AURELIUS Growth Investments portfolio company connexta acquires esko-systems


AURELIUS Growth Investments portfolio company connexta acquires esko-systems

  • Acquisition of a leading IT security service provider
  • Strengthens connexta's market position in Southern Germany
  • Successful implementation of buy-and-build strategy with seventh add-on

Munich, May 4, 2023 – connexta GmbH (connexta), a portfolio company of AURELIUS Growth Investments has acquired esko-systems GmbH & Co. KG (esko). The acquisition of esko is connexta's seventh purchase, reinforcing the strength of AURELIUS Growth Investments’ buy-and-build approach.

esko-systems GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 2017. The company, which has 40 employees, is based in Kötz (Bavaria). esko specialises in providing IT security support to medium-sized and large companies. The range of services includes setting up secure IT networks, checking and securing existing corporate networks, and managed services.

“esko complements connexta with a comprehensive range of services in the field of high-end IT security. In addition, the acquisition strengthens our market position in southern Germany. We and all connexta employees are looking forward to working with the managing directors, Hüseyin Esnemez and Manuel Köbler, as well as their talented team,” states Nico Vitense, Managing Partner of AURELIUS Growth Investments.

“We see multiple development opportunities in the connexta group. Joining the connexta group is therefore a corresponding step for further growth. In addition, we were convinced by the group's team culture,” explains Manuel Köbler, Managing Director and founder of esko.

“esko's customers will benefit from us becoming part of the connexta group. Combining our services with connexta's sister companies, we will be able to offer IT security process consulting with neam, secure data centers with ID.KOM, and secure modern workplace environments with IF-TECH. As a result of this combination, we will expand our existing range of services,” adds Hüseyin Esnemez, founder and Managing Director of esko.

The transaction was managed by Nico Vitense (Managing Partner), Saskia Puschmann (Investment Manager) and Katharina Schüler (Investment Associate) from AURELIUS Growth Investments and Christian Schaub (Managing Director) from connexta.

AURELIUS Growth Investments was supported by Ebner Stolz (Joerg Schoberth, Financial and Tax Due Diligence) and Kuzaj Wittmann & Partner (Hans-Jörg Wittmann, Legal Due Diligence and Legal Advice).

About connexta GmbH
connexta GmbH is an IT services group for demanding German medium-sized businesses with a focus on the areas of IT security, multi-cloud services, managed services and modern workplace. connexta generates sales of approximately € 95 million at its locations in Ansbach, Augsburg, Bremen, Kempten, Kötz, Munich, Oldenburg, Paderborn, Passau and Wiesbaden.

Contact person for the esko transaction
Nico Vitense                            
Managing Partner                        

Saskia Puschmann
Investment Manager

Katharina Schüler                        
Investment Associate                     

Contact connexta
Christian Schaub
Managing Director


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