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RPC advises Kudan on investment in tech company Artisense

Published on 31 January 2020

RPC has advised Kudan Inc. on its highly complicated multi-jurisdictional investment and eventual acquisition of Artisense Corporation, a leading tech company specialising in artificial intelligence, founded in 2016 and headquartered in California with its main business based in Germany. Kudan now holds a 12% shareholding, to be followed in several stages by the purchase of the remaining shares.

The RPC team was led by Nigel Collins (Partner), assisted by Jenny Tran (Senior Associate) and Joy Tickler (Associate). Eberhard Hafermalz (Partner) and Deniz Guenal (Counsel) of Arqis Rechtsanwalte on German matters, and Krisstina Ebner (Shareholder)) and Jessica Braeger (Special Counsel) of Godfrey & Kahn on US matters.

Kudan is a computer software algorithm developer working in artificial perception. It was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in December 2018.

“RPC’s support and service has been exceptional from day one; helping us create the acquisition opportunity in the first place and delivering it to closing. In what has been a very complex transaction, we knew we needed the right advisor to get us the result we wanted. Nigel and his team have provided clear, commercial and focused advice, and we look forward to continuing to work with them.”

Daiu Ko, COO

RPC's corporate team offers clients a full range of transactional and advisory work, including M&A, private equity investments, refinancing, restructuring and joint ventures. Its clients range from UK blue-chip companies to innovative tech companies that are disrupting the UK and international market.