France SC Fund III Dec 2007
Specialist for IT-bases intellectual property management
Company Name:Questel
Sector:Intellectual Property
Sales:€ 19m (2009)
Date of investment:December 2007
Date of exit:June 2015
Deal Type:LBO, buy & build
Syntegra Role:Lead investor

business description

  • Questel develops IT tools to help corporations manage their intellectual property issues. Covering patents, trademarks and industrial design, the company's industry-leading products and services comprise databases, search and monitoring services
  • Questel is headquartered in Paris, with offices in Sophia Antipolis, the high-tech center in the South of France, Brussels and Washington DC
  • Questel has a well-diversified and balanced portfolio of approximately 1000 active clients including mainly blue chip organisations and law firms

transaction strategy

  • Questel benefits from longstanding reputation, very solid customer base and a set of recently developed in house state-of-the-art products. Questel generates solid and recurrent cash-flow
  • Leverage on the growth of new in house products generating higher margins
  • Grow the company through acquisitions in Europe and the US to expand existing customer base