Data Analytics specialist AquaQ Analytics secures investment for growth drive

News 6 May 2021

Jamie Grant

Belfast, N. Ireland – 6/5/2021

AquaQ Analytics Ltd, the specialist Data Analytics firm, has reached an important milestone in its ambitious growth plans with a significant investment in the business from UK private equity mainstay Sovereign Capital Partners (‘Sovereign’).

A successful multinational with 180 staff across offices in the UK, US and Asia, AquaQ has made huge strides since launch in 2011. The new investment will significantly scale the business in further future-proofing an ever-expanding blue-chip client base.

AquaQ Analytics’ clients include many marquee names in the global financial services industry. Over the past 10 years, the company has worked closely with senior executives in the banking, capital markets, asset management and hedge fund sectors and is widely acknowledged for its deep domain and consulting expertise in realtime data and associated streaming analytics. 

A ‘buy and build’ specialist, Sovereign was established in 2001 and has raised close to £1bn of funds to date. AquaQ is Sovereign’s latest investment in Business & Technology Services, having tracked its progress for several years.

Ronan Pairceir, co-founder of AquaQ commented: “We have come a long way since we set up our business ten years ago. This is an exciting market and we have achieved fast yet solid growth without compromise to the quality of our offering.

“We have the privilege of working with fantastic clients that value the services we provide. This was the right time for us to seek an investor and in Sovereign we believe we have found a partner that will help us to further scale and develop our services to help clients meet their own business goals and ambitions.”

James Bradley, co-founder said of the transaction: “This is a huge milestone for us and really solidifies the belief in our employees and sets the foundation for an ambitious programme of growth and expansion.

“We are committed to maintaining our extremely high bar in both the calibre and quality of expertise within our business – it’s what sets us apart. By further strengthening our service offering through strategic investment, we look forward to both deepening our current client relationships and creating new opportunities internationally.

Jonathan Thorne, Director, Sovereign said: ‘We are delighted to be backing this highly capable and entrepreneurial management team. AquaQ operates in a high growth and fragmented market, with data analytics and technical expertise becoming of ever-increasing strategic importance to businesses.

“Given the outstanding quality of AquaQ Analytics’ proposition we believe its success to date is set to continue into the future, and we look forward to supporting James and Ronan to deliver the company’s next stage of growth.”

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Notes to editors:

We would like to thank the following for their work and advice on this transaction:

Deloitte Ireland (Corporate Advisors)

Carson McDowell (Legal)

AllenFleming  (Tax)

KellyONeill  (Accounting)

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