Quantum Partners advises the shareholders of Qoniac GmbH on the sale to KLA Corp.

Software / Process optimization / Semiconductors

Project highlights

The semiconductor market is characterized by constant competition for higher-performance logic and memory chips at lower cost. Efficient mass production with adequate yield is the key to success, making innovative technologies for process testing and optimization increasingly important.

Qoniac develops and distributes a highly innovative software for optimizing lithography and patterning processes in the leading-edge semiconductor industry. In just a few years, the solution has established itself as an important optimization tool in memory chip production and is now expanding into the logic segment.

In this context, the management of Qoniac wanted to push ahead with its expansion with the right strategic partner. The relevant semiconductor suppliers are located in the USA and Japan, so an M&A process had to be internationally oriented from the outset. Initial exploratory talks were held in connection with one of the most important specialized trade fairs in the USA and were subsequently intensified. A highly structured process or an auction would not have been suited for the sale of such a specialized high-end technology. It was important to consider the specific circumstances of the potential buyer, its position in the semiconductor ecosystem, its distribution model, etc., and to think towards a common business plan. In the end, the shareholders decided to team up with KLA, as this combination would best realize the potential of the technology.

About Qoniac

Qoniac GmbH was founded in Dresden in 2009 and has developed into the leading German provider of on-product process optimization and control solutions for semiconductor lithography and patterning processes.

About KLA

KLA Corporation, headquartered in Milpitas, California, is one of the largest suppliers to the semiconductor industry. Its focus lies on quality management and process control solutions.

About Quantum Partners

Quantum Partners GmbH, headquartered in Munich, is a specialized corporate finance advisor that supports clients in company transactions as well as in finding financing.