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Swiss IT Security acquires majority stake in ExpertCircle

13. June 2018

Pfäf­fi­kon (Switzerland)/Frankfurt — Swiss IT Secu­rity AG, a company of the Ufenau Capi­tal Part­ners inves­tor group, has acqui­red a majo­rity stake in the German IT company Expert­Cir­cle GmbH. The group, which opera­tes in the field of IT secu­rity, is thus further estab­li­shing itself in Germany.

Ufenau Capi­tal Part­ners was compre­hen­si­vely legally advi­sed on the tran­sac­tion by a Bryan Cave Leighton Pais­ner M&A team in Frank­furt led by Frank­furt Mana­ging Part­ner Dr. Tobias Fenck. BCLP had already advi­sed Ufenau on the acqui­si­tion of Wies­­ba­­den-based IT service provi­der alpha­Bit by Swiss IT Secu­rity in Janu­ary 2018.

Expert­Cir­cle, with loca­ti­ons in Mogen­dorf (head­quar­ters) and Bonn, is a Germany-wide IT company in the field of IT secu­rity and compli­ance for IT high secu­rity custo­mers. In parti­cu­lar, the company offers consul­ting and services with a focus on mana­ged services and cloud & enter­prise secu­rity. Expert­Cir­cle employs over 40 people and serves both private and public sector companies.

For Swiss IT Secu­rity, the majo­rity stake in Expert­Cir­cle is already the third acqui­si­tion within 8 months, following the take­over of execure in Octo­ber 2017 and alpha­Bit in Janu­ary 2018. The acqui­si­ti­ons have greatly expan­ded the Group’s market posi­tion in the DACH region. The current group is plan­ning sales of over CHF 30 million Swiss francs for 2018 and employs more than 200 people. Growth is to be further promo­ted in the coming months through stra­te­gic acqui­si­ti­ons in order to bene­fit from far-reaching synergies.

Swiss IT Secu­rity is curr­ently in talks with nume­rous compa­nies in Germany, Austria and Switz­er­land with a view to further expan­ding the IT Secu­rity Group.

About Ufenau Capi­tal Partners
Ufenau Capi­tal Part­ners is a Swiss-based inves­tor group focu­sed on majo­rity invest­ments in service compa­nies in the D/A/CH region active in the Busi­ness Services, Educa­tion & Life­style, Health­care and Finan­cial Services sectors. Ufenau Capi­tal Part­ners is regu­larly advi­sed on its tran­sac­tions by the team led by BCLP part­ner Dr. Tobias Fenck.

Advi­sors to Ufenau Capi­tal Part­ners: Bryan Cave Leighton Pais­ner, Frankfurt
Dr. Tobias Fenck, Mana­ging Part­ner (Lead Part­ner, Corpo­rate, M&A, Private Equity)
Chris­tian Müller, Asso­ciate (Corpo­rate, M&A, Private Equity)
Markus Beyer, Asso­ciate (Corpo­rate, M&A, Private Equity)
Michael Magotsch, Of Coun­sel (Labor Law)
Domi­nik Weiss, Coun­sel (IP/IT)

About Bryan Cave Leighton Pais­ner LLP
Bryan Cave Leighton Pais­ner LLP is an inter­na­tio­nal busi­ness law firm with 1400 lawy­ers in 32 offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The fully inte­gra­ted global law firm offers its clients compre­hen­sive legal advice whenever and where­ver it is needed, with prac­tice and indus­try teams with excel­lent inter­na­tio­nal networks. In Germany, Bryan Cave advi­ses Leighton Pais­ner with offices in Frank­furt am Main and Hamburg, parti­cu­larly in the areas of M&A, real estate law, banking and finan­cing law, liti­ga­tion as well as private equity and venture capi­tal. With a clear focus on inno­va­tive advi­sory services and long-term client rela­ti­ons­hips, Bryan Cave Leighton Pais­ner provi­des world-class service to its clients as a global team.

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