Goodwin advised German group Polo Motorrad, controlled by Equistone Partners GmbH – the German arm of Equistone Partners Europe – in its acquisition of a majority stake in D3T Distribution, the holding company of Motoblouz and Access-Moto from Inspirational Stores. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
With the acquisition of Motoblouz, Equistone now has three investments in the motorcycle accessories and clothing industry, through its portfolio company Polo Motorrad and Sportswear.
As leading investors in mid-market buyouts, Equistone is owned and managed by the former executives of Barclays Private Equity. With a team of 37 investment professionals operating across France, Germany, Switzerland and the UK, Equistone is a strategic partner alongside management teams.
Polo Motorrad and Sportswear, which also acquired UK-based Sportsbikeshop in October 2015, is a leading European multichannel retailer for motorcycle accessories and clothing.
Founded in 2004, Motoblouz has grown to become a leading online retailer of motorcycle accessories and clothing in the French market. Since 2015 Motoblouz has expanded its international footprint and is active in the Spanish, Italian, UK and German markets.
Goodwin’s team advising the acquirer included partner William Robert and associate Yoann Labbé.
For more information on the transaction, please view the press release.