Col Giovanni Paolo has been sold to Oaktree Capital Management

Col Giovanni Paolo S.p.A. (COL), a leading provider of critical components and advanced solutions for smart grid applications in medium and high voltage electrical infrastructure, has sold a controlling stake to funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.

Lincoln International successfully conducted the full process effectively coordinating with involved parties in all aspects of the deal, acting as the exclusive M&A adviser to COL’s shareholders and as debt adviser to Oaktree. Lincoln originated and executed the bilateral transaction from the preparation phase through the negotiations and structuring of the financing.

Alessandro Col, Chief Executive Officer of COL, said “We are excited to partner with Oaktree and join forces in bringing COL to the next level. Oaktree’s experience in accelerating the growth of technology businesses in the energy field is very complementary to the expertise and track record of our management team in providing effective solutions for the ever-changing needs of energy infrastructure.”

Francesco Giuliani, Managing Director at Oaktree, commented, “We expect that COL’s leadership position in medium and high voltage products and solutions built over a century of experience is a key enabler of the ongoing energy transition, as evidenced by COL’s recent success.”

“I am grateful to the Lincoln team for providing valuable advice throughout the process,” added Francesco Giuliani, Managing Director at Oaktree’s GFI Energy Group. “Their ability to professionally manage the entire process and the parties involved was critical in guiding the transaction through a successful outcome.”

About Col Giovanni Paolo
Col Giovanni Paolo is a leading Italian family-owned business specializing in critical components and advanced solutions for smart grid applications in medium and high voltage electrical infrastructure.

Working with key global utilities and industrial players, COL has developed a highly innovative technology portfolio in medium voltage switchgear, substation automation, battery control systems and several other smart grid applications.

About Oaktree Capital Management
Oaktree is a leader among global investment managers specializing in alternative investments, with $140 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2020. The firm emphasizes an opportunistic, value-oriented and risk-controlled approach to investments in credit, private equity, real assets and listed equities. The firm has over 1,000 employees and offices in 19 cities worldwide. For additional information, please visit Oaktree’s website at

Col Giovanni Paolo Oaktree 2021 Connect with a Senior Team Member
The Lincoln team went above and beyond all expectations throughout the process – working collaboratively with management while allowing our team to focus on running the business. Their highly dedicated team of bankers provided valuable guidance every step of the way, resulting in the successful completion of this important transaction for our company.
Alessandro Col
Shareholder & Chief Executive Officer of Col Giovanni Paolo

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