Kochanski Zieba & Partners (KZP) has advised Generac Holdings Inc., a designer and manufacturer of power generation equipment and other engine powered products, on the acquisition of assets of Motortech Holding GmbH & Co. KG from its family shareholders. The sellers were advised by the KSB Intax firm on the transaction, which remains subject to regulatory approval (and which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017).
Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Celle, Germany, Motortech manufactures gaseous-engine control systems and accessories. The company’s gaseous-fuel sub-systems include knock detection, mixers, throttles and various controls, which are sold to European gas-engine manufacturers and to aftermarket customers. Motortech employs over 250 people at its German headquarters, manufacturing plant in Poland, and sales offices located in the U.S. and China.
“By combining resources and technology, Generac and Motortech will lead the industry in innovative, spark-ignited engine generator offerings,” said Patrick Forsythe, Executive Vice President of Global Engineering at Generac. “This acquisition allows Generac to expand its global market for gaseous products beyond standby generators, and it aligns with our strategy of gas power-generation leadership. It will significantly expand our worldwide spark-ignited engine capabilities, complementing the international growth Generac has experienced.”
“This is a very exciting transaction for Motortech,” said Florian Virchow, CEO of the company. “The integration into Generac will create broader product-application markets globally, and is expected to bring meaningful opportunities to improve our product costs and ultimately the value we bring to our customers. We are pleased to join the Generac family and look forward to our continued success as we work together to lead the gaseous-fueled power-generation market around the world.”
KZP worked alongside the Frankfurt office of Mayer Brown International LLP on all Polish aspects of the transaction, including due diligence. The firm's team was led by Partners Pawel Cholewinski and Adam Piwakowski and included Associate Kacper Czubacki on corporate matters, Partner Szymon Galkowski and Associate Edyta Rekawek on finance, Partner Kamil Osinski on real estate, and Partner Anna Gwiazda and Senior Associate Joanna Ostojska on employment issues.
The KSB Intax team was led by Partner Michael Kunst.