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Global provider of intellectual property information, management software and services

Questel (“the Company”) is a leading intellectual property (“IP”) management company, delivering complete software and tech-enabled services for each stage of the innovation lifecycle. It offers IP Business Intelligence software allowing advanced research and analysis of patents. The Company works with a broad range of clients, including a number of large multinationals, offering end-to-end collaborative patent and brand management solutions across the innovation and intellectual property cycle, from invention, through to filing and renewal.

Questel employs approximately 1,500 people with offices in Europe, the US, South America, Asia and North Africa, supporting more than 20,000 customers worldwide.

In December 2020, IK Partners reinvested in Questel, alongside Eurazeo, RAISE and the Founders.

What Attracted us to the Business

  • Large, fragmented and non-cyclical underlying market
  • Highly visible and recurring revenues
  • Diversified customer base

Our Value Creation Strategy

We are working alongside management to:

  • Grow the Company organically in core segments across all geographies;
  • Integrate the business core segments and accelerate cross-selling; and
  • Execute a selective buy-and-build strategy to expand the offering aimed at providing a one-stop shop.

Quote from the Client

“IK and RAISE have supported and trusted us entirely to develop Questel. Under their guidance, the group has tripled its size in less than three years and continued to enrich its software and services offering. We are excited to have both IK and Raise re-invest in the business and look forward to taking it to new heights with the addition of Eurazeo Capital.”

Charles Besson, Chief Executive Officer, Questel

Investment Team

IK Partners People - Dan Soudry

Dan Soudry

Managing Partner, Head of Mid Cap Strategy
IK Partners People - Vincent Elriz

Vincent Elriz

IK Partners People - Deborah Collignon

Deborah Collignon