SMP has advised the founder and former CEO of LikeMeat, Timo Recker, as well as the Recker Holding GmbH on the sale of its 49% stake in LikeMeat to The Livekindly Company, Inc. ("LIVEKINDLY Collective").
SMP has advised the tobacco company Imperial Tobacco on the sale of its EFKA plant in Trossingen to the Dutch Mignot & De Block Group. The change of ownership enables the continuation of the plant and secures round about 80 jobs.
SMP has advised ECBF Management on the structuring of the first European Circular Bioeconomy Fund and tax and regulatory issues related. The European Circular Bioeconomy Fund I (ECBF I) is the first venture fund dedicated to the circular bioeconomy and thus a more sustainable economy. The ECBF I has now held its first closing with €82 million, a significant milestone considering its target volume of € 250 million.
SMP advised the German-American venture capital investor Bitkraft on the launch of its first venture fund. With USD 165 million, the capital raised by the fund, which focuses on financing start-ups in the gaming and e-sports sector, significantly exceeded the total volume envisaged.
SMP advised the VC investor Project A on the acquisition of Uber Freight Europe by its portfolio company sennder. The acquisition of Uber Freight Europe is expected to foster sennder's position as the leading digital freight forwarder in Europe and will support both companies in the establishment of a strong market position in the US, Canada and Europe.
SMP advised the Munich-based robotics company Magazino on its latest financing round. The Series B was led by Jungheinrich AG, existing investors also invested. In addition, the European Investment Bank (EIB) provided the start-up company specialized in robotic software with venture-debt financing.
SMP advised the Berlin-based software company 3YOURMIND on its latest round of financing. The Series A+ is led by EnBW New Ventures (ENV), the venture capital subsidiary of EnBW, one of the largest European energy and infrastructure operators.
SMP advised the Munich-based early-stage investor 42CAP on its investment in the Swiss e-commerce software company emporix. Lead investor 42CAP, together with hybris founder Carsten Thoma, invested in the start-up, which offers cloud-based and agile e-commerce software.
SMP advised early stage investor APEX Ventures on two financing rounds. In Q2 2020, a team led by SMP partner Martin Schaper advised APEX Digital Health on its investment in the Berlin-based MedTech startup DeepSpin. Recently, SMP also advised APEX Ventures on the seed financing round of the Berlin-based startup Phantasma Labs.
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