Silverpeak, the mid-market technology specialists that represent European growth businesses in M&A and financing transactions, advised Worksmart on its sale to Davies, the leading specialist professional services and technology business, serving insurance and highly regulated markets.
Worksmart is the leading supplier of regulatory technology (“regtech”) for people and process management. The Worksmart product range enables organisations to track and manage regulatory processes across customer complaints & feedback, quality assurance, training & competence, the Senior Managers & Certification Regime (“SM&CR”) in the UK, and the Individual Accountability Regime (“IAR”) in Singapore.
Based in Milton Keynes, UK, Worksmart serves financial services organisations across insurance, banking, investment and consumer credit, helping them to manage the growing complexity of operating within the highly regulated space. Worksmart is the number one provider of regtech for complaints management and feedback in the Lloyd’s market, and the firm’s proprietary platform ‘Foundation’ remains the “go-to” solution for training & competence needs within the Banking and Wealth Management sectors. The firm’s SaaS solution ‘Accord’ is the only purpose-built SM&CR tech available in the UK.
Silverpeak worked with the management team to uncover every source of value and refine the equity story before identifying the most relevant global buyers that would benefit from this regtech business with a dominant position in the UK market and further market growth in Singapore and Ireland. The whole process was completed in under 6 months.
Andy Nightingale, Worksmart CEO, said, “Silverpeak worked hard and fast to understand every element of our business, discovering sources of hidden value that proved strategically important to our eventual acquirer. I have no doubt this helped deliver a materially higher sale price.”
Paddy MccGwire, Silverpeak Managing Partner leading the transaction said, ”Having had a very competitive process with strategic buyers from Europe and the US, BC Partners’ portfolio company Davies were ideal due to a great cultural fit whilst providing a lot of leverage to the business in its next chapter of growth.”