IT-Services: Deutsche Mittelstandsfinanz advises on the sale of frobese GmbH to Norwegian Data Respons AS

IT-Services: Deutsche Mittelstandsfinanz advises on the sale of frobese GmbH to Norwegian Data Respons AS

Frankfurt / Høvik / Hannover, 13th January 2021 Deutsche Mittelstandsfinanz ( from Frankfurt, which specialises in company sales and succession planning for medium-sized companies, advised the shareholders of frobese GmbH, Hanover, on the sale of their shares to Data Respons AS, Høvik, Norway, a subsidiary of the Belgian-French IT group AKKA Technologies SE. Deutsche Mittelstandsfinanz acted as exclusive M&A consultant to the shareholders of frobese GmbH in the transaction. 

frobese GmbH is a leading IT service provider for banks and insurance companies in Northern Germany. The company's core competencies include software development, business intelligence, IT expert consulting and the organisation, rollout and operation of complex IT infrastructures. With its subsidiary frobese IT AKADEMIE GmbH, frobese boasts its own human resources development company.

Data Respons provides R&D engineering services, software and hardware development, and smart embedded IoT solutions for a wide range of industries. With 1,400 employees, Data Respons generates a turnover of approximately €200 m. Since a public takeover bid in 2020, Data Respons has been part of AKKA Technologies SE (22,000 employees, €1.8 bn turnover), listed on EURONEXT Paris.

Through the acquisition of frobese GmbH, the fast-growing Data Respons AS is expanding its activities in the area of IT consulting for financial services companies.

Together with its new shareholder Data Respons, frobese GmbH, founded in 1998, is able to implement its next growth steps even faster. frobese GmbH remains under the leadership of its founder, Dr Dirk Frobese.

"The highly professional advice of Deutsche Mittelstandsfinanz, geared towards medium-sized companies, contributed significantly to the fact that the transaction with our preferred partner Data Respons could be realised promptly and entirely in accordance with our interests," state the two former shareholders, Dr Dirk Frobese and Dr Jochen Böhnke. 

The agreed transaction structure includes components that enable the prior shareholders to continue to participate in the future success of frobese GmbH. At the same time, the transaction has already laid the foundation for corporate succession in the long term. 

"We are pleased that we were able to support the shareholders of frobese GmbH in selecting Data Respons as the perfect partner for the further development of the frobese GmbH success story and in ensuring a successful transaction, closing within only a few weeks," explains Dr Patrick Schmidl, Managing Partner of Deutsche Mittelstandsfinanz.

About Deutsche Mittelstandsfinanz GmbH:

Deutsche Mittelstandsfinanz is a leading consulting company for medium-sized companies, headquartered in Frankfurt. The main focuses of Deutsche Mittelstandsfinanz include the provision of advice on the acquisition and sale of companies ("M&A advice") and on corporate succession. 

Deutsche Mittelstandsfinanz ( is a partner of Corporate Finance Associates Worldwide (, one of the oldest investment banking groups in the world with approximately fifty offices across the globe.

We are happy to answer your questions regarding corporate transactions at any time.

Dr Patrick Schmidl, Managing Partner

Michael Dirkes, Managing Partner

Tel. +49-69-9542-1264

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