Nasdaq completes buyout of venture-backed Verafin

Nasdaq has completed its acquisition of Verafin, a provider of anti-financial crime management solutions based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Nasdaq has completed its acquisition of Verafin, a provider of anti-financial crime management solutions based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The deal, announced last year, reflected a purchase price of $2.75 billion. Verafin’s prior investors included Spectrum Equity, Information Venture Partners, Northleaf Capital Partners, BDC Capital and Teralys Capital.


NEW YORK and ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland and Labrador, Feb. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nasdaq, Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ), a global technology company, announced today the completion of its acquisition of Verafin, an industry pioneer in anti-financial crime management solutions. The agreement to acquire Verafin was announced on November 19, 2020.

The transaction accelerates Nasdaq’s ongoing evolution into a leading SaaS technology provider and significantly strengthens its existing regulatory and anti-financial crime solutions. Looking ahead, Verafin’s capabilities will be expanded to service a global ecosystem of Tier-1 and Tier-2 banks and broker-dealers, many of which currently leverage Nasdaq’s technology to detect market manipulation and abuse.

“At Nasdaq, we believe that fair, secure and transparent markets are vital to creating strong economies that move the world forward,” said Adena Friedman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nasdaq. “Nasdaq’s global reach combined with Verafin’s powerful analytics, robust data insights, and innovative investigation tools, will create a next generation suite of solutions to fight financial crime and promote integrity throughout the financial ecosystem. We are thrilled to welcome Verafin’s talented employees into the Nasdaq family and look forward to supporting local institutions in Newfoundland and Labrador to promote continued innovation.”

Verafin will continue to operate in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador as a stand-alone organization aligned with Nasdaq’s Market Technology business. Verafin’s existing executive leadership team will continue to lead the company.

Financial Considerations:
As previously disclosed in Nasdaq’s press release on November 19, 2020 regarding the acquisition of Verafin, the inclusion of Verafin increases the growth potential of Nasdaq, resulting in management’s outlook for organic revenue growth in the Market Technology business of 13-16% CAGR over the medium-term (3-5 years), and an increase to its outlook for the broader Solutions Segments businesses to achieve a 6-9% organic revenue CAGR over the medium-term.

Nasdaq is now updating its outlook for the organic growth in non-GAAP operating expenses over the medium-term to 3-6% up from the 2-4% amount previously announced, reflecting the strong growth expectations of Verafin and our combined anti-financial crime technology offering.

Nasdaq includes acquisitions in its organic growth calculations after they have been part of Nasdaq for 12 months, and as such, Verafin’s impacts on organic revenue and non-GAAP expense growth will begin in the first quarter of 2022.

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About Verafin
Verafin, a Nasdaq company, is an industry leader in enterprise Financial Crime Management solutions, providing a cloud-based, secure software platform for Fraud Detection and Management, BSA/AML Compliance and Management, High-Risk Customer Management and Information Sharing. Over 2,000 banks and credit unions use Verafin to effectively fight financial crime and comply with regulations. Leveraging its robust big data intelligence, visual storytelling and collaborative investigation capabilities, Verafin can significantly reduce false positive alerts, deliver context-rich insights and streamline the daunting BSA/AML compliance processes that financial institutions face today. Verafin is the exclusive provider for Texas Bankers Association, Western Bankers Association, Florida Bankers Association, Massachusetts Bankers Association, and CUNA Strategic Services, with industry endorsements in 48 U.S. states. Visit, email or call 866.781.8433.