Apex Group Ltd (Apex), a global financial services provider, has acquired mola-administration, one of Germany’s leading fund administrators.
This strategic acquisition establishes the Group’s local presence in Germany, supplementing its existing capabilities to serve clients in Germany and the wider European market.
mola-administration serves a range of clients, with a 10-year track record of providing fund administration services to private equity firms, venture capital, debt, special situations and digital assets funds managing EUR3.5 billion of assets.
By joining the Apex Group, mola-administration’s client base will benefit from access to the Group’s single-source solution which includes locally delivered services across depositary, custody, digital banking, ManCo, fund administration, middle office, corporate services and an ESG Ratings and Advisory solution.
This deal further complements the Group’s geographic expansion strategy and is the latest in a series of recently announced acquisitions including BRL Trust Investimentos and MAF in Brazil, Tzur in Israel and the proposed acquisition of Mainstream Group in Australia.
Following the transaction and the integration of Mainstream Group, the employees of Hamburg headquartered mola-administration will join the Group’s 5,000 strong global team across 50 offices worldwide. With this acquisition the Group increases its overall European presence to over 2,000 people across 17 offices.
Peter Hughes, Founder and CEO of Apex Group, says: “We have long considered Germany to be a market of huge opportunity for our business and have been awaiting the right acquisition to enable our expansion into the geography. All our strategic acquisitions are motivated by the increased value and benefits they can deliver for our clients and this further expansion of our cross-border offering in Europe will further enable the provision of expert local market support. The addition of mola-administration to the Group continues to strengthen the geographic footprint and reach of our single-source solution, enabling us to seamlessly support our clients, regardless of their location.”
Frank Falkenberg, CEO of mola-administration, adds: “We are excited to become part of the Apex Group and the benefits that their international reach and depth of product offering will deliver for our clients. Apex’s respected global brand and experts, as well as their wide range of innovative client services such as ESG reporting and advisory are underpinned by leading technology which will benefit our current and future clients throughout the lifecycle of their funds. As part of the Apex Group we will be able to generate significant value for the clients and we look forward to the future together.”
Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. Simmons & Simmons provided legal counsel to Apex Group. Network Corporate Finance GmbH & Co. KG provided financial advisory and Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek provided legal counsel to mola-administration.