Global investment firm Carlyle (NASDAQ: CG) and Quest Global, one of the world’s leading engineering services firms, today announced they have reached a definitive partnership agreement whereby Carlyle will be acquiring a significant minority stake in the company. Equity for this transaction will come from funds managed and advised by entities affiliated with Carlyle Asia Partners.
As part of this transaction, current investors Bain Capital and Advent International will exit; Quest Global will repurchase its company shares; and Ajit Prabhu, Chairman and CEO of Quest Global, will acquire an additional stake in the company. The partnership approach taken for this transaction demonstrates Quest Global’s commitment to the long-term success of its business strategy and its employees.
Established over 25 years ago and headquartered in Singapore, Quest Global is a leading global player in engineering, research and development (“ER&D”) services for the design, product development and operations of complex engineering systems. It currently has a multi-disciplinary team of over 17,500 engineers, across 67 delivery centers and offices, in 17 countries globally, that is dedicated to helping solve its clients’ engineering challenges better and faster.
Amit Jain, Managing Director and Head of Carlyle India Advisors, said, “We have known Ajit for two decades and we believe he has demonstrated visionary leadership over these years. Carlyle was the first early-stage private equity investor in Quest Global and we are proud to partner again. We believe the company’s undivided client centricity, drive for engineering excellence, differentiated global delivery model and the entrepreneurial energy of the management team have enabled it to scale successfully across a diverse set of industry verticals. Looking ahead, our view is that Quest Global is well-poised to benefit from the growing focus on product innovation, digital engineering, embedded systems, increased outsourcing and disruptive technology advancements across industries. We look forward to working closely with Quest Global’s management team while leveraging Carlyle’s deep sector expertise and global network to help the company expand its global leadership in the ER&D space.”
“At Quest Global, we believe engineering has the unique opportunity to solve the problems of today that stand in the way of tomorrow – to create a brighter future. It was a great value-added partnership with Carlyle the first time around, and I look forward to working with Carlyle again, to propel us in the journey ahead. Together, I am confident we will deliver on our mutual commitment to provide cutting-edge engineering solutions to our clients around the world, while preserving our entrepreneurial culture,” said Ajit Prabhu, Chairman and CEO of Quest Global.
“We are thankful for the partnership of Bain and Advent for their instrumental role in advancing the company’s purpose and growth trajectory. Their strategic insights and unwavering support have been invaluable,” added Mr. Prabhu.
The transaction remains subject to satisfaction of certain conditions precedent to closing, including customary regulatory approvals.
Barclays, J.P. Morgan, BNP Paribas and Latham & Watkins served as advisors to Quest Global on the transaction; and Deutsche Bank, Clifford Chance, KPMG and Trilegal served as advisors to Carlyle. Barclays, BNP Paribas, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, ING, J.P. Morgan, Nomura, Standard Chartered Bank, Allen & Overy and Linklaters helped arrange financing for the transaction.
Carlyle’s buyout funds, including Carlyle Asia Partners, have well-established experience investing in the technology and business services sector, and have invested over US$35 billion of equity in over 280 deals globally as of June 30, 2023, with approximately US$5.6 billion of this in Asia.