Native Instruments Acquired by Investment Firm Francisco Partners

Since the company’s formation in Berlin in 1996, Native Instruments has established itself as the one of the world’s most-prominent manufacturers of audio production and DJing software and hardware. Investment firm EMH Partners has sold its majority stake in Berlin-based music technology company Native Instruments to tech-focused investment firm, Francisco Partners. Both EMH Partners and NI’s founding shareholders will remain involved with NI as significant minority shareholders.

“There’s never been a more exciting time in music, with more creators producing more high-quality music all around the world,” Constantin Koehncke, CEO of Native Instruments.

Revenues in NI’s music creation tools increased by 60% since the investment from EMH in 2017. The company’s monthly active users more than doubled to 1.5m by the end of 2020. NI employs more than 400 staff throughout its seven offices worldwide.

Matt Spetzler, Co-Head Europe and Partner at Francisco Partners, who will join the Native Instruments board of directors added. “As an innovator in digital music creation, with a supreme brand recognition and outstanding software technology. Native Instruments is a perfect platform and partner for Francisco Partners”.

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