Marlin Equity Partners has closed its buy of Test Direct Ltd. The deal was announced in September. Test Director provides software testing and quality assurance services in the U.K.
LOS ANGELES and LONDON, November 10, 2016 – Marlin Equity Partners (“Marlin”) is pleased to announce that it has acquired Test Direct Limited (“Test Direct”), a leading provider of software testing and quality assurance services in the U.K. Founded in 2002 and based in Preston in the North of England, Test Direct offers functional and non-functional testing services to clients in a broad range of industries, with particular specialization in the financial services sector. Test Direct has been merged with QualiTest Group (“QualiTest”), a Marlin portfolio company, expanding QualiTest’s U.K. presence into Northern England and significantly increasing the overall scale of its global operations.
“The acquisition of Test Direct firmly secures our position as one of the largest independent software testing and quality assurance companies in the U.K.,” said Ayal Zylberman, co-founder and CEO of QualiTest. “We look forward to working with the Test Direct team to deliver a wider range of capabilities to our customers, career advancement opportunities for our employees and thought leadership to the testing and quality assurance market.”
“Test Direct is a highly synergistic acquisition that brings a complementary service offering, strong customer base and talented management team to QualiTest’s existing U.K. business,” said Jan-Olivier Fillols, a vice president at Marlin. “The addition of Test Direct validates our commitment and shared vision of diversifying QualiTest’s geographic footprint and accelerating growth through acquisitions.”
About Marlin Equity Partners
Marlin Equity Partners is a global investment firm with over $3 billion of capital under management. The firm is focused on providing corporate parents, shareholders and other stakeholders with tailored solutions that meet their business and liquidity needs. Marlin invests in businesses across multiple industries where its capital base, industry relationships and extensive network of operational resources significantly strengthens a company’s outlook and enhances value. Since its inception, Marlin, through its group of funds and related companies, has successfully completed over 100 acquisitions. The firm is headquartered in Los Angeles, California with an additional office in London. For more information, please visit www.marlinequity.com.
About QualiTest Group
QualiTest Group is the world’s second largest pure-play outsourced software testing and business assurance specialist with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel and India. QualiTest focuses on large global enterprises in the technology, telecom, healthcare, finance, defense, media, utilities and retail industries and offers a wide range of testing solutions to meet customer’s business requirements, from engagement models to tailored testing by industry. QualiTest designs and delivers contextualized solutions utilizing unique testing-focused IP, products and methodologies that leverage deep industry-specific understanding with technology-specific competencies. For more information, please visit www.qualitestgroup.com.