Partners Group has agreed to acquire a majority equity stake on behalf of its clients in the German toy manufacturer, Schleich.
The group will purchase the stake from Ardian, a global investment company for an undisclosed sum.
Following the transaction, Schleich will continue to be supported by its management team, led by CEO Dirk Engehausen. Partners Group will partner with management to lead Schleich in a new phase of international growth.
It aims to further develop the brand for a global audience and continue to build partnerships with online and physical retailers across the globe. It will also continue to support the development of the company’s online capabilities, as well as invest in new product development.
Dirk Engehausen, CEO of Schleich, said: “We are delighted to team with Partners Group, with is global footprint and strong operational capabilities, to lead Schleich in our exciting growth plans.
“While the company has firmly established itself as a leading toymaker in the DACH region, we see huge potential to build on our presence internationally and are committed to establishing the company as a true leader in the global toy market.
“We look forward to partnering with the Partners Group team to identify new regions and opportunities for long-term growth.”