Pfäffikon (Switzerland)/Frankfurt, June 11, 2018 – Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has advised Ufenau Capital Partners on Swiss IT Security AG’s acquisition of a majority stake in ExpertCircle. Swiss IT Security AG, a Switzerland-based company of the investment group Ufenau Capital Partners, has become the majority shareholder of the German IT company ExpertCircle GmbH. With this acquisition, the group active in the area of IT security has further established itself in Germany.
In the transaction, Ufenau Capital Partners received comprehensive legal advice from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s M&A team in Frankfurt, under the leadership of Frankfurt Managing Partner Dr. Tobias Fenck. The firm already had advised Ufenau in January 2018, during Swiss IT Security’s acquisition of the IT service provider alphaBit based in Wiesbaden, Germany.
ExpertCircle, with offices in Mogendorf (headquarters) and Bonn, Germany, is an IT company that operates in the field of IT security and compliance, serving high-security IT customers. The company offers consulting and services, with a focus on managed services and cloud enterprise security. ExpertCircle has a work force of over forty employees and serves private businesses as well as public companies.
With its acquisition of the majority stake in ExpertCircle, Swiss IT Security has completed its third acquisition in eight months, following the acquisition of execure in October 2017 and alphaBit in January 2018. As a result of these takeovers, the investment group was able to strengthen its market position. The current group, which employs more than 200 people, expects sales of more than CHF 30 million in 2018. Through strategic acquisitions, growth should be further promoted in the coming months in order to benefit from far-reaching synergies.
Currently, Swiss IT Security is in discussions with numerous companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in order to further expand the IT Security Group.
Ufenau Capital Partners is an investment group located in Switzerland focused on majority holdings in service companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland – the D/A/CH region – which are active in the areas of business services, education and lifestyle, health care and financial services. Ufenau Capital Partners receives regular advisory in its transactions from a team led by BCLP Partner Dr. Tobias Fenck.
Advisers of Ufenau Capital Partners
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Frankfurt
Dr. Tobias Fenck, Managing Partner (Lead, Corporate, M&A, Private Equity)
Christian Müller, Associate (Corporate, M&A, Private Equity)
Markus Beyer, Associate (Corporate, M&A, Private Equity)
Michael Magotsch, Of Counsel (Employment)
Dominik Weiss, Counsel (IP/IT)
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