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CMS Hasche Sigle advises Aescap Venture on the third financing round of Affectis Pharmaceuticals AG

26/10/2006

Affectis Pharmaceuticals AG, Munich, a biopharmaceutical company which develops medication for the treatment of depression and schizophrenia has concluded a third financing round (series C) amounting to EUR 12 million. 
Lead investor is Aescap Venture which is investing in Affectis for the first time. The existing investors Life Sciences Partners (LSP), EMBL Ventures and KfW also participated in the financing round. At the same time Affectis reinforced the management team and the supervisory board. Under the leadership of Munich partner Stefan-Ulrich Müller (corporate) a team from CMS Hasche Sigle advised the lead investor Aescap Venture on the transaction. 
CMS Hasche Sigle advised the fund established in August this year for the first time. The founders of Aescap Venture Management BV are Michiel de Haan, founder and until 2000 CEO of Atlas Venture, and Dinko Valerio, founder and former CEO of Crucell, a listed biotechnology company. Further partners are Patrick Krol and Kreske Nickelsen, both with many years of life sciences experience. 
Affectis will use the income to spur on its product candidates, of which one will soon enter preclinical development. Affectis was established in 2002 as a spin-off of the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry one of the leading research institutes worldwide in the field or neuroscience. 
Advisers to Aescap Venture: 
CMS Hasche Sigle 
Stefan-Ulrich Müller, Munich (Lead Partner; Corporate) 
Stefan Lüft, Munich (IP) 
Dr Martina Seeliger, Munich (Associate; Employment). 
Contact CMS Hasche Sigle: 
Stefan-Ulrich Mueller 
Tel.:+49 (0) 89 / 23807 - 197 
E-mail: [email protected] 
About CMS Hasche Sigle: 
CMS Hasche Sigle is one of the leading German law firms with more than 450 lawyers. It covers the entire area of commercial law and provides legal advice to major German and international companies from a wide spectrum of industry. CMS Hasche Sigle operates at all the major business centres. It has offices in Berlin, Cologne, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich, Stuttgart, Chemnitz, Dresden, Brussels, Belgrade, Moscow, Prague and Shanghai. 
CMS Hasche Sigle is a partnership of lawyers and tax consultants; for register details / list of partners see www.cms-hs.com 
CMS Hasche Sigle is a member of CMS, an alliance of leading European law firms. With over 595 partners, a total of 2,000 lawyers and tax consultants and around 4,200 support staff we advise our clients at commercial locations in 47 business centres in Europe and further afield on legal and tax issues. 
Local strength, legal and tax advice tailored to the requirements of the market combined with a substantial amount of business and organisational integration form the basis for high-quality international legal advice. 
In addition to CMS Hasche Sigle, the following firms are also members of the CMS alliance: CMS Adonnino Ascoli & Cavasola Scamoni (Italy), CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo (Spain), CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre (France), CMS Cameron McKenna LLP (Great Britain), CMS DeBacker (Belgium), CMS Derks Star Busmann (the Netherlands), CMS von Erlach Henrici (Switzerland) and CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz (Austria). CMS has 57 offices in 23 countries in Western and Central Europe, North and South America, Asia and North Africa. 
For further information on CMS Hasche Sigle see www.cms-hs.com and on the CMS alliance see http:// www.cmslegal.com .