The leading provider of cloud-enabled managed services to the global capital markets has raised a significant investment by Abry Partners, a Boston-based sector-focused private equity firm, in order to accelerate its growth strategy, pursue strategic M&A targets, invest further in the firm’s technology platform and expand Options’ reach in key financial centers globally.
Founded in 1993 as a hedge fund technology services provider, Options has expanded rapidly in recent years to now employ 300 globally with offices across the US, London, Belfast, Hong Kong, Singapore, Toronto, Dublin, Geneva, and Auckland. In 2000, Founder and co-CEO Nigel Knifsey developed and launched the Options PIPE platform, Options’ global private cloud services platform.
Danny Moore, President and CEO at Options, commented: “We are thrilled to announce Abry’s investment in Options. They are a firm with a proven track record in partnering with growth firms and propelling them to the next level. Even more crucially, they are seasoned operators in the financial services and Managed IT space and understand the exciting opportunities within reach of firms offering cloud services to the capital markets sector. We look forward to working with Abry as we continue to lead the market in the delivery of complex IT infrastructure, colocation services, and specialized financial applications.”
Tomer Yosef-Or, a Partner at Abry, said: “We are excited to be able to help the Options team accelerate their efforts to become one of the leading Managed Service Providers globally. Abry believes the ever-changing IT landscape will provide multiple opportunities for Options to continue to expand its services and strengthen its strong partnerships with customers. We intend to leverage our significant capital and experience in the IT infrastructure and managed services space to help the Options team build a highly sophisticated, customer-centric, global platform.”
Abry Partners is a premier media, communications, internet infrastructure, business, and information services-focused private equity investment firm. This investment in Options adds to their growing portfolio of companies in the Managed Service Provider sector.
The Options platform was designed to minimize what the founder viewed as systemic inefficiencies in the financial sector’s IT implementation practices. The platform is a comprehensive infrastructure-as-a-service platform for financial services firms. Since 2000, Options has expanded into North America and Asia and now provides private cloud services to over 250 firms globally.