Investcorp, a leading global alternative investment firm, on Monday announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire NSEIT, the digital technology business of India's National Stock Exchange (NSE).

The transaction excludes the digital examinations business that is also housed inside NSEIT. This acquisition of INR1,000 crores ($119.82 million) represents one of the largest mid-market deals in the country. It highlights Investcorp’s commitment towards scaling its investments in the technology and financial services sectors in India, said a statement.

NSEIT is a leading provider of advanced digital transformation and cybersecurity services focused on global customers in capital markets, insurance, and banking. NSEIT has a strong presence in India, North America and Middle East.

The company’s offerings include digital engineering, data and analytics, artificial intelligence, cloud services, and cybersecurity services. This acquisition is an extension of Investcorp’s track record of investing in technology and IT services companies around the world, particularly in the US. Synergistically, NSEIT is focused on significant expansion in the US, where it has grown at over 50% CAGR over the last 4 years, by increasing its roster of clients across financial services.

Gaurav Sharma, Head of India Investment Business at Investcorp, said: “We are pleased to announce our acquisition of NSEIT. It is a significant step in our expansion efforts in India and it underscores our commitment to investing in high-growth sectors and backing credible founders and management teams. This transaction also highlights our unique ability to bring together our global platform as we look forward to driving international business working closely with our colleagues in the US and the rest of the world."

Ashish Kumar Chauhan, MD and CEO of NSE, shared: “This transaction is a continuation of NSE’s strategy to focus on its core business areas and we are pleased that Investcorp, which is a leading global investor with deep experience in IT services, is assuming responsibility of NSEIT. Their acquisition of NSEIT is a testament to the quality and potential of the business we've built. We are confident that under Investcorp's stewardship, NSEIT will not only continue to thrive but also reach new heights in innovation and market expansion.”

Varun Laul, Partner at Investcorp, added: "NSEIT’s capabilities in advanced digital and cybersecurity technologies combined with its vertical focus in financial services uniquely position it for global growth. The acquisition aligns with our strategy of investing in deeply entrenched assets and supporting them in their global growth ambitions.”

Anantharaman Sreenivasan (Ganesh), MD and CEO of NSEIT, said: “The acquisition by Investcorp marks a pivotal moment in NSEIT’s journey. NSEIT has created a niche, through its deep expertise in digital transformation and cybersecurity services with a strategic focus on capital markets and financial services sector. NSEIT’s strong credentials combined with Investcorp’s global reach, uniquely positions us to drive value enhancement for our clients, both present and future. This collaboration will enable us to accelerate innovation, drive service excellence, and broaden our capabilities to address the evolving needs of the industry. We thank NSE for its guidance and leadership in enabling NSEIT to achieve a formidable position in India and global markets.” -TradeArabia News Service

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