International law firms advise Paragon Partners on Investment into Novagraaf


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Munich-based private equity company Paragon Partners has acquired a majority stake in Novagraaf B.V. from current investor Gilde Buy-Out Partners. This investment represents a major endorsement of Novagraaf’s plans to grow its business.  An international group of law firms co-led by Raue LLP and Stek (Amsterdam) and including Fladgate LLP, has advised Paragon Partners on the transaction. The group also included law firms from France, Belgium and Switzerland.

Founded in 1888, Novagraaf B.V. is a leading international service provider for patent and trademark matters and claims to be managing more than one million intellectual property (IP) assets on behalf of its customers. The company is headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with offices throughout Europe, including London, Brussels, Paris and Geneva. Novagraaf also opened sales operations in China, Japan and the US in 2016.

Paragon Partners, founded in 2004, is an independent private equity company managing 650 million euro of assets. Paragon Partners invests in mid-sized companies with a proven business model and sustainable value creation potential.

The law firms involved in the transaction include:

  • Raue LLP (Berlin): Partner Prof. Dr. Andreas Nelle (Lead), Associate Dr. Friedrich v. Spee (both Private Equity/Venture Capital and M&A)
  • stek (Amsterdam): Partners Reijnoud Homveld (Corporate), Jeroen Timmermans (Corporate), Herman Wamelink (Finance), Associates Claudia Beele, Ruben Tros (both Corporate)
  • Jeantet (Paris): Partner Vincent Netter (M&A, Private Equity)
  • Quinz (Brussels): Partner Klaas Thibaut (Corporate)
  • Fladgate LLP (London): Partner Alex Kaufmann (Corporate)
  • Vischer (Zürich): Partner lic.iur. Klaus Neff (Corporate)

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