Osborne Clarke has advised European tech investor Tenzing on the acquisition of INCREASE YOUR SKILLS GmbH (IYS), a fast-growing cybersecurity training company, by its portfolio company MetaCompliance.

MetaCompliance, Europe's leading cyber security training company and a portfolio company of private equity investor Tenzing, is significantly expanding its DACH portfolio with the acquisition of Leipzig-based IT training provider IYS. The company aims to consolidate its position as the largest cybersecurity awareness platform in Europe.

IYS is a key player in the German IT security landscape and offers a range of expert solutions for the public sector as well as AI-powered phishing simulation technology. 
James Mackay, CEO of MetaCompliance: “IYS has demonstrated remarkable growth, underpinned by an unwavering commitment to customer-centricity and relentless product innovation. It resonates perfectly with our core values and our shared mission to personalise cyber security training.”

“MetaCompliance's strategic move to acquire IYS in Germany represents a pivotal step towards realising their vision for accelerated growth in the DACH region”, said Milan Kellner, Investment Lead at Tenzing.

Tenzing, demonstrating its commitment to supporting its portfolio companies, provided assistance to MetaCompliance with this acquisition. The firm has actively supported its portfolio companies in completing 16 acquisitions within the last 12 months.

The Osborne Clarke team, which advised Tenzing under the lead of Robert Marx and Partner responsibility of Dr Fabian Christoph, consisted of Alexandra Nautsch (all corporate / M&A), Ann-Kristin Lochmann (tax law), Ulrich Bäumer, Anne Leßner (both IT law), Julia Kaufmann, Dr Florian Eisenmenger, Laura Minwegen (all data protection law), Dr Matthias Kloth, Philip Funke (both IP law), Dr David Plitt, Dr Sebastian Lilje (both employment law), Sarah Grigo and Dr Philipp Stein (both commercial).

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