Apax Partners completes the acquisition of AEB Group from SK Capital

Milan (Italy), 4 October 2018 – Apax Partners, the Paris-based leading European private equity firm, announced today the completion of its acquisition of 100% of AEB Group, a worldwide leader in biotechnological ingredients and related services for wine, food and beverage from SK Capital. The company’s management will reinvest alongside Apax Funds.

Leveraging their expertise in biotechnology and oenology, AEB Group offers custom solutions based on more than 600 proprietary products and specialty equipment, especially designed for the wine, beer, juice, cider and food industry. With a unique coverage across 5 continents, AEB Group employs more than 300 persons, including 170 agents and sales representatives in 13 countries. The company has 8 production units, 4 R&D laboratories and 7 quality control laboratories globally and collaborates with more than 20 universities and research institutes to foster continuous innovation.

In 2017, the company generated revenues of nearly €100 million.

The company’s objective is to pursue its international expansion by leveraging the existing worldwide sales and agents network and to conduct an ambitious buy and build strategy.

Mario Tomasoni, CEO of AEB Group can count on the support of the Apax Partners team, led by Bertrand Pivin, Partner, and composed of Francesco Revel-Sillamoni, Head of Italy, Julien Birman, Principal, and Arnaud Vigier, Senior Associate.

Apax Partners’ advisors’ list

Corporate lawyers: Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli Partners (Gianluca Ghersini, Gabriele Ramponi, Luigi Maraghini, In Young Shin, Eugenia Scipioni)
Debt lawyers: HFW (Diane de Mouy, Jean Edouard Courjon) and Giliberti Triscornia e Associati (Davide Valli, Laura Pibiri)
Structuring lawyers: Arsene Taxand (Denis Andres, Yoann Chemama)
Finance/ Tax due diligence : KPMG (Lorenzo Brusa, Mirco Valerio, Giacomo Perrone, Michele Grossi)
Legal / Social / Environnemental due diligence: Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli Partners (Gabriele Ramponi, Luigi Maraghini Garrone)
Market due diligence: Bain (Diulio Matrullo, Nicollo Monicelli, Sonia Milani)
Insurance due diligence: Marsh (Andrea Monticelli, Carlo Caverni)
Acquisition financing was provided by LGT (Kevin Abrial, Antoine Crouillere), advised by LW (Marcello Bragliani, Alessia Decoppi, Francesco Mozzone, Tiziana Germinario, Isabella Porchia, Adrian Chiodo, Amanda Fortuna)

About AEB Group
AEB Group is an Italian multinational company based in Brescia, leader in biotechnological solutions for wine, beer, juice, cider and agro-food industry. AEB has been present on the market for more than 50 years relying on an extensive and complete product range, with over 600 state-of-the-art products as well as equipment, hygiene, filtration and detergent solutions. AEB Group stands out by offering a unique and customized service and combining high added value with staff expertise and local presence.

About Apax Partners
Apax Partners is a leading European private equity firm based in Paris. With more than 45 years of experience, Apax Partners provides long-term equity funding to build and strengthen world-class companies. Funds managed and advised by Apax Partners exceed €3.3 billion. These funds invest in fast- growing middle-market companies across four sectors of specialisation: TMT, Consumer, Healthcare and Services. In Italy, Francesco Panfilo acts as Senior Advisor for Apax Partners.

About SK Capital
SK Capital is a private investment firm with a disciplined focus on the specialty materials, chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors. The firm seeks to build strong and growing businesses that create substantial long-term economic value. SK Capital utilizes its industry, operating and investment experience to identify opportunities to transform businesses into higher performing organizations with improved strategic positioning, growth and profitability as well as lower operating risk. For more information, please visit

Media Contacts

AEB Group
Valentina Corti
Marketing Manager
+39 030 2307 208

Apax Partners
Coralie Cornet
Communications Director
+33 (0)1 53 65 01 35

SK Capital
Zachary Tramonti
BackBay Communications
+1 (617) 391-0797



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