Baker McKenzie advised Patrimonium Private Equity Fund SCSp ("Patrimonium") — advised by Patrimonium Private Equity Advisors AG — on the acquisition of a majority stake in the Bernese gardening company Bächler + Güttinger AG in Kiesen, canton of Berne. The parties have agreed not to disclose the transaction price.
The previous sole owner of Bächler + Güttinger AG, Kurt Hauser, remains a strong anchor shareholder, member of the board of directors and CEO. Bächler + Güttinger AG is a regional market leader and competent partner for all matters related to gardens, sports fields and other green spaces. Bächler + Güttinger AG is one of the largest gardening and landscaping companies in Switzerland and employs around 200 people. The new majority shareholding under the management of Patrimonium, which also includes EGS Beteiligungen AG, a subsidiary of the Ernst Göhner Foundation, will strengthen the company's organizational structure and secure a sustainable national growth strategy.
Patrimonium and EGS Beteiligungen AG are long-standing Swiss real estate developer with holdings in and around the construction sector. They possess comprehensive knowhow and networks in the real estate and construction supply industries.
Baker McKenzie advised Patrimonium on all the legal aspects of the transaction including acquisition financing.The Baker McKenzie team was led by Alexander Fischer (partner, M&A), Alexander Blaeser (partner, M&A) and Markus Wolf (senior associate, acquisition finance) and consisted of Andreas B. Bolliger (of counsel, tax), Zarina Füglister (associate, M&A), Basil Kirby (associate, M&A), Susanne Liebel-Kotz (senior associate, tax), Cora Schmid (associate, acquisition finance), Martina Steiner (senior associate, employment & compensation), Andrea Daniela Puricelli and Samuel Turtschi (both trainee lawyers).