EQT closes second Ventures fund, securing commitments totaling EUR 660 million

  • One of Europe’s largest VC funds, bringing EQT Ventures’ total capital raised to just over EUR 1.2 billion
  • Data-driven approach with Motherbrain continues to transform VC investment process
  • Team of founders and operators ensures hands-on support for bold, ambitious European and US founders

EQT today announced the successful closing of EQT Ventures II (or the “Fund”), securing commitments totaling EUR 660 million, of which approximately EUR 620 million are fee paying, just 3.5 years after EQT Ventures I launched. The Fund is one of the largest European venture capital (“VC”) funds and demand from both existing and new investors was strong.

EQT Ventures II will build on the multi-stage strategy of its predecessor fund EQT Ventures I, which secured commitments totaling EUR 566 million in 2016, investing in the next generation of ambitious founders and building global winners out of Europe. In addition to partnering early on with bold European founders (typically at Series A and B funding rounds), the Fund will continue to bridge the US and Europe, providing support and capital for US founders (typically at Series B and C rounds) keen to scale into Europe. Motherbrain, EQT’s proprietary in-house developed artificial intelligence system that helps source attractive investments, will also remain central to the Fund’s strategy.

Born inside the EQT Ventures advisory team and spun out to its own dedicated team in 2016, Motherbrain is managed as a start-up inside EQT. Keeping track of millions of companies every day, Motherbrain enables the EQT Ventures advisory team to assess companies faster, improve assessment accuracy and spend more time on the right companies earlier. The self-learning platform is involved in prioritizing and evaluating all potential investments and deeply integrated throughout the sourcing process. Five EQT Ventures’ portfolio companies have been sourced by Motherbrain so far – Peakon, Handshake, AnyDesk, Warducks and Standard Cognition.

The EQT Ventures advisory team, consisting of former founders and entrepreneurs from companies such as Spotify, King, Booking.com, Lithium, Huddle and Hotels.com, supports portfolio companies in a wide range of disciplines. These include product, marketing and communications, engineering, analytics, user experience, international expansion, sales, partnerships and finance.

With advisory teams in Stockholm, London, San Francisco, Amsterdam and Berlin, EQT Ventures’ “local-with-locals” approach and hands-on support for founders started to produce strong results early on. Just 2.5 years after its launch, the EQT Ventures I fund had its first exit when it sold its stake in mobile games company Small Giant Games to leading social games developer Zynga Inc. (Nasdaq: ZNGA) in a deal valued at USD 700 million.

Hjalmar Winbladh, Partner at EQT Partners and Investment Advisor to the EQT Ventures funds, commented: “Building a global success story requires more than just capital. It requires grit, ambition, teamwork and support from people who have experienced the start-up journey firsthand. Being a large multi-stage investor, the EQT Ventures advisory team supports and coaches entrepreneurs on their journeys so they can scale and deliver long-term sustainable growth. Europe has never lacked ambition, talent or innovation but compared with the US, European start-ups have often struggled to access the capital they needed to grow from bright ideas into proven businesses. With this fund, EQT Ventures wants to continue to close this funding gap and its size is clear evidence of the growing confidence in European tech, which is punching above its weight. The team is looking forward to partnering with more of the boldest founders in Europe and the US.”

Christian Sinding, CEO and Managing Partner of EQT Partners, added: “Digital innovation is reshaping industries by disrupting existing business and operating models. This presents an opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs keen to transform every sector imaginable. With the EQT Ventures advisory team’s deep experience of founding and supporting start-ups, they are ideally positioned to support the next wave of founders and this is evident in the superb performance of the first fund. We are proud of what the team has achieved so far and looking forward to the next stage of EQT Ventures’ journey.”

EQT Ventures II is backed by a global blue-chip investor base consisting of, among others, pension funds, insurance companies, financial institutions, foundations and family offices. Backing from new and existing investors from Europe, the US and Asia, highlights the growing confidence in European tech start-ups and talent.

Recent additions to EQT Ventures’ portfolio include Einride (USD 25 million Series A), BEAT81 (EUR 6.4 million Series A) and Standard Cognition (USD 35 million Series B).

EQT Ventures’ dedicated investment advisory team will continue to leverage the global network of EQT’s advisors and global platform, as well as the proven governance model and growth-focused approach to drive performance.

The fundraising for the Fund has now closed. Accordingly, the foregoing should in no way be treated as any form of offer or solicitation to subscribe for or make any commitments for or in respect of any securities or other interests or to engage in any other transaction.

Lucy Wimmer, Communications Partner, EQT Ventures, lucy@eqtventures.com, +44 7551 289 177
EQT Press Office, press@eqtpartners.com, +46 8 506 55 334

About EQT Ventures
EQT Ventures is a multi-stage VC fund that partners with the most ambitious and boldest founders in Europe and the US. The fund is based in Luxembourg and has investment advisors stationed in Stockholm, Amsterdam, London, San Francisco and Berlin. Fuelled by some of Europe’s most experienced company builders and scalers, EQT Ventures helps the next generation of entrepreneurs with the capital and hands on support needed to build global winners.

More info: www.eqtventures.com
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About EQT
EQT is a differentiated global investment organization with more than EUR 62 billion in raised capital and around EUR 41 billion in assets under management across 20 active funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia and the US with total sales of more than EUR 21 billion and approximately 127,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership.

More info: www.eqtgroup.com
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EQT brings in GIC as minority partner in Anticimex


  • EQT brings in GIC, a large institutional investor, in a 9.9% minority stake sale in Anticimex
  • With the partnership, Anticimex aims to internationalize the shareholder base and accelerate further growth and expansion in Asia
  • EQT remains as controlling owner and continues to support Anticimex in becoming the global leader in preventive pest control

The EQT VI fund (“EQT VI”) today announced the decision to bring in GIC as a minority partner through a 9.9% stake sale in Anticimex (“the Company”), in a transaction valuing the Company at approximately EUR 3.6 billion. GIC will hold the same mix of instruments as EQT.

Founded in 1934 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Anticimex is a leading global specialist within pest control, operating in 154 branches in 18 countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the US. Since acquired by EQT VI in 2012, Anticimex has transformed from a Nordic services conglomerate into a global player and a market leader in digital pest control. During the ownership period, EQT has backed Anticimex’ organic growth trajectory and ambitious buy-and-build strategy, completing over 200 add-on acquisitions worldwide. EQT has also supported the launch of the Company’s digital and environmentally friendly pest control monitoring system, “Anticimex SMART”.

By bringing in GIC as a minority partner, EQT aims to internationalize the Company’s shareholder base and accelerate Anticimex’ regional expansion in the Asian markets through GIC’s global networks. Anticimex plans to leverage its local know-how and experience to replicate its successful go-to-market strategy across Asia.

Per Franzén, Partner at EQT Partners and Investment Advisor to EQT VI, commented: “EQT is pleased to welcome GIC as a new investor and business partner that can help strengthen Anticimex’ position in Asia. Anticimex will now continue its journey towards becoming the global leader in preventive pest control with further international expansion and investments in the next generation of digital pest control technologies. Bringing in investors like GIC is part of EQT’s continuous effort to internationalize Anticimex’ shareholder base and strengthen the Company with value-adding partners.”

Jarl Dahlfors, CEO of Anticimex. added: “Anticimex has grown tremendously together with EQT and we see attractive opportunities to continue expanding our business globally. Adding GIC, a well-respected investor with deep roots in Asia, gives us an even stronger foundation in Asia. We are well positioned to continue our historic growth and margin improvements.”

During EQT’s ownership period, Anticimex has almost quadrupled its revenues and increased operating earnings by six times.

The transaction is expected to be completed during Q4 2019.

Per Franzén, Partner at EQT Partners and Investment Advisor to EQT VI, +46 8 506 55 300
EQT Press Office, +46 8 506 55 334

About EQT
EQT is a differentiated global investment organization with more than EUR 62 billion in raised capital and around EUR 40 billion in assets under management across 19 active funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia and the US with total sales of more than EUR 21 billion and approximately 127,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership.

More info: www.eqtgroup.com
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About Anticimex
Anticimex is a leading global specialist in preventive pest control with operations in 18 countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the US with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. With its approximately 6,000 employees, Anticimex serves around 3 million customers across the globe and offers a broad range of preventive pest control solutions, including the digital solution Anticimex SMART and pest insurance.

More info: www.anticimex.com

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Bruin Sports Capital announces strategic partnership with CVC Capital Partners and the Jordan Company

Deal gives Bruin access to billions in capital, plus a global network of resources from the partners

Bruin Sports Capital (Bruin), the privately held global investing, operating and holding company today announced a wide-ranging, long-term strategic partnership with renowned private equity firms CVC Capital Partners (CVC) and The Jordan Company (TJC), to build best-in-class sports and entertainment companies. The deal gives Bruin access to billions in capital, plus a global network of resources from the partners beginning with an initial combined investment for $600 million from CVC Fund VII and TJC’s Resolute Fund IV.

“We are extremely proud to have the partnership and support of CVC Capital Partners and The Jordan Company, not only for what it says about our progress but also what it means for our businesses and future opportunities,” said George Pyne. “To be able to say to a partner that on top of our track record and user-friendly model, we can tap into all the capital and global resources necessary to accelerate their business is quite powerful. This begins the next chapter for Bruin, on an even much bigger and more global scale.”

Founded in 2015 by George Pyne, Bruin invests in, acquires, and builds leading-edge, global sports and entertainment companies. It supports owners and CEOs to achieve the full potential for their assets, bringing its resources and capabilities, backed by decades of experience in transforming businesses in a variety of sports and entertainment segments worldwide. The new partnership builds on this as Bruin can access the deep capital and resources of CVC, a leading global private equity firm with 24 offices around the globe and TJC, a US middle-market private equity firm with 37 years of experience managing funds invested in a wide range of industries.

Today, Bruin companies operate across five continents and engage billions of consumers. They include Deltatre, the industry leader in media technology products and services, On Location Experiences, a joint venture with the NFL to deliver premium sports and entertainment experiences and services to more than 1,000 events per year, Engine Shop, a leading sports and entertainment marketing agency that produces thousands of brand experiences annually, Soulsight, an award-winning brand strategy and design agency that leads product innovation for dozens of Fortune 100 brands and OverTier, which operates direct-to-consumer premium streaming services worldwide.

“George and his team have built an impressive franchise, and we are delighted to be partnering with them to invest in and develop high-growth, high-performing global sports and entertainment companies,” said Chris Stadler, Managing Partner at CVC Capital Partners. “Our extensive European network and deep experience in sports, media, and entertainment ideally complement Bruin’s impressive existing platform.”

“We are excited to partner with George, an extremely talented leader with an exceptional track record of business transformation, that continues with Bruin Sports Capital,” said Rich Caputo, Chief Executive Partner of The Jordan Company. “In a sector undergoing fundamental shifts to the way it does business, he and the team have demonstrated a unique ability to uncover potential and turn it into significant value. We are going to provide the full gamut of our resources to Bruin and the partnership, and we look forward to great things ahead.”

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Funds advised by Apax Partners acquire Lexitas from Trinity Hunt


5 November 2019

Investment to support Lexitas in accelerating growth through geographic and salesforce expansion, technology differentiation and M&A

Houston, Texas and New York, USA, November 5, 2019: Funds advised by Apax Partners (the “Apax Funds”) today announced the acquisition of Lexitas, a leading technology-enabled litigation services provider in the United States, from Trinity Hunt Partners and management / other Lexitas investors. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 1987, Lexitas is a leader in deposition and records retrieval services for law firms, insurers and corporate legal departments. The company serves as a strategic litigation support partner for legal professionals for services including record retrieval, court reporting and legal videography. Lexitas is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and has a network of offices across the US.

The investment by the Apax Funds will support Lexitas in accelerating its growth through geographic and salesforce expansion, technology differentiation, and through strategic M&A.

Gary Buckland, CEO of Lexitas, stated, “We are very excited to partner with the Apax team as Lexitas continues to broaden its reach in the outsourced litigation services market. There is tremendous opportunity to expand the depth and quality of our offerings for our clients while continuing to support growth in the business through strategic acquisitions. We are proud to have partnered with Trinity Hunt in growing Lexitas to where it is today and look forward to an exciting future with Apax.”

Ashish Karandikar, Partner at Apax Partners, said: “Over the past few years, we have prioritized the deposition services and record retrieval market as an attractive investment area due to its growth and resilience during economic downturns. Within this space, Lexitas has established itself as a leading player thanks to its customer service and technology investments. We see numerous levers for growth available to Lexitas, including opportunities to expand into new markets. We look forward to working with Gary and his team to capture this potential.”

Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC served as financial advisor to the Lexitas investors in the transaction, while Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP served as legal advisor. The Apax Funds were advised by William Blair & Co (financial advisor), Ernst & Young (accounting and tax advice) and Kirkland & Ellis LLP (legal counsel).

About Lexitas

Founded in 1987, Lexitas is a leading national provider of litigation support services to law firms and insurance companies. Services include medical record retrieval, court reporting and legal videography. For more information visit www.lexitaslegal.com.

About Apax Partners 

Apax Partners is a leading global private equity advisory firm. Over its more than 40-year history, Apax Partners has raised and advised funds with aggregate commitments of c.$50 billion. The Apax Funds invest in companies across four global sectors of Tech & Telco, Services, Healthcare and Consumer. These funds provide long-term equity financing to build and strengthen world-class companies. For more information see: www.apax.com.

About Trinity Hunt Partners 

Trinity Hunt Partners is a growth-oriented middle-market private equity firm focused on building founder and family-owned growth businesses into market leaders. Since its inception, Trinity Hunt Partners has raised funds with aggregate capital commitments of approximately $775 million. Trinity Hunt Partners has earned a reputation for working effectively with entrepreneurs to provide strategic, operational, and financial expertise to help elevate their companies to the next level of success.  For more information, please visit www.trinityhunt.com.

Media Contacts

For Lexitas

Kayla Lambert | +1 281-469-5580 | Kayla.Lambert@lexitaslegal.com

For Apax Partners

Global Media: Andrew Kenny, Apax | +44 20 7 872 6371 | andrew.kenny@apax.com

USA Media: Todd Fogarty, Kekst CNC | +1 212-521 4854 | apax@kekstcnc.com

UK Media: Matthew Goodman / James Madsen, Greenbrook | +44 20 7952 2000 | apax@greenbrookpr.com

For Trinity Hunt

Kelly Miller | +1 972-716 0500 | kelly.miller@hck2.com

Notes to Editors

London-headquartered Apax Partners (www.apax.com), and Paris-headquartered Apax Partners (www.apax.fr) had a shared history but are separate, independent private equity firms

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3i announces new hires in its Private Equity team


3i announces the hire of Drew Olian as a Director, Jake Shuster as a Senior Associate and Jonas Marciano as an Analyst, reflecting the continued growth of its international team. In addition, Lauren Causon has joined the team as Legal Counsel.

Drew Olian joined 3i on 1 November as a Director based in New York. Drew was previously a Vice President at The Carlyle Group in New York, where he was a senior deal team member in the firm’s mid-market fund investing across a range of sectors including industrials, transportation and logistics, and business services. He brings seven years of experience in private equity investing.

Jake Shuster joined 3i on 3 September as a Senior Associate in the New York office. Previously, Jake worked at Bowery Farming in New York, an indoor agriculture start-up funded by Google. Prior to this, he was an Associate at Golden Gate Capital in San Francisco, where he invested in the healthcare and industrial sectors. Jake started his career at Bain & Company.

Jonas Marciano joined 3i on 2 September as an Analyst in the Paris office. Previously, Jonas was an Investment Analyst at Rothschild & Co, where he focused on private equity co-investments.

Lauren Causon joined 3i on 1 November as Legal Counsel based in London. Lauren is a UK qualified solicitor who previously worked at law firm Kirkland & Ellis. Prior to this, she trained and worked at Travers Smith.

Pieter de Jong and Peter Wirtz, Managing Partners and Co-Heads of Private Equity, commented:

“We would like to welcome our new colleagues. Drew’s experience and track record across sectors will be of significant benefit as we aim to grow our US presence. All four will play an important role in originating and executing new investments as well as platform and bolt-on acquisitions, as the market remains competitive, pricing remains high and we focus on helping our portfolio companies grow internationally.”

In May 2019, the Private Equity business completed its £139 million investment in Magnitude Software Inc, a leading provider of unified application data management solutions. In October 2019, the Private Equity business also completed its c. £215 million investment in Evernex, a leading international provider of third-party maintenance services for data centre infrastructure.

3i has continued to grow portfolio value through its buy-and-build strategy, with 14 portfolio acquisitions over the past 12 months.

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3i is an investment company with two complementary businesses, Private Equity and Infrastructure, specialising in core investment markets in northern Europe and North America. For further information, please visit: www.3i.com

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Activa Capital boosts its investment team with the recruitment of Camille Emin as associate

Activa Capital

Activa Capital, the French private equity firm, is pursuing its development strategy and announces the appointment of Camille Emin as Associate.Camille will reinforce the investment team and bring her expertise in the analysis ofnew investment opportunities. Prior to joining Activa Capital, Camille worked at BNP Paribas as an M&A Analyst for 2 years, after previous workexperience atTransaction R andKBC Bank & Verzekering. Camille, 26, is a graduate of Audencia Nantes Business School and Ecole Centrale Paris.Christophe Parier and Alexandre Masson, Managing Partners at Activa Capital, declare: “We are very happy to welcome Camille to our investment team, which count 13 professionals dedicated to investments. Her arrival strengthens our ability to execute high quality transactions.”

About Activa Capital

Activa Capital is an independent private equity company, owned by its partners, characterized by a proactive strategy of supporting growth (organic and external). It currently manages more than €500 million on behalf of institutional investors by investing in French SMEs and Mid-Caps with high growth potential and an enterprise value ranging between €20 million and €100 million. Activa Capital supports its portfolio companies to accelerate their development and international presence, often through active build-up programs.

To learn more about Activa Capital, visit activacapital.com


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EQT Credit completes unitranche financing for Sykes Cottages


EQT Credit, through its Direct Lending strategy, is pleased to provide committed senior debt facilities to support Vitruvian Partners’ acquisition of Sykes Cottages Holdings Limited (“Sykes” or the “Company”). Proceeds were used to finance the acquisition and refinance the Company’s existing debt as well as provide committed acquisition facilities to support future growth.

Sykes is a leading vacation rental management company, with more than 17,000 exclusively managed properties in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. The business has grown rapidly with significant investment in technology, providing a strong foundation for future expansion.

Paul Johnson, Partner at EQT Partners and Investment Advisor to EQT Credit, commented: “EQT Credit is delighted to be supporting Vitruvian and management as they continue to develop Sykes into one of the leading international players in the vacation rental market. With an exceptional management team and a well-invested technology platform, EQT believes the Company is well positioned to continue its strong growth trajectory. We would like to thank the advisors in the EQT Network, who added their knowledge of the vacation rental industry and provided key support and insight throughout the due diligence process.”

Michael Graham, CFO, at Sykes, commented: “We are very pleased to continue our strong relationship with EQT Credit and look forward to their continued support as we grow and build our business together with Vitruvian Partners.”

Paul Johnson, Partner at EQT Partners, Investment Advisor to EQT Credit
EQT Press Office, +46 8 506 55 334, press@eqtpartners.com

About EQT
EQT is a differentiated global investment organization with more than EUR 62 billion in raised capital and around EUR 40 billion in assets under management across 19 active funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia and the US with total sales of more than EUR 21 billion and approximately 127,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership.

More info: www.eqtgroup.com
Follow EQT on Twitter and LinkedIn

About EQT Credit
EQT Credit invests through three complementary strategies: Senior Debt, Direct Lending, and Special Situations. Since inception, EQT Credit has raised over EUR 7 billion of capital and invested in over 160 companies. EQT Credit’s Direct Lending strategy seeks to provide flexible, long-term debt solutions to support European businesses, across a wide range of sectors. These businesses include privately-owned companies seeking growth capital as well as those that are the subject of private equity-led acquisitions or refinancings.

More info: www.eqtgroup.com/business-segments/credit/strategies/

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CapMan Infra and Telia Company to accelerate roll-out of fibre networks in Finland

CapMan Infra press release
31 October 2019 at 09.00 a.m. EET

CapMan Infra and Telia Company to accelerate roll-out of fibre networks in Finland

CapMan Infra has agreed on a majority investment in a joint venture to be established with Telia Company to invest into and deploy fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure in Finland. The joint venture will acquire Telia Finland’s existing Avoin Kuitu fibre assets and will be one of the largest FTTH network owners and operators in Finland.

One of the key goals in the Finnish Government Programme 2019 is promoting the construction of more extensive optical fibre networks throughout Finland to enable better digital infrastructure and fast broadband access across the country. Achieving this goal requires substantial investments and a reliable operator specialising in the fibre market. CapMan Infra and Telia are rising to the challenge by establishing a joint venture to accelerate the roll-out of fibre infrastructure. The joint venture will take over Telia Finland’s Avoin Kuitu existing FTTH business and increase the pace of investments to make fibre available across Finland. The business currently builds and operates fibre assets primarily in Finnish growth centres and surrounding areas, serving around 12 municipalities.

“Reliable and fast network connections are a core foundation for modern society. They improve quality of life by enabling living and working across the country. The efficient implementation of large investment projects is at the core of our team’s expertise, and the new ownership model with Telia allows us to make long-term commitments to roll-out fibre networks across Finland. We are delighted to work with a market-leading operator to establish a stand-alone open access fibre provider,” comments Harri Halonen, Partner at CapMan Infra.

Global trends and consumption patterns are increasingly driving the need for fast and reliable data connections. Video-on-demand, online gaming and the increasing number of connected devices require fast and reliable network connections, which 4G or even 5G networks are unable to guarantee in the long-term, given the exponential increase in the amount of data being transferred.

“I’m really happy that we have come to this agreement with CapMan Infra which fits very well with Telia Company’s strategy of having superior network connectivity while adding to our commercial success through convergence and great customer experience. The network roll-out will play an important role for Finland to maintain its position at the very forefront of digitalization. This new type of structure with a partnership ties well with our ambition of disciplined allocation where we, case by case and market by market, seek a good balance between the risk and reward and potential future technology shifts as well as short versus long-term thinking,” says Stein-Erik Vellan, Senior Vice President, Head of Telia Finland.

The transaction is expected to close in the beginning of 2020 with completion conditional on customary approvals from competition authorities.

CapMan Infra’s investment focus is core and core+ infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors in the Nordics. CapMan Infra held the first close on its midcap Nordic infrastructure fund in October 2018, and the fund invested in the Norwegian ferry operator Norled earlier this year. The CapMan Infra team comprises 7 investment professionals and operates from Helsinki and Stockholm with a total of 70 years of sector experience. The team has also completed investments on a mandate basis in Nordic infrastructure opportunities.

For further information, please contact:
Harri Halonen, Partner, CapMan Infra, tel. +46 768 71 0062

About CapMan
CapMan is a leading Nordic private asset expert with an active approach to value creation. We offer a wide selection of investment products and services. As one of the Nordic private equity pioneers, we have developed hundreds of companies and real estate assets and created substantial value in these businesses and assets over the past 30 years. With over €3 billion in assets under management, our objective is to provide attractive returns and innovative solutions to investors. We have a broad presence in the unlisted market through our local and specialised teams. Our investment strategies cover Private Equity, Real Estate and Infra. We also have a growing service business that includes procurement services, fundraising advisory, and analysis, reporting and wealth management services. Altogether, CapMan employs 140 people in Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, London, Moscow and Luxembourg. www.capman.com

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Livingstone Technologies agrees to acquire Cloud Optics


Livingstone Technologies agrees to acquire Cloud Optics as part of its continued investment in the Software Lifecycle Management Space

London UK, October 31, 2019 – Livingstone Technologies supported by global investment firm The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) today announces that it has agreed to acquire Cloud Optics as it continues to invest in the Software Lifecycle Management market.

Equity for the investment will come from Carlyle Europe Technology Partners III (“Carlyle”) and reinvestment from the founders and Livingstone Management. Financial terms of the transaction are not disclosed.

Cloud Optics is a leading independent consultancy, providing cloud and software license and consulting services across mega-vendors including Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, SAP and Salesforce.

Cloud Optics’ lifecycle services align perfectly to those already provided by the Livingstone Group, which support global organisations in the public and private sector to procure and govern their IT estate effectively, based on trustworthy data and asset intelligence.  Cloud Optics’ best in class commercial and contractual solutions strengthen the group’s portfolio of services, allowing it to help clients to optimise their software and cloud estates and align them to their actual requirements.

This strategic acquisition will enable Livingstone to assess a client’s current and future software needs to produce an optimal Bill of Material.  It will then support clients through vendor negotiations with benchmarking support services, allowing clients to optimise their licensing, product and contract positions.

This investment represents the fourth significant investment that Carlyle has made in the Software Asset Management (SAM) sector in the last eighteen months, with the previous acquisitions of Livingstone Technologies (UK) enabling the further acquisitions of Siwel (USA) and more recently Derive Logic (UK).

Trevor Rolls, Chairman, Livingstone Group, said: “Livingstone Group will now be able to offer a comprehensive range of services that provides real value and tangible outcomes to our global clients, through the provision of trustworthy data and the intelligence that keeps them compliant. The acquisition of Cloud Optics enables us to deliver the best commercial outcomes from their cloud & software vendors, through our negotiation support services.  These are truly exciting times for our business and our clients around the world.”

Harmeet Assi, Chief Executive Officer, Cloud Optics said: “We are delighted to be joining the Livingstone Group, with our combined skill sets and portfolio we will have much greater breadth, depth and reach to deliver best in class end to end outcomes for our Clients. Our combined services are hugely complimentary and as a team we are very excited to join the Livingstone family.”

Fernando Chueca, Managing Director, Carlyle Europe Technology Partners, said: “In a relatively short period of time, Cloud Optics has established itself as a leading provider of software licencing advice to blue-chip customers and built a promising cloud advisory proposition. We are delighted to support the combination of Livingstone and Cloud Optics, which will deliver best in class services to all its joint customers. We welcome Harmeet and his team to the enlarged Livingstone family and look forward to working with them.”

Transcend Corporate (Corporate Finance), Osborne Clarke (Legal) and Spencer Gardner Dickins (Tax) advised Cloud Optics.

About Cloud Optics

Cloud Optics is a team of highly experienced and skilled Software License Consultants that deliver a range of Software License Consulting and Managed Services across Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, SAP and Salesforce.  Using a unique underpinning methodology, it advises, develops and implements solutions that improves and optimises client’s software license position from a contractual and commercial perspective. Its solutions drive measurable and tangible results for its clients, whilst always meeting responsibly their short and long-term technology requirements.  Cloud Optic’ consultants are recognised as some of the most experienced and skilled in the world having provided services to Fortune 500 global clients regularly and having worked on some the largest, complex and sophisticated software license negotiation’s in the world Cloud Optics is headquartered in Richmond, UK.

Web: www.cloud-optics.com

About Livingstone Technologies

Livingstone Technologies Limited is an independent, data and tool agnostic provider SAM managed services and a trusted partner to complex multinational corporations. The company combines proprietary technology, large vendor licensing expertise and proven methodologies to produce accurate SAM intelligence. Rapid onboarding of Livingstone’s managed service means that the company can deliver comprehensive reports within the first six weeks of an engagement.  The reporting helps CIO/CTOs, IT Procurement, SAM and ITAM professionals, make smart business decisions on software. Livingstone’s customers are its greatest advocates and represent some of the world’s largest and most complex organisations. For them, the company has delivered hard cost savings, quantifiable risk mitigation, licence optimisation and vendor audit readiness.

Web: www.livingstone-tech.com

About The Carlyle Group

The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global investment firm with deep industry expertise that deploys private capital across four business segments: Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Credit and Investment Solutions. With $222 billion of assets under management as of September 30, 2019, Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, portfolio companies and the communities in which we live and invest. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,775 people in 33 offices across six continents.

Web: www.carlyle.com


Chris Lewis
+44 203 817 4880

The Carlyle Group
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The Hilb Group Announces Definitive Agreement to Be Acquired By The Carlyle Group


RICHMOND, Va. — The Hilb Group, LLC (“Hilb”), a leading national insurance broker, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with global investment firm The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) for investment funds affiliated with Carlyle to acquire a majority interest of Hilb. Hilb’s existing management team and employee shareholders are expected to remain significant shareholders. Hilb is currently a portfolio company of Abry Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm.

Founded in 2009, Hilb employs more than 900 associates and operates 91 branch offices serving all 50 states. Abry Partners invested in Hilb in 2015 and worked closely with management to grow the business into one of the Top 30 insurance brokers in the U.S. according to Business Insurance magazine. The firm was recognized as one of the fastest growing private companies by Inc. magazine in 2018, and ranked a Top 10 fastest growing broker in 2017 by Business Insurance magazine and a Top 100 P/C Agency by Insurance Journal magazine in 2019.

Richard Spiro, Chief Executive Officer at Hilb, said, “This investment by Carlyle is a strong endorsement of our growth strategy and represents the next exciting chapter for Hilb. Carlyle’s additional capital and resources will significantly benefit our company and associates as we grow our business organically and through targeted M&A opportunities. Working with Abry enabled us to accelerate our development and we are equally excited to have new partners to fuel future growth. We have a rich pipeline of partnership opportunities and look forward to continuing our expansion with Carlyle.”

Brent Stone, Partner at Abry, said, “During the four years of our ownership, we helped build Hilb into a national insurance brokerage by investing in the company’s operations and strengthening its management team, including recruiting Ricky as CEO. The company’s annual revenues dramatically increased under our ownership and we successfully completed more than 60 strategic add-on acquisitions during that time. We are very pleased with the outcome of this investment for our investors and also for Hilb’s management team and employees. Hilb is very well positioned for ongoing growth and performance as a portfolio company of Carlyle and we wish them success.”

John Redett, Managing Director and Co-Head of Carlyle Global Financial Services, said, “We have long admired the Hilb franchise and are extremely impressed with what Ricky Spiro and the Hilb management team have accomplished during the past several years. We look forward to our partnership, and to supporting Hilb in its next chapter of growth and innovation as it expands into new geographies and product lines to serve the increasingly complex needs of its clients.”

Nathan Ott, Principal at Abry, commented, “Hilb has made significant progress since our acquisition and has developed a proven track record of growth across a variety of geographic regions and product lines. The company is led by a best-in-class management team and is poised to achieve its next level of growth.”

Equity capital for the investment will come from Carlyle Partners VII, an $18.5 billion fund that focuses on buyout transactions in the U.S., and Carlyle Global Financial Services Partners III, L.P., a dedicated financial services buyout fund.

The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

J.P. Morgan and Sica | Fletcher served as financial advisors to Abry and Hilb, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP served as legal counsel and Latham & Watkins LLP provided financing and regulatory counsel to The Carlyle GroupFunds managed by Ares Capital Management LLC, Crescent Capital Group, Owl Rock Capital, Antares, and Barings will provide debt financing for the transaction.

About Abry Partners
Abry is one of the most experienced and successful sector-focused private equity investment firms in North America. Since their founding in 1989, the firm has completed over $82.0 billion of leveraged transactions and other private equity or preferred equity placements. Currently, the firm manages over $5.0 billion of capital across their active funds. For more information on ABRY, please visit www.Abry.com.

About The Carlyle Group
The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global investment firm with deep industry expertise that deploys private capital across four business segments: Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Credit and Investment Solutions. With $223 billion of assets under management as of June 30, 2019, Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, portfolio companies and the communities in which we live and invest. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,775 people in 33 offices across six continents.

About The Hilb Group
The Hilb Group is a leading middle market insurance agency headquartered in Richmond, Virginia and is a portfolio company of Boston-based private equity firm, Abry Partners. The Hilb Group seeks to grow through targeted acquisitions in the middle market insurance brokerage space. The company now has 91 offices in 21 states. Please visit our website at www.hilbgroup.com.

For Abry and Hilb, Chris Tofalli
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For Carlyle, Christa Zipf
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