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goetzpartners advised the international private equity firm Hellman & Friedman (H&F) on the voluntary public takeover offer for all shares of Zooplus, the leading European online pet platform. With H&F as a strategic and financial partner, Zooplus will gain additional sector expertise, hands-on support, enhanced financial flexibility and a stable ownership structure to strengthen Zooplus’ long-term position in the fast-evolving European pet supplies market. Entering into a strategic partnership with H&F will help Zooplus realize its full digital and operational potential and allow the company more flexibility to implement transformative initiatives with an eye on longer term value rather than near-term profitability. H&F intends to offer Zooplus shareholders EUR 390 per share in cash implying a diluted equity valuation of approx. EUR 3 billion. Both the Management Board and Supervisory Board of Zooplus welcome the takeover offer and intend to recommend that shareholders accept the offer. goetzpartners acted as advisor to Hellman & Friedman, further underlining our competence advising on international and industry shaping M&A transactions.
About Hellman & Friedman Founded in 1984, Hellman & Friedman (H&F) is one of the oldest and most experienced private equity investment firms operating today. H&F’s distinctive investment approach is focused on large-scale equity investments in high-quality growth businesses in developed markets, primarily in the U.S. and Europe, across growth-oriented sectors. For more information, please visit www.hf.com About Zooplus Zooplus is the leading online pet platform in Europe by sales. With its large product offering in the pet food and pet care & accessories range, Zooplus caters to more than 8 million customers in 30 European markets. For more information, please visit www.zooplus.de
Stephan Goetz Managing Partner Email Robert Wagon Associate Director Charlotte Prautzsch Analyst