EMZ Partners (“EMZ”) acquires a significant stake in H&Z Unternehmensberatung (“H&Z”). Besides EMZ, a total of 120 employees of H&Z will invest in the Group, thus forming one of the largest employee participation programs in the management consulting industry in DACH.
H&Z was founded in 1997 as an independent consulting firm in Munich and has since pursued the unique approach of consulting with Head, Heart and Hand. The consulting projects executed by H&Z focus on sustainable transformation and tangible results for clients. Over the past 25 years, the consultancy has continuously expanded its market position and reputation and has significantly accelerated its growth in the last three years.
H&Z currently advises its clients primarily in the areas of Procurement & Supply Chain, Strategy & Performance and Sustainability & Transformation, from strategy development through to successful implementation. In the coming years, the management team plans to further expand the consulting offering organically and inorganically and to develop H&Z into the leading European consulting firm for Circular Economy.
“H&Z impressed us right from the start with its remarkable growth history and leading position in the field of value chain management. We appreciate the corporate culture established by the management team around Stefan Aichbauer, Michael Santo, Harald Enz and Stefan Franz and the “hands-on” mentality of the entire team, which is fully in line with EMZ’s philosophy. We are delighted to help shape the future development as shareholders and partners of the management team,” says Klaus Maurer, Senior Partner at EMZ.
Harald Enz, one of the three members of the H&Z management board, underlines the growth plans: “EMZ’s investment gives our ambitious growth targets a strong boost. In addition to strong organic growth, we are planning acquisitions to strengthen our core business, expand our expertise and extend our regional presence in Central and Northern Europe.”
EMZ was advised by Latham & Watkins (Legal, Corporate, & Structure), goetzpartners (Commercial), RSM Ebner Stolz (Financial, Tax), MCF Corporate Finance (M&A), Houlihan Lokey (Debt Advisory) as well as Goodwin Procter (Legal, Financing).
H&Z Unternehmensberatung stands for consulting with Head, Heart and Hand. The company’s experts design, manage and support transformation processes with measurable results. With this unique consulting approach, H&Z ensures sustainable results for corporations and leading international SMEs. The consulting activities focus on the areas of Procurement, Strategy & Performance, Sustainability & Transformation and Customer Experience – where H&Z is one of the leading consultancies in Europe.
More information at: www.hz.group
ABOUT EMZ PARTNERS
EMZ is a leading European investment firm with offices in Paris and Munich. The firm focuses on small-to-medium-sized companies and offers flexible capital solutions in strong partnerships with founders, family shareholders, and managers. EMZ is majority-owned by its own employees and has a base of European institutional investors. The current fund has a volume of more than 1.3 billion euros, and its investment size ranges from 10 to 200 million euros.
More information at: www.emzpartners.com