May 20, 2020 Press

SMP advises Acton Capital Partners on
investment in The Female Company

Berlin - SMP advised Munich-based growth investor Acton Capital on its investment in The Female Company. Besides Acton Capital, IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft and existing investors, Burda Principal Investments also participated in the financing round. The Female Company intends to use the fresh capital to further develop the fields tech & data as well as for the extension of its product portfolio. Acton Capital received comprehensive legal advice from a team led by SMP partner Benjamin Ullrich.

"Having also advised FemTech companies Clue and Keleya, the financing round of The Female Company is our third deal in the field of female healthcare; this illustrates the increasing importance of the use of technology in this field", says Benjamin Ullrich, partner at SMP.

Acton Capital Partners
Acton Capital Partners is an international growth venture capital investor headquartered in Munich. Since 1999, the Acton team invests in companies in the consumer internet segment in Europe and North America with a focus on the areas of SaaS, Re-/E-commerce, Future of Work, Mobility, HealthCare and FinTech. Its portfolio includes companies such as HomeToGo, Cluno, ExpertLead or Zenjob. As of now the team has invested approximately EUR 600 million in nearly 90 companies across five funds.

The Female Company
The Female Company is a FemCare startup headquartered in Stuttgart. The company specialises in the production of bio-tampons, but also develops and sells other bio-period products. In addition to sales via its own online shop, selected products are listed by leading drugstore chains. Further, the company lobbied for the reduction of the VAT on hygiene products, which was passed into law at the beginning of the year. The Female Company was founded in 2018 by Ann-Sophie Claus and Sinja Stadelmaier.

About SMP
SMP is a boutique law firm for tax and business law which is active in the core fields of Tax, Funds, Corporate, Litigation and Transactions. The attorneys and tax specialists at SMP represent a broad client base, which ranges from emerging technology companies and family-run SMEs to large corporations as well as private equity and venture capital funds. Founded in 2017, SMP has become one of the leading players for venture capital, private equity and fund structuring in Germany. The firm and its partners have been recognized nationally and internationally by JUVE, Best Lawyers, Legal 500, Focus and Chambers and Partners. Today, SMP has more than 50 experienced lawyers and tax specialists in three Offices in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne.

Advisors Acton Capital: SMP
Dr. Benjamin Ullrich (Lead, Corporate), Partner
Dr. Adrian Haase (Corporate), Senior Associate
Pia Dürre (Corporate), Associate


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