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dfv media group acquires ener|gate from con|energy ag


The dfv media group will take over the energy specialist medium ener|gate as a wholly-owned subsidiary on 1 July 2022.

The dfv media group will take over the energy specialist medium ener|gate as a wholly-owned subsidiary on 1 July 2022. With its digital offerings, content products and a team of around 50 energy specialists in Essen, Berlin, Vienna and Zurich, ener|gate is one of the leading B2B media brands in the German-speaking energy market. ener|gate's customers include national and international energy companies, regional suppliers and municipal utilities, experts from politics, associations and science as well as IT, technology and consulting companies, banks and public authorities.

With the acquisition of the company, the dfv media group is opening up the energy market as a new economic sector. The management of ener|gate and all employees will be taken over and remain at their locations. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

Shareholders, supervisory board and dfv managing directors Peter Esser, Sönke Reimers, Thomas Berner and Markus Gotta are convinced that ener|gate is an excellent fit for the dfv media group. Esser and Reimers: "The economy and society are facing enormous challenges. The transformation to sustainability and digitalisation, the geopolitical situation, highly volatile markets and the worsening energy crisis require high-quality specialist information for the energy sector and the entire industry. By combining our industry competencies for real economy, services, real estate, finance, law and taxes, which have grown over decades, and in the future also energy, we can set accents in market communication like no other media house in the German-speaking region." "The strong position of ener|gate in its market convinced us," Berner continued, "due to the competence and relevance of ener|gate we see great growth potential for the dfv media group."

In 2000, ener|gate was founded by con|energy ag, a consulting and service company for the energy industry. Company founder and con|energy board members Dr Roman Dudenhausen and Dr Niels Ellwanger: "For con|energy, ener|gate is a great success story. In the last 20 years, ener|gate has developed from a start-up to the leading information provider in the DACH energy market with almost 50 employees and a digital offering for over 20,000 readers. We are all the happier that we can now hand ener|gate over to good hands. With dfv media group, ener|gate is getting an owner with whom the management can pursue new strategic paths. We wish the dfv media group and ener|gate every success in this."

"After more than 20 very successful years as part of the con|energy group, ener|gate is now taking the next step in the company's history at the side of a renowned trade publisher," says ener|gate Managing Director Marc Hüther. "We are convinced that we have found the right partner for our further growth plans in the dfv media group and are looking forward to the collaboration," says Hüther.

con|energy ag was exclusively advised on the transaction by HKCF Corporate Finance GmbH from Cologne, the corporate law advice was provided by GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB. dfv was supported in the legal implementation by Ernst & Young Law GmbH under the leadership of Andreas Stock, Head of Legal Department dfv media group.

The dfv media group  is one of the largest independent business media companies in Europe. It stands for the highest quality and independence in B2B communication. With its more than 80 media brands, it accompanies a total of twelve important economic sectors and thus offers a unique journalistic range. The headquarters of the dfv media group is in Frankfurt am Main. 


For further information please contact:

Stefanie Hamm

con|energy agentur GmbH

Presse und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

Telefon +49 201 1022-0


dfv Communications

Telefon +49 69 7595-2052