Lawson Conner has been acquired by SGG Group

Arrowpoint Advisory's Business Services sector team has advised the shareholders of Lawson Conner, a leading London-based provider of regulatory infrastructure software and managed compliance services to the global investment industry, on its acquisition by SGG Group.

The acquisition strengthens SGG's service offering to institutional clients through the provision of a complete suite of compliance and regulatory services.

Lawson Conner's sophisticated and flexible technology platform uses RegTech solutions to deliver end-to-end compliance and regulatory solutions to institutional clients, from establishing and maintaining a robust compliance framework, providing ongoing regulatory reporting at the individual, firm and fund level, and enabling the conduct of regulatory activities through its AIFM platform, amongst others. This market-leading solution will strengthen SGG's AIFM capabilities in the European institutional investors' market.

SGG Group is a leading global investor services firm providing a comprehensive range of compliance, administration, asset and advisory services to alternative investment funds, international companies, international families and entrepreneurs. SGG is a portfolio company of Astorg Partners.

Gerhard Grueter and Jurgen Gebhard, co-founders and Managing Directors of Lawson Conner, commented: “Becoming part of SGG Group will allow our firm to accelerate its market reach and allow us to provide enhanced solutions to our clients. SGG has an impressive growth strategy and we feel privileged to be part of their team. We look forward to accompanying SGG's institutional clients throughout their growth journey.”

Serge Krancenblum, SGG Group's CEO, said: “At SGG, we are dedicated to providing a full suite of solutions to help our clients respond to today's regulatory challenges so that they can focus on their core competencies, and it was important for us to find the best regulatory and compliance solutions available on the market. The acquisition of Lawson Conner represents a natural extension of our current offering to institutional clients by providing outsourced compliance and regulatory services based on the latest technology platforms. We are thrilled to be able to offer our clients a new set of services that will allow them to reduce their costs while reducing regulatory risk.”

James Lever, Managing Director at Arrowpoint Advisory, added: “Lawson Conner is an outstanding business, combining high growth with strong revenue visibility, margins and cash generation. It has a disruptive, tech-enabled model in a sector where there is considerable demand for services driven by increasing compliance burdens. Because of this it attracted strong levels of interest from strategic and financial buyers, but ultimately in SGG I believe we have found an ideal platform that will enable Gerhard and Jurgen to fulfil their ambition.”

Gerhard Grueter and Jurgen Gebhard, added: “Arrowpoint Advisory's team of transaction experts, James Lever, Alex John, Will Evans and Nick Manning, have provided outstanding advice along every step of our process. There are very few advisers in the UK market who are able to combine such rapid execution skills, deep technical expertise and reliable tactical advice with a wide enough network to ensure transaction success. Arrowpoint Advisory's team did everything possible to make a complex and challenging process manageable for our management team. We can only thank you for having worked with us. It has been an absolute pleasure.”

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