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DLA Piper Advises Cofense on Latest Acquisition

DLA Piper represented Cofense, the leading provider of phishing detection and response solutions, in its recent acquisition of Cyberfish, a provider of next-generation phishing protection powered by Computer Vision and advanced machine learning technology.

DLA Piper is a multinational law firm with offices in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

By integrating innovative machine learning capabilities from Cyberfish with Cofense’s detection and response technology, Cofense will bring to market a holistic, advanced automation solution for email protection, detection and response.

“We were thrilled to partner with Cofense, bringing our extensive cybersecurity and technology sector mergers and acquisitions experience to advise on its acquisition of Cyberfish,” said Marc Samuel, the DLA Piper partner who led the deal team.

“This successful transaction will enable Cofense to continue developing transformative solutions to address issues of phishing and email security through advanced artificial intelligence and automation.”

Cofense is the leading provider of protection, detection and response email security solutions, and the only company to combine a global network of 30 million people reporting phish with advanced AI-based automation to stop phishing attacks.

In addition to Samuel (Washington, DC), the DLA Piper deal team was led by Shirley Qin (Washington, DC).

With more than 1000 corporate lawyers globally, DLA Piper helps clients execute complex cross-border transactions seamlessly while supporting clients across all stages of development.

The law firm has been rated number one in global mergers and acquisitions volume for 11 consecutive years, according to Mergermarket.

DLA Piper Africa claims top spot in M&A for Africa

For the first time, DLA Piper also claimed the top spot on the Mergermarket league table for M&A (based on deal count) in Africa, it added.

According to Mergermarket, the company has advised 43 deals in the Middle East and Africa combined and 30 deals in Africa alone. The company also ranked high in the Mergermarket league tables in a number of regions around the world, including:

  • 1 Global Deal Count (671)
  • 1 Europe Deal Count (411)
  • 3 US Deal Count (296)
  • 1 Nordics Deal Count (131)
  • 1 UK Deal Count (128)
  • 1 Denmark Deal Count (63)
  • 1 France Deal Count (56)
  • 1 the Middle East & Africa Deal Count (43)
  • 1 Africa Deal Count (30)
  • 1 Russia Deal Count (9)

Johannes Gouws, director and managing partner at DLA Piper in South Africa, said, “We are delighted to be ranked number one for deal count in Africa for the first time. It shows that our M&A strategy in Africa is starting to deliver the results we are aiming for.”

“With 20 DLA Piper and DLA Piper Africa offices in countries right across Africa, and numerous other Africa-specialists from financial markets across the globe, there really is no other law firm that can match our M&A offering on the African Continent,” he added.