Alantra advises FSN Capital on the acquisition of a majority stake in Lobster



Dec 2022
Buy-side advisory

Frankfurt – Alantra, the global investment banking and asset management specialist, has advised FSN Capital on the acquisition of a majority stake in Lobster, a leading no-code data integration and digital process automation platform provider. The parties have agreed not to disclose details of the transaction.

Lobster develops and distributes a no-code data integration and digital process automation software suite, enabling business teams to master data management and process automation. In an increasingly complex and dispersed landscape of digital enterprise solutions, Lobster’s software suite allows organizations to connect seamlessly and securely with internal and external mission-critical IT systems.

Lobster offers cloud-based tools for mid-to-large-sized companies, supporting data and application integration, digital process automation, and product information management. In addition, Lobster’s fast-growing logistics cloud enables shippers and logistics service providers to digitalize complex supply chains, with a flexible, vendor-neutral, and cloud-first logistics platform. Lobster’s products do not require any coding or knowledge of a programming language and are designed for “citizen developers”, enabling digital transformation of businesses.

Headquartered in Tutzing, Germany, Lobster employs more than 250 employees, serving more than 1,500 customers across a broad range of industries. Lobster was founded in 2002 and has delivered profitable revenue growth of more than 20% per year over the last 10 years. With local presences in German-speaking Europe, United Kingdom, France, Benelux, and Scandinavia, the company demonstrates industry-leading Net Promoter Score (NPS) and customer retention rates.

Robin Mürer, Co-Managing Partner at FSN Capital Partners commented: “We are highly impressed by what the Lobster founders and management team have built over the past 20 years and see enormous potential for Lobster’s product on a global scale. We are excited to support Lobster with our proven operational playbooks to deliver this potential in the coming years. Alantra’s high-quality deliverables throughout the entire process as well as their deep sector knowledge in the software space, allowed us to execute this transaction in a very efficient manner.”

Mathias Heymann, Managing Director in M&A and leading the Technology team in Germany, said: “We are delighted to have successfully supported FSN Capital on this important transaction providing, amongst others, detailed valuation analyses and an in-depth assessment of alternative exit options. FSN Capital will be a strong partner for Lobster given its tremendous experience in the development of founder-led businesses.”

Christoph Handrup, Partner in Alantra’s Frankfurt office, added: “We would also like to thank FSN Capital for their continuous trust and close cooperation. We are pleased to have been able to support FSN Capital for the second successful mandate in Germany in the last 12 months, after having advised them on the acquisition of the German bakery chain Görtz this summer.”

The transaction was advised by Alantra’s Frankfurt office (M&A: Christoph Handrup, Mathias Heymann and Sascha Overkamp).

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