Delft, 5 April 2023 – Quadrum Capital is pleased to announce that DataExpert, one of Interstellar’s labels, has been sold to Bridgepoint. DataExpert has attracted Bridgepoint as a new partner to accelerate its international growth and ambition. This divestment is in line with Interstellar’s renewed strategy. This is a win-win situation for both Quadrum Capital and Interstellar. Interstellar is an associate of Quadrum Capital Investment Funds.
IT services provider INTERSTELLAR is transferring its shares in DataExpert to UK-based Bridgepoint Development Capital IV (BDC IV), a fund focused on investing in mid-sized growth companies. As a leading provider of products and services to combat cybercrime, fraud and incident response, DataExpert was part of INTERSTELLAR’s collection.
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DataExpert, founded in 1990, helps clients reduce and solve cybercrime and fraud through a customised package of software, hardware, training, consultancy and support. The company employs over 60 people. In recent years, DataExpert has experienced strong growth in its three main divisions: forensics, analytics and cyber security. From its base in Benelux, DataExpert has also grown in Scandinavia through mergers and acquisitions. Through its unique positioning, DataExpert successfully responds to industry developments, including continuously evolving cyber threats, increased IT infrastructure complexity and an increasing need to investigate the origins of cyber events.
The partnership between DataExpert and Bridgepoint builds on Bridgepoint’s growing track record and expertise in cyber security, including its strategic investment in Infinigate, a leading distributor of enterprise cyber security solutions for SMEs in Europe.
Robbert Bakker, CEO of DataExpert, said, “In a world of rapidly evolving cyber threats and IT challenges, we continue to see strong demand for our cyber security solutions and services. DataExpert’s mission is to provide maximum support to our customers in fighting cybercrime and advancing cybersecurity, both nationally and internationally. Bridgepoint has extensive experience investing in and growing first-class companies in this sector, and we look forward to continuing our mission as we further develop our offering, expand our geographical presence and enter our next growth phase.”
Maarten van Montfoort, CEO of INTERSTELLAR, adds: “DataExpert has performed exceptionally well in recent years as we have worked closely together to realise growth ambitions and develop the offering. After a strategic review, we agreed that now is the right time for a new owner. We are very pleased that DataExpert continues its successful and international journey with Bridgepoint, a team with strong expertise and capabilities in supporting industry-leading companies. We wish them and the management team all the best for the future. Of course, INTERSTELLAR and DataExpert will continue their cooperation for Incident Response Services for joint customers.”
DataExpert is a managed service provider of cyber security solutions focused on helping customers combat cybercrime and fraud. It specialises in providing and supporting complex post-incident forensic and analytical tools. DataExpert works closely with supranational agencies, large national public sector organisations including police forces and corporate clients to improve safety and security, supporting them with expertise, innovative software, training and services.
The IT service providers Solimas, Exite ICT, DataByte, Datamex and CSN Group operate under the INTERSTELLAR umbrella. The other companies in the collection, namely Ask Roger!, Q-Conferencing, Fundaments, SCCTand Pinewood, are specialists in collaboration, cloud and security. Founded in January 2021, INTERSTELLAR’s collection has grown over the past year to 11 participations, more than 650 employees, 170 million in revenue and 15 offices. INTERSTELLAR’s companies collectively serve more than 11,000 customers. For more information, visit www.thisisinterstellar.com.
About Quadrum Capital
Independent investment company Quadrum Capital helps mid-market companies realise their growth ambitions in a structured and responsible manner. Entrepreneurship, strong commitment and the contribution of high-quality management experience, network and financial strength form the basis for this. Quadrum Capital has offices in Woerden and Almelo and is characterised by strong regional roots and a no-nonsense approach. Quadrum Capital is mainly funded by entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial families and has a clear (international) growth ambition. Interstellar is one of Quadrum Capital’s platform companies.