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05 July 2022

Allen & Overy is advising Infinigate Group AG (Infinigate), a pan-European value-added distributor (VAD) of Cyber Security solutions and a portfolio company of Bridgepoint, on its acquisition of the Nuvias Group (Nuvias), a Cyber Security software distributor headquartered in Surrey (UK).

The merging of the two highly successful businesses establishes Infinigate’s place as the leading VAD focused on Cyber Security in Europe with an anticipated 1.4 billion Euro in revenue and will create a platform of continued above-market growth in EMEA, bolstering Infinigate’s leadership position across Cyber Security, Secure Networking and Secure Cloud, serving the SMB to Enterprise and Service Provider market segments.

Infinigate, headquartered in Rotkreuz, Switzerland, offers state-of-the-art security solutions from more than 60 vendors, without developing, producing or altering IT solutions, through its European network of more than 10,000 partners, which includes resellers, integrators and consulting companies. Founded in 1996, Infinigate has today 11 subsidiaries and employs approximately 500 staff with a pan-European business inter alia in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the United Kingdom, Sweden, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Finland and Norway. With this strong positioning, Infinigate covers almost 85 percent of the Western European IT security market potential and is establishing itself as the leading European value-added distributor for IT security, cloud and MSP.

Founded by Rigby Private Equity in 2015, the Nuvias Group has a strong heritage in VAD, having begun its original trading journey 45 years ago. Nuvias specialises in Cyber Security and Intelligent Networking with a range of innovative services and solutions designed to secure customer success and accelerate partner and vendor growth and is operating across Europe with its strength in the UK.

The Unified Communications business of Nuvias Group (Nuvias UC) is not part of the transaction and will be a separate entity under the continued ownership of Rigby Group. Rigby will be a shareholder in the Infinigate Group. The parties have agreed to keep the purchase price confidential. Subject to regulatory approval, closing is expected in the fourth quarter.

The international Allen & Oyery private equity team comprised partners Dr Roman Kasten (Frankfurt), Dr Nils Koffka (Hamburg) and Karan Dinamani, senior associate Kayleigh Sanders, associates Hannah Coleman, Lister Harriet, Louise Holmens, Chetna Shrivastava (all London), Maximilian Steinhoff, Vida Malakooti-Dehkordy and Maria Heilmann (all Hamburg) as well as senior legal specialist Peter McParland, senior legal professional Ramiro Sanchez Cervera and legal professional Vitor Munhon (all Belfast).

Specialist advice is provided by partners Dr Börries Ahrens (Hamburg), Thomas Masterman (both Antitrust), Tim Harrop (Tax), Matt Townsend (Regulatory/Social Compliance, all London) and Dr Udo Olgemöller (Public Law/FDI, Frankfurt), counsels Dr Ioannis Thanos (Antitrust, Hamburg) and Jonathan Benson (FDI), senior associates David Weaver (both London), Dr Julia Molestina (both Antitrust, Hamburg) and Catharina Glugla (Data Protection, Düsseldorf), associates Conor Slowey (London), Dr Philipp Steinhaeuser (both Antitrust, Hamburg), Neema Sofaer (Tax), Danae Wheeler (Regulatory/Social Compliance), Justin Farrance (all London), Marc Alberding (both Employment, Düsseldorf) and Dr Stephan Bühner (Public Law/FDI, Frankfurt).

In 2021, an Allen & Overy team also advised Bridgepoint on the acquisition of Infinigate.