Both EMH Partners and the founding shareholders will remain involved with NI as significant minority shareholders.
In 2017, EMH Partners invested 50 million Euros in Native Instruments, followed by a further investment in 2020 to achieve majority ownership in the company. They say that revenues in NI’s music creation tools increased by 60% since the investment in 2017 and that the ownership changes will let the company expand further.
Constantin Koehncke, CEO of Native Instruments, says “We’re thrilled to team up with Francisco Partners to enter the next phase of our journey, combining their global resources and expertise with our passionate team, deep relationships within music and proven track record of technical innovation. Together we can realize our mission to empower and inspire the global community of music creators and help them to unlock their creative potential.”
Matt Spetzler, Co-Head Europe and Partner at Francisco Partners, who will join the Native Instruments board of directors adds, “Native Instruments is a perfect platform and partner for Francisco Partners. We look forward to working together with the management team and the existing shareholder group, utilizing our broad operational and strategic experience and M&A capabilities to help the company accelerate its growth trajectory.”