Leadgate and AURELIUS join forces for investments in South America

02.03.2011

Leadgate and AURELIUS join forces for investments in South America

  • Joint press release of AURELIUS AG and Leadgate

Munich (Germany) / Montevideo (Uruguay), March 2, 2011 – German-based industrial holding AURELIUS AG (ISIN: DE000A0JK2A8), joins forces with Leadgate, a leading private equity firm in South America to acquire companies in the region. Together, both companies have committed 150 million euros to acquire established companies with high development and growth potential.

“South America is one of the fastest growing regions in the world; fueled by strong commodity prices and a growing domestic demand its economy is poised to continue growing at a fast pace. We chose to partner up with Leadgate because of its strong track record, in-depth knowledge of the region and hands on management expertise" said Dr. Dirk Markus, CEO of AURELIUS AG. AURELIUS is a publicly listed investment holding in Germany which has rapidly grown to become a leading player that currently controls 17 companies with aggregate sales of 1.3 billion euros.

“We are excited about the prospect of working together with AURELIUS, they have a superb team of professionals and they are without a doubt one of the most experience companies when it comes to creating value for companies” added Matias Campiani, partner at Leadgate.

Leadgate has recently completed the transformation of Pluna, the leading international operator of regional jets in South America. Previously, Leadgate had acquired and successfully restructured Parmalat in Uruguay, a leading dairy company. Leadgate’s locally based team, which leverages its broad management experience gained in the Americas, Europe and Asia, will mainly focus on deals in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.

About Leadgate:

LeadGate is an investor group focusing on special situations in emerging markets. Its team of highly qualified professionals has developed a unique combination of deal structuring, financial management and hands-on operational skills that allows it to achieve superior returns from investments.

For more information please visit: www.leadgate.biz