Equistone Partners Europe’s Acquisition of Majority Stake in eperi GmbH

Poellath and Bird & Bird advised Equistone Partners Europe on the deal.

Funds advised by Equistone Partners Europe have acquired a majority stake in eperi GmbH, a leading data security specialist.

The sellers were the venture capital companies Evolution Equity Partners and btov. The new partnership focuses, in particular, on the further scaling and internationalization of the company, as well as a targeted buy-&-build strategy. The founder and CEO of eperi, Elmar Eperiesi-Beck, will continue to lead the company as managing director and will retain a significant stake in the company. The parties have agreed not to disclose the financial details of the transaction. The closing of the transaction took place in February 2022.

Founded in 2014 and based in Pfungstadt, Hesse, eperi GmbH is a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions for data protection and security in on-premise, hybrid and multi-cloud environments. The company’s international customer base includes (large) companies from the financial, healthcare and industrial sectors. eperi’s solutions enable its customers to use any type of IT infrastructure and software applications in a secure and compliant manner without worrying about data security, compliance and liability.

Equistone is one of the leading and most active European equity investors with seven offices in the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Its investments focus on established, medium-sized companies with a good market position and above-average growth potential. With more than 170 transactions, the portfolio currently comprises over 50 companies across Europe.

The Poellath team included Dr. Tim Kaufhold (Picture – partner, lead, M&A/private equity), Dr. Nico Fischer (partner, lead, tax), Dr. Verena Stenzel (counsel, M&A/private equity), Andreas Kühnert (counsel, M&A/private equity), Dr. Moritz Klein (counsel, M&A/private equity), Nemanja Burgic (senior associate, M&A/private equity) and Dr. Manuel Nickel (associate, tax).

Equistone Partners was advised by the following Bird & Bird lawyers: lead partner Dr. Hans Peter Leube, LL.M. and associate Michael Maier (both Corporate/ Private Equity, Frankfurt); partner Dr. Alexander Duisberg and associate Gökhan Kosak (both IT/Data Protection, Munich); partner Dr. Stephan Waldheim and Tamy Tietze (both Competition & EU, Dusseldorf); partner Dr. Christoph Maierhöfer (IP, Munich); partner Dr. Catharina Klumpp, LL.M. and associate Julia Neuper (both Employment, Düsseldorf); as well as partner Guido Bormann and associate Johannes Woltering (both Public Commercial and Regulatory law, Dusseldorf).

Involved fees earner: Guido Bormann – Bird & Bird; Alexander Duisberg – Bird & Bird; Catharina Klumpp – Bird & Bird; Gökhan Kosak – Bird & Bird; Hans Peter Leube – Bird & Bird; Michael Maier – Bird & Bird; Christoph Maierhöfer – Bird & Bird; Julia Neuper – Bird & Bird; Tamy Tietze – Bird & Bird; Stephan Waldheim – Bird & Bird; Johannes Woltering – Bird & Bird; Nemanja Burgic – P+P Pöllath + Partners; Nico Fischer – P+P Pöllath + Partners; Tim Kaufhold – P+P Pöllath + Partners; Moritz Klein – P+P Pöllath + Partners; Andreas Kühnert – P+P Pöllath + Partners; Manuel Nickel – P+P Pöllath + Partners; Verena Stenzel – P+P Pöllath + Partners;

Law Firms: Bird & Bird; P+P Pöllath + Partners;

Clients: Equistone Partners Europe;

Federica Tiefenthaler

Author: Federica Tiefenthaler