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Defaqto executives could face fight to secure MBO

Members of Defaqto’s executive team look set to battle for control of the technology firm after receiving a 5m bid from a third party.

The executive team are understood to be planning a management buyout, which is said to be imminent.

International venture capital firm 3i has a 34 per cent stake in the business after providing an undisclosed capi- tal injection in 1998 but is understood to be looking for an exit strategy.

Defaqto has been aggressively promoting its Aequos Online and Aequos Engage services to the distribution market, offering free mass licences to several big networks and service providers.

Defaqto spokesman Chris Johnston says: “Our company has been really successful over the last year, with more subscribers to our Aequos systems than ever before. We are not surprised people have taken an interest in the company but we cannot comment further on market speculation.”

3i spokeswoman Karoliina Heimo says: “I am afraid we cannot comment on the market speculation around Defaqto.”

SimplyBiz marketing director Matthew Timmins says: “We chose Defaqto because of the strength of their Engage product and the quality of their post-sales service. As long as these are maintained to the same high quality standard, then any changes in management structure or ownership do not concern us.”


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