1&1 IONOS’ Acquisition of WE22 AG


Orth Kluth advised the founders of WE22 AG, Robert Schovenberg and Cornel Schnietz, on the deal.

Cologne-based WE22 AG, developer of software for the creation, maintenance and hosting of websites, has been acquired by Europe’s largest cloud and hosting provider 1&1 IONOS, a company of the United Internet Group.

With the acquisition of WE22 AG, 1&1 IONOS is strengthening its service offering in the hosting business. In future, the management of WE22 will control the further development of the company as a wholly owned subsidiary of 1&1 IONOS.

WE22 was founded in 1999 by Robert Schovenberg and Cornel Schnietz as Content Management AG and currently employs more than 140 people in Cologne, Berlin and Erfurt. WE22 AG is best known for its homepage construction kit CM4all, which is used to create and operate more than 5 million websites. Furthermore, services for small businesses for website creation and online marketing are offered under the brand Web4Business in Germany.

The Orth Kluth team was led by Boris Körner (Picture) and included Dr. Guido Matthey and Dr. Lars Maritzen.

Involved fees earner: Boris Körner – Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte; Lars Maritzen – Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte; Guido Matthey – Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte;

Law Firms: Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte;

Clients: Cornel Schnietz; Robert Schovenberg;