Houlihan Lokey Advises Castik Capital

Houlihan Lokey is pleased to announce that it has successfully arranged a fully committed debt financing package backing the combined acquisitions of IPAN Service GmbH (ipan) and Valipat S.A. (Delegate), together with their subsidiaries, by funds advised by Castik Capital S.à r.l (Castik). The transaction closed on June 29, 2018, and represents the EMEA Capital Markets team's fourth financing transaction involving a German asset during the past 12 months.

Founded in 2014, Castik is a private equity firm investing €1 billion of equity capital in a small number of defensible, cash-generative growth companies in Western and Central Europe, with a specific focus on Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy.

Ipan was founded in 2004 by former CPA Head of Germany Anton Bory and is headquartered in Munich. The company offers services and software in the IP management space, working with agents in all geographies to offer global coverage.

Delegate is an administrative support service provider for IP law firms and corporate IP departments with in-house IP attorneys. Delegate was formed by the merger of ENVOY International Limited and Valipat S.A. in 2016 and is headquartered in Belgium.

The combination of ipan and Delegate will create a leading global IP services and software platform that covers the entire software value chain. 

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