Rutgers & Posch advises shareholders on the investment of Gilde Buy Out Partners in EDCO

26 April 2021

Gilde Buy Out (Gilde) acquires a majority interest in EDCO. Family Adriaanse will retain a significant interest in EDCO and will together with Gilde and current management support future growth. EDCO is a leading and fast-growing European distributor of value- and branded non-food FMCG products to a wide variety of retailers. EDCO is headquartered in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where it employs over 500 skilled employees, and operates additional warehouses in Deurne and Moerdijk. Over the last years EDCO has transformed from a family led, trading business to a value-added (multicategory) distributor with a significantly increased focus on brands and retail concepts.

The European market for distributors is fragmented and set for further consolidation. EDCO foresees to play an active role in this respect. With Gilde as a strategic partner, both shareholders will significantly invest to facilitate EDCO’s ambitious growth plans and to take the company to the next level.

Gilde  is a leading European private equity investor in mid-market transactions with operations in the DACH region, the Benelux and Italy. Gilde manages funds in excess of EUR 3 billion and has offices in Utrecht, Brussels, Frankfurt, Zurich, and Milan.

Closing of the transaction is expected to take place in Q3 2021.

The Rutgers & Posch team consisted of Matthijs van den Broek, Justus Fortuyn, Jurriaan Heslinga, Tijmen Noordhoven, Annemijne Zwager en Vasco Hoving.