheim and Carolina Hungria de San Juan Paschoal in the United States, and corporate partners John Markland and Rory Mullarkey, and tax partner Jane Scobie in London.

About Gilde Buy Out Partners
Gilde Buy Out Partners ( is a leading European private equity investor for mid-market transactions with operations in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and France. It manages funds in excess of €2 billion and has majority shareholdings in, amongst others, Gamma Holding, Teleplan, Roompot, Hofmann Menü, Powerlines and Plukon Royale.

About Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP ( is a 1,500-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex corporate/private equity and tax, restructuring, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, and intellectual property and technology matters. The Firm has offices in Munich, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C. The Munich office consists of approximately 30 attorneys focused primarily on private equity, mergers & acquisitions, restructuring/insolvency, acquisition financing and tax matters.