Baker McKenzie advised Paragon on the deal, while Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP advised Questel and its financial sponsors Eurazeo, IK Investment Partners and Raise Investissement.
Paragon completed the sale of NovumIP to the French Questel Group. Paragon Fund III will in turn invest in Questel with a minority shareholding. Completion of the transaction is subject to approval by the relevant financial supervisory and antitrust authorities and is expected in or around July 2021.
NovumIP was formed through the merger of PAVIS and Novagraaf with the goal to provide clients with a wid-er range of IP advisory, administration, and technology-led services. NovumIP has become a focal point for all IP clients’ needs along the IP value chain.
Questel is a true end-to-end intellectual property solutions provider to more than 15,000 clients and one million users across 30 countries. The company offer a comprehensive software suite for searching, analyzing, and managing inventions and IP assets.
The Baker McKenzie team consisted of partner Dr. Ingo Strauss (Picture), Dr. Heiko Gotsche (partner, both Dusseldorf); Corporate/M&A: Manuel Metzner (counsel, Frankfurt), Juan Garcia Jacobsen (associate, Dusseldorf), Lena von Richthofen (senior associate, Dusseldorf), Jana Upschulte (senior associate, Dusseldorf), Dr. Richard Stefanink (associate, Dusseldorf), Celina Zaim (associate, Dusseldorf), Denise Tayler (associate, Frankfurt); IT: Dr. Holger Lutz (partner, Frankfurt), Simone Rieken (senior associate, Frankfurt); Public Law: Anahita Thoms (partner, Dusseldorf), Alexander Ehrle (associate, Berlin); Antitrust: Dr. Nicolas Kredel (partner, Dusseldorf), Dr. Florian Kotman (associate, Dusseldorf), Dr. Jonas Brueckner (counsel, Berlin); Employment: Dr. Christian Reichel (partner, Frankfurt), Dr. Sebastian F. Pfrang (associate, Frankfurt); Real Estate: Dr. Daniel Bork (senior associate, Dusseldorf); Tax: Christoph Becker (partner, Frankfurt), Ariane Schaaf (counsel, Frankfurt); IP: Nadine Neumeier (senior associate, Frankfurt); Banking & Finance: Philipp Thimm (associate, Frankfurt) and Commercial: Joachim Fröhlich (counsel, Munich).
The multidisciplinary Willkie team was coordinated by Paris based Partner Eduardo Fernandez and led in Frankfurt by Partner Dr. Kamyar Abrar and included Partners Gregory de Saxcé, Dr. Jasmin Dettmar, Paul Lombard, Dr. Patrick Meiisel and Faustine Viala.
Involved fees earner: Christoph Becker – Baker McKenzie; Daniel Bork – Baker McKenzie; Jonas Brueckner – Baker McKenzie; Alexander Ehrle – Baker McKenzie; Joachim Fröhlich – Baker McKenzie; Heiko Gotsche – Baker McKenzie; Juan Garcia Jacobsen – Baker McKenzie; Florian Kotman – Baker McKenzie; Nicolas Kredel – Baker McKenzie; Holger Lutz – Baker McKenzie; Manuel Metzner – Baker McKenzie; Nadine Neumeier – Baker McKenzie; Sebastian Pfrang – Baker McKenzie; Christian Reichel – Baker McKenzie; Simone Rieken – Baker McKenzie; Ariane Schaaf – Baker McKenzie; Richard Stefanink – Baker McKenzie; Ingo Strauss – Baker McKenzie; Denise Tayler – Baker McKenzie; Philipp Thimm – Baker McKenzie; Anahita Thoms – Baker McKenzie; Jana Upschulte – Baker McKenzie; Lena von Richthofen – Baker McKenzie; Celina Zaim – Baker McKenzie; Kamyar Abrar – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Grégory de Saxcé – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Jasmin Dettmar – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Eduardo Fernandez – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Paul Lombard – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Patrick Meiisel – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Faustine Viala – Willkie Farr & Gallagher;