1 February 2022
Zentrum Gesundheit, a portfolio company of NORD Holding and the leading ophthalmology group in Lower Saxony, has acquired a majority stake in the Munich-based REALEYES Group. REALEYES is the market leader among premium providers of ophthalmology services in the Greater Munich area, with 126 employees at 21 sites. REALEYES offers a broad spectrum of medical treatment, as well as a growing range of refractive services.
Led by Frankfurt based partner Michael Stein, the international law firm Taylor Wessing, has provided comprehensive legal advice on the transaction. Taylor Wessing has already advised NORD Holding on the acquisition of Zentrum Gesundheit in 2019. In early 2021, Taylor Wessing advised Zentrum Gesundheit on the acquisition of Klinik Flechsig, a clinic for ear, nose and throat diseases in Kiel, which is included in the current hospital plan of the state of Schleswig-Holstein.
The Taylor Wessing team repeatedly demonstrated its cross-disciplinary expertise in Healthcare M&A, regulatory and acquisition finance in this deal. This transaction once again demonstrates the firm's successful positioning in the field of Healthcare M&A - also for private equity investors - and thus the implementation of its long-standing strategy.
About NORD Holding:
With its 50-year history and assets under management of two billion euros, NORD Holding is one of the leading private equity asset managers in Germany with a focus on direct and fund investments. The direct investments division of NORD Holding focuses on structuring and financing company succession models, acquiring parts of larger groups/subsidiaries as well as on expansion financing of medium-sized companies. Currently, the fund has interests in more than 15 companies in the DACH region.
About Zentrum Gesundheit:
Founded as a group practice in Leer in 1990, Zentrum Gesundheit has since become the leading specialist for ophthalmology in North Germany. With 19 sites, Zentrum Gesundheit manages the largest group of ophthalmology medical care units in Lower Saxony and Bremen. The Group employs more than 313 individuals, most of whom are doctors or qualified medical assistants. As such, Zentrum Gesundheit provides the entire range of ophthalmology services under one roof, with a medical focus on the treatment of cataracts and diabetic and age-related retinopathies.
Legal advisors ZG Zentrum Gesundheit GmbH
Taylor Wessing: Lead Michael Stein (Partner), Christopher Peine (Salary Partner), Christopher Stahl (Senior Associate), Felipe Villena (Senior Associate), Kian Böhmer (Senior Associate, all Corporate/M&A, Frankfurt), Dr. Daniel Jarzembowski (Associate, Corporate/M&A, Hamburg), Dr. Oliver Klöck (Partner), Karolina Lange-Kulmann (Salary Partner), Ina Schmidbauer (Associate, all Regulatory Healthcare Law, Düsseldorf), Ulf Gosejacob (Partner), Dr. Michael Beyer (Salary Partner), Lucas Merschmöller (Associate, all Finance, Frankfurt), Dr. Lars Hagen (Salary Partner), Sarah Rafiqpur (Associate, both Real Estate, Frankfurt), Arno Gotting (Salary Partner), Stella Weingärtner (Senior Associate, both Commercial and Distribution, Frankfurt), Jennifer Pohl (Associate, Commercial and Distribution, Düsseldorf), Jonas Warnken (Salary Partner), Florian Schulte (Associate, both Employment, Pensions & Mobility, Hamburg), Thanos Rammos (Partner), Elisa-Marlen Eschborn (Associate, both Technology, Media & Communications, Berlin), Dr. Michael Brüggemann (Partner), Johannes Schaadt-Wambach (Associate, both Competition, EU & Trade, Düsseldorf)