14 February 2024

The law firm Sobczyńscy i Partnerzy | FSG Prawo advised the founders of EKOS Poznań sp. z o.o. during the transaction for the sale of 100 % of the shares to Saur Polska sp. z o.o., part of the Saur Group. This strategic acquisition represents a significant step in the development of the Polish industry of servicing separators, cleaning sewer networks and wastewater treatment plants.

On the law firm’s side, legal advisers to the sellers were lawyers from the company and transaction law team, whose work was led by advocate Michał Sobczyński (managing partner of the law firm) and attorney-at-law Orest Ochocki (partner of the law firm, co-managing the company and transaction law team). Mateusz Karliński and Jakub Marmurowicz, trainees attorney-at-law, participated in the work on the implementation of the transaction.

The scope of the law firm’s advisory services included, in particular, support with the buyer’s due diligence of the company, definition of the transaction framework, preparation and negotiation of transaction documentation and closing of the transaction.

A team of business advisers from FSG Biznes, led by Krzysztof Trzebuniak (president of the management board) with the support of Magdalena Budna (deputy director of the analysis department) and Jakub Gwizdała (analyst), also participated in the project.

The buyer Saur Polska was represented by lawyers from Hogan Lovells law firm.

EKOS Poznań sp. z o. o. is a leading company in the field of servicing separators, cleaning sewage networks and sewage treatment plants. It covers the whole of Poland, employing nearly 90 highly qualified specialists. The company has its own industrial cleaning plant and a modern fleet of specialised vehicles.

Founded in Poland in 1987, EKOS Poznań has extensive experience in the wastewater management market. Its offer is comprehensive, covering a wide range of services such as servicing and cleaning of separators, cleaning of sewers, waste treatment facilities, as well as cleaning and washing of storage tanks. In addition, the company has an accredited laboratory, which confirms the high quality of the services provided.

The Saur Group specialises in the water industry and the necessary services associated with it, working to protect the environment in the areas it serves. Over the years, it has been committed to providing the highest quality services to both small communities and large metropolises, guided by its mission to restore water to its rightful value. Saur operates worldwide, including Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, Spain, the US, Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and the UK. Key figures for 2022: €1.9bn net revenue, contracts with 9,200 local authorities and industrial customers, 12,000 employees and serving 20 million consumers worldwide.

Nader Antar, CEO of Saur International, emphasised: At Saur, we are working towards a cleaner and more sustainable future by offering advanced water and wastewater management solutions. Ekos has successfully built a strong position in comprehensive wastewater treatment solutions, which fits perfectly with our portfolio of innovative technologies to support our customers.

Magdalena Markiewicz, CEO of Saur Polska, added: “The acquisition of Ekos PoznaŃ is a natural direction for Saur Polska to expand our unique portfolio of innovative technologies for the care of water and its resources. We have a wealth of experience in this area, as we have been operating for over 4 years. Separator Service company, which, under our leadership, has become a leader in the area of water recovery in Poland by cleaning oil and grease separators. This acquisition will further strengthen the level of competence in industrial wastewater treatment and maximise our business by exploiting the synergies between Separator and Ekos services.”