Osborne Clarke (alongside Shearman & Sterling LLP and Ernst&Yong) advised Carlyle on the legal and HR due diligence aspects in connection with the entry into exclusive negotiations to acquire Pr0ph3cy, a leading “one-stop-shop” cybersecurity services business in France.
As part of the transaction, Pr0ph3cy will launch its company rebrand, under the new name “Neverhack”, reflecting its evolution into becoming a pure-play cyber security services business. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Based in Paris, Pr0ph3cy is a fast-growing cybersecurity services company, operating across the entire cyber services value chain with expertise in cyber strategy, risk and identity management, audit and configuration of security software and hardware (Net/DevSecOps), training and upskilling services, and AI tools. With more than 600 employees, including c. 370 consultants, Pr0ph3cy has nine offices across Europe and Canada. The company serves a highly diversified blue-chip customer base from a range of sectors, including Financial Services, Transport and Consumer Goods.
The Carlyle Europe Technology Partners platform will support Pr0ph3cy’s growth as a leading one-stop-shop cybersecurity services business to establish a category leader and consolidator in the cybersecurity sector. Carlyle will work with management to continue the company’s buy-and-build strategy to gain further scale, broaden its service portfolio, and expand internationally.
Carlyle will leverage its longstanding track record of cybersecurity investments, including in 1E, ManTech, Coalfire, iC Consult, NetMotion, ITRS, Booz Allen Hamilton and Hack The Box.
The transaction is subject to works council consultation and customary regulatory approvals.
The Osborne Clarke team - Due diligence counsels for Carlyle:
- Corporate law and lead: David Haccoun, partner – Anne-Laure Laroussinie, counsel and Vincent d'Hauthuille, associate.
- Employment law : Jérôme Scapoli, partner – Justine Del Gatto, associate and Clara Di Pietro, associate.
- Commercial, IP/ IT law : Xavier Pican, partner – Christophe Arfan, senior associate and Charlotte Autissier, associate.
- Real estate law : Stéphane Catays, partner and Franck-Olivier Klein, senior associate.
- Compliance law : Lucie Mongin-Archambeaud, partner and Lucie Champetier, associate.