Keystone Law has advised SmartRecruiters, a global leader in enterprise recruitment software based in San Francisco, on the acquisition of Jobpal Ltd. Berlin-based Jobpal is the leading talent acquisition chatbot software, which leverages proprietary NLP technology to support enterprise recruitment teams deliver strategic hiring results.

The acquisition moves SmartRecruiters into the rapidly growing recruitment process automation (RPA) market, where the future of recruiting prioritises human interactions and automates repetitive, time-consuming tasks. It also supports the recruitment software developers’ mission to connect people to jobs at scale.

Jobpal’s impressive chatbot technology and enterprise readiness has a proven record helping global customers like McDonald’s, Airbus and Deutsche Telekom deliver exceptional candidate experiences and qualified candidates.

Keystone provided English corporate, employment, tax, IP and commercial advice in this fast-paced, cross-border transaction, which also involved US and German law.

The multi-disciplinary Keystone team was led by corporate partner Diederik Van Lede and included tax solicitor Michael Fluss, employment partner Michelle Last, IP and commercial partner Karen Fong, IP and commercial partner Jessica Bent, technology and data partner Vanessa Barnett and trainee solicitor Romina Nicolaou.

Commenting on the acquisition, Diederik said:

It was a pleasure to have assisted SmartRecruiters in this exciting transaction. Their innovative approach to recruitment through the use of AI will change the way global businesses seek and fulfil roles. Working with a team of experts at Keystone meant we were able to get the deal across the line in just a matter of weeks.”