Afinum Management AG’s Investment Into Threema GmbH

Walder Wyss advised the three founders of Threema GmbH on all legal and tax aspects of the transaction. VISCHER advised AFINUM on all legal aspects of this transaction.

The German-Swiss private equity fund Afinum Management AG invests into Threema GmbH, a company which develops and operates the Swiss messenger app Threema, which has become popular with its strong focus on security and data protection and counts numerous DAX 30 companies, administrations and NGOs among its customer base.

Through the partnership with Afinum, the three founders and developers of Threema GmbH – Manuel Kasper, Silvan Engeler and Martin Blatter – are laying the foundation for continuity, further growth and an acceleration of product development.

The three founders will retain a significant stake in Threema and will continue to lead the company.

Walder Wyss advised the three founders on the transaction with a team led by Florian Gunz Niedermann (Partner, Corporate/M&A, in picture) and includes Christian Lütolf (Managing Associate, Corporate/M&A), Fabienne Anner (Managing Associate, Corporate/M&A), Michael Isler (Partner, IP/IT & Data Protection), Maurus Winzap (Partner, Tax) and Janine Corti (Counsel, Tax).

VISCHER advised AFINUM on the deal with a team led by Jürg Luginbühl (Partner, Corporate/M&A) and included Christian Gutzwiller (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Michel Stübi (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Rolf Auf der Maur (Partner, TMT), Elias Mühlemann (Senior Associate, TMT), Markus Guggenbühl (Partner, Banking & Finance) and David Weber (Managing Associate, Banking & Finance).

Involved fees earner: Rolf Auf der Maur – VISCHER AG; Markus Guggenbühl – VISCHER AG; Christian Gutzwiller – VISCHER AG; Jürg Luginbühl – VISCHER AG; Elias Mühlemann – VISCHER AG; Michel Stübi – VISCHER AG; David Weber – VISCHER AG; Fabienne Anner – Walder Wyss Ltd.; Janine Corti – Walder Wyss Ltd.; Florian Gunz Niedermann – Walder Wyss Ltd.; Michael Isler – Walder Wyss Ltd.; Christian Lütolf – Walder Wyss Ltd.; Maurus Winzap – Walder Wyss Ltd.;

Law Firms: VISCHER AG; Walder Wyss Ltd.;

Clients: AFINUM Management GmbH; Blatter Martin; Engeler Silvan; Kasper Manuel;