By CPA Global News ‑ January 28, 2019
Combined business creates an expanded product range, greater technology integration, and improved customer experience and local support for all markets.
28 January, 2019 – LONDON/MUNICH/BRUSSELS: IP management and technology businesses CPA Global® and ipan/Delegate Group today announce their agreement to merge.
The merger will combine two highly complementary companies which share a common vision for the future of IP management. Customers from both CPA Global and ipan/Delegate Group will benefit from the group’s combined capabilities: an expanded product range of software and tech-enabled services; more comprehensive data and analytics solutions that will serve their needs across a broader spectrum; and a broader geographical footprint that will result in improved local service and support. The merger will significantly improve product integration and customer experience across the IP lifecycle.
Simon Webster, CEO of CPA Global, comments: “We have admired ipan/Delegate Group’s ability to deliver world-class technology and outstanding customer support and we strongly believe that, as a result, ipan/Delegate Group’s technology, products and geographical customer capabilities complement CPA Global’s extremely well. This represents an exciting opportunity to provide an end to end service offering and enhanced value proposition, that both businesses deliver to their customers today.”
Patrice Durand, CEO of ipan/Delegate Group, comments: “I am delighted and excited by this merger with CPA Global which will further enhance our capacity to develop and deliver innovative services and software solutions for IP professionals. From our joint origins deeply rooted in the IP industry stems a common vision to drive change and improve interactions amongst our clients, partners and teams.”
Current investors and shareholders, including Leonard Green Partners and Partners Group, majority investors in CPA Global, and Funds managed by Castik Capital, majority shareholders in ipan/Delegate Group, are all remaining fully invested in the combined group. The terms of the transaction are not disclosed.
About CPA Global
CPA Global is a trusted IP management company, leading by blending new technology with unrivalled expertise to better many of the world’s respected corporations and law firms. Delivered by an outstanding global team of 2400 people, our integrated offering sets the standard for reliability and secure, verified IP data. For our customers, we minimise risk and deliver actionable IP intelligence for better decision making. Put simply, we take the hassle out of IP management, liberating our customers to focus on what they do best.
About ipan/Delegate Group
ipan/Delegate Group was formed in 2018 through the combination of Intellectual Property Associates Network (ipan) and Delegate (formerly Valipat/Envoy). Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium and Munich, Germany with offices globally, the Group’s customer centric approach to optimizing process and innovative web enabled platforms has made it the solution of choice for IP owners and law firms across the world. The Group offers services for annuities and renewals, EP validations, IP foreign filing and IP Recordals and three Intellectual Property Management Software (IPMS), namely Unycom, IPSS and IPfolio.