Clearwater International advises Landbell Group on its acquisition of the UK recycling business unit of DHL Supply Chain

Clearwater Advisor

Clearwater International has acted as sole financial adviser to Landbell Group, the leading service and consulting provider for global environmental and chemical compliance, on the acquisition of the UK recycling business unit of DHL Supply Chain (DHL), the world’s leading logistics provider.

The newly established strategic partnership between Landbell Group and DHL will allow customers to streamline their operations by accessing best-in-class service from a single provider, rather than the traditional approach of addressing supply chain management and producer responsibility compliance separately. The joining of these companies will provide customers with a seamless environmental management service, fully compliant with EU legislation.

DHL will offer end-to-end supply chain expertise and resource management through its EnviroSolutions service, which provides a range of global solutions to support businesses in reaching their environmental sustainability targets, including collecting and recycling waste streams. As a shareholder in the European Recycling Platform (ERP), Landbell Group will leverage its expertise in international producer responsibility compliance for electronic equipment, batteries, PV modules and packaging. As part of the agreement DHL will divest its data and regulatory compliance services to Landbell Group.

Established as a dual system in 1995, headquartered in Mainz, Germany, Landbell Group today has 240 employees. The group has developed into an international central point of contact for takeback and recycling services. As a full-range supplier Landbell Group engages in activities for its customers in 30 countries throughout Europe and enables them to comply with various legal regulations worldwide and fulfil their extended producer responsibilities.

As the world’s largest logistics specialist, DHL offers a comprehensive suite of services drawing on its global scale and local insight to deliver value across supply chain for customers. From the initial consultancy and design, to final mile delivery and reverse logistics, DHL provides customised supply chain solutions across all industry sectors.

The Clearwater International team was led by Managing Partner Ralph Schmücking.

“For many years Clearwater International has been advising Landbell Group and therefore, knows our company and understands our requirements very well. Once again Clearwater International has supported us with valuable corporate finance know-how. For Landbell Group this transaction, including the close partnership with DHL, represents an important milestone in our internationalisation strategy.”

Udo Knopf, CFO, Landbell Group

“We’re delighted to have advised Landbell Group on this third transaction within the past two years. In line with our long-term advisory strategy, we will be continuing to accompany Landbell Group on its European internationalisation strategy.”

Ralph Schmücking, Managing Partner, Clearwater International