Berlin/Düsseldorf/Frankfurt—Global law firm Dentons has advised Slate Asset Management (“Slate”), a global alternative investment platform, on the acquisition of a majority stake in amperio GmbH (“amperio”). The collaboration between the two companies will drive the expansion of electromobility in Germany, while enhancing the sustainability infrastructure of Slate’s own properties and improving access to efficient charging points across Germany.
As part of the transaction, Slate created Slate Mobility GmbH & Co. KG (“Slate Mobility”), an entity that will finance and own EV charging equipment for Slate and potential third parties, and receive management services from amperio. Slate’s portfolio of over 225 grocery properties across Germany and deep network of relationships with tenants focused on environmental sustainability will create opportunities to accelerate amperio’s growth.
Slate Asset Management is a global alternative investment platform targeting real assets. Slate actively invests in sustainable assets and technologies that advance the global energy transition and enable cities and communities to reach their carbon emission reduction goals.
amperio GmbH is a specialist planner for charging infrastructure based in Cologne. Since 2012, amperio has supported companies, cities and municipalities in developing individual charging concepts, installing charging stations, and billing charging processes. The company has already installed over 1,800 charging points for customers such as Globus, DKB, Groupe PSA, the City of Düren, Volvo, the City of Bad Ems and the MNT Group.
Amperio, together with Move About Groups subsidiary mobileeee GmbH (“mobileeee”) and the City of Ludwigshafen in Germany, are implementing a project for station-based public e-carsharing. The project includes the construction of 27 stations with mobileeee charging infrastructure as well as publicly accessible charging infrastructure. The City Ludwigshafen initiated this concept with the aim of reducing local emissions.
Dentons regularly advises on transactions, projects and regulatory issues in the e-mobility sector. Most recently, the Firm advised Munich-based e-mobility start-up e-mobilio GmbH on a financing round. Furthermore, Dentons provided comprehensive antitrust advice to the shareholders of Ionity (Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Ford, Porsche and Hyundai) on BlackRock’s entry into the fast charging station operator Ionity. Dentons also advised Volkswagen on competition clearances for an electromobility joint venture with Enel X, and Porsche on the establishment of two joint ventures with the Dutch trading company Pon as well as with Germany-based Fazua in the e-bike business.