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June 2021
UK & Ireland, > £500m

Liberty advises the management team of ANS on their acquisition by Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Inflexion Private Equity Partners (Inflexion) has acquired ANS, a leading provider of digital transformation and cloud managed services.

ANS and existing Inflexion investment UKFast will be brought together under one parent group to address the rapid market growth opportunity for digital and cloud services. The group will combine ANS’s public cloud, DevOps, applications and data expertise with UKFast’s leadership in private cloud, hosting and security, to create the UK’s independent leader in secure cloud-led digital transformation across the public and private sectors.

Each business will continue to operate under its existing brand, while offering customers the full portfolio of offerings from across the extended group.

Founded in 1996, ANS’s 270 team members enable customers on their digital transformation journey to public cloud. ANS is a key partner to Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Founded in 1998, UKFast is a leader in private cloud hosting and security services with over 6,000 customers and has a fast-growing public cloud offering. Both companies have industry leading customer satisfaction metrics, and together will be focused on deepening the skilled resources available to customer organisations working with increasingly complex IT landscapes.

As a new UK national tech champion, the combined group will launch a Digital Academy and enhanced apprenticeship programmes, and plans to hire more than 100 new staff over the remainder of 2021 to meet the strong market demand for digital technology and transformation skills.

Working with Dan, Kevin and the rest of the Liberty team was like working with an extension of ANS. Experts in every area we needed them to be and more, they delivered each bit of advice professionally, but more importantly comprehensibly in a way we could easily understand. We wouldn’t consider working with anyone else in future, when we need the ‘Liberty’ services again.

Paul Shannon

It was an absolute pleasure to work with Paul, Chris and the rest of the management team throughout the transaction. We look forward to seeing them continue on their impressive growth trajectory under the new platform with the support of Inflexion Private Equity Partners.

Dan Martinez
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