Francisco Partners’ Acquisition of Native Instruments and iZotope

Mayer Brown advised Francisco Partners on the financing for its acquisition of Native Instruments and iZotope. Kirkland & Ellis advised Francisco Partners on the deal.Native Instruments is a German-based leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based audio production with overseas locations in the US, the UK, Japan, France and China.

iZotope, headquartered in the US, is a designer of software, hardware, plug-ins and mobile apps for the music industry.

Francisco Partners is a leading global investment firm with a focus on technology and technology-enabled businesses. Since its formation nearly 20 years ago, Francisco Partners has invested in more than 250 technology companies. In June 2020, it raised around $10 billion in capital commitments for future investments.

The Brown team advising Francisco Partners was led by London-based leveraged finance partner Stuart Brinkworth (Picture) and included Banking & Finance partners Martin Heuber (Frankfurt) and Beth Vogel (Chicago), senior associate Danister de Silva (London), associates Ignacio Mirasol (London) and Diego Noriega Ortiz (Frankfurt), counsel Mary Santanello (Chicago); Tax Transactions & Consulting partners Matthew Mortimer (London) and Volker Junge (Frankfurt) and counsel Susan Gunther (Frankfurt).

Kirkland & Ellis advised Francisco Partners with a team led by corporate partners Sean Kramer, Austin Pollet and Aprajita Dhundia, tax partner Devin Heckman, executive compensation partner Rohit Nafday, and technology & IP transactions partner Vlad Khodosh.

Involved fees earner: Aprajita Dhundia – Kirkland & Ellis; Devin Heckman – Kirkland & Ellis; Vladimir Khodosh – Kirkland & Ellis; Sean Kramer – Kirkland & Ellis; Rohit Nafday – Kirkland & Ellis; Austin Pollet – Kirkland & Ellis; Stuart Brinkworth – Mayer Brown; Danister de Silva – Mayer Brown; Susan Günther – Mayer Brown; Martin Heuber – Mayer Brown; Volker Junge – Mayer Brown; Ignacio Mirasol – Mayer Brown; Matthew Mortimer – Mayer Brown; Diego Noriega – Mayer Brown; Mary Santanello – Mayer Brown; Beth Vogel – Mayer Brown;

Law Firms: Kirkland & Ellis; Mayer Brown;

Clients: Francisco Partners;

Author: Federica Tiefenthaler