Cinven €1.75 billion acquisition of 70% in Synlab

Investment grade bond/note issue, Private acquisition

€ 1.75 billion

$ 1.829 billion




  • UK private equity firm Cinven acquired a 70% stake in German laboratory operator Synlab for €1.75 billion from BC Partners
  • Cinven financed the deal through bond issues of €675 million, €200 million, €475 million and €375 million.
  • Goldman Sachs International, JP Morgan Securities, Barclays Bank, Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, HSBC Bank, and Morgan Stanley arranged the bond issues. 
  • The UK investor intends to merge Synlab with European medical device company, Labco, which it acquired a majoritystake in from a group of investors  mid-2015 for an enterprise value of €1.2 billion. 
  • For BC partners, the sale represents a return of around 2.7 times on its investment in Synlab. 
  • BC Partners acquired 40% of Synlab in 2009, gradually increasing its stake in the business to a majority. 
  • The financial advisers on the deal were Rothschild (Synlab) and Barclays (Cinven).

Ben Naylor - Regional Editor


United Kingdom

Deal types:

Investment grade bond/note issue
Private acquisition

Practice areas:

Private equity

Industry sector:



Party: Synlab (Issuer)

Party: BC Partners (Seller)

Party: Goldman Sachs International (Arranger)

Party: JP Morgan Securities (Arranger)

Party: Barclays Bank (Arranger)

Party: Deutsche Bank AG Na ON (Arranger)

Party: BNP Paribas (Arranger)

Party: HSBC Bank plc (Arranger)

Party: Morgan Stanley (Arranger)

Party: Cinven (Acquirer)

Lawyer: Luc Defferrard