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GERMANY BOUTIQUE MERCHANT BANKING FIRM OF THE YEAR, ACXIT CAPITAL PARTNERS MID-MARKET M&A ADVISORY FIRM OF THE YEAR, ACXIT CAPITAL PARTNERS DISTRESSED M&A ADVISORY FIRM OF THE YEAR, ACXIT CAPITAL PARTNERS

Johannes H. Lucas Managing Partner ACXIT Capital Partners Siesmayer Carrée, Siesmayerstraße 21 60323 Frankfurt am Main Germany lucas@acxit.com Phone: +49-69-247 414 100 Fax: +49-69-247 414 199 www.acxit.com

ACXIT Capital Partners is a leading international corporate finance and investment advisory firm for mid-market clients and entrepreneurs in Europe and beyond. As an independent, privately owned firm we maintain offices in Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Hong Kong as well as strong alliances in China, India and the USA. Since 1998, we offer our clients comprehensive corporate finance advisory services including M&A and capital markets advisory as well as restructuring, debt and strategic advisory. To date, we have completed more than 350 transactions with a total deal/financing volume of approx. EUR 17bn. Our clients are corporations, family-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, financial sponsors and family offices. While our home market is in the German speaking region, most clients are international and transactions cross-border. We assist clients from early in the process in investment decisions and corporate transactions (e.g. feasibility, de-risking, restructuring) until post transaction (e.g. post-merger integration, transitional services). Our advisory expertise is founded on an in-depth understanding of the key industries served by our company, covering both the industrial and technology sectors. We have successfully advised clients in Internet & Media, Software & IT, Mobile & Telecom, Healthcare & Pharma, Retail & Consumer Goods, Real Estate and General Industries.

Our senior partners each have over 20 years of international investment banking experience, having worked for investment banking firms in Frankfurt, London and New York as well as on transactions worldwide. In addition, they have held corporate leadership positions in the industry, combining cross-over skills in advisory capital markets and investment activities. The firm and its partners dispose of a broad international network in the business and financial community. We combine relationships with corporates with access to specialist equity and debt investors, be it private or public markets capital. We draw on these networks to craft bespoke innovative financing and investment solutions free of potential conflicts. ACXIT’s highlight transactions comprise e.g. the Trade Sale of Career Partner to Apollo Education Group for USD 117m in December 2015 (the largest transaction in the European online higher education); the Trade Sale of Grohe to Lixil Corporation and Development Bank of Japan for EUR 3.06bn in January 2014 (largest ever Japanese investment in Germany), and the successful European sector consolidation in the nursing care market, acquiring 6 facilities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for French ORPEA Group throughout 2014 and 2015.

BELGIUM BUSINESS CRIME LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, AFSCHRIFT LAW FIRM INTERNATIONAL TAX LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, AFSCHRIFT LAW FIRM LAWYER OF THE YEAR, MRS. MURIEL IGALSON, AFSCHRIFT LAW FIRM PERSONAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, AFSCHRIFT LAW FIRM TAX LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, AFSCHRIFT LAW FIRM TAX LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, AFSCHRIFT LAW FIRM

Thierry Afschrift AFSCHRIFT LAW FIRM Avenue Louise, 208 B-1050 Brussels BELGIQUE T +32 (0)2 646 46 36 F +32 (0)2 644 38 00 E avocats@afschrift.com www.afschrift.com

AFSCHRIFT (Listed may times, among promeminent corporations and firms worldwide, in www.worldfinance100.com) is a multi-awarded boutique law firm established in the first place in Brussels in 1994. Strong of an immediate success, the firm established offices in Antwerp, Geneva, Fribourg, Luxembourg, Madrid, Tel Aviv and Hong Kong. The firm provides state-of-the-art tax legal services to its clients, while respecting the highest standards of integrity and professional ethics.

consultancy and litigation, as well as consultancy on taxation related to financial instruments. The firm’s lawyers participate actively to most of the conferences on tax topics organized either by Belgian or foreign universities, private companies or the Bar. The firm is famous for its creativity in the field of tax and estate planning for individuals; notwithstanding today’s particularly difficult legal and economic environment, where governments through Europe constantly set new tax measures, AFSCHRIFT’s lawyer help their clients to overcome difficulties and prepare the future in the most advantageous tax way.

Thierry AFSCHRIFT, professor at the Free University of Brussels, one of the most well-know tax lawyers in Europe, is the founding and Managing partner of the firm. He is also, in Belgium, the founder and Chairman of the Tax Management School-Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management and deputy Judge at the Court of Appeal in Brussels.

The firm’s clientele also includes industrial and commercial companies, Luxembourgian, Swiss and Belgian banks, as well as companies established out of Belgium. Due to the partners’ expertise on European tax law, as well as their specific knowledge of Swiss, Belgian, Luxembourgian, Spanish, Israeli and Hong Kong companies and tax law, AFSCHRIFT’s lawyers are in position to help companies to achieve the best optimization of their tax situation.

Muriel Igalson, a lawyer and university professor, leads the firm’s real estate practice and is considered as one of the most prominent lawyers in her field. She has participated in the most important real estate transactions of the last years and also concentrates on complex planning of real estate assets and relevant tax litigation.

Furthermore, this allows the firm to achieve a high level of confidentiality and a highly personalized service, and also to create a privileged client-attorney relationship, in order to provide services tailored to the client’s needs, personal/corporate/geographical situation and country of residence or establishment.

AFSCHRIFT’s lawyers engage in all matters (international) business law and more specifically tax and international law, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, international tax planning and optimization,

This is very important for the firm, as its main activity is tax consulting and patrimonial restructuring and planning, implicating the legal use of various foreign structures in order to achieve tax optimization, whether it concerns direct or indirect taxation (inheritance and gift taxes).

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