Motive Partners and Clearlake Capital Group have acquired InvestCloud, a modular, enterprise-grade digital wealth & investment management software solutions platform. The firms will acquire an 80 percent stake from early stage investors, combining the business with existing Motive Partners portfolio companies Finantix and Tegra118. InvestCloud said in a separate announcement that it had completed a recapitalization that values the business at $1 billion.
NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Motive Partners (“Motive”), a specialist private equity firm focused on growth and buyout investments in enterprise financial services software companies, and Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. (“Clearlake“), a sector-focused investor that partners with world-class management teams by providing patient, long-term capital to dynamic businesses, today announced that they have acquired InvestCloud, a modular, enterprise-grade digital wealth & investment management software solutions platform. Motive Partners, Clearlake and funds advised by Motive Partners have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 80% of InvestCloud from early stage Investors, and have simultaneously combined InvestCloud with existing Motive Partners portfolio companies Finantix and Tegra118 to create the next generation Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”) global wealth solutions platform led by InvestCloud’s CEO, John Wise. The strategy and vision is shared by an esteemed group of co-investors, made up of some of the largest financial institutions in the world, including Accenture, Citi Ventures and Fiserv.
The wealth management industry is exhibiting consistent growth and investment from new and established providers, presenting opportunities for disruptive technology companies to digitize the industry and capture market share along the value chain. Today software solutions are often legacy and purpose-built, with many point solutions fragmented by geography, process and category. However, industry trends include the need to serve global clients consistently, digitize advisor and client interactions, create efficiency in front to back office processes, and provide integrated solutions which can span all wealth segments including mass affluent, high net-worth and ultra high net-worth needs.
InvestCloud’s platform has been selected by many of the world’s largest financial institutions, private banks and Insurers as their global digital wealth platform. Motive and Clearlake, working with InvestCloud, identified that Tegra118 would be a complementary fit as the base for future product innovations, and Finantix would be the ideal partner for private banking capabilities. In addition, Finantix’s focus on private banking in Europe and Asia provides a strong base for InvestCloud’s international expansion. The combined company has over 500 direct clients, including 380+ wealth managers (distributors: 7 of the top 10 Broker Dealers in the USA) and 120+ asset managers (manufacturers: 9 of the top 12 in the USA), with hundreds more indirect clients that manage over $4 trillion of assets around the world using the platform. The combined company, which will operate as InvestCloud, benefits from a blue-chip client base, superior modern technology and substantial industry tailwinds.
“We are delighted with the opportunity to combine the strengths of Tegra118 as the leading Managed Account platform in the USA, and Finantix Private Banking expertise with InvestCloud’s leading digital wealth platform,” said John Wise, CEO of InvestCloud. “The timing represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with fellow entrepreneur Rob Heyvaert, the broader Motive Partners team and Clearlake to seize the opportunity to transform the industry.”
Rob Heyvaert, Chairman of InvestCloud and Founder & Managing Partner of Motive Partners, commented: “Our research in recent years around the macro and regional wealth-tech trends led us to acquiring Finantix, Tegra118 and ultimately to John and the InvestCloud team. Today marks both our collective intent and an important opportunity for the industry, as the newly formed InvestCloud Group unveils its combined vision for clients across multiple regions and sub-sectors of financial services. We are looking forward to capitalizing on the unique industry timing for our clients with John, Christine, Cheryl and our team of experts.”
“InvestCloud has established a leading, differentiated position in the wealth management software space with a pure-play, cloud-native platform that meets the unique needs of global financial institutions and their clients,” said Behdad Eghbali, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, and James Pade, Partner of Clearlake. “We look forward to partnering with John, Motive Partners and the InvestCloud team as the company, in combination with Finantix and Tegra118, continues to provide best-in-class solutions to its global customer base.”
As part of the transaction, Rob Heyvaert (Founder & Managing Partner, Motive Partners) will become Chairman, with John Wise as Group CEO who will lead the combined business, with Cheryl Nash (CEO, Tegra118) and Christine Ciriani (CEO, Finantix) reporting to Mr Wise.
In addition, James Pade (Partner & Managing Director, Clearlake), Vikram Abraham (Vice President, Clearlake), James Cox (Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, Fiserv), Scott Kauffman (Founding Partner, Motive Partners), Richard Lumb (Industry Partner, Motive Partners) and Doug Smith (Industry Partner, Motive Partners) will join the Board of InvestCloud to support the growth of the business.
Cheryl Nash, CEO of Tegra118 commented, “InvestCloud’s platform is without doubt the most digitally advanced solution in the wealth industry. Combining InvestCloud with our network of asset managers and wealth managers will add substantial and unprecedented value to our clients and the market.”
Christine Ciriani, CEO of Finantix commented, “With the democratization of wealth and digitalization of advice, there is no better time to offer the market an integrated front- and middle-office platform delivering feature-rich digital assets for the global wealth management and insurance industries. To combine Finantix’s strength in Europe and Asia in private banking with InvestCloud’s market leading SaaS platform in North America and Tegra118 is an exciting prospect for both our customers and people.”