Private-equity firm Aquiline Capital Partners is buying compliance-software maker RIA in a Box LLC — a sign that deals in the regulatory technology field and tech focused on registered investment advisors specifically are likely to pick up.
“This is a very interesting purchase and shows this industry space is maturing,” said Tim Welsh, head of the consultancy Nexus Strategy, in an interview. “Regtech is hot!”
The purchase of RIA in a Box also indicates “that there are more investments to come [as] the independent RIA industry is growing fast and [RIAs] need more technology, tools and resources,” Welsh explained. “Those serving them are going to rise to the top.”
According to the research group CB Insights, the global demand for regulatory, compliance and governance software could top $118 billion by 2020. That’s because less than 17% of firms have adopted regtech solutions.
“But regtech companies that can help firms navigate through compliance-related pain points are gaining traction, and have raised over $6.2 billion across approximately 680 equity investments since 2013,” CB Insights explained.
“This is a really big deal,” said blogger and advisor Michael Kitces on Twitter. “@RIAInABox was a 3-peat winner of Best in Show for the @orionadvisor #FUSE hackathon. RIA #RegTech is going to be getting a lot more attention now…”