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Latham & Watkins Advises Astorg in Acquisition of Corsearch from Audax Private Equity

April 20, 2021
A cross-border deal team led from New York and London is advising the global private equity firm.

Astorg has announced that it has completed its acquisition of Corsearch, from Audax Private Equity. Corsearch’s suite of end-to end brand risk and performance solutions include trademark research, online brand protection, and anti-piracy. Building on Corsearch’s innovative tools for trademark clearance and brand and content protection, the new owners will invest in the continued development of the business and its services. Corsearch’s management team, led by CEO Tobi Hartmann, will continue to lead the organization, building on an impressive track record of organic growth and strategic acquisitions. The acquisition of Corsearch marks the second intellectual property deal announced by Astorg, which previously purchased Anaqua, an integrated end-to-end intellectual property management software to the world’s largest corporations in 2019 — a deal also led by Latham & Watkins. Innovation within the intellectual property services industry is a key theme for Astorg and follows many years of research in the space.

Latham & Watkins LLP represents Astorg in the transaction with a cross-border corporate deal team led by New York partner David Beller and London partner Thomas Forschbach, with associates Leah Sauter, Serena Shi, Maarten Overmars, and Haya Aftab. Advice was also provided on tax matters by New York partner Matthew Dewitz; on benefits and compensation matters by Washington, D.C. partner Adam Kestenbaum; on finance matters by New York partner Joshua Tinkelman; on intellectual property matters by New York partner Steven Betensky; and on antitrust matters by Washington, D.C. partners Amanda Reeves and Jason Cruise.