Ardian Private Debt provides financing to support HG’S investment in A-PLAN

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London, March 15th – Ardian, a world-leading private investment house, today announces the arrangement of a Subordinated Debt Facility to support HgCapital’s (“Hg”) investment in A-Plan, one of the UK’s largest personal lines insurance brokers.

Founded in 1963, A-Plan is a leading UK specialist multichannel insurance broking group with a focus on personal lines and a growing presence in specialized products such as SME policies. The group’s core proposition is a branch-led, service-driven offering, valued by its large base of loyal customers that today make up over 1.5 million policies nationally.

Mark Brenke, Managing Director & Co-Head of Ardian Private Debt, said: “We are delighted to continue our relationship as financing partner to Hg and to be backing A-Plan, a leading player in the UK insurance industry. The Company’s management team have had demonstrable success in delivering continuous growth both organically and through M&A over an extended period and in particular, Carl Shuker (CEO), who has been with the business for almost 30 years, brings with him an exceptional depth of experience.”

ABOUT ARDIAN

Ardian is a world-leading private investment house with assets of US$90bn managed or advised in Europe, the Americas and Asia. The company is majority-owned by its employees. It keeps entrepreneurship at its heart and focuses on delivering excellent investment performance to its global investor base.

Through its commitment to shared outcomes for all stakeholders, Ardian’s activities fuel individual, corporate and economic growth around the world.

Holding close its core values of excellence, loyalty and entrepreneurship, Ardian maintains a truly global network, with more than 550 employees working from fifteen offices across Europe (Frankfurt, Jersey, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Zurich), the Americas (New York, San Francisco and Santiago) and Asia (Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul). It manages funds on behalf of around 800 clients through five pillars of investment expertise: Fund of Funds, Direct Funds, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Private Debt.

LIST OF PARTIES INVOLVED

Ardian Private Debt: Mark Brenke, Raaj Rabheru, Saam Serajian-Esfahan
HgCapital: Juan Campos, Giuseppe Franzé, Nika Kucifer

PRESS CONTACTS

ARDIAN
Headland
EMMA RUTTLE
Tel: +44 20 3805 4816
eruttle@headlandconsultancy.com

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The Carlyle Group Acquires Stake in SBI Life

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Mumbai – Global investment firm The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG), today announced it has acquired a 9% stake in SBI Life Insurance Company Ltd. (SBI Life, NSE: SBILIFE), a private life insurance company in India. SBI Life is the life insurance subsidiary of the State Bank of India (SBI, NSE: SBIN). Carlyle’s equity for this investment came from CA Emerald Investments, an affiliated entity of Carlyle Asia Partners V, Carlyle’s flagship US$6.55 billion fund focused on buyout and strategic investments across a range of sectors in Asia Pacific.

Following this transaction, BNP Paribas Cardif and CA Emerald Investments now own 12.8% and 9.0% of the company, respectively, while SBI remains the majority shareholder with a 62.1% stake in the company.

Dinesh Kumar Khara, Managing Director, Global Banking & Subsidiaries, SBI, said, “We are pleased with the tremendous strides made by SBI Life in establishing its position in the life insurance industry and appreciate the support given by BNP Paribas Cardif in this journey. We are also thrilled to welcome Carlyle, with whom we have an existing relationship through SBI Card, and look forward to its support to SBI Life in bolstering its franchise in the country.”

Sanjeev Nautiyal, Managing Director and CEO of SBI Life, said, “We are delighted to have Carlyle, a highly-regarded long-term investor, as a shareholder of the company. Carlyle’s trust in the company will further strengthen our resolve to enhance our leadership position in India’s life insurance industry through a single-minded focus on quality customer experience.”

Sunil Kaul, Managing Director of the Carlyle Asia Buyout advisory team, said, “The life insurance industry in India has strong growth potential thanks to favorable demographics and an increasing focus on financial savings. SBI is the most trusted brand in financial services, with an unparalleled nationwide branch network and a commitment to providing convenient access to quality financial services to every Indian. SBI Life, led by a strong management team, is helping deliver this promise in the life insurance space and is well-positioned to further benefit from industry trends. We are excited about the company’s growth prospects and proud to have this opportunity to support the journey.”

“I thank SBI for the quality of our partnership over the last 18 years in building together SBI Life, a strong life insurance franchise. We continue to be highly optimistic about the company’s future,” said Renaud Dumora, CEO of BNP Paribas Cardif.

Carlyle has invested in the financial services industry in Asia Pacific for 20 years, deploying more than US$4 billion of equity in more than 15 private equity investments as of December 31, 2018. In India, Carlyle’s recent investments in financial services include PNB Housing Finance Limited and SBI Card.

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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 $216 billion of assets under management, Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of our investors, portfolio companies and the communities in which we live and invest. Carlyle employs 1,625 people in 31 offices across six continents.

Web: www.carlyle.com
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About BNP Paribas Cardif

World leader for creditor insurance1, BNP Paribas Cardif plays an essential role in the lives of insured customers, providing them with savings and protection solutions that let them realize their goals while protecting themselves from unforeseen events. As a committed enterprise, BNP Paribas Cardif strives to have a positive impact on society and make insurance accessible to the largest possible number of people. In a world shaped by the emergence of new uses and lifestyles, the company, a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, has a unique business model anchored in partnerships. It co-creates solutions with almost 500 partners distributors in a variety of sectors (banks and financial institutions, automotive companies, retailers, telecommunications companies, energy companies, Independent Financial Advisors and brokers…) who then market the products to their customers. BNP Paribas Cardif is a recognized global specialist in personal insurance, serving 100 million clients in 35 countries with strong positions in three regions – Europe, Asia and Latin America. BNP Paribas Cardif also plays a major role in providing financing for the economy. With over 10,000 employees worldwide2, BNP Paribas Cardif had gross written premiums of €29.7 billion in 2017.

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Email: tammy.li@carlyle.com

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AFI ASSURANCES, specialist health insurance broker, merges with ACTIVE ASSURANCES GROUP

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Nine months after Active Assurances teamed up with Activa Capital and Bpifrance, the specialist digital insurance broker has announced a merger with AFI Assurances (expert in health, accident and life insurance brokerage). This transaction enables the group to accelerate its growth and diversify into personal insurance.

AFI Assurances is an independent French insurance broker based in Evry (Essonne), specialised in digital health, accident and life insurance for B2C customers. The company, founded in 1996, is led by its founder, Frédéric Bacmann.

With a strong reputation and know-how, AFI Assurances has long-standing relationships with major insurance companies such as Generali, Swiss Life, Malakoff Médéric, Allianz etc.

With a growth in its business of 25% per year, AFI Assurances has become a leading independent health, accident and life insurance broker in France.
As part of the transaction, Frédéric Bacmann will become a partner alongside the founders of Active Assurances (Didier Naccache, Thomas Riottot, Denis Salmoiraghi). The new group will have total sales of over €20 million.

This transaction allows Active Assurances to develop an additional savoir-faire alongside its non-life products and to grow its range of solutions for its insurance partners.

As part of this merger, the company has completed a refinancing of its bank debt facilities put in place in May 2018 at the time of the initial investment of Activa Capital and Bpifrance. The new debt financing is provided by Idinvest Partners and Bpifrance Financement.

This partnership demonstrates Activa Capital’s capacity to accompany entrepreneurial management teams, transforming growth SMEs and structuring build-up opportunities.

Thomas Riottot, Founding Director of Active Assurances, said: “In May 2018, we chose Activa Capital for its savoir-faire in build-ups. We are very pleased with this first transaction with AFI Assurances and proud to welcome Frédéric Bacmann, who shares our entrepreneurial vision, into the new group. The complementarity of our companies and products will allow us to accelerate our development and strengthen our relationship with our insurance company partners. By integrating both of our wholesale activities, respectively Visual and Wazari, we will have more than 1000 active brokers who will benefit from a full range of non-life, life and health insurance products.”
Frédéric Bacmann, Founding Director of AFI Assurances, said: “The choice to join forces with the Active Assurances group will allow AFI Assurances to consolidate its market position and accelerate its growth in the personal health and life insurance market, which is undergoing major transformation.”

Alexandre Masson and Christophe Parier, Partners at Activa Capital, added: “This first build-up is in line with Activa Capital’s strategy of investing alongside ambitious founders in order to help them accelerate their growth. The merger of Active Assurances and AFI Assurances provides very promising growth prospects.”
Ménelé Chesnot and Matthieu Rabeisen of Bpifrance added: “With the merger of AFI Assurances, the Active Assurances group expands its portfolio of products and reinforces its links with its leading insurance company partners. This transformational deal is important for Bpifrance as it demonstrates our strategy of accompanying SMEs in their growth to becoming mid-cap companies.”

Participants

Buyers
Active Assurances: Didier Naccache, Thomas Riottot, Denis Salmoiraghi – Founders, Elise Guigou – CFO
Activa Capital: Alexandre Masson, Christophe Parier, David Quatrepoint, Timothée Héron
Bpifrance Investissement: Matthieu Rabeisen, Ménelé Chesnot
Financial Due Diligence: Eight Advisory (Christian Berling, Rémy Ponzano, Marine Guillou)
Legal Due Diligence and Corporate Lawyer: McDermott Will & Emery (Henri Pieyre de Mandiargues, Félix Huon, Louis Leroy, Emmanuelle Turek)
Tax Lawyer: McDermott Will & Emery (Romain Desmonts)
Financing Lawyer: McDermott Will & Emery (Pierre-Arnoux Mayoly, Shirin Deyhim, Hugo Lamour)

Vendors
AFI Assurances: Frédéric Bacmann
M&A: Cambon Partners (Guillaume Eymar, Vincent Ruffat)
Corporate Lawyer: Viguié Schmidt & Associés (François Bourrier-Soifer, Marine Rensy)
Tax Lawyer: Arsene Taxand (Franck Chaminade)

Financing participants
Lenders: Idinvest Partners (Nicolas Nedelec, Olivier Sesboüé, Audrey Silber), Bpifrance Financement (Roxane Arband)
Lender Lawyer: Nabarro & Hinge (Jonathan Nabarro, Anthony Minzière)

About Active Assurances
Active Assurances is an insurance broker specialised in the on-line sale of automotive insurance policies. Based in Boulogne-Billancourt, in autonomous partnership with leading insurance companies, Active

Assurances develops, distributes, and manages automotive insurance policies. For further information, visit activeassurances.fr

About AFI Assurances
Founded in 1996 by Frédéric Bacmann, AFI Assurances is an insurance broker specialised in health and life insurance. The company selects for its customers the best insurance contract amongst the 200 insurance or mutual products available on line. To know more about AFI Assurances, please consult the website afiassurances.fr

About Activa Capital
Activa Capital is a leading French mid-market private equity firm. Activa Capital manages over €500m of private equity funds on behalf of a wide range of institutional investors. Activa Capital partners with ambitious mid-sized French companies, valued at €20m to €200m, seeking to accelerate their growth and their international footprint.
Learn more about Activa Capital at activacapital.com

About Bpifrance
Bpifrance is the French national investment bank: it finances businesses – at every stage of their development – through loans, guarantees, equity investments and export insurances. Bpifrance also provides extrafinancial services (training, consultancy…) to help entrepreneurs meet their challenges (innovation, export…).
For more information, please visit: bpifrance.com and presse.bpifrance.fr – Follow us on Twitter: @Bpifrance – @BpifrancePresse

About Idinvest Partners
Idinvest Partners is a leading European mid-market private equity firm. With €8bn under management, the firm has developed several areas of expertise including innovative startup venture capital transactions; mid-market private debt, i.e. single-tranche, senior and subordinated debt; primary and secondary investment and private equity advisory services. Founded in 1997, Idinvest Partners used to belong to the Allianz Group until 2010, when it branched out as an independent firm. In January 2018, Idinvest Partners became a subsidiary of Eurazeo, a leading global investment company, with a diversified portfolio of €17bn in assets under management, including approximately €11bn from investment partners, invested in over 350 companies.

Press contacts
For Active Assurances:
Thomas Riottot
CEO
+33 6 75 70 37 23
tr@activeassurances.fr

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Apax VIII sells its stake in AssuredPartners to GTCR

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Transaction Sees Previous Backers Renew Successful Partnership with Insurance Broker

Lake Mary, Florida, New York and Chicago, February 21, 2019:Apax VIII, a fund advised by Apax Partners, today announced it has agreed to sell its entire stake in AssuredPartners, a leading US insurance brokerage, to an investor group led by GTCR, a leading Chicago-based private equity firm. GTCR previously owned AssuredPartners from its inception in 2011 until its sale to Apax VIII in 2015. The terms of today’s transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019.

Apax IX, a separate fund advised by Apax Partners, will co-invest in the transaction alongside GTCR taking a significant minority stake in AssuredPartners. AssuredPartners’ management team retains its significant minority stake in the business.

Established in 2011, AssuredPartners is today one of the largest insurance brokers in the United States, distributing property and casualty (“P&C”), risk management, employee benefits and personal insurance. Headquartered in Lake Mary, Florida, the company operates from 200 offices across 30 states and London, England.

In executing The Leaders Strategy™, GTCR partnered with management to form AssuredPartners in 2011 with the goal of creating a leading middle market broker. Over the course of four years, the company completed 112 acquisitions, grew annualized revenue to over $500 million and built a platform from which to achieve long-term success.

Apax VIII acquired a majority stake in AssuredPartners in 2015. During its ownership, AssuredPartners has delivered on its strategy of building a leading insurance brokerage franchise through consolidating a large, fragmented industry. This has been achieved through significant M&A, the business has completed 124 acquisitions, continued strong organic growth, driven by operational improvements including investment in IT, salesforce and infrastructure, and the recruitment of key senior hires, including CIO and Chief Organic Growth Officer positions. The result of these initiatives has seen revenue and EBITDA more than double during Apax VIII’s ownership as the business has benefited from scale and broader product ranges.

Jim Henderson, co-founder and CEO of AssuredPartners, said: “Apax has been a superb partner for Assured over the last three years and we are delighted to be renewing this successful partnership. At the same time, we are excited to welcome back the GTCR team who we know very well and value their expertise and insight. We look forward to working with both firms who share our vision and commitment to scaling the business further.”

Tom Riley, co-founder, President & COO of AssuredPartners, added: “We have formed a partnership with agencies throughout the country and beyond through the partnership and support of GTCR and Apax Partners. Our acquisition strategy has allowed us to create something truly unique in our industry. The union of our two supporting entities joining forces makes for a very exciting future for AssuredPartners. We look forward to our continued success with Aaron Cohen and Ashish Karandikar and their respective winning teams.”

Ashish Karandikar, Partner at Apax Partners, said: “Three and half years ago, we backed Jim Henderson and his team on an ambitious journey to build the preeminent US middle market insurance brokerage firm. Since then, AssuredPartners has charted an impressive growth trajectory through organic investments in sales and technology and through acquisitions to create a scaled product and service proposition to carriers and customers. We believe there continues to be exceptional opportunities for AssuredPartners and its over 5,000 talented and entrepreneurial insurance professionals and are excited to be continuing our journey.”

Aaron Cohen, GTCR Managing Director, added: “We had an incredible experience working with the Assured team and have watched with admiration their continued success over the last three years. We want to congratulate the entire Assured organization on building a leading insurance broker with over $1 billion of revenue in just eight years. AssuredPartners is a trusted advisor to its customers, offering unique capabilities to assist leading companies in all of their insurance and risk management needs. We are thrilled to be partners with Jim Henderson, Tom Riley and the team once again and look forward to the continued expansion of the AssuredPartners platform.”

The Apax Funds have significant experience investing in the insurance sector, including Hub International and Genex, which were successfully exited in 2013 and 2018 respectively, and current investment Duck Creek Technologies.

The investment in AssuredPartners continues GTCR’s two decades of successful experience investing in the insurance industry with past investments in insurance brokers Alliant Resources and AssuredPartners, specialty carrier Ironshore, premium finance provider Premium Credit Limited and software company Solera.

AssuredPartners and Apax VIII were advised by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (M&A Advisor) and Kirkland & Ellis LLP (legal counsel). Harris Williams and Barclays also provided M&A advice to Apax VIII. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP provided legal advice to Apax IX. Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP served as legal advisors to the management team of AssuredPartners. GTCR was advised by Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC (financial advisor) and Latham & Watkins LLP (legal counsel).

About AssuredPartners
Headquartered in Lake Mary, Florida and led by Jim Henderson and Tom Riley, AssuredPartners, Inc. acquires and invests in insurance brokerage businesses (property and casualty, employee benefits, surety and MGU’s) across the United States and in London. From its founding in March of 2011, AssuredPartners has grown to over $1.1 billion in annualized revenue and continues to be one of the fastest growing insurance brokerage firms in the United States with over 200 offices in 30 states and London. For more information, please visit www.assuredpartners.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 GTCR
Founded in 1980, GTCR is a leading private equity firm focused on investing in growth companies in the Financial Services & Technology, Healthcare, Technology, Media & Telecommunications and Growth Business Services industries. The Chicago-based firm pioneered The Leaders Strategy™ – finding and partnering with management leaders in core domains to identify, acquire and build market-leading companies through transformational acquisitions and organic growth. Since its inception, GTCR has invested more than $15 billion in over 200 companies. For more information, please visit www.gtcr.com.

Media Contacts: 

For AssuredPartners

Jamie Reinert | +1 513-624-1779 | jamie.reinert@assuredpartners.com

For Apax Partners

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

USA Media: Todd Fogarty, Kekst | +1 212-521-4854 | todd.fogarty@kekst.com

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

For GTCR

Eileen Rochford | +1 312-953-3305 | eileenr@theharbingergroup.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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APRIL announces the entry into exclusive negotiations by Evolem and CVC Fund VII

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Negotiations regard proposed transfer by Evolem of its majority shareholding to CVC Fund VII followed by public tender offer

Following an analysis of various strategic options regarding the future of its equity interest in APRIL, Evolem, which holds a 65.13% equity stake in APRIL, launched a competitive bidding process resulting in a number of offers being handed out.

At the end of this process, Evolem entered into exclusive negotiations with CVC Capital Partners (“CVC”) regarding the transfer by Evolem of its majority shareholding in the Company to a takeover company controlled by funds managed by CVC in which Evolem would hold a minority stake alongside the funds controlled by CVC and APRIL’s management.

The transfer of the majority block would be carried out at a price of € 22 per APRIL share, entailing a 27.2% premium over the last closing price before the announcement of the offer (on 28 December 2018), 36.9% and 40.4% over the weighted average share price for the last 3 and 6 months, respectively, and 75.3% over the undisturbed closing share price (before April’s October 22, 2018 press release announcing the review of strategic options by Evolem regarding its majority stake in APRIL).

This price could be subject to an adjustment equal to the cost (on a cost per share basis) incurred by APRIL (or its best estimate) at the date of transfer of the controlling block held by Evolem, subject to a 10 million euros deductible, in connection with the proposed tax reassessment from the French tax administration, following investigations on the territoriality of the reinsurance business conducted by Axeria Re, its subsidiary in Malta (see the APRIL press release dated 24 December 2018)1. The price could also be reduced by any distribution which would occur prior to the completion of the block transfer.2

APRIL’s Board of Directors, who met on 28 December 2018, favourably welcomed the principle of CVC Fund VII’s offer and appointed Associés en Finance as independent expert to issue a report on the financial conditions and fairness of the simplified public tender offer.

In accordance with applicable regulations, upon completion of the block transfer, the takeover company controlled by funds managed by CVC will file a simplified public tender offer for the remainder of APRIL’s share capital at the same price as paid to Evolem.

Definitive agreements relating to the bloc transfer could be entered into following the completion of the relevant legal obligation procedure with respect to the employees. The completion of the block transfer would also be subject to regulatory approvals in France and abroad and is expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2019.


1 i.e., by way of example, a downward adjustment of € 0.12 per share on the basis of the provision the company intends to register in its 2018 accounts (see the APRIL press release dated 24 December 2018).
2 i.e., by way of example, a downward adjustment of € 0.27 per share on the basis of a dividend equal to the dividend distributed with respect to the 2017 fiscal year.

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EURAZEO completes its acquisition of a stake in ALBINGIA

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Eurazeo announced today the completion of the acquisition of Albingia, a French insurance company, through a co-investment with Financière de Blacailloux, controlled by Bruno Chamoin (Albingia’s CEO), and the management team.
Eurazeo has invested around €263 million to acquire 70% of the share capital, based on an enterprise value of €508 million.
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About Eurazeo
o Eurazeo is a leading global investment company, with a diversified portfolio of €17 billion in assets under management, including nearly €11 billion from third parties, invested in over 300 companies. With its considerable private equity, venture capital, real estate, private debt and fund of funds expertise, Eurazeo accompanies companies of all sizes, supporting their development through the commitment of its 235 professionals and by offering deep sector expertise, a gateway to global markets, and a responsible and stable foothold for transformational growth. Its solid institutional and family shareholder base, robust financial structure free of structural debt, and flexible investment horizon enable Eurazeo to support its companies over the long term.
Eurazeo has offices in Paris, New York, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Shanghai, London, Luxembourg, Frankfurt and Madrid.

o Eurazeo is listed on Euronext Paris.
o ISIN: FR0000121121 – Bloomberg: RF FP – Reuters: EURA.PA

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TowerBrook Announces Acquisition of Orchid Underwriters from Gryphon Investors

NEW YORK and VERO BEACH, FL – December 20, 2018 – TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P. (“TowerBrook”), an international investment management firm, announced today that it has acquired Orchid Underwriters Agency, LLC (“Orchid”), a specialty underwriter of catastrophe exposed property insurance, from private equity firm Gryphon Investors. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Orchid President and CEO Brad Emmons will continue to lead Orchid, working alongside TowerBrook to continue the company’s growth. Gryphon will maintain a significant equity position in the company going forward.

Founded in 1998 and based in Vero Beach, FL, Orchid is a Managing General Agency (MGA)/Managing General Underwriter (MGU) providing specialty P&C insurance products to homeowners, high net worth individuals, and small businesses throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Orchid provides proprietary insurance solutions for “hard-to-place” risks to a growing, national network of retail agents and other strategic distribution partners. The company maintains several long-standing partnerships with high-quality insurance and reinsurance carriers that provide consistent and, in many cases, exclusive risk capacity to Orchid.

“We are thrilled to partner with TowerBrook and look forward to benefiting from its deep operational experience and strong network in the insurance industry,” said Brad Emmons, President and CEO of Orchid. “We have made significant strategic advancements under Gryphon’s ownership, and we now expect TowerBrook’s investment and guidance to further support future development as we continue to grow the platform organically through geographic and product expansion and pursue potential acquisitions. We look forward to the opportunities ahead as we work together to deliver greater value for our partner agents, carriers, and talented employees.”

TowerBrook’s investment in Orchid is the result of a targeted approach to the insurance services market focused on identifying attractive, resilient business models with consistent growth profiles. This acquisition aligns with TowerBrook’s investment strategy to back strong management teams operating in growth markets. TowerBrook will work with Orchid’s management team to develop organic and inorganic initiatives which further scale Orchid’s platform.

TowerBrook has a long history of investments in the insurance and financial services industry and a strong network in the sector, having partnered with companies such as Ironshore, Rewards Network, CapQuest, Hayfin, Fortiva, Validity Finance, and Ladder Capital.

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Altas Acquires Significant Interest in Hub International

Altas Partners

On November 28, 2018, Altas Partners (“Altas”) completed a substantial equity investment in Hub International Limited (“Hub” or the “Company”), a leading full-service insurance brokerage. The transaction values Hub at more than $10 billion of total enterprise value. Altas will own its equity interest in Hub alongside Company management and employees, who are significant shareholders, and Hellman & Friedman, a leading private equity firm with offices in New York, San Francisco and London.

Hub has distinguished itself as the premier mid-market insurance brokerage, building on the company’s proven formula and enjoying a long and consistent track record of success in the North American marketplace. Hub remains focused on bringing global resources to the local market via its network of regional brokerage offices. The firm continues to prioritize arming its producers and support teams with market-leading products and resources, while cultivating a culture of specialization to provide the level of expertise that Hub’s customers demand. Hub is making significant investments in delivering best-in-class customer experiences, including technology that accelerates the pace at which Hub can complete transactions and provide cost-efficient solutions meeting the evolving needs of customers.

About Hub International
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Hub International Limited is a leading full-service global insurance broker providing property and casualty, life and health, employee benefits, investment and risk management products and services. With more than 11,000 employees in offices located throughout North America, Hub’s vast network of specialists provides peace of mind on what matters most by protecting clients through unrelenting advocacy and tailored insurance solutions. For more information, please visit https://www.hubinternational.com 

About Altas Partners 
Altas Partners is an investment firm with a long-term orientation focused on acquiring significant interests in high-quality, market-leading businesses in partnership with outstanding management teams. Key elements of the firm’s approach include responsible capital structures, active ownership through strategic and operational support and an emphasis on sustainable value creation. Altas invests on behalf of endowments, foundations, public pension funds and other institutional investors.

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AIG and The Carlyle Group Announce Completion of Carlyle’s 19.9 Percent Investment in Fortitude Re

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Fortitude Re Launches Brand

NEW YORK – American International Group, Inc. (NYSE: AIG) and The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) announced today that Carlyle completed its acquisition of a 19.9% stake in Fortitude Group Holdings, LLC, whose group companies operate as Fortitude Re (formerly DSA Re). The transaction was first announced on August 1, 2018, and closed following receipt of regulatory approvals and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

Fortitude Re’s new name represents the company’s focus on and expertise in managing long-dated, complex risks. Fortitude Re has also launched its website, http://www.Fortitude-re.com, which provides more information about the organization and its leadership.

James Bracken, Chief Executive Officer of Fortitude Re, said, “We are hard at work building Fortitude Re for long-term success. The closing of Carlyle’s investment and brand launch are two key milestones on that journey.”

Brian Schreiber, Managing Director and Co-Head of Carlyle Global Financial Services Partners, said, “We look forward to working with our partners at AIG and Fortitude Re to grow the business and extend Carlyle’s asset management platform.”

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About AIG

American International Group, Inc. (AIG) is a leading global insurance organization. Founded in 1919, today AIG member companies provide a wide range of property casualty insurance, life insurance, retirement products, and other financial services to customers in more than 80 countries and jurisdictions. These diverse offerings include products and services that help businesses and individuals protect their assets, manage risks and provide for retirement security. AIG common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Additional information about AIG can be found at www.aig.com | YouTube: www.youtube.com/aig | Twitter: @AIGinsurance www.twitter.com/AIGinsurance | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/aig. These references with additional information about AIG have been provided as a convenience, and the information contained on such websites is not incorporated by reference into this press release.

AIG is the marketing name for the worldwide property-casualty, life and retirement, and general insurance operations of American International Group, Inc. For additional information, please visit our website at www.aig.com. All products and services are written or provided by subsidiaries or affiliates of American International Group, Inc. Products or services may not be available in all countries, and coverage is subject to actual policy language. Non-insurance products and services may be provided by independent third parties. Certain property-casualty coverages may be provided by a surplus lines insurer. Surplus lines insurers do not generally participate in state guaranty funds and insureds are therefore not protected by such funds.

About The Carlyle Group

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Cinven enters exclusive discussions to acquire AXA Life Europe

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The transaction creates Irish and cross-border consolidation platform

International private equity firm, Cinven, today announces that the Sixth Cinven Fund has entered into exclusive discussions to acquire AXA Life Europe (‘ALE’), a leading European life insurance company, for a consideration of €925 million.

ALE primarily manages guaranteed, unit-linked life insurance products (known as ‘Variable Annuities’) for its customer base across Germany, the UK, France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. ALE manages c.248,000 policies, c.€8 billion of assets and has c.€5 billion of reserves of which c.70% is related to German policies. It has been closed to new business since 2017. Furthermore, ALE is a reinsurer of AXA’s Japanese variable annuity portfolio.

ALE is headquartered in Dublin (Ireland), one of the largest cross-border life assurance centres in Europe and is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.

Building on Cinven’s expertise in the European life insurance sector, Cinven’s Financial Services team believes that ALE represents an attractive investment opportunity with significant value creation potential due to:

  • A fragmented market: the European Variable Annuity and life insurance market remains fragmented and represents a compelling consolidation opportunity for ALE, particularly in Ireland and the Isle of Man. Cinven’s strategy for ALE builds on the strategies being executed by its Financial Services team in Germany, through its investment in Viridium, and in Italy, through its investment in Eurovita;
  • M&A opportunities: a number of European insurers are planning to dispose of their existing guaranteed back-book portfolios which have become strategically non-core to them, creating an attractive M&A pipeline in the Irish life insurance market as well as the opportunity for ALE to become a consolidator of Variable Annuity back-book portfolios in Europe;
  • The scope for operational improvements: as a non-core disposal from the AXA Group, given the primary nature of the transaction, there is also scope to optimise ALE’s operations;
  • Asset management optimisation: ALE’s asset management and hedging strategies will be further optimised while maintaining strong Solvency II ratios following the carve-out; and
  • Industry-leading management team: Cinven will be partnering with the incumbent, industry-leading management team led by CEO, Eoin Lynam.

Furthermore, customers will benefit from enhanced risk management and underlying asset quality.

This transaction represents the 12th investment by the Sixth Cinven Fund and follows the Sixth Cinven Fund’s agreement to acquire Viridium Group and to provide it with equity funding to acquire Generali Leben, creating a leading German life insurance business with c.5 million policies and c.€55 billion of assets under management.

Caspar Berendsen, Partner at Cinven, commented:

“Over time we have managed to build a strong relationship with ALE and its management team and believe the opportunity for ALE is compelling. Cinven’s acquisition of ALE is a ‘repeat play’ of the consolidation platforms we have created though Guardian Financial Services in the UK, Eurovita in Italy, and Viridium in Germany. Cinven’s investment strategy in this case focuses on the consolidation of closed life funds with Variable Annuity offerings, primarily across Ireland and the Isle of Man. We have ambitious plans for this business and look forward to working alongside Eoin and his team to create value over the coming years.”

Andrea Bertolini, Principal at Cinven, added:

“Cinven continues to make investments in the closed life fund segment, bringing operational and financial excellence to this niche area. Cinven has fast become the leading private equity investor in this segment through investments in the UK, Germany and Italy. We will work in close partnership with the excellent management team to ensure no service interruptions for policy holders and in addition, identify value-accretive potential acquisition targets, creating benefits for all stakeholders of the businesses.”

Eoin Lynam, CEO of ALE, said:

“We have followed Cinven’s investments across various geographies in the European life insurance markets and it’s clear that they have a fantastic grasp of the opportunities available to ALE. We are closely aligned in terms of the future strategy for the business and share a collective vision of the value creation plan, alongside ensuring that all stakeholders benefit from retaining a robust financial base and further enhanced asset and risk management strategies.”

Completion of this transaction is subject to customary conditions, including completion by AXA of the informing of and consultation with the relevant works councils, as well as regulatory approvals by the Central Bank of Ireland and customary anti-trust approvals. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 or early 2019.

Advisors to the transaction included: JP Morgan, financial advice; Milliman, actuarial and hedging; Deloitte, finance, operational and information technology due diligence; Deloitte, tax; Clifford Chance, legal (transaction and other); A&L Goodbody, legal (regulatory); Marsh, insurance.

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