Berlin – SMP advised AniCura, a European network of veterinary clinics and veterinary practices, on the acquisition of the small animal center Duisburg-Asterlagen. The center employs about 30 veterinarians and provides annual veterinary care for about 50.000 pets. In January 2020, AniCura had already announced the acquisition of the small animal clinics in Ahlen, Neandertal and Haar near Munich. AniCura received comprehensive tax advice from SMP partner Malte Bergmann and Ann-Kristin Lochmann.

"AniCura follows a very dynamic growth path. We are pleased to have again advised the company on its strategic expansion in Germany", says Malte Bergmann.

AniCura is a network of veterinary clinics and veterinary practices that specializes in the veterinary care of pets. Based on the idea that sharing resources creates opportunities for better veterinary care, the company was founded in 2011 as the first association of pet clinics in Scandinavia. AniCura offers a wide variety of high-quality medical services, including preventive and basic healthcare as well as advanced diagnostics, internal medicine, intensive care, surgery and orthopedics. In addition, AniCura provides rehabilitation, physiotherapy and nutritional advice, as well as selected pet food and care products. Almost 350 clinics and practices throughout Europe treat around 3 million pet patients every year.

About SMP
SMP is a boutique law firm for tax and business law which is active in the core fields of Tax, Funds, Corporate, Litigation and Transactions. The attorneys and tax specialists at SMP represent a broad client base, which ranges from emerging technology companies and family-run SMEs to large corporations as well as private equity and venture capital funds. Founded in 2017, SMP has become one of the leading players for venture capital, private equity and fund structuring in Germany. The firm and its partners have been recognized nationally and internationally by JUVE, Best Lawyers, Legal 500, Focus and Chambers and Partners. Today, SMP has more than 50 experienced lawyers and tax specialists in three Offices in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne.

Advisors AniCura: SMP
Dr. Malte Bergmann (Lead/Tax), Partner
Ann-Kristin Lochmann (Tax), Senior Associate


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