Veritas completes acquisition of data and insights firm Wood Mackenzie

Ramzi Musallam, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Veritas Capital

Veritas Capital (Veritas), which is a global investor company at the intersection of technology and government, recently announced that an affiliate of Veritas has completed the purchase of Wood Mackenzie from Verisk. Wood Mackenzie is a globally recognized industry leader that has been providing top notch quality data, analytics, and insights used to power the energy, renewables, and natural resources industry around the world for nearly 50 years.

The acquired company will be led by Mark Brinin, who was promoted from Co-President to Chief Executive Officer. Joe Levesque was appointed as President & Chief Operating Officer.

What is the market offering of Wood Mackenzie?

The Wood Mackenzie Lens© platform enables world class analytics and insights to drive critical decision making for the company’s longstanding variety of clients that operate at the leading edge of the rapidly evolving energy sector. Wood Mackenzie as a company operates at the nexus of current energy industry tailwinds, offering clients leading energy data and analytics with the bold purpose of transforming the way the planet and the world at large is powered.

Mark Brinin, Chief Executive Officer for Wood Mackenzie said, “We are thoroughly excited to embark on the next chapter for Wood Mackenzie in partnership with Veritas Capital. To be returning to our roots as a standalone company and partnering with a firm with Veritas’ track record places us in a unique and enviable peer group that will guarantee definite success.”

Mark Brinin, Chief Executive Officer of Wood Mackenzie

“In Veritas, we have found a strategic partner that will enable us to realise greater value for our customers, both in mature markets we have served for the last five decades, as well as in the evolving power and renewables sector which is currently driving the global energy transition.”

What does the transaction mean for Veritas Capital?

Veritas Capital brings deep sector knowledge and operational expertise to Wood Mackenzie. As a premier and long time investor in technology and technology-enabled companies that provide critical products, software, and services to government and commercial customers worldwide, Veritas will assist Wood Mackenzie as it continues to play a critical and important role in accelerating the global transition to a more sustainable future for all it’s customers.

“We are excited to welcome Wood Mackenzie to the Veritas portfolio and partner with the team to drive its next phase of growth. Building on its decades of leadership and innovation in the energy industry, Wood Mackenzie is well positioned to expand and enhance the critical insights provided to its growing customer base across the entire energy and renewables value chain.” said Ramzi Musallam, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Veritas Capital.

Morgan Stanley acted as financial advisors and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP served as legal counsel to Verisk in connection with the transaction. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP served as legal counsel to Veritas Capital. These were the main acquisition transaction representatives.


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