The Search Fund Arcadio Capital acquires LIBNOVA: the global leader in digital preservation

Translation of elEconomista newspaper aticle.

Arcadio Investments, the search fund created with the purpose of facilitating generational transition for a spanish SME business owner, has acquired the software company Libnova.

Libnova is the global leader in digital preservation with a presence in 20 countries across five continents. The investment firm, supported by Arada Capital Partners, has completed its acquisition after evaluating over 1,000 Spanish companies across multiple sectors.

The founder and CEO of Arcadio Investments, Jacobo Vera, has assumed the role of the new CEO of the Spanish company, specializing in supporting businesses and organizations in safeguarding their digital content. The co-founder of Libnova, Guillermo Martínez, remains as a shareholder alongside Arada Capital Partners and other American and European investors. Furthermore, he will continue to be involved in the new phase of the company.

Following the investment, Jacobo Vera has initiated an ambitious growth plan. “The expansion of digital preservation is unstoppable, and our goal is to ensure that our product reaches every corner of the world,” explains Vera to “We are already market leaders, but we aim for more. We will strengthen our teams to continue delivering the service our customers expect, further enhance our products, and expand our international presence.”

Founded in 2009, Libnova’s mission is to proactively and systematically safeguard digital content, ensuring its accessibility, usability, and authenticity over time. The company, with over 70 clients, generates 65% of its revenue internationally, with the United States leading in revenue contribution at over 40% of the total.

Among its clientele, Libnova boasts prominent public and private institutions globally, including the British Library, Stanford University, Princeton University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, and organizations like Bayer, CERN, and the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2021, Libnova was selected for the Archiver project, funded by the European Union and led by CERN, to develop a solution for preserving large-scale research data sets. As a result, this year, the company has been nominated as a candidate for the European Technology Award in the category of R&D, with the winners to be announced in late 2023.

Javier Puig, investor and advisor of Arada Capital Partners, explains, “We have been studying the digital preservation industry for some time, and the market fundamentals are very positive. With this operation, Arada Capital Partners expands and diversifies its portfolio. The private equity managed by Tressis operates in five different geographical regions. Among its ongoing operations, one that stands out due to its advanced stage is the acquisition of an internationally oriented industrial company based in Portugal.

Arada Capital Partners has a current portfolio of 17 search funds operating in five different geographic regions (Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, and the United Kingdom). and two portfolio companies: IESMAT, a Spanish leader in applied technological solutions, and Libnova, the company mentioned in this article.

The consolidation of Search Funds as a strong asset class

In this new interview conducted by Capital & Corporate we delve into how Search Funds offer various advantages to both investors and searchers, and why are Search Funds becoming a stablished asset class.

Historically, investor returns have exceeded 30%, outperforming comparable private equity asset classes. The sector is experiencing significant growth, allowing investors to build diversified portfolios and allocate substantial amounts of capital. In addition, Search Funds allow investors like Arada Capital Partners SCR to play a more active role in the companies in which they invest, leveraging their experience and expertise.

The Search Funds model offers clear advantages to searchers. First, it allows them to own, manage and grow an established company. Secondly, seekers can benefit from the guidance and support of experienced investors. Finally, they have the opportunity to earn a significant share of the total capital while aligning their objectives with those of the investors.

Search funds whet investor appetite

We are delighted to have been able to collaborate with Capital & Corporate on the publication of this article in the latest issue of their magazine. We agree with them that Search Funds are a fascinating asset class, not only for investors, but also for entrepreneurs around the world.

The below article published by Capital & Corporate, a reference for private equity and M&A professionals in Spain, explains to professional investors how Search Funds connects experienced entrepreneurs with investors, and how this model is emerging as the new asset class for investing in SMEs.

Positioned by many somewhere between venture capital and traditional private equity, Search Funds offers average returns of 30% by investing in operational companies with proven business models. With over 40 registered search funds, Spain is positioning itself as one of the leading markets globally, thanks to its strong presence in the low middle market.

In the article, Arada Capital Partners, as an international institutional investor with presence in various geograhies, discusses the advantages of the Search Fund model and why it is a very interesting vehicle for both investors and highly qualified entrepreneurs.

Search Fund ecosystem contiunes to develop rapidly in Europe

The Search Fund ecosystem continues to develop rapidly in Europe. More and more media are interested in knowing more about the model and understanding better the characteristics that make it unique: collaborative environment, alignment of interests and efforts between searcher-management-investors, market niche with great growth opportunities…

At Arada Capital Partners we are very proud to help in the development and professionalization of the model. Last week Javier Puig had the opportunity to introduce the Search Fund model on TV by the hand of Negocios TV, a Spanish TV channel very focused on business and economics.


For those who speak Spanish, please find attached the video in case it is of your interest.

Arada Capital Partners | Support, guide, mentor and invest in Search Funds

Arada Capital Partners invests through Search funds in solid and profitable companies with a history of growth, with the aim of implementing a strategic plan and looking for an exit after a few years.

We invest with the objective of getting involved and add value in everything that is necessary for the Search Funds. Our goal is to have a limited number of exceled Search Funds in our portfolio, allowing us to provide the maximum added value to each of them in a personalized way, and therefore acquire great businesses with even greater management.

We support, guide, mentor and invest in Search Funds

Bring maximum value to both our Search Funds and Investors

We want to add value to the Search Funds. We invest willing to help and support during all stages and for this we make available to the Search Funds in which we invest a wide variety of resources:

  • During the search of opportunities, Arada Capital Partners aims to help entrepreneurs in the search by providing the necessary tools, contacts and framework to maximize their potential.
  • Arada Capital Partners, with its M&A expertise, strongly helps Search Funds during both the acquisition and sell process. We help with the structuring of the bilateral or competitive process, preparing a valuation model, due diligence organization, VDR preparation, site visits organization, preparation of management presentations, preparation of legal documents, and in any other tasks that the Searchers might need help with.
  • Arada Capital Partners provides to the new management, through its multidisciplinary management and advisory team, support, guidance and mentoring to the Searchers and the company acquired.

We invest globally, with a special focus in Europe and the UK

Deal by Deal Analysis: potential investments will be analyzed objectively and in isolation, regardless of which sectors or countries are already active in the Arada Capital Partners portfolio.

The Search Funds in which we invest looks for and acquires solid and profitable companies with a solid growth trajectory. Jointly with the Search Funds, we aim of implement a strategic plan and expand the acquired companies to a next level.

  • The Search Funds seeks to give continuity to the fundamental pillars of the success of the acquired company, building on the founder’s legacy with the help and advice of its investors to materialize the next phase of growth.

In addition, Arada Capital Partners invests in sustainable companies that generate a positive impact on society (oriented towards ESG impact).