Montreal, Canada, August 8, 2023 – Valsoft Corporation Inc. (“Valsoft”), a Montreal-based company specialized in the acquisition and development of vertical market software businesses, is pleased to announce its majority stake acquisition of Klopotek, an industry leader in ERP solutions for the publishing industry in 140+ locations with headquarters in Berlin, Germany.
Since its inception in 1992, Klopotek has been dedicated to supporting the entire value chain of print and digital publishing. The company’s solutions have played a pivotal role in the success of numerous large multinational publishing groups as well as small and mid-sized publishers, empowering them to thrive in a rapidly evolving industry.
After more than three decades of leadership, Ulrich Klopotek von Glowczewski, Founder & CEO, has taken the decision to step down from all his roles effective immediately due to personal reasons.
The responsibility of steering the company into the future now lies with Peter Karwowski, who assumes the role of CEO. Peter brings with him a wealth of experience in the publishing technology industry. His dynamic leadership and strategic vision position him perfectly to guide Klopotek through its next phase of growth and innovation.
“This acquisition marks an exciting chapter in Klopotek’s journey and a significant step forward for Klopotek to extend its market position and offer new quality and services to our customers and the entire publishing industry” stated Peter Karwowski, Klopotek’s CEO. “We are thrilled to have found in Valsoft a strategic partner and investor to foster further growth and development for this next phase of growth, giving us a stronger basis to streamline our customers’ business and meet the changing market requirements”.
With this latest acquisition, Klopotek becomes the first company in the Publishing vertical to join Aspire Software – the operating group at Valsoft. Klopotek can further strengthen its presence across the globe by leveraging Aspire’s existing presence.
“The acquisition of Klopotek aligns seamlessly with their mission to remain at the forefront of the publishing technology domain, equipping publishers with advanced tools and solutions to navigate the evolving landscape successfully” said Rafael Mazzeo, Operating Partner of Aspire Software, a division of Valsoft. “The world class management team at Klopotek is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the company’s reputation for excellence and customer satisfaction. Customers can rest assured that Klopotek will continue to deliver exceptional products and services, catering to their evolving needs and preferences”.
The Klopotek Group headquartered in Berlin, Germany is the international market leader in publishing software, contributing to the success of more than 400 publishers with over 3,000 imprints and over 24,800 users in 140+ locations, seamlessly covering every aspect of the publishing processes.
About Valsoft Corporation:
Valsoft Corporation acquires and develops vertical market software companies through which each business can deliver the best mission-critical solutions for customers in their respective industries or niche. A key tenet of Valsoft’s philosophy is to invest in well-established businesses and foster an entrepreneurial environment that shapes a company into a leader in its respective industry. Unlike private equity and VC firms, Valsoft does not have a predefined investment horizon and looks to buy, hold, and create value through long-term partnerships with existing management and customers.
Valsoft was represented internally by David Felicissimo (General Counsel), Oliver Gray (Senior Legal Counsel) and Elisa Marcon (Corporate Paralegal). Externally, Valsoft was represented by Eckart Budelmann, Johannes Hübner and Johanna Bohn of Addleshaw Goddard (Germany) LLP.
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