• Ermewa Holdings (Ermewa) is one of the leading railcar and tank container leasing businesses, with operations across 80+ countries and a successful track record spanning 60 years
  • Ermewa operates a combined fleet of over 100k units, of which 45.8k are railcars and 58.8k are tank containers, and employs c. 1,200 people 
  • Ermewa also owns seven state-of-the-art workshops strategically located across France and Germany, covering maintenance needs and other services to significantly enhance Ermewa's value proposition


  • DC Advisory (DC) acted as exclusive advisor to Ermewa on the acquisition of approximately 4,000 railcars from Lineas through a sale-leaseback transaction


  • The acquisition, signed in October 2021, will allow Ermewa to significantly increase its existing fleet, concluding a major long-term partnership with Lineas, the largest private rail freight operator in Europe with headquarters in Belgium and sites in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain
  • This transaction will allow Lineas to repay its senior credit facilities, marking an important step towards its transformation into an asset-light company 
  • DC delivered a highly successful outcome for Ermewa, advising on a very competitive and complex acquisition process 
  • The acquisition reinforces DC’s experience in the rolling stock sector, having previously advised on several M&A and debt transactions across the sector and Europe