September 2012

Transaction Background

Investis is the leading independent pan-European provider of digital corporate communications solutions for public companies. Its comprehensive suite of products and services – including corporate websites, social media, apps, mobile sites, video and webcasting, website tools and integrated online reporting – enables joined up, multi-channel, multi-lingual corporate communications for the web, social media and mobile internet.

Investis has established a leading pan-European position in its sector, serving over 1,000 companies across Europe, including over half of the FTSE 100 (UK), two thirds of the DAX 30 (Germany), three quarters of the SMI 20 (Switzerland), half of the ATX 20 (Austria) and two thirds of the OMHX (Finland). The company has offices in the UK, Germany, Italy, Finland and scalable back-end operations in India.

With Gresham’s backing, Investis is aiming to accelerate its growth strategy through further organic investment in new products and services as well as selective acquisition of complementary businesses.

Our Role

Clarity was the sole corporate finance advisor to the shareholders of Investis, who included management and institutional investors.

Clarity was responsible for planning and managing the overall sale process, marketing the business to potential partners worldwide, including a roadshow in Europe and the US, leading highly competitive negotiations with bidders and ensuring successful transaction execution.

“The Clarity team are rigorous and professional, but also creative and a great group of people to spend time with. They worked extremely well as part of our broader team of management and advisers; they were constructive, supportive, hard-working, and focused on getting the best end result for their client – all the things you would hope for. I enjoyed working with Clarity, have developed a huge respect for them, and would wholeheartedly recommend them.”

Justin Walters
Chief Executive, Investis