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DWF advises on sale of global risk intelligence business

01 June 2022

DWF, the global provider of integrated legal and business services, has advised the shareholders of Leeds-based Crisp Thinking Group on its sale to US headquartered Kroll.

Crisp is a global risk intelligence business. Its comprehensive suite of risk intelligence solutions serve the enterprise needs of digital marketing, communications, social media, trust & safety, security and compliance customers across the globe. 

The business was founded in 2005, with a platform to identify online harms against children. Since then, it has expanded its Real-time Risk Intelligence capabilities to help protect brands, assets and people from reputational damage, security threats and online harms. 

Kroll is headquartered in New York, with over 5,000 experts around the world and provides proprietary data, technology and insights related to risk, governance and growth. 

DWF's legal advisory team advised the shareholder base on the sale, which included senior management, Baird Capital (who invested in Crisp in 2018) as well as over 200 of Crisp’s employees who took equity and joined in the transaction. 

The team included corporate and tax DWF partners Lester Wilson, Wendy Harrison, James Cashman and John Toon, senior associates Matthew Judge, associate Graham Tait and Alex Tolcher, and trainee solicitor Gemma Nicol.

Lester Wilson said: "We have acted for Crisp since 2006 and have seen it evolve from a start up to a world leader in risk intelligence. Crisp is a great strategic fit with Kroll and this transaction represents a great return for shareholders and employees. That so many of those employees have been able to participate in this deal is testament to the management team's vision and leadership."

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