Equistone

22 December 2016

Apogee acquires leading digital document services provider CityDocs

Equistone Partners Europe-backed Apogee Managed Services has completed the acquisition of the CityDocs group of companies, one of the UK’s leading specialist providers of in-house and outsourced print and digital document services.


Based in the City of London with additional operations in Manchester, CityDocs delivers digital document scanning, processing, hosting and full reprographic services on a project or ongoing basis. CityDocs’ specialist legal document services operation is a market leading provider of forensic technology, eDisclosure and eBibles to London-based firms, chambers and in-house counsel, whilst CityDocs’ managed print services team provide office and production print technology, supported through its own in-house service operations. Also within the group is Willow Graphics, CityDocs’ visual communications operation which provides creative services, large format and digital printing.


Jason Collins, Apogee Joint CEO said “CityDocs has a fantastic reputation for secure, responsive and expert specialist services all around the digital or paper document and this is perfectly in line with Apogee’s strategy. The quality of service and the 24/7 capabilities the CityDocs operations have to support clients is really impressive, and the new eDisclosure technology is clearly the way forward for all professional services, not just legal. This is a terrific business that Peter Lawson and his team have built and I’m very excited about how we can develop the business further now it is part of the Apogee group.”


Peter Lawson, CityDocs’ Managing Director commented “I’m very proud of what the team at CityDocs have achieved. We have built a great services-focussed company and such good relationships with so many of our clients, we have become the partner they can rely upon. Now it’s time to take what we have to the next level with Apogee. Our clients will have access to more solutions and the impressive scale and power of Apogee’s Managed Services operation, and our specialist digital document services, particularly forensic technology, document processing and eDisclosure will be of great value to Apogee’s existing clients.”


This is the third acquisition by Apogee since Equistone invested in September. Acquisitions in Wales and Germany earlier in the year have since been followed by Scotland, Ireland and now City Docs. Apogee will continue to make further strategic acquisitions to drive growth in the UK and Europe.