Macfarlanes advises Hayfin on sale of Autovista Group to J.D. Power

14 September 2023

Macfarlanes has advised long-term client Hayfin Capital Management (Hayfin) on the sale of Autovista Group to J.D. Power, a global leader in data analytics.

Hayfin, a leading alternative asset management firm, currently owns Autovista Group, a leading pan-European and Australian automotive data, analytics and industry insights provider.

Founded in 2009, Hayfin has circa €30 billion in assets under management. Hayfin focuses on delivering attractive risk-adjusted returns for its investors across its private debt, liquid credit and private equity solutions businesses.

Through its five leading brands - Autovista, Eurotax, Glass’s, Schwacke and Rødboka - Autovista Group standardises and categorises hundreds of technical attributes for virtually every vehicle produced in the European and Australian markets, providing clients with a 360-degree view of detailed vehicle data for use in valuations, forecasts and repair estimates.

The deal creates strong value for customers of Autovista Group and J.D. Power by bringing together Autovista Group’s comprehensive European and Australian market intelligence with J.D. Power’s market-leading predictive analytics and valuation and customer experience datasets.

Autovista Group’s senior leadership and its 700 employees will continue with the company and will become J.D. Power’s automotive data and analytics platform for Europe and Australia.

The Macfarlanes team was led by corporate and M&A partner Alex Edmondson with senior associate San-Marie Saaiman and associates Jessica Tang and Gurpreet Ballagun. Tax advice was provided by partner Ceinwen Rees, senior counsel Shaul Steinberg, senior associate Joe Robinson and associate Sam Pettinger-Harte.