EQT and Blackstone’s $450 Million Investment in Epidemic Sound

White & Case LLP advised Epidemic Sound on the deal.

Epidemic Sound closed the US$450 million joint investment by EQT Growth and Blackstone Growth, which values Epidemic Sound at US$1.4 billion.

Epidemic Sound is a global MusicTech company headquartered in Stockholm. The company has democratized access to music for storytellers by providing royalty free music and sound effects. Its innovative digital rights model paves the way for creators, from YouTubers to small businesses to the world’s largest brands, to use restriction-free music to elevate their content, whilst supporting the musicians it works with both financially and creatively. Epidemic Sound was founded in 2009 and has offices in six major cities across the globe: Stockholm, New York, Los Angeles, Seoul, Hamburg and Amsterdam. It is backed by Creandum, EQT Mid-Market and Atwater Capital and its Chairperson is Vania Schlogel, Managing Partner & Founder at Atwater Capital.

EQT is a purpose-driven global investment organization with more than €84 billion in raised capital and over €52 billion in assets under management across 17 active funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America with total sales of more than €27 billion and approximately 159,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership.

Blackstone Growth is the growth equity platform of global investment firm Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment firms, which provides scale and resources to early-stage entrepreneurs.

The White & Case team which advised Epidemic Sound on the transaction was led by partners Jan Jensen (Picture), Patrik Erblad (both Stockholm) and Ian Bagshaw (London) and included associates Rebecka Tenenbaum, Jonas Brandt, Anders Westling, Pontus Grönberg and Daniel Högström (all Stockholm) and Ben von Maur and Irina Kozlova (both London).

Involved fees earner: Ian Bagshaw – White & Case; Ben von Maur – White & Case; Jonas Brandt – White & Case; Patrik Erblad – White & Case; Pontus Grönberg – White & Case; Daniel Högström – White & Case; Jan Jensen – White & Case; Irina Kozlova – White & Case; Rebecka Tenenbaum – White & Case; Anders Westling – White & Case;

Law Firms: White & Case;

Clients: Epidemic Sound;

Author: Federica Tiefenthaler