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Anaqua Receives Major Investment From Astorg

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Anaqua pending investment announcement (image)

William Blair acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Anaqua, a portfolio company of Insight Venture Partners, in connection with its pending investment from Astorg. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval with an anticipated close date in March 2019.

Transaction Highlights

  • Deep sector expertise: Anaqua and Insight Venture Partners were attracted to William Blair’s extensive knowledge and experience advising software companies, strong transaction record, and relationships with the most likely strategic and financial acquirers.
  • Process and execution excellence: Anaqua’s market leadership, strong financial profile, and compelling growth opportunities commanded strong interest from both private equity investors and strategic acquirers. William Blair’s deal team was integrally involved throughout the transaction, providing guidance on M&A process strategy and valuation, coordinating due diligence with multiple parties, and negotiating favorable contract terms.
  • Cross-Border Transaction: William Blair leveraged its global capabilities and relationships to advise Anaqua on transaction development with Astorg, and several other international parties, which resulted in optimal competitive tension and a differentiated outcome.

About the Companies

Anaqua is a premium provider of integrated, end-to-end innovation and intellectual property (IP) management solutions, serving 50% of the top 25 U.S. patent filers, 50% of the top 25 global brands, and a growing number of the most prestigious, forward-looking law firms. The company’s global operations are based in Boston, with offices across Europe and Asia. Anaqua’s IP platform is used by nearly one million IP executives, attorneys, paralegals, administrators, and innovators globally. Its solution suite merges best practice workflows with big data analytics and tech-enabled services to create one intelligent environment designed to inform IP strategy, enable IP decision-making, and streamline IP operations.

Insight Venture Partners is a leading global venture capital and private equity firm investing in high growth technology and software companies that are driving transformative change in their industries. Founded in 1995, Insight currently has over $20 billion of assets under management and has cumulatively invested in more than 300 companies worldwide. Its mission is to find, fund, and work successfully with visionary executives, providing them with practical, hands-on growth expertise to foster long-term success. Across its people and its portfolio, Insight Venture Partners encourage a culture around a core belief: growth equals opportunity.

Astorg is an independent private equity firm with over €8 billion of assets under management. Astorg seeks to partner with entrepreneurial management teams to acquire global companies and create value through the provision of strategic guidance, experienced governance, and adequate capital. Astorg enjoys a distinct entrepreneurial culture, a long-term shareholder perspective, and a lean decision-making body enhancing its reactivity. Though not specialized, Astorg has gathered valuable industry expertise in software, healthcare, business-to-business professional services, and technology-based industrial companies.

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