IK Investment Partners’ Acquisition of a Stake in Questel

Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Mayer Brown, Arsene Taxand, K&L Gates et Desfilis advised on the deal

K Investment Partners (“IK”), a leading Pan-European private equity firm, is pleased to announce that the IK VIII Fund has entered into exclusive negotiations to acquire a stake in Questel from its current shareholders, including Capzanine, Raise, Questel’s founders and management team.

IK plans, together with the founders, management team and Raise, to support the international expansion and external growth strategy of the group. Financial terms of the transaction are not disclosed.

Questel, a former division of France Telecom, offers IP Business Intelligence software allowing advanced research and analysis of patents, trademarks and designs, an IP Asset Management platform as well as international filing administrative services. The group employs nearly 215 people with offices in Europe, America and Asia and generated a turnover of approximately €45 million in 2017.

Willkie’s cross-border, multidisciplinary deal team is led by partner Eduardo Fernandez (Picture) in Paris and includes national partner Grégory de Saxcé and associates Georges Balit, Loic Toilier and Pauline Ardanuy (corporate); Special European Counsel Philippe Grudé and associate Lucille Villié (tax); partner Paul Lombard (finance); national partner Faustine Viala and associate Laure Maes (competition) and associate Alexis Bessis (litigation). In New York, the team included partners Russell Pinilis (tax) and Sameer Advani (litigation) and associate Alexis Anzelone.

Mayer Brown advised Capzanine and Raise Investissement with a team including Olivier Aubouin and Marine Ollive.

Arsene Taxand advised the sellers on tax aspets of the deal.

K&L Gates also advised the sellers.

Desfilis advised the management (Charles Besson, Patrick Pierre and Frédéric Tcherneian) with a team including Guillaume Giuliani

Involved fees earner: Guillaume Giuliani – Desfilis; Olivier Aubouin – Mayer & Brown; Marine Ollive – Mayer & Brown; Eduardo Fernandez – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Grégory de Saxcé – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Georges Balit – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Loïc Toilier – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Pauline Ardanuy – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Philippe Grudé – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Lucille Villié – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Russell Pinilis – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Paul Lombard – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Faustine Viala – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Laure Maes – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Alexis Bessis – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Sameer Advani – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Alexis Anzelone – Willkie Farr & Gallagher;

Law Firms: Desfilis; Mayer & Brown; Willkie Farr & Gallagher;

Clients: Capzanine; IK Investment Partners; RAISE Investissement; Charles Besson; Patrick Pierre; Frédéric Tcherneian;