KPMG Law Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH (KPMG) and KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft (KPMG) jointly advised Questel Germany Holding GmbH on the acquisition of NovumIP GmbH & Co. KG from Paragon Partners GmbH.
NovumIP was created through the merger of Pavis and Novagraaf, two providers of services in the field of IP management, particularly in patent and trademark law.
The company, which employs more than 330 people worldwide, offers its customers a range of consulting, management and technology-based services in the field of IP.
Questel Group is a provider of end-to-end intellectual property solutions for more than 6,000 customers and 1 million users in 30 countries. It offers a software suite for searching, analyzing and managing inventions and IP assets. With this acquisition, Questel is pursuing the expansion of its portfolio of services.
Questel acquires Novum IP from Paragon Partners. In this context, Paragon Fund III will in turn participate in Questel as a minority shareholder. The closing of the transaction is subject to approval by the relevant financial supervisory and antitrust authorities and is expected to take place around July 2021.
The advice provided by KPMG Law comprehensively covered the entire due diligence process in Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. KPMG provided tax advice and structuring of the transaction as well as tax due diligence.
KPMG Law Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Germany: Lars A. Meixner LL.M., Partner, Stuttgart, Lead Partner, Irina Grillmeier, Senior Manager, Stuttgart, Patrick Winter, Manager, Stuttgart, all Corporate/M&A; Andreas Pruksch, Senior Manager, Stuttgart, Labor Law; Dr. Ariane Loof, Senior Manager, Berlin, Data Protection Law; Miriam Bouazza, Partner, Frankfurt, Nils Katzmark, Senior Manager, Frankfurt, Dr. Anna-Luise Achenbach, Senior Associate, Frankfurt, Olga Atamanchuk, Associate, Frankfurt, all Finance
KPMG Law Belgium: Wouter Lauwers, Partner, Brussels, Christophe Piette, Senior Counsel, Antwerp/Berchem, both Corporate/M&A.
KPMG Avocats France: Florence Olivier, Partner, Paris; Oumané Gueye, Manager, Paris, both Corporate/M&A, Albane Eglinger, Partner, Paris; Alban Progri, Senior Manager, Paris both Labor Law.
KPMG Meijburg Legal: Jan Hein Visser, Senior Manager, Amsterdam; Charity de Jonge, Legal Consultant, Amsterdam, both Corporate/M&A.
KPMG Law Switzerland: Jörg Kilchmann, Partner, Zurich , Sandro Fries, Assistant Manager, Zurich; Fabio Rohrer, Assistant Manager, Zurich, all Corporate/M&A.
KPMG Law UK: Peter Workman, Partner, Birmingham; Thomas Swain, Senior Manager, Birmingham; Eve Oppenheimer, Manager, Birmingham, all Corporate/M&A.
KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft: Florian Geiger, Partner, Stuttgart, Marco Piltz, Senior Manager, Stuttgart, Ramona Schaaf, Senior Associate, Stuttgart, all M&A Tax.
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