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Baker McKenzie advised Paragon on the sale of NovumIP, the combination of leading IP services providers PAVIS and Novagraaf, to the French Questel Group. The transaction is subject to approval by the relevant authorities. The parties have agreed not to disclose the transaction volume.

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.

An international team of Baker McKenzie lawyers advised Paragon comprehensively on all legal and regulato-ry aspects of the complex transaction.

"With a well-coordinated team, we were able to contribute to the successful completion of the transaction under the difficult conditions in the Corona pandemic on both the legal and regulatory side. Following the combination of PAVIS and Novagraaf to form NovumIP, the merger with Questel will form a leading global provider of end-to-end IP solutions", comments Dr. Ingo Strauss, Baker McKenzie lead partner on the trans-action together with Dr. Heiko Gotsche.

PAVIS is a leading provider of IP management services worldwide. For more than 40 years PAVIS has been a valuable partner for law firms and corporate IP departments with large IP portfolios. Innovative technical solu-tions, well-established procedures and a high degree of automation have made PAVIS into one of the most efficient and reliable IP management service providers.

For more than 130 years, Novagraaf has helped iconic brands and innovative organisations around the world drive their competitive advantage. One of Europe’s leading IP consulting groups, Novagraaf specialises in the protection and global management of IP rights, including trademarks, patents, designs, domain names and copyright. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Novagraaf has 18 offices worldwide.

Questel’s mission is to facilitate the development of innovation in an efficient, secure, and sustainable way. Questel is a true end-to-end intellectual property solutions provider to more than 15,000 clients and one mil-lion users across 30 countries. Questel offers a comprehensive software suite for searching, analyzing, and managing inventions and IP assets.

Founded in 2004, Paragon is one of the leading, independent private equity firms in Europe with more than EUR 1.2 billion of equity capital under management. Paragon works with portfolio companies to achieve sus-tainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership. Paragon seeks to unlock value in fundamental-ly attractive businesses, leveraging its ability to address transactional and operational complexity and trans-form companies through tailored value creation programs. The firm is based in Munich, Germany.

The global Corporate/M&A team of Baker McKenzie advises on more cross-border transactions than any other law firm. Most recently the team advised TA Associates on the acquisition of a majority stake in IGEL, Embracer on the acquisition of Easybrain Limited, SK Tele-com on a joint venture with Deutsche Telekom, Chr. Hansen Holding A/S on the acquisition of Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH, DBAG on an investment in congatec Holding AG, SAP on the sale of the commu-nication unit SAP Digital Interconnect to Sinch AB, Air Liquide on the sale of the Schülke Group to the Swe-dish financial investor EQT, METRO AG on the establishment of a strategic partnership with Wumei Technol-ogy Group, Bayer AG on the sale of its majority stake in the chemical park operator Currenta, SPIE on the acquisition of OSMO, Toppan Printing Co. Ltd. on the acquisition of the German Interprint Group and Evonik on the sale of its methacrylate business to Advent International.

Legal advisor to PARAGON PARTNERS:

Baker McKenzie

Lead:

Corporate/M&A: Dr. Ingo Strauss (partner), Dr. Heiko Gotsche (partner, both Dusseldorf)

Team:

Corporate/M&A: Manuel Metzner (counsel, Frankfurt), Juan Garcia Jacobsen (associate, Dusseldorf), Lena von Richthofen (senior as-sociate, Dusseldorf), Jana Upschulte (senior associate, Dusseldorf), Dr. Richard Stefanink (associate, Dusseldorf), Celina Zaim (associ-ate, Dusseldorf), Denise Tayler (associate, Frankfurt)
IT: Dr. Holger Lutz (partner, Frankfurt), Simone Rieken (senior as-sociate, 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, Ber-lin)
Employment: Dr. Christian Reichel (partner, Frankfurt), Dr. Sebas-tian 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)
Commercial: Joachim Fröhlich (counsel, Munich)

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