RAISE and Capzanine Invest 18Meuros in Questel

Paris, 2 June 2015 – RAISE and Capzanine announced their investment in Questel, a software publisher and consultancy firm specialising in intellectual property, and one of the world’s leading companies on this sector. RAISE and Capzanine, in keeping with their vision of supporting the development of growth companies, have invested €18m in Questel, to facilitate an MBO and accelerate its development on the intellectual property and innovation market.

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Questel is a service-provider in the industrial property segment, offering research and decision-making solutions. Questel’s SaaS (software as a Service) solutions and consultancy services cover the entire innovation cycle, from idea to product: competitive and technological intelligence, invention capture, prior-art research, freedom-to-operate, and patent and licence portfolio valuation.

Questel is a French company and also established in Washington, Tokyo and Shanghai. It generates 80% of sales internationally, and counts among its 3,000 clients major French and international groups, such as IBM, Michelin, Safran, etc.

With an investment of €18m, RAISE and Capzanine allow Questel’s management team to become the majority shareholder, thereby providing it with the means to further its development on the intellectual property and innovation market.

According to Gonzague de Blignières, Founder and Chairman of RAISE, offering support to the ambitious and successful management teams is at the heart of his Raise’s strategy. “Giving ambitious and successful management teams the means to boost their development and take control of their company is in Raise’s DNA! We are very happy to support Questel and its management over the next few years.

Christophe Karvelis, Founder and Chairman of Capzanine, stated: “It is our desire to help French companies with the capacity to become leading international mid-caps, and so we are very happy to support Questel and its excellent management team with their growth projects by providing financing and know-how during this new phase of development.

Charles Besson, Chairman of Questel is pleased with the change in the shareholding structure, saying, “Questel’s management and employees have great faith in the company and have reinvested massively in this transaction. We have set ambitious growth targets in order to establish Questel as a major service provider specialized in intellectual property and innovation.