With a half-year report with a + 18.5% turnover, and an EBITDA of 30%, in sharp distinction with the overall downturn within the automotive sector, Autostar, already a licensee for the manufacturers Mercedes-Benz, Bmw, Sensible, Mini and Maserati, extends its market by buying two enterprise branches from Motorsport.

“Along with BMW Italia, now we have launched into a tortuous and delicate path to successfully handle the issues inherited from the Motorsport chapter, with the will to return to Treviso and Belluno some extent of reference capable of reply promptly to the wants of BMW prospects, MINI and Motorrad. ” – declares Arrigo Bonutto, Chairman of the Autostar Group.

Ponti & Companions, with Companions Luca Ponti and Francesca Spadetto, acted as authorized adviser to the Friulian Autostar S.p.A. within the transaction for the acquisition of the 2 firm branches of Treviso and Belluno from Chapter of Motorsport S.r.l. (historic automotive dealership within the Veneto area), together with sale and help contracts with BMW Italy.

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Luca Ponti, Founding Companion at Ponti&Companions

Please inform me about your involvement within the deal? 

We have been concerned within the Autostar operations for the reason that very starting, which was when Motorsport S.r.l. was about to use for composition with collectors, after ongoing discussions did not ship any end result.

After the unsuccessful various process which led to Motorsport chapter, now we have assisted Autostar S.p.A. in liaising with the Chapter Trustee and in presenting an irrevocable supply to buy for the 2 branches of Treviso and Belluno. This was adopted by the aggressive process to the switch of the 2 branches, which resulted in appointing Autostar as profitable tenderer. Our help has continued till the stipulation of the ultimate contract of buy for the 2 branches of the agency, on 31st July 2018.


Why is that this a superb deal for all concerned?  

I imagine this settlement is useful for each events, from completely different factors of view. To start with, the settlement with Autostar has clearly enabled to obtain remuneration and Autostar, however, has been capable of increase its presence within the Triveneto area, confirming its management, already acquired over time as vendor for the model BMW, among the many others.

Nonetheless, there are additional features which have to be thought-about. I’m referring to the workers of the 2 branches, who’ve been now employed by Autostar: these employees haven’t solely stored their jobs, but in addition gained a brand new skilled relationship with a really secure agency within the North-East space. Furthermore, the chapter collectors can be happy with the acquisition proceeds.


What challenges arose? How did you navigate them? 

There have been a whole lot of difficulties, as typical in these sorts of operations. When a failing or, as on this case, an bancrupt agency is concerned the problems are quite a few and completely different from those which characterise in bonus corporations.

I’ve already talked about the connection with the workers, together with in fact the earlier money owed in the direction of them. One other concern is that chapter procedures requires urgency, which frequently implies little time for the consumers to hold out related investigation and due diligence.

Acquisitions from bancrupt topics require a really explicit strategy and Ponti & Companions has acquired a big experience additionally on this sector.