AI Issue 11 2017

22 Acquisition International - November 2017 ACXIT Capital Partners is a leading international corporate finance and investment advisory firm for mid-market clients and entrepreneurs in Europe and beyond. We invited Johannes H. Lucas, Founder & Managing Partner, to give us an insight into the workings behind the scenes at the company. ince 1998, ACXIT has offered its clients comprehensive corporate finance advisory services, including M&A and capital markets advisory as well as restructuring, debt and strategic advisory. As an independent, privately owned firm, the company maintains offices in Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Leipzig, Zurich and Hong Kong, as well as strong alliances in France, China, India and the USA. Mr. Lucas is keen to talk to us about the firm’s experience and why this helps to make the firm so successful. “To date, we have completed more than 350 transactions with a total deal/financing volume of approx. EUR 17bn. Our clients are corporations, family-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, financial sponsors and family offices. While our home market is in the German speaking region, most of our clients are international and transactions cross-border. We are long-term partners for our clients, assisting them from early on in investment decisions and corporate transactions (e.g. feasibility, de-risking, restructuring), throughout the whole process including post-merger integration and transition services.” Being a versatile firm, ACXIT’s sector teams cover all relevant industries, including the industrial and technology sectors as well as the real estate sector. The company has successfully advised clients in a variety of key sectors, notably in Internet & Media, Software & IT, Mobile & Telecom, Healthcare & Company: ACXIT Capital Partners Contact: Johannes H. Lucas, Founder & Managing Partner Contact Email: Address: Bockenheimer Landstrasse 24, Frankfurt am Main, 60323, Germany Phone: +49 69 247 414 0 Website: Local Advice from a Global Source S 1711AI54 Pharma, Retail & Consumer Goods, Real Estate and General Industries. Mr. Lucas explains how ACXIT’s versatility has led to it being able to venture into new areas, building new relationships and upholding this trust. “Thanks to its well-founded and high-profile reputation, the firm and its partners have a broad network in the business and financial community both locally and in international financial centres. We combine relationships with corporates with access to specialist equity and debt investors, be it private or public markets capital. We draw on these networks to craft bespoke as well as innovative financing and investment solutions free of potential conflicts.” Outlining the firm’s overall mission, Mr. Lucas alludes to the team’s philosophy of earning the trust of its clients and preserving long-term relationships with them. He discusses what steps the firm plans to take, and how the team builds upon their success with every project the company undertakes. “At ACXIT, we believe in a clear focus to be the basis of a successful client-advisor relationship and project execution. We believe in long-term relationships, allowing for a clear understanding of our clients’ strategies and have a genuine interest in the businesses of our clients. We thus provide highly personal and consistent service to our clients. In accordance with this, we believe in few but key relationships in each sector, we do not ‘play