Skype Technologies SA

Skype Technologies SA

Skype Technologies SA

Overview
Date Founded

2003

Headquarters

23-29 Rives de Clausen Esch-sur-alzette, Luxembourg, L-2165, Luxembourg

Type of Company

Private

Employees (Worldwide)

1,001 - 5,000

Industries

Cable, Satellite, and Radio Telecommunications
Wireless Telecommunications
Other Business & Consulting Services
Internet Software & Services
Computer Software

Company Description

Skype Technologies SA provides communications services via the Internet. The company’s Skype software serves individuals and businesses to make free video & voice calls, send instant messages, and share files with others. It also enables them to make calls to landlines and mobiles internationally. The company also provides headsets, webcams, and phones through its online shop. The company was founded by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis in August 2003 and is headquartered in Luxembourg.

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Executives & Employees

Co-Founder

Co-Founder

Chief Development Officer

Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer

General Manager-Platform

Vice President & General Manager-Consumer

Investor

UX Design Lead

Head of Marketing, Asia Pacific

Board of Directors

Interim Chief Executive Officer at Intel Corp.

Investor at Equal Media Ltd.

Senior Managing Director & Head of International at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Professor at University of Luxembourg

Managing Director at IntesanPaolo International Holdings

Chairman, Chief Executive & Financial Officer at eBay International AG

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Recent Transactions
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Microsoft Corporation purchases Skype Technologies SA from Joltid Ltd., Andreessen Horowitz LLC, Silver Lake Management Co. LLC

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Skype Technologies SA, Skype SARL purchase 3jam, Inc. from NEA Management Co. LLC, Norwest Venture Partners

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Skype Technologies SA purchases Qik, Inc.

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Advised onMicrosoft Corporation purchases Skype Technologies SA from Joltid Ltd., Andreessen Horowitz LLC, Silver Lake Management Co. LLC

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Advised onMicrosoft Corporation purchases Skype Technologies SA from Joltid Ltd., Andreessen Horowitz LLC, Silver Lake Management Co. LLC

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Advised onMicrosoft Corporation purchases Skype Technologies SA from Joltid Ltd., Andreessen Horowitz LLC, Silver Lake Management Co. LLC

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Advised onMicrosoft Corporation purchases Skype Technologies SA from Joltid Ltd., Andreessen Horowitz LLC, Silver Lake Management Co. LLC

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Advised oneBay, Inc. purchases Skype Technologies SA

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Advised onSkype Technologies SA purchases Qik, Inc.

Advisors & Consultants
Legal Advisor

Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary at TriNet Group, Inc.

Legal Advisor

Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Legal Advisor

Faculty Member at Practising Law Institute

Investors
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Silver Lake Partners pursues large-scale private investments in companies within the technology, tech-enabled and related growth industries. Silver Lake Partners seeks to achieve superior risk-adjusted returns by investing with the strategic insight of an experienced industry participant, the operating skill of a world-class management team, and the investing capabilities of a leading private equity firm.

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Andreessen Horowitz is a $4 billion venture capital firm, founded in 2009 by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. The company is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.

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Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Private Investments (CPPIB) seeks to identify investment opportunities that will outperform investments in comparable passive public alternatives. They invest in private equity through external funds and as a principal investor. CPPIB also invests in the global infrastructure sector. Their investments focus on four areas: funds and secondaries, principal investing, infrastructure and private debt.CPPIB's principal investing activities range from taking relatively passive stakes in syndicated co-investments to co-leading larger-scale deals alongside their fund partners. Investments range from $20 million to over $500 million.CPPIB invests in global, private and public-to-private infrastructure equities. These investments primarily fall within the real return asset portion of the CPP Fund portfolio, providing a strong match with the funds inflation-linked liabilities. They look for opportunities to invest in assets with lower risk and return characteristics, typically characterized by strong regulatory and monopolistic elements, and with low substitution risks. This strategy focuses on investments in electricity transmission and distribution, gas transmission and distribution, water utilities, toll roads, bridges and tunnels, airports and ports. CPPIB also considers investments in more competitive assets if they represent an extension of their infrastructure knowledge domain or if they possess significant levels of contracted revenues. Such investments may include electricity generation, midstream gas, and gas storage. CPPIB targets equity investments of $300 million to $600 million. They typically invest as part of a syndicate of competitively-advantaged, like-minded partners. CPPIB focuses on investments in North America and Western Europe, but they may consider investments in other investment grade jurisdictions if they offer stable regulatory, economic and political environments.CPPIB's private debt group focuses making direct corporate investments in leveraged loans, high yield bonds, mezzanine and other debt solutions across the capital structure.They seek to participate in unique event-driven opportunities including acquisitions, refinancings, restructurings and recapitalizations. CPPIB will underwrite on a stand-alone basis or with select partners. They focus mainly on opportunities in North America and Europe. Their initial target hold position is $50 million to $250 million in any single credit.