Latham Advises Equistone in Acquisition of Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services

London team represents private equity investors in purchase of market-leading research and analytics company.

July 17, 2019

Equistone Partners Europe Limited (Equistone), one of Europe’s leading mid-market private equity investors, announced its agreement to acquire Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services (Knowledge Services), a leading provider of bespoke research, analytics and automation technology to the financial services sector, from Moody’s Corporation (NYSE: MCO).

Knowledge Services provides various market-leading customised knowledge services, in domains such as investment banking, investment research, private equity & consulting and commercial lending. The business, headquartered in London and operating across nine delivery centres worldwide, employs a specialist workforce of subject matter experts working as an extension of clients’ teams. With the support of the business’s proprietary Business Excellence and Automation Tools, Knowledge Services analysts offer domain expertise to a growing, blue-chip client base of over 250 banks, asset managers and consulting firms globally.

Latham & Watkins represented Equistone in the transaction, with a team led by London corporate partner David Walker, with associates Alex McCarney, Alice Drayton and Hannah Berdal, and by London finance partner Charles Armstrong, with associate William Lam.

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