2 June 2023

US investment company Carlyle buys Czech manufacturer of opto-mechanical instruments

Deloitte Corporate Finance, together with the Transaction Services, Tax and Legal teams, played a key role in the successful sale of Meopta - optika, s.r.o., a leading supplier of highly specialised optical subsystems and components for semiconductor, industrial and defence customers, to The Carlyle Group, a leading global investment company.


Meopta, with more than 1,700 employees, is a multinational company active in the research and development, design, manufacture and assembly of optical and mechanical components. Over its long history since 1933, Meopta has become a specialist in the highest quality optical products for the industrial, military and consumer markets.


Carlyle is one of the world's largest and most diversified global investment firms, managing $381 billion in assets across three business segments and 562 investment vehicles. In the Czech Republic, it has already acquired Phrase (formerly known as Memsource), a startup that specializes in developing a cloud-based platform to streamline and improve language translation. In addition, since last year it has acquired a majority stake in Tescan Orsay, a Brno-based company known for manufacturing electron microscopes. For this transaction, the Deloitte Debt & Capital Advisory team worked with The Carlyle Group to secure financing.

"We are proud to have advised Meopta on this landmark transaction resulting in successful sale of its leading optical subsystems and components business to The Carlyle Group. Our comprehensive services and strategic advisory were key to facilitating this transaction," comments Jan Brabec, Partner in Corporate Finance in Deloitte, on the acquisition.