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CMS advises DEKRA on the acquisition of KEMA Quality

09/09/2009

A team from CMS Derks Star Busmann has assisted DEKRA AG in the acquisition of KEMA Quality B.V. This company incorporates a part of the testing and certification activities of N.V. KEMA, and has a turnover of 60 million euros with approximately 600 employees in 9 countries, mainly in the Netherlands, the United States and China. Through this acquisition, KEMA aims to position itself as the international leading service provider of strategic, technical and operational energy advice and inspections, testing and certification in the area of energy. The world-renowned quality mark for electrical products KEMA-KEUR - whose origins go back more than 80 years - will also be transferred to DEKRA under licence.

DEKRA is an internationally oriented expert organization in the area of safety and quality in the day-to-day relationship between man and technology, the environment and mobility. Around 180 subsidiaries and affiliates operate under the strategic umbrella of DEKRA e.V. DEKRA is European market leader in expert services and among the top three worldwide. At present DEKRA has offices in 29 European countries, as well as the USA, Brazil. Morocco, Algeria, South Africa and China. More than 20,000 employees in total achieve a turnover of about 1.6 billion euros.

Established in 1927, Kema is an independent knowledge organization that is active throughout the world in the energy value chain, and specializes in high-value services in business & technical consultancy, operational support, measurements & inspections, as well as testing & certification. As an independent organization, KEMA advises and supports government organizations as well as producers, suppliers and end users. Furthermore, KEMA certifies products, systems and persons for a wide range of clients. KEMA employs more than 2000 professionals in 20 countries around the world.

The team was led by Martika Jonk and Christiaan Scholten van Aschat and also comprised Chris van Amersfoort, Yana Levin, Katja van Kranenburg, Jan Willem Huizink, Menno Briët and Arne van Bijnen.

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