Gantner Acquires Contidata

June 29, 2020

Willkie represented Gantner in the acquisition of Contidata.

Gantner, an Austrian high-tech company group specializing in systems for electronic access, ticketing, accounting, intelligent cabinet locking, and majority-owned by ARDIAN, acquired Contidata Datensysteme GmbH ("Contidata"), the German market leader for cashless payment systems in company canteens. Willkie represented Gantner in the transaction.

Founded in 1982 and based in Nüziders, Austria, Gantner is one of Europe's leading suppliers of systems-based RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and NFC (Near Field Communication) technology for automated and contactless identification. Gantner provides integrated solutions for membership and visitor management and cashless payments, as well as for access control (doors, cabinets and lockers) and time recording for operational organization and security. Contidata is a German market leader for cashless payment systems in company canteens.

Willkie previously advised Ardian, an independent French private equity company in its acquisition of Gantner in 2016, and Gantner’s acquisition of Syx Automations in 2017.

The Frankfurt-based Willkie team was led by partner Dr. Maximilian Schwab and associate Dr. Matthias Schudlo (Corporate), and included partners Dr. Bettina Bokeloh (Tax) and Dr. Ralf Defren (Finance) and associates Christopher Clerihew (Finance) and Fabiana Bauer-Obermeier (Corporate).