Berlin – SMP advised a fund managed by Dutch Rhein Management B.V. (Rhein Invest) on the acquisition of Spiegel Institut Holding GmbH & Co. KG, Spiegel Institut Mannheim GmbH & Co. KG, Spiegel Institut Ingolstadt GmbH and Spiegel Institut Shanghai Co. Ltd. (together Spiegel Institut) in the course of a management buy-in. The former owners will remain shareholders of Spiegel Institut and continue to advise the management. Rhein Invest was advised by a team led by Jörn Wöbke and Moritz Diekgräf. SMP's scope of advice on this transaction included corporate and tax advice on the acquisition and the future group structure as well as corporate and tax structuring in connection with the management participation and the sellers' participation via a „roll-over". The parties agreed not to disclose the purchase price and further details of the transaction.

Rhein Invest
Rhein Invest is a Dutch investment company focused on majority investments in profitable, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Netherlands and Germany. The investment focus is on the sectors of industry, business services, software, agricultural technology and leisure activities, and on companies with a strong DNA, expandable market position and strong innovation.

Spiegel Institut
The Spiegel Institute is a globally operating research and consulting institute for consumer research and user experience consulting. Founded in 1950 by Prof. Dr. Bernt Spiegel as the first market psychology institute in Germany, today it has offices in Mannheim, Ingolstadt, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Munich and Shanghai serving its renowned customers worldwide. By considering the user and consumer perspective in the development process of products and services, the Spiegel Institute actively contributes to the success of its customers, which primarily include global players.

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 60 experienced lawyers and tax specialists in three Offices in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne.

Advisors Rhein Invest: SMP
Dr. Jörn Wöbke (Lead/M&A/Corporate), Partner
Dr. Moritz Diekgräf (Co-Lead/M&A/Corporate), Associate
Dr. Malte Bergmann (Tax), Partner
Ann-Kristin Lochmann (Tax), Senior Associate
Moritz von Saß (M&A/Corporate), Research Assistant


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