Marlin Equity Partners’ Majority Stake Acquisition In COYO GmbH

Sidley Austin LLP advised Marlin Equity Partners on the deal. Taylor Wessing Germany advised COYO.

Marlin Equity Partners announced the acquisition of a majority stake in COYO GmbH, a German developer, distributer, and operator of an integrated social intranet software which is used for internal corporate communication, collaboration, and team messaging.

The transaction was structured as a combination of a primary and secondary investment with the four founders of COYO remaining invested with a minority stake.

The Sidley team in Munich was led by Private Equity/M&A partners Dr. Marcus Klie (Picture) and Dr. Björn Holland, with support from partners Dr. Roderic Pagel (Tax) and Dr. Markus Feil (Global Finance). Additional team members included senior associates Sebastian Walczak, Thomas Komanek, Armin Mustafic, Dr. Stefan Bührle (Private Equity/M&A), and Jörg Fischer (Tax), and associates Jennifer Geng, Julius Koblitzek, Valentin Specht (Private Equity/M&A), Xenia Pisarewski (Global Finance), and Jacob Schreiber (Tax).

Taylor Wessing Germany: Lead partner Dr. Jens Wolf (Partner, M&A/Venture Capital, Hamburg), Dr. Michael Brüggemann (Partner, Public Procurement, State Aid and Foreign Trade Law, Düsseldorf), Dr. Marco Hartmann-Rüppel (Partner, Cartel and Competition Law, Hamburg), Dr. Tobias Schelinski (Partner, IP/IT, Hamburg), Dr. Stefan Horn, LL.B. (Salary Partner, Antitrust and Competition Law, Hamburg), Jonas Warnken (Salary Partner, Labour Law, Hamburg), Anneliese Hartlaub, LL.M. (Associate, IP/IT, Hamburg), Philipp Hoegl (Associate, M&A/Venture Capital, Hamburg), Dr. iur. (PPKE) László Molnár, LL.M, (Associate, M&A/Venture Capital, Hamburg), Dr. Melanie Moser (Associate, Public Procurement, State Aid and Foreign Trade Law, Munich).

Involved fees earner: Stefan Bührle – Sidley Austin LLP; Markus Feil – Sidley Austin LLP; Jörg Fischer – Sidley Austin LLP; Jennifer Geng – Sidley Austin LLP; Björn Holland – Sidley Austin LLP; Marcus Klie – Sidley Austin LLP; Julius Koblitzek – Sidley Austin LLP; Thomas Komanek – Sidley Austin LLP; Armin Mustafi? – Sidley Austin LLP; Roderic Pagel – Sidley Austin LLP; Xenia Pisarewski – Sidley Austin LLP; Jacob Schreiber – Sidley Austin LLP; Sebastian Walczak – Sidley Austin LLP; Michael Bruggemann – Taylor Wessing; Anneliese Hartlaub – Taylor Wessing; Marco Hartmann-Rüppel – Taylor Wessing; Philipp Hoegl – Taylor Wessing; Stefan Horn – Taylor Wessing; László Molnár – Taylor Wessing; Melanie Moser – Taylor Wessing; Tobias Schelinski – Taylor Wessing; Jonas Warnken – Taylor Wessing; Jens Wolf – Taylor Wessing;

Law Firms: Sidley Austin LLP; Taylor Wessing;

Clients: COYO GmbH; Marlin Equity Partners;