Oakley Capital invests vLex, a cloud-based legal information platform

LONDON, UK: Oakley Capital, the pan-European private equity investor, announced that Oakley Capital Origin Fund is partnering with the founders of vLex, a cloud-based legal information subscription platform.

Founded by brothers Lluis and Angel Faus and headquartered in London, Miami and Barcelona, vLex provides over two million users with access to an online library of global legal and regulatory information including case law, legislation, journals and dockets from over 100 countries.

vLex’s scalable and smart data ingestion process, coupled with AI-powered search engine functionality makes research and analysis faster and easier, increasing productivity for users. The Company’s diverse customer base includes law firms, universities and law schools, government agencies and corporates across Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean, and the Americas

vLex has consistently generated double-digit revenue growth in recent years, thanks to strong management, a differentiated product offering and market tailwinds. The Company expects profits to grow more than 20% this year. The global LegalTech market is worth $21 billion and 

growing as legal information users digitalise their business models further and amid the growing complexity and internationalisation of laws and regulations.

Oakley’s partnership with vLex builds on the firm’s significant expertise supporting digital-first, data and information platforms including TechInsights, the world’s authoritative information services platform for the global semiconductor industry.

It is also Oakley’s fourth platform deal in Iberia, following the firm’s investments in property portal idealista, business software provider Grupo Primavera, and advertising technology disruptor Seedtag.

Oakley’s latest investment will help vLex’s management accelerate their strategic goal of building a cost-effective leader in the fragmented market for legal research, through organic growth and M&A.

Oakley Capital Founder and Managing Partner, Peter Dubens, commented: “vLex has all the hallmarks of an Oakley deal: a fast-growing, disruptive business model in a niche sector, led by ambitious business-founders. We look forward to partnering with Lluis and Angel to help them build a successful product in the global market for legal information vLex Co-Founders Lluis & Angel Faus said: “Oakley has a strong track record helping successful, tech-enabled businesses grow, through internationalisation, product optimisation and buy-and-build, both in Spain and abroad. We particularly liked their entrepreneurial ethos and heritage, and look forward to working with the Oakley team as we deliver on our strategic objectives for vLex.”

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