Perwyn Acquires VIXIO

Private equity investor Perwyn has acquired VIXO, a supplier of regulatory and business intelligence to the global payments and casino industry.

Perwyn Acquires VIXIO

VIXIO Regulatory Intelligence, the leading provider of regulatory and business intelligence to the global payments and gambling industries, announced that it has been acquired by Perwyn, the European private equity investor. No financial details were disclosed.

VIXIO operates the GamblingCompliance and PaymentsCompliance intelligence platforms, providing regulatory research, monitoring, insights and data to legal, compliance and business teams in these two highly regulated and volatile sectors. The parent company of GamblingCompliance and PaymentsCompliance was rebranded as VIXIO Regulatory Intelligence in 2020.

The acquisition by Perwyn will support the ambitious growth plans of VIXIO’s established management team, which has been in place since an original management buyout in 2019.

“We are delighted to be working with Perwyn at a pivotal time in our development,” said Mike Woolfrey, CEO of VIXIO. “We are particularly impressed by their track record in partnering and supporting exceptional companies to achieve ambitious plans on a global scale, and look forward to working with them on helping VIXIO fulfil its potential.”

Gurinder Sunner, partner at Perwyn, said, “We are delighted to be partnering with the VIXIO team and support their ambitious growth plans. Already the market leader, we will be investing to enhance and increase the product offering and geographic coverage while maintaining and enhancing its leading reputation as the go-to provider for regulatory intelligence in both the payments and gambling market.”

Kester Capital, one of the U.K.’s leading lower mid-market private equity firms, became VIXIO’s principal investor in 2019.

Adam Maidment, managing partner at Kester Capital, said, “We would like to thank Mike Woolfrey, VIXIO’s CEO, and his team for their phenomenal efforts over the last three years in building the business into the world’s leading provider of regulatory intelligence within its target sectors. It has been a pleasure to have worked with such a high-quality business, and we wish the management team every success for the future.”

The acquisition of VIXIO by Perwyn will also see Gehan Talwatte join VIXIO’s board of directors as independent chair. Talwatte is a highly experienced executive and director who has overseen the growth of several high-value intelligence services businesses across various industries.

Former chair David Gilbertson will depart VIXIO “with much gratitude, after being involved in the business as an adviser and director for more than a decade,” according to a company press release.

“We are delighted to have achieved this successful exit for the current shareholders and want to thank Kester Capital for their support and collaboration over the last three years,” said Woolfrey. “We also extend a warm welcome to Gehan as he brings his expert perspective to our board of directors, while sincerely thanking David for his invaluable contributions to VIXIO’s success.”