18 February 2015 – Expansión
Transaction / The US firm acquires the company that specialises in debt recovery, which has been controlled by the private equity firm Miura for five years.
Following its acquisition of Sotogrande, the US fund Cerberus is continuing to dominant transactions in Spain. Its latest target has been Gescobro, the debt recovery company, owned by the private equity firm Miura since 2010, which held more than 90% of its share capital, according to market sources.
The management team, which held a minority stake in the company, continue at the helm. Through this transaction (for which the consideration paid has not been disclosed), Cerberus strengthens its debt management capability, in particular after investing in bank debt in the Spanish market in recent months.
The US fund already owned Haya Real Estate (formerly Bankia Habitat), which, in addition to its real estate management services, also operates in the field of mortgages.
With the acquisition of Gescobro, Cerberus enhances its position in the debt recovery market, specifically in the consumer credit segment. Last year, Gescobro managed files with a value of €4,000 million. Miura first acquired shares in the company in 2010; until then it was owned by the founding family, the García-Godalls.
Gescobro employs nearly 300 professionals between its headquarters in Barcelona and its offices in Madrid. Heading up the company is Iheb Nafaa, the CEO, who is supported by Gemma García Godall, Head of Business Development and the daughter of the firm’s founders. The two executives were also shareholders of the group when Miura controlled the company and, according to market sources, both continue to hold a minority share.
The transaction, which was closed on Monday, is the second divestment made by the Spanish fund since it was established in 2008. The advisors to the transaction included PwC, on the side of Miura, and the law firm Ashurst, who worked with Cerberus.
Original story: Expansión (by Sergio Saiz)
Translation: Carmel Drake