The US listed company Coupa Software (NASDAQ: COUP), a leading provider of business spend management solutions, has acquired the BELLIN Group (BELLIN). A team led by the two Frankfurt partners Hassan Sohbi and Dr. Michael Lamsa of the international law firm Taylor Wessing advised Coupa Software in the acquisition of BELLIN Group from its founder Martin Bellin as well as from the Private Equity investor LEA Partners. Coupa Software is a leader in Business Spend Management (BSM). BELLIN Group is a leading provider of treasury management software (TMS). With a long history in treasury services, BELLIN is well established with its cloud-based TMS platform. Based in Ettenheim, Germany, BELLIN operates further offices in London, Vancouver, Cambridge, Mass., and Karlsruhe, Germany. BELLIN was founded in the late 1990s. In 2017, LEA Partners joined BELLIN Group as an investor.
Legal advisers to the Coupa Software
Taylor Wessing and – in relation to the US legal aspects of the transaction – a team led by San Francisco Partner John Olson of Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP
Core Deal Team Taylor Wessing: Hassan Sohbi (Partner, M&A / Corporate, Frankfurt), Dr. Michael Lamsa (Salary Partner, M&A / Corporate, Frankfurt; joint leadership), Michael Sinhart (Partner, M&A / Corporate, Frankfurt), Kian Böhmer (Associate, M&A / Corporate, Frankfurt), Max Willen (Professional Support Lawyer, M&A / Corporate, Frankfurt)
with support by:
Marc Kyong-Ho Fellner (Salary Partner, Tax), Svenja-Ariane Maucher (Partner, IP/IT/Data Protection), Dr. Stefan Fröhlich (Salary Partner, IP/IT), Claus Goedecke (Partner, Banking & Finance), Dr. Jan Grawe (Salary Partner, Employment), Dr. Anna Izzo-Wagner (Salary Partner, Banking & Finance), Elnaz Mehrkhah (Senior Associate, Tax), Friedrich Lieb (Senior Associate, IP/IT/Data Protection) Dr. Lars Hagen (Senior Associate, Real Estate), Dr. Sara Thienhaus (Associate, Employment), Georg Havlik (Senior Associate, Banking & Finance), Sarah Rafiqpur (Associate, Real Estate), Till Otto (Associate, Banking & Finance), all Frankfurt, Stephan Manuel Nagel (Partner, Competition, EU & Trade, Düsseldorf), Dr. Marco Hartmann-Rüppel (Partner, Competition, EU & Trade, Hamburg), Dr. Gunbritt Kammerer-Galahn (Partner, Insurance, Düsseldorf), Edward Chapman (Associate, M&A / Corporate, London), Dr. Melanie Kaspers (Associate, Competition, EU & Trade, Düsseldorf), Saskia Michel (Associate, Insurance, Düsseldorf), Lara Skotki (Associate, Competition, EU & Trade, Hamburg)
BELLIN Group (BELLIN) and LEA Partners were legally advised by Milbank LLP with a team led by Frankfurt partner Dr. Michael Bernhardt.