19 January 2023 Press releases

Artificial Intelligence: GvW advises founders of OPTANO on sale to Kearney

GvW Graf von Westphalen has advised the founders of OPTANO GmbH on the sale of their company to the US-American Kearney group.

OPTANO is a European top provider of AI-based solutions for the optimisation of operational structures and processes in the automotive, mining, chemical, energy, consumer goods and logistics industries. The company has approx. 40 employees and was granted the Company Award 2022 by Gesellschaft für Operations Research e.V.

Kearney is a leading global management consulting firm and a market leader in the area of optimisation of operations. Prior to this transaction, OPTANO and Kearney successfully collaborated on more than 30 projects.

Under the lead of Hamburg based partner Dr Ritesh Rajani (Corporate/M&A), the founders of OPTANO GmbH were advised by a team consisting of partners Dr Axel von Walter (IT/Data Protection; Munich) and Christian Kusulis (Antitrust; Frankfurt), associated partners Laurens Klinkert (Corporate/M&A; Hamburg), Marius Bodenstedt (Employment; Hamburg) and Dr Michael Engel (Tax; Frankfurt) as well as associates Maximilian Andersen (Corporate/M&A; Hamburg), Max Jürgens (Foreign Trade; Hamburg) and Alexander Justin Rösch (Antitrust; Frankfurt).

Munich based IT/Data Protection partner Dr Axel von Walter who joined GvW Graf von Westphalen in July 2021 facilitated this transaction. The team of Dr von Walter has advised OPTANO GmbH on an ongoing basis. The transaction is a good example for the continuously growing deal experience of GvW Graf von Westphalen in the area of digitalisation and technology for which the firm has its own focus area consisting of attorneys from different practice groups and offices.

„As founders and shareholders/managing directors of OPTANO GmbH, we received excellent advice by the entire team of GvW Graf von Westphalen in every phase of the transaction. It is a trustful collaboration characterised by a very high professional expertise of all team members at GvW. Due to the long-standing experience of GvW in the area of cross-border M&A deals in the technology sector, we were able to complete this complex transaction within a short time frame.“

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