BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Audax Private Equity (“Audax”) today announced that it has successfully completed the sale of Corsearch to Astorg.
Corsearch provides innovative Brand Risk and Performance™ solutions to law firms and enterprise customers. Corsearch’s suite of software and services supports a brand owners’ creation and protection of intellectual property assets using innovative IP clearance tools and online brand protection including counterfeit and piracy solutions. Corsearch has more than 800 employees across Europe, North America and Asia and serves over 5,000 clients around the world including many of the world’s Fortune 100 companies.
Since being acquired by Audax in 2018, Corsearch has undergone a period of transformation, growth, and success:
- Completed the carve-out from Wolters Kluwer, invested in new technology infrastructure and streamlined global operations
- Completed eight add-on acquisitions globally which expanded the company’s product offerings, added new customers, and vertically integrated key functions
- Invested in technology and research & development capabilities to support new product innovation
Tim Mack, Managing Director at Audax, said, “We’re incredibly proud of our partnership with the Corsearch team, their strategic transformation, and consistent customer focus. Over the course of our investment, Corsearch further expanded in online brand protection with cutting-edge solutions that are transforming how companies commercialize and protect their growth. We’re excited to retain a minority investment in Corsearch, and wish the team continued success with Astorg’s support."
Tobias Hartmann, Chief Executive Officer of Corsearch, commented, “Audax has been an instrumental partner over the last three years, especially following Corsearch’s spin off from Wolters Kluwer into an independent, standalone company. The Audax team leveraged their deep investment expertise, global resources, and operational experience to accelerate our growth plans while enhancing our ability to meet the evolving needs of our global customer base. We thank them for their partnership and look forward to embarking on our next phase of growth with Astorg.”
Harris Williams & Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC served as financial advisors and Kirkland & Ellis served as legal advisor to Corsearch.
About Audax Private Equity
Audax Group is a leading alternative investment manager with offices in Boston, New York, and San Francisco. Since its founding in 1999, the firm has raised over $27 billion in capital across its Private Equity and Private Debt businesses. Audax Private Equity has invested over $6 billion in more than 135 platforms and over 925 add-on companies, and is currently investing out of its $3.5 billion, sixth private equity fund. Through its disciplined Buy & Build approach, Audax Private Equity seeks to help platform companies execute add-on acquisitions that fuel revenue growth, optimize operations, and significantly increase equity value. With more than 250 employees, Audax is a leading capital partner for North American middle market companies. For more information, visit the Audax Private Equity website: www.audaxprivateequity.com or follow us on LinkedIn.
Astorg is a leading private equity firm with over €10 billion of assets under management. We work with entrepreneurs and management teams to acquire market-leading global companies headquartered in Europe or the US, providing them with the strategic guidance, governance and capital they need to achieve their growth goals. Astorg enjoys a distinct entrepreneurial culture, a long-term shareholder perspective, and a lean decision-making body. We have valuable industry expertise in healthcare, software, business-to-business professional services and technology-based industrial companies. Astorg has offices in London, Paris, New York, Frankfurt, Milan and Luxembourg.
Corsearch Brand Risk and Performance™ solutions are revolutionizing how companies commercialize and protect their growth. Trusted by thousands of customers worldwide, Corsearch delivers data, analytics, and services that support brands to market their assets and reduce commercial risks.
From IP clearance to brand protection and anti-piracy, Corsearch provides a comprehensive program that enables businesses to secure brand value and thrive commercially. Behind the world's best-known brands, there's Corsearch.