CapVest acquires Datasite
Funds managed by CapVest Partners (CapVest), an international private equity firm, have agreed to acquire Datasite Global Corporation (Datasite), a global Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider across the deal lifecycle.
Headquartered in Minneapolis, Datasite has more than 750 employees in 25 locations across 13 countries. Under the leadership of CEO Rusty Wiley, who joined the company in 2014, Datasite has built a rapidly growing consumer base in over 180 countries and its award-winning products and services make it a truly global player in this market. In 2019, Datasite increased revenue by more than 30 per cent as it facilitated close to 10,000 deals.
The transaction represents an important milestone for Datasite, which empowers dealmakers around the world with the tools they need to succeed across the entire deal lifecycle, including its core due diligence application, Datasite Diligence, its application to aid the preparation of transactions, Datasite Prepare, its application for optimising the early stage marketing process, Datasite Outreach™, and the first dedicated buy-side application, Datasite Acquire™.
“This is an exciting day for the entire Datasite family – employees, customers and industry partners alike – and further solidifies the company’s position as a leading SaaS provider for the global M&A community,” says Datasite CEO, Rusty Wiley. “We have the best people and the best technology, making transactions faster, simpler, and more secure. CapVest’s long track record of transforming the size and scale of their portfolio companies and enabling them to realise their potential makes them an exciting partner for our next phase of growth. We look forward to bringing new products to address our customers’ pain points and increase efficiency.”
Christopher Campbell, Partner, CapVest adds: “Rusty and the team have done a fantastic job in transforming Datasite into a leading platform, providing essential services to dealmakers around the world. With the recent launch of the Prepare, Outreach, and Acquire products to augment the Company’s flagship Diligence offering, Datasite is the comprehensive solution provider for the dealmaking community. We look forward to bringing additional innovative products to market to continue to address customer needs.”
CapVest was advised by William Blair (financial advisor), Kirkland & Ellis LLP (legal), KPMG LLP (financial and tax due diligence), GRAPH Strategy (commercial due diligence) and West Monroe Partners (technical due diligence). Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC (financial advisor) and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer Feld (legal) advised the Company.
The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions and is expected to close in Q4 2020.