Ligentia secures Growth Private Equity investment from Equistone Partners

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Global supply chain management provider secures Equistone investment 

8th February 2021 Ligentia, a global supply chain management provider, has today  confirmed that Equistone Partners Europe Limited (“Equistone”), the European mid-market  private equity investor, has made a significant investment in the business. The financial terms  of the investment are undisclosed. 

Founded in 1996 by group CEO Nick Jones, Ligentia has a team of 400+ professionals across  25 locations worldwide. The firm manages the international freight and supply chains for some  of the world’s leading retailers, consumer brands and healthcare providers.  

Ligentia recorded revenues of c. £300m in 2020, representing strong year-on-year growth  which is expected to continue.  

The investment from Equistone, with its pan-European network of offices, will support Ligentia  in delivering its ambitious growth plans through strategic acquisitions. It will also support the  enhanced development of Ligentix; Ligentia’s proprietary customer technology platform.  

Ligentia will continue to be led by its founder and CEO Nick Jones, who alongside the existing  management will also invest in the business.  

Nick Jones, Founder and CEO of Ligentia, said:  

“Ligentia has always had an exceptional ability to adapt according to customer and market  requirements and we work hard to ensure that customers drive our strategy and ways of  working. Over the past 12 months we have adapted again, as our customers and colleagues  around the world have endured some of the most challenging times. Our significant investment  in our technology platform means we have been able to not only maintain our service to  customers but deliver some substantial change in the way we work. That investment has  positioned Ligentia at the forefront of change in our sector. 

Our new partnership with Equistone will allow increased investment in our business at a time  where there is a considerable awareness of global supply chains and the risks that  organisations face without the right visibility systems and partners.  

Equistone has an exceptional track record of supporting fast-growth global companies like  ours, as well as a deep understanding of the market. We are really excited about this next part  of our journey with a valuable partner on board.” 

Sebastien Leusch, Investment Director at Equistone Partners Europe, said: 

“Ligentia has 25 years of experience in global supply chain management with some of the  world’s most admired brands. Thanks to its strong management team, the business is known 

for its particularly high customer service levels, underpinned by a stand-out technology  platform.  

This unique combination, at a time where the importance of seamless global supply chain  management is particularly heightened, makes this investment a particularly exciting one.  

We are therefore delighted to have this opportunity to invest and we look forward to working  alongside Nick and the wider team on Ligentia’s next phase of growth and product  development.”  

Sebastien Leusch and Chris Candfield led the investment on behalf of Equistone. Equistone  was advised by DC Advisory, Addleshaw Goddard and PwC.  

Ligentia was advised by Rothschild, Squire Patton Boggs, KPMG, Roland Berger and  Crosslake.  

Santander is providing revolving credit facilities to Ligentia as part of the transaction. Ends 

For more information please contact: 

MC2 – for Equistone 
Amy Cantrill  
[email protected] 

Kelly Hobson 
Head of Group Marketing 
07990 007196 
[email protected] 

Notes to editors: 

About Ligentia 

Ligentia is an international freight technology business. With 400+ colleagues around the  world Ligentia manage the international freight and supply chains for some of the world’s  leading retailers, consumer brands, healthcare companies and manufacturers. Working with  a cross section of multi-nationals, SME’s, and start-ups, Ligentia develop long lasting  partnerships with its customers. Ligentia combine clever but easy to use technology, deep  sector and regional expertise, with 365/24/7 customer service, delivered by a passionate team  of experts.  

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