• Region: Europe
  • Sector: TMT
  • Investment Year: 2014
  • Transaction Value: £364.8m

Partially Realised

In February 2014, BCEC IX acquired Acuris (formerly The Mergermarket Group) from Pearson Plc.

Acuris is a global financial information provider, specialising in the provision of financial news, intelligence, and data to paying subscribers. The global market leader in niche markets of M&A and credit news and intelligence services, Acuris provides timely and actionable intelligence to support its clients’ business development activities.

Acuris accelerated its growth trajectory under BCP ownership. Management, supported by the BCP team, executed many successful initiatives including the overhaul of the technology platform; geographical expansion; the launch of new products, content and data sets; the optimisation of the sales force incentive structure; the reorganisation into six verticals and rebranding; and nine accretive acquisitions. Presently, Acuris remains the leading provider of proprietary, actionable intelligence, data and analytics to principal advisory firms, investment banks, law firms, hedge funds, private equity firms, and corporates globally.

In June 2017, BCEC IX agreed to sell a 31% stake in Acuris to GIC.

On 13 May 2019, Funds advised by BC Partners announced the sale of a majority stake in Acuris to ION Investment Group ("ION"). ION will acquire a controlling stake in the company from BC Partners and GIC, and both BC Partners (BCEC X) and Acuris management are reinvesting and will retain minority ownership.

Company News

27 May 2019

Nikos Stathopoulos Discusses BC Partners' Recent Sale of Acuris on Bloomberg TV

Nikos Stathopoulos Discusses BC Partners' recent sale of Acuris and the attractiveness of private equity as an asset class on Bloomberg TV.

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13 May 2019

BC Partners Sells Majority Stake in Acuris to ION Investment Group

Funds advised by BC Partners (“BC Partners”) announced the sale of a majority
stake in Acuris, a global provider of proprietary financial intelligence, data and analytics, to ION Investment
Group ("ION").

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12 May 2019

Financial Times: Software and data group ION buys Acuris in £1.35bn deal

Financial Times: Software and data group ION buys Acuris in £1.35bn deal.

Private equity group BC Partners agrees to sell the owner of financial information service Mergermarket.

Javier Espinosa and Philip Stafford - London.

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