Transaction

Clearwater advises Mayfair on raising debt facilities to support the investment in Jonckers

Transaction

Mayfair Equity Partners on its investment in Jonckers

Acquisition Finance

Undisclosed

Role

Adviser to Mayfair on raising debt facilities to support the investment in Jonckers

Sector

Tech & Tech Services

Region

UK

Clearwater has advised Mayfair Equity Partners on raising debt facilities to support the majority acquisition of Jonckers, a leading tech-enabled language services provider, and to accelerate growth.

Founded in 1994, Jonckers is a leading LSP that employs over 150 people across the UK, US, EU, and Asia and has a longstanding, global blue chip client base including Microsoft, Adobe, and Amazon. The company is led by Silke Zschweigert (CEO) and Dominic Kinnon (COO), who joined in 2019 and have over four decades of language services industry experience between them. Under their leadership, Jonckers has delivered substantial top and bottom-line growth, providing translation services across Europe and Asia, while rapidly expanding in its largest market, North America.

Jonckers’ growth has been driven by its proprietary technology platform WordsOnline, which utilises AI-powered processes to translate content five times faster and at half the cost of traditional translation services. WordsOnline is disrupting the LSP market and is part of a broader trend where the adoption of AI and an increasing demand for localised content are creating favourable sector tailwinds. Current estimates are that the LSP industry is growing at 6% per annum and is expected to reach a value of c.£64bn (c.$80 bn) by 2025.

Working in close partnership, Jonckers and Mayfair will focus on a number of value accretive growth opportunities including investment in product and technology innovation, driving commercial and customer success, and growing Jonckers’ international presence. Mayfair and Jonckers also see an opportunity for the Company to become a consolidator in the industry and are seeking exciting bolt-on acquisitions to diversify Jonckers’ service offering and market reach.

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Mayfair has an impressive track record of helping technology-driven companies scale up and we’re pleased to be partnering with them to deliver Jonckers’ exciting growth plan. This will include new product innovation, further internationalisation, organic growth, and a significant focus on transformative M&A. Throughout this, our mission will remain the same: to deliver market-leading translations at the best price, the fastest turnaround and optimal quality levels, so that our customers can go global faster.

Silke Zschweigert, CEO, Jonckers
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The translation services market has been undergoing a steady digital revolution, with Jonckers leading the way in innovation and client services. By bringing together Jonckers’ unique, AI-powered WordsOnline platform, and Mayfair’s active partnership approach, we have an opportunity to turbo-charge the business’ growth and cement Jonckers’ position as the go-to provider of innovative translation services.

Markus Zejermann, Director, Mayfair Equity Partners

It was a pleasure working with Mayfair in their investment in Jonckers. The company’s strong customer relationships and innovative technology enabled us to secure an attractive debt package to support this investment and their growth plans.

Simon Chambers, Partner, Clearwater

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