Ufenau’s GarLa Group enters Germany with Bietigheimer Gartengestaltung purchase

Ufenau Capital Partners added GarLa Group to its portfolio in July 2019.

  • Bietigheimer Gartengestaltung provides gardening and landscaping services
  • GarLa Group generates a total output of around €70m at 10 locations in Switzerland and southern Germany
  • Achim Off, co-founder of Bietigheimer Gartengestaltung, was recruited as GarLa Group’s CEO as part of the transaction

Ufenau Capital Partners has announced that its portfolio company, GarLa Group, has acquired a majority stake in Bietigheimer Gartengestaltung. The acquisition is GarLa Group’s first in Germany.

Based in Tamm, Bietigheimer Gartengestaltung provides gardening and landscaping services in the region of Stuttgart, Ludwigsburg and Heilbronn. Services offered by the company include construction processes such as parks, residential construction and commercial and office projects for commercial and private clients.

With the acquisition, Pfäffikon, Switzerland-based GarLa Group achieves a total output of over €70 million. GarLa’s core competencies are horticulture, gardening and landscape maintenance, but the group also offers services such as pool and swimming pond installations.

Ufenau, headquartered in Pfäffikon, Switzerland, focuses on investments in growing service companies in German-speaking Europe, Iberia and the Benelux region and invests in the education and lifestyle, business services, healthcare and financial services sectors.

“We are extremely pleased that with Bietigheimer Gartengestaltung we have been able to win one of the leading companies in gardening and landscaping in Baden-Württemberg to establish the nucleus of GarLa Group Germany,” commented Andreas Joehle, partner at Ufenau Capital Partners. “With Achim Off, we also have an experienced entrepreneur with a great track record, who will successfully develop the group of companies through his sound professional and leadership skills.”