Wintergerst assists the sale of LHP to TEMPTON Personaldienstleistungen
Wintergerst Societät für Unternehmer-Beratung provides business advisory services to LHP Dienstleistungs- und Bildungsgesellschaft and supports it during the negotiations of the sales contract. With the sale to TEMPTON Personaldienstleistungen effective 1 December 2019, approximately 150 jobs have been secured at the location in Bad Waldsee.
LHP Dienstleistungs- und Bildungsgesellschaft is a regional specialist for HR services, recruiting agency, provider of subject matter experts on temporary contracts as well as a provider of training and qualification services positioned in the region of Lake Constance and Upper Swabia. The personnel solutions of LHP are used primarily by companies in the automotive, electrotechnology, metal-working and construction industries.
Just a few weeks after the sudden death of the founder and chief executive, the company found itself in a financial crisis and was forced to file for insolvency in August 2019. Together with the insolvency administrator, Dr. Holger Leichtle from Schultze & Braun, approval was obtained to transfer the workforce of the operation despite the ongoing insolvency proceedings. “LHP works with Eastern European employees which the company generally hires out to local tradesmen and engineering firms. In close cooperation with the family of the deceased founder of the company and the internal employees in Bad Waldsee, it was even possible to win new customers for LHP, not just keep serving the large number of existing customers,” reports Dr. Leichtle.
“We identified the commercial potential of the company at an early stage. However, as is often the case with family-owned companies, most of the management expertise was concentrated in the person of the managing shareholder. Prior to the insolvency proceedings we had already attempted to arrange a solution with the financing partners for the benefit of the family and LHP. Unfortunately, we were not able to stabilize the operation until the initial insolvency proceedings had already been opened. As a result, the foundation was laid for the successful sale of the operating business,” adds Bernd Grupp, who has provided business consulting services to the company together with his colleague, Roland Forderer, and supported it during the negotiations of the sales contract. The sales process was challenging on account of the regional nature of the business model. Grupp:
“With the leading provider of HR services in the country, TEMPTON, we have found the optimal buyer for the company and have been able to arrange a solution for all employees and also the location in Bad Waldsee.”
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Volker Wintergerst has more than 20 years of experience in the consulting sector. After five years as the audit manager of audits of both separate and consolidated financial statements of large middle-market groups of companies and as a project leader in corporate finance, he spent ten years as a managing partner of the consulting arm of the Ebner Stolz Group.
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