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Deloitte Legal advises KYOCERA on the acquisition of the ECM solutions provider OPTIMAL SYSTEMS

A Deloitte Legal team led by Düsseldorf-based Corporate/M&A partner Dr. Michael von Rüden acted as advisors to Kyocera Document Solutions Inc. in the acquisition of OPTIMAL SYSTEMS, one of the leading German, owner-managed providers of enterprise content management software (ECM). OPTIMAL SYSTEMS offers a wide range of software solutions and shall extend the Kyocera Group's enterprise content management portfolio. The transaction requires clearance by the competent antitrust authorities.

Dr. Michael von Rüden and his team have worked regularly for Kyocera Document Solutions since 2008 and have assisted this leading global provider of document solutions in various M&A transactions, including the public takeover of TA Triumph-Adler in 2009 and the acquisition of Ceyoniq Technologies in 2015.

Kyocera Document Solutions Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera Corporation, Osaka, Japan. Its portfolio includes reliable and eco-friendly MFPs and printers, as well as business applications and consulting services, all of which enable customers to optimize and manage their document workflow, reaching new heights of efficiency.

OPTIMAL SYSTEMS Group, based in Berlin, Germany, develops and sells information management software used as enterprise content management (ECM) solutions as well as content services platform for system integrators. OPTIMAL SYSTEMS was founded in Berlin, Germany, in 1991 and currently has more than 450 employees spread across 16 locations. Alongside affiliated companies in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Serbia, OPTIMAL SYSTEMS works together with over 75 sales and cooperation partners worldwide. OPTIMAL SYSTEMS offers enaio® information management software to realize the digital workplace, structure company knowledge, facilitate transparent management, and to enable permanent archiving. Around 500,000 users in almost 2,200 companies across Europe work with software technologies from OPTIMAL SYSTEMS each day.


Advisors to Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.:

Deloitte Legal: Dr. Michael von Rüden, LL.M. (USA) (Partner, Corporate/M&A, Düsseldorf, Lead), Dirk Hänisch, LL.M. (Hong Kong) (Partner, Corporate/M&A, Düsseldorf, Co-Lead), Thilo Hoffmann, LL.M. (UoB) (Counsel, Corporate/M&A, Düsseldorf), Horst Heinzl, M.C.L. (HKU) (Senior Associate, Corporate/M&A, Düsseldorf), André Giesen, EMBA (Senior Associate, Corporate/M&A, Düsseldorf), Dr. Charlotte Sander, LL.M. (Partner, Employment, Hannover), Claus Wilker (Senior Associate, Hannover), Felix Skala, LL.M. (Boston University) (Partner, Competition Law, Hamburg), Katharina Zickermann, LL.M. (Senior Associate, Competition Law, Hamburg), Bettina Mertgen (Partner, Business Integrity, Frankfurt), Ekaterine Chikava (Consultant, Global Trade Advisory, Frankfurt), Alexander Operenyi (Partner, Vienna), Richard Henny (Associate, Vienna), Melanie Fopp, LL.M. (Manager, Zurich), Celine Bitterlin (Senior Consultant, Zurich), Igor Dencic (Senior Associate, Belgrade), Stefan Antonic (Senior Manager, Belgrade).

Deloitte Financial Advisory: Michael Hummelt (Director, Düsseldorf), Stephan Mehl (Director, Düsseldorf)


Advisors to the current shareholders of OPTIMAL SYSTEMS GmbH:

Morrison Foerster: Dr. Jörg Meißner (Partner, Corporate/M&A, Berlin, Lead), Dr. Dominik Moser (Senior Associate, Corporate/M&A, Berlin), Dr. Andreas Grünwald (Partner, Antitrust, Berlin), Hanno Timner (Partner, Employment, Data Privacy, Berlin), Dr. Felix Helmstädter (Counsel, Regultory, Berlin), Stephan Kreß (Counsel, IP, Berlin), Dr. Monika Obal (Senior Associate, Corporate/M&A, Berlin).

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