The €2.80 a share offer represents a 35 per cent premium on vwd’s weighted average market price for the last three months.
Shareholders holding more than 90 per cent of the group’s shares have already committed to tender their stakes to Carlyle.
Carlyle said it would make the deal primarily through its €530m growth fund Carlyle Europe Technology Partners II launched in 2007.
vwd group provides market data and applications for private and retail banking, asset and wealth management.
Its subsidiary European Derivatives Group is a provider of risk assessment and product ratings in Germany.
Carlyle director Thorsten Dippel said, “Thanks to vwd group’s range of innovative products, it is well positioned in the market and we see further potential for sustainable and profitable growth in the areas of risk assessment and product ratings.
“These applications enable vwd group’s customers to comply with investors’ and regulatory requirements.
“vwd group is also well positioned to benefit from Carlyle’s international resources and our global network in vwd’s planned geographic expansion.”
Carlyle’s current investments in the same sector include Belgian financial regulation and compliance reporter FRS Global and UK-based trade monitoring technology provider ITRS Group.
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