Management buyout at DNV GL (Germanischer Lloyd): FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS AG takes over assets

Notice of transaction, Berlin, March 10, 2015

  • eventurecat advises FRIENDSHIPS SYSTEMS AG in asset deal with the DNV GL Group
  • Thomas Schröter, Managing Director of eventurecat GmbH Corporate Finance Advisors, joins the Supervisory Board of FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS AG

The specialised M&A advisory for IT and internet companies, eventurecat, has advised the managers and shareholders of FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS AG in an asset deal with the DNV GL Group, one of the three biggest ship and offshore classification societies in the world.

As part of the M&A deal supported by eventurecat, all assets and employees of the DNV GL Group’s CAESES Division have been taken over by FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS AG. As a part of the management buyout, FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS AG takes over the software product CAESES® which is widely used within the maritime sector. It is a widespread industry standard for the optimisation of hulls, ship propellers and turbo-machinery including pumps and turbochargers within the maritime sector.

Thomas Schröter, Managing Director of eventurecat GmbH and Chairman of the Board of the IT sector association SIBB e.V., has been appointed as Member of the Supervisory Board of FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS AG, together with lawyer Kerstin Anker (Chairman of the Supervisory Board) and Prof. Dr. Moustafa Abdel-Maksoud. The Board of Directors of the new company is represented by Claus Abt and Dr. Stefan Harries.

“We have already positioned ourselves very successfully within the maritime sector. That allows us to now establish ourselves in the automotive sector, in turbo-machinery production and in the energy sector as well as a part of our growth strategy,” says Dr. Stefan Harries, Managing Director of FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS AG.


Photograph Dr. Stefan Harries, Managing Director of FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS AG:

Photograph Thomas Schröter, Managing Director of eventurecat GmbH Corporate Finance Advisors and Member of the Supervisory Board of FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS AG:

Logo Friendship Systems:


FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS AG develops and licences CAESES®, a flexible computer-aided engineering platform for the simulation-driven design of surfaces exposed to cross-sectional flow or moving in flow, such as hulls, pumps and turbochargers. With CAESES®, the description of geometric models in connection with external flow simulation tools (CFD) facilitates the creation and examination of a high number of variants and therefore the identification of the best product within a minimum space of time – e.g. to maximise energy-efficiency. The technology originates from maritime engineering. The biggest shipyards and leading design offices use CAESES® to achieve significant reductions in the energy consumption of their ships (average 5%). Maritime customers of FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS AG include Daewoo Shipbuilding, Samsung Heavy Industries, DNV GL Maritime Advisory, HSVA, SSPA and SDARI. In addition, CAESES® is increasingly popular in all other industries where flow simulation represents a key technology. Applications range from shape and product optimisation by world market leaders, such as Volkswagen (drive components), KSB (pumps and compressors), MTU (engine components and volute casings), IHI (turbochargers) and DCNS (renewable energies).

FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS AG is an independent listed company registered in Berlin with headquarters in Potsdam. It is the successor company of Friendship Systems GmbH, which started as a spin-off from the Technical University of Berlin and became a subsidiary of Germanischer Lloyd (now DNV GL) in 2008. From 2009 to 2014, DNV GL has created an outstanding basis for the continuous development of CAESES® and has offered its full support and guidance for the management buyout.

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