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In 2021, M&A transactions in the transport and logistics sector totalled US$220 billion, with 322 deals over US$50 million done. Incidents like the six-day-long Suez Canal blockage highlighted the pivotal role the sector plays, elevating logistics from being seen as a support function to being recognised as essential to world trade. Right now, M&A activity is booming, primarily driven by government and industry responses to the pandemic, as well as accelerated automation, digitalisation, and regionalisation trends.

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Translink Corporate Finance in Norway (Synergos) and Sweden (Anecta), acted as the exclusive advisors to Minitech AS on the 100% sale to Eitrium.

Based in Hamar, Minitech AS develops and manufactures medical heating products for institutions and orthopedic clinics within the public as well as the private sector, primarily in Norway but also in other Nordic countries. The products consist of heat regulating clothing items and are certified in accordance with the Medical Device Directive. Minitech AS developed a market leading company and generated sales of NOK 27 million and EBITDA of NOK 7 million in 2021. 

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Translink Corporate Finance in Norway, Synergos, acted as the exclusive advisor to Nr1 Fitness AS on the sale to Credo Partners.  

Credo Partners invests together with the founders of Toten Treningssenter, Trento, Trimhuset, Sprek365 and Nr1 Fitness in what will become a new top 3 player in the fitness centre industry in Norway. The group operates 64 full-scale and express centres in Sunnmøre, Hordaland and in Østlandet/Innlandet, with a focus on local roots and good customer experiences.  

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BlueThread Services (“BlueThread” or the “Company”), a market-leading roofing and exterior services group, announced that it has partnered with RoofCARE, LLC (“RoofCARE” or the “Company”), a premiere provider of roof repairs, renovation, installation and service for commercial and municipal properties in New Mexico.

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Translink Corporate Finance advised PlanetHome Group, a leading real estate service provider in Germany and Austria in the brokerage and financing of real estate, on its investment in RENEWA GmbH, the leading consultant for holistic energy consulting and energy-related building renovation.

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Southern HVAC Corporation announced the acquisition of Pro Plumbing Services, LLC (“Pro Plumbing” or the “Company”). The acquisition builds on Southern HVAC’s already established Plumbing & Air Service Company brand, servicing the greater Piedmont Triad area.

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Since 2021, Atos – one of the world’s largest TMT (Technology, Media, and Telecom) companies – has lost three-quarters of its stock market value, after ten years of fast-paced acquisitions. The global group is now following in IBM’s footsteps and splitting into two listed entities: Atos, which will prioritise the ‘old,’ such as managed infrastructure- and professional services; and Evidian, which will be future-focused on digital transformation, big data and cybersecurity. We believe this is a cautionary tale for other incumbents using acquisitions to accrue new capabilities quickly – cultures don’t integrate easily.

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Translink Corporate Finance in France advised CEME on the 100% acquisition of SEQUOR.

Founded in 1949 in Moulins in the Allier, the CEME group is a national reference company in electrical engineering, climate control and maintenance. It has been involved for more than 70 years in projects and services related to energy efficiency and thermal comfort for the tertiary sector, manufacturers, communities, and individuals.

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What will the cars of the future look like? Could they run on cold fusion? Will vehicles even exist, or will they be replaced by travel via the Metaverse? For now, there are many horses running the race to carry the automotive industry into its next big growth phase. And electrification seems like the safest bet, even if it’s a ‘stop gap’ to something greater. What this all means? The automotive sector has emerged from its sluggish state and is entering a new period of prolonged cyclical reinvention. This bodes well for M&A activity, especially for innovative new entrants.

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The food industry is experiencing seismic change and with it, consolidation has become a strategic priority for many food-focused companies the world over. McDonalds is investing millions in the metaverse. The world’s food security is threatened by the longstanding conflict between Russia and the Ukraine. Food inflation is placing financial strain on populations everywhere. And consumers are choosing foods for reasons beyond sustenance.