Smith & Williamson advised MDSL on the transaction with Sumeru Equity Partners
Market Data Services Limited (“MDSL”) is a leader in Technology Expense Management (“TEM”). With operations in the UK, US, Europe and Asia, MDSL partners with enterprises to provide clarity, control, compliance and cost savings across their global technology estates.
MDSL prides itself on its outstanding customer service, advanced software platform and unique global capabilities, providing a unified expense management SaaS platform encompassing categories such as telecoms, cloud services, the Internet of Things and financial market data alongside associated managed and professional services.
Smith & Williamson worked with the directors and shareholders of MDSL to conduct an international search for a strategic partner to support the company’s continuing growth and to strengthen MDSL’s position as a global TEM leader. The directors recognised that their new business growth would soon outpace their organic capabilities and that growth was accelerating more rapidly outside of the UK. Sumeru Equity Partners (“SEP”), which also owns TEM provider Telesoft, shared the directors’ vision for expense management across all technology areas and were keen to support the MDSL strategy.
Brian Livingston, Head of M&A for Smith & Williamson, a member of Oaklins International Inc., led the transaction assisted by Amanda Phillips and Stuart Goodman.
Ben Mendoza, Founder of MDSL – “We are excited to have found a partner in SEP which shares our vision to support MDSL’s continuing growth. Brian and the team at Smith & Williamson handled the intricacies of the process impressively providing hands-on support and advice throughout. Their experience of working with owner-managers on international processes and with technology businesses was invaluable in guiding the process through to completion. The whole team were a pleasure to work with.”
Brian Livingston, Head of M&A for Smith & Williamson – “MDSL is a truly innovative SaaS provider with a growing international footprint. SaaS businesses have different metrics and need investors that understand the model. We were delighted to have been able to deliver a transaction for the shareholders that brought in a US private equity partner that not only had financial firepower but also understood the size of the market opportunity and could work with the Company to achieve its global ambitions.”
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