Industrifonden leads Series A round in IIoT pioneer Crosser


We are glad to welcome the team at Crosser to the portfolio, as the company has closed a EUR 3 million financing round to support international expansion.

Together with German early stage tech VC 42CAP, we led the round, with participation from existing investors Spintop Ventures, Almi Invest and Norrlandsfonden.

With the IoT market growing in a rapid pace, we spend a lot of time thinking about industrial IoT and the next paradigm shift for the industry: industry 4.0. Crosser stands out because they understand the big picture, and has built a platform that complements and improves the customers’ existing technology. We are really excited about this partnership and what it will bring, says Martin Gemvik, Senior Investment Manager at Industrifonden.

Factory/Asset owners and machine builders are looking into digital solutions to increase uptime, optimize processes and find new business models. The Crosser real-time analytics platform helps enterprises to integrate the machine world with the rest of their business and accelerate their digital transformation.

We are very pleased to have two new investors with a strong interest in industrial technologies, says Martin Thunman, CEO and co-founder of Crosser. This round of funding enables us to expand internationally, build out our partner ecosystem and to invest further in the development of our platform. The first step will be to expand into Germany, the leading industrial country in Europe.

Crosser recently announced its “Bring Your Own AI” strategy with support for a variety of third-party machine learning frameworks and an open ecosystem approach for machine learning algorithms in the Edge. The Crosser platform offers a unique simplicity to deploy and orchestrate advanced machine learning algorithms, data processing, analytics and data integration in the Edge at scale.

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Onex Invests in Convex


Toronto, April 30, 2019 – Onex Corporation (“Onex”) (TSX: ONEX) today announced Onex
Partners V and a consortium of co-investors have committed to invest $1.8 billion in Convex
Group Limited (“Convex”), of which approximately $1.6 billion has been funded.
Convex is a de novo specialty property and casualty insurance company headquartered in Bermuda
with an office in London. The company will write insurance and reinsurance with a focus on
underwriting complex specialty risks across a diversified range of business lines. The company is
led by Stephen Catlin, Paul Brand and a team of well-respected insurance industry experts.
“We’re very excited to partner with Stephen, Paul and the rest of the Convex team. They have a
reputation for disciplined underwriting and strong relationships as well as a multi-decade track
record of delivering market outperformance,” said Bobby Le Blanc, a Senior Managing Director
of Onex.

Todd Clegg, a Managing Director of Onex continued, “Consolidation within the insurance sector
has created opportunity for an independent carrier with a focused, specialist proposition, capable
of serving clients with complex risk exposures. The Convex platform is designed to satisfy this

“Onex has a track record of successful investing in the insurance industry and a consistent view of
the market opportunity making it the ideal partner for us,” said Stephen Catlin, Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer of Convex. “With Onex’ support, Convex is uniquely positioned to provide a
high touch, client-service focused approach and leverage innovative and proprietary technology to
enhance the value we bring to our clients.”
The funded investment includes $750 million from Onex Partners V, $780 million from
co-investors, including PSP Investments, and $50 million from the Convex management team.
Onex’ portion of the equity investment as a Limited Partner in the Fund is $124 million.

About Onex
Onex is one of the oldest and most successful private equity firms. Through its Onex Partners and
ONCAP private equity funds, Onex acquires and builds high-quality businesses in partnership with
talented management teams. At Onex Credit, Onex manages and invests in leveraged loans,
collateralized loan obligations and other credit securities. Onex has $31 billion of assets under
management, including $6.4 billion of Onex proprietary capital, in private equity and credit
securities. With offices in Toronto, New York, New Jersey and London, Onex and the team are
collectively the largest investors across Onex’ platforms.
Onex’ businesses have assets of $51 billion, generate annual revenues of $32 billion and employ
approximately 217,000 people worldwide. Onex shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange
under the stock symbol ONEX. For more information on Onex, visit its website at Onex’ security filings can also be accessed at
Forward-Looking Statements

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expectations and are subject to known and unknown uncertainties and risks, which could cause
actual results to differ materially from those contemplated or implied by such forward-looking
statements. Onex is under no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained
herein should material facts change due to new information, future events or otherwise.

For further information:
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Director, Investor Relations
Tel: +1 416.362.7711

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Italian wholesaler Raico changes name to KRAMP after integration

NPM Capital

Raico and Kramp have been fully integrated and will continue under the name Kramp. The name change ensues from the acquisition of Raico by Kramp, the Dutch supplier of parts and accessories for the agricultural sector, in 2018. The five stores in Italy that focus on the consumer market will keep the Raico brand name.

“We have strengthened our position in the Italian market through the acquisition of Raico,” says Kramp CEO Eddie Perdok. “The two companies have been merged at one location and we are going to build a warehouse with office space in the vicinity of Reggio Emilia. Becoming one company with one name marks a key milestone in our integration.”

New opportunities
“The combination of Kramp and Raico opens up new opportunities for our customers,” says Sales Director Italy Rafael Massei. “We have succeeded in integrating the strengths of Kramp and Raico. This results in a wider range, access to Europe’s largest webshop for agricultural machinery parts and accessories and better services for our customers. Our Italy-wide organisational structure will remain unchanged: our customers will retain their own contact person and will continue to be assured of quick deliveries from our central warehouse in Reggio Emilia.”

Raico has collaborated with numerous suppliers that are specialised in the agricultural sector in Italy for more than 30 years. Kramp, which is an NPM Capital portfolio company, has a similar history, being founded in 1951. Kramp Groep is represented in 24 European countries and achieved a revenue of € 840 million in 2018.

Also read ‘Kramp: The success behind the “Amazon” of technical parts’

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Viridium Group completes acquisition of Generali Lebens- versicherung


  • Viridium Group portfolio grows by around 3.8 million contracts
  • Full continuity for all policyholders of Generali Lebensversicherung guaranteed
  • Viridium Group CEO Dr Heinz-Peter Roß: “We will be concentrating single-mindedly on integration”

Viridium Group (“Viridium”), the leading specialist in the efficient management of life insurance portfolios, has completed the acquisition of Generali Lebensversicherung AG (“Generali Leben”) with effect from 30 April 2019. All the employees who have been servicing the portfolio of Generali Leben already have moved from Generali to Viridium Group. This means with the new portfolio company around 300 employees at its Hamburg and Munich locations have now become part of Viridium Group.

Full continuity is guaranteed for the policyholders of Generali Leben. Their contracts will con- tinue unchanged, and the contractually promised guarantees and benefits will be retained. The contacts in customer service and their contact data will also not change. Long-term service and cooperation contracts with Generali Deutschland AG (“Generali Deutschland”), amongst others on the management of the collective corporate pension business, will also guarantee continuity and stable business operations. The claims of brokers will remain unaffected.

The subsequent rebranding of Generali Leben is planned for autumn 2019 after a transition period. Written notification of this will be provided to customers in due time.

Generali Deutschland continues to hold a stake of 10.1% in Generali Leben.

Dr Heinz-Peter Roß, CEO of Viridium Group, commented: “We are delighted that from now on Viridium is privileged to take over responsibility for the customers of Generali Leben and their contracts. Over the coming months, we will be concentrated strongly on integration so that customers at Generali Leben can benefit from the advantages of our uniform, efficient plat- form.”

Following the acquisition, Viridium’s portfolio will amount to almost 4.8 million insurance con- tracts, and its portfolio companies will manage assets totalling approximately €60 billion (pro forma numbers as of the end of 2018). Viridium has subsequently significantly expanded its leading position in the efficient management of life insurance portfolios.

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Perforce Software Announces Strategic Investment from Francisco Partners

Franciso Partners

  • Francisco Partners and Clearlake to Become Equal Partners
  • Additional Capital to Accelerate the DevOps Platform’s Organic and Inorganic Growth

Minneapolis, MN, San Francisco, CA, and Santa Monica, CA – Perforce Software (“Perforce” or the “Company”), a global provider of enterprise-grade development operations (“DevOps”) software solutions, today announced a significant new equity investment from Francisco Partners, a global technology-focused private equity fund. With the investment, Francisco Partners will become an equal partner with affiliates of Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. (“Clearlake”), which initially invested in Perforce in late 2017. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Perforce has expanded significantly since Clearlake’s acquisition, completing three acquisitions and building out its platform across areas of agile management, application management and components, code management and collaboration, and automated testing. As a leader in the DevOps industry, Perforce provides the broadest suite of solutions that balance the security, compliance, and control needs of leading enterprises while providing developers and designers the freedom to innovate at global scale. With its extensive portfolio, Perforce helps global enterprises solve complex problems across the entire software development lifecycle.

“Throughout our partnership with Clearlake, Perforce has successfully accelerated revenue growth, continued significant innovation, and strengthened relationships with numerous blue-chip customers,” said Mark Ties, Perforce CEO. “We are excited to welcome Francisco Partners, a firm with deep infrastructure software experience, as we continue to expand our global footprint and deliver pioneering products efficiently and effectively. With these leading investment firms’ support, we will reach a new level of scale and accelerate our acquisition strategy, while remaining hyper-focused on our customers.” “We are very impressed by the leadership position that Perforce has established in the DevOps market and are excited to partner with management and Clearlake to drive the next phase of expansion,” said Brian Decker, Partner at Francisco Partners. “Perforce has successfully gained market share both organically and inorganically, and we look forward to building on this strong foundation,” added Evan Daar, Principal at Francisco Partners.

Behdad Eghbali, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Clearlake, commented, “Since our investment, Perforce has significantly scaled its revenue and profitability profile and expanded its breadth of solutions. With the implementation of our O.P.S.® approach, Perforce has grown into the category leader and is well positioned to leverage its unmatched technology to increase the adoption of DevOps practices across all end markets.”

Prashant Mehrotra, Partner at Clearlake added, “This partnership with Francisco Partners further supports our original investment thesis and sponsorship of Mark and the collective management team’s best in class playbook to sustainably drive organic growth combined with an aggressive M&A strategy in the DevOps market.”

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019. Financing and advisory services for the transaction will be provided by Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and Ares. William Blair and Shea & Co served as co-financial advisors to Perforce. BofA Merrill Lynch, Evercore, and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC also served as financial advisors in the transaction.

About Perforce

Perforce is a leading provider of enterprise scale software solutions to technology developers and development operations (“DevOps”) teams requiring productivity, visibility and scale during all phases of the development lifecycle. Enterprises across the globe rely on its agile planning and ALM tools, automated mobile and web testing, developer collaboration, static code analysis, version control and repository management solutions as the foundation for successful DevOps at scale. Perforce is trusted by the world’s most innovative brands, including NVIDIA, Pixar, Scania, Ubisoft, and VMware. For more information, please visit

About Francisco Partners

Francisco Partners is an investment firm that specializes in technology and technology-enabled services businesses. Since its launch over 19 years ago, Francisco Partners has raised over $14 billion in committed capital and invested in more than 200 technology companies, making it one of the most active and longstanding investors in the technology industry. The firm invests in opportunities where its deep sectoral knowledge and operational expertise can help companies realize their full potential. For more information, please visit

About Clearlake

Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. is a leading private investment firm founded in 2006. With a sector-focused approach, the firm seeks to partner with world-class management teams by providing patient, long-term capital to dynamic businesses that can benefit from Clearlake’s operational improvement approach, O.P.S.®. The firm’s core target sectors are software and technology-enabled services; industrials and energy; and consumer. Clearlake has managed over $8 billion of institutional capital since inception and its senior investment principals have led or co-led over 100 investments. More information is available at

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Edenred Capital Partners leads €25m investment in Fretlink


We’re excited to announce our Series B investment in Fretlink, the digital freight forwarder disrupting the European road transport. With this Series B round, Fretlinkplans to build a new standard for the organisation of road freight.

Fretlink connects shippers with a large network of local carriers in Europe and acts as a flow orchestrator by providing matching and pricing recommendations based on transportation data analysis, automating operational processes and enabling European shippers to secure, manage and optimize their transport plans. The aim is to help shippers improve the overall performance of their supply chain.

Founded in 2016 in Paris, Fretlink is a key player in the digitalisation of the European freight logistics. The team already works with some of the largest shippers (400+ regular shippers) in France and Europe while partnering with a large network of transportation companies (5000+ registered carriers). Today, the start-up is pioneering the digitisation of the road freight industry with a new data-driven standard of organization and collaboration.

This funding round will allow Fretlink to finance its international expansion by opening new offices in Germany, Belgium and Poland. A core objective has been to improve the services offering to carriers and the new partners will help create the best platform providing a range of benefits and services that will include the purchase of trucks, equipment and accessories at reduced prices and optimization of fuel cost management.

Paul Guillemin, founder and CEO at Fretlink: “With the launch of our service platform, our priority is to help European regional carriers develop and sustain their business, by giving them access to appropriate and lucrative routes, as well as a range of services under advantageous conditions. Models and practices are undergoing radical transformation and we have always been convinced that it is by collaborating with the sector’s experts that we will manage to initiate change. We are delighted today to see Edenred Capital Partners join the Fretlink adventure to help build the road transport sector of the future.

Norbert Furnion, Managing Partner at Edenred Capital Partners: “We decided to invest in this new funding round because the team assembled by Paul Guillemin and Antoine Le Squeren has already delivered a lot in a short period of time and will further help their clients streamline the supply chain. The review of the operations have highlighted many synergies with Edenred which is already one of the world leader in professional Fleet & Mobility .

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INFRAVIA sells to Valorem its participation in Force Hydraulique Antillaise


InfraVia today announces it has agreed to sell to Valorem SA its 49% stake in
Force Hydraulique Antillaise SAS (“FHA”), the leading developer and operator
of hydro power plants in the French Caribbean islands.
FHA provides essential renewable electricity generation services in the French
Caribbean islands, a territory heavily dependent on fossil fuels.
With this transaction, Valorem acquires 51% of FHA from InfraVia and its founder
Raphael Gros (who keeps a 49% stake in the company).
InfraVia had invested in FHA in 2010 when the company operated a portfolio
of 1MW. Today, FHA owns 10.4MW of small scale operational plants, 6.4MW of
ready-to-build assets and has a further pipeline of c.100MW.
For this transaction, InfraVia has been advised by Astris (M&A) and Weil, Gotshal
& Manges (legal).

InfraVia is an independent investment manager dedicated to the infrastructure
sectors. Founded in 2008, InfraVia manages several infrastructure funds, all
positioned as long-term investors across the European infrastructure mid-market.
InfraVia manages EUR 4 billion of assets with 32 people, deployed through 30 portfolio companies across 11 countries in Europe.

Valorem was founded in 1994 and is based in Bègles. Valorem is an independent
renewable energy company which develops renewable energy projects for its own
account and on behalf of third parties. Its services include technical assistance and
development, engineering, construction and operation and maintenance. The company
predominantly develops onshore wind farms, as well as solar and hydro power plants in
France and internationally.

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Gaw Capital Partners Announces Equity Investment in Series C Financing for Tencent Trusted Doctors

Gaw Capital

April 29, 2019, Shanghai – Real estate private equity firm Gaw Capital Partners announced today that a fund under its management has invested in the new round of financing for Tencent Trusted Doctors, a leading online-offline medical service provider in China combining online doctor-to-patient services with offline facilities.
Tencent Trusted Doctors currently connects 440,000 licensed physicians with 10 million patients on its platform. The online platform is supported by comprehensive brick-and-mortar facilities, with 50 physical clinics and outpatient surgery centers and over 1,000 health kiosks in operation. It aims to solve China’s healthcare pain points by providing an offline diagnosis and referral network, connecting online and offline medical services.
Gaw Capital Partners, having been a long-term strategic partner of Tencent Doctorwork prior to the merger, will continue to support Tencent Trusted Doctors’ expansion of its clinics and day surgery centers across Greater China by looking for suitable locations for leasing, introducing strategic partners, and setting up an asset-backed platform to acquire properties for specialists’ clinics or medical offices.
Tencent Trusted Doctors was founded after the merger between Tencent Doctorwork and Trusted Doctor in August 2018. Tencent Trusted Doctors seeks to provide one-stop solutions for patients via its offline and online platforms, creating China’s largest medical service platform that offers high-quality, personalized and affordable medical and healthcare services. The founders and the management team have a thorough understanding of the online medical service market and extensive experience in managing physical medical treatment facilities. The previous merger of Tencent Doctorwork and Trusted Doctors has created an important combination of knowledge and experience in scaling companies in China.
By 2021, Tencent Trusted Doctors plans to open over 500 clinics and day surgery centers. It is projected that one million practicing physicians will use the Tencent Trusted Doctors platform.
Humbert Pang, Managing Principal and Head of China for Gaw Capital Partners, said, “Gaw Capital Partners is delighted to invest in this exceptional new economy investment opportunity by not only providing capital but also our integrated resources in sourcing suitable vacant spaces that meet the needs of Tencent Trusted Doctors’ medical business, and help set up health kiosks and health centers to support Tencent Trusted Doctors’ offline expansion plan.”
This latest investment follows the recent decision by the Chinese government to roll out and standardize a series of supportive policies for Internet-related medical care and social medical services in order to open up the healthcare market to the private sector. The policies aim to eliminate the imbalance in how medical resources are used, ease the heavy burden of public hospitals in China, and build a regional healthcare information platform that integrates medical data and resources.
Gaw Capital has over 13 years of experience investing in and turning around commercial properties in Greater China, including Hong Kong. The firm successfully transformed and repositioned properties such as 133 Wai Yip Street in Hong Kong, a former 12-storey industrial building turned creative office space, and Sky Bridge HQ, a mixed-use project located in the heart of Linkong Economic Park in Shanghai. In recent years, the firm also purchased 29 local Hong Kong shopping malls from Link REIT, which it intends to reposition and revitalize into attractive hubs of community life.

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Dynamo Software Acquires Preqin Solutions

Franciso Partners

Dynamo expands private equity monitoring and valuation capabilities with the acquisition of leading cloud software provider Preqin Solutions, a subsidiary of London-based Preqin Limited

Dynamo Software, the premier provider of comprehensive cloud software and data solutions for the alternative investment industry, announced today that it has acquired Preqin Solutions, formerly Baxon Solutions. Based in London, Preqin Solutions provides cloud-based software for private equity portfolio monitoring, valuation, performance analysis, and ESG impact design and measurement. The acquisition adds significant value across Dynamo’s existing client base of over 500 private fund managers and allocators that use Dynamo’s CRM, deal management, portfolio monitoring, and investor reporting capabilities.

Preqin Solutions’ software enables a broad range of functionality that speeds the collection, transfer, and analysis of data across a private equity portfolio. Key components include the automation of monthly and quarterly performance data collection from underlying portfolio companies; the ability to seamlessly feed data into valuation, cap table and waterfall models; and the inclusion of key market and performance data from Preqin and other third-party data sources. Preqin Solutions’ market-leading features add a new dimension to the Dynamo platform and are clear differentiators in the marketplace. Importantly, the addition of Preqin Solutions’ global customer footprint and employee base brings unique reach and expertise to Dynamo’s product development and client success teams, significantly expanding Dynamo’s existing London and APAC presence.

Dynamo Software and Preqin Limited maintain a long-standing relationship under which Dynamo has utilized Preqin’s data in its core CRM platform, offering customers the ability to access market participant data easily via browser or mobile device. As part of the acquisition, Dynamo and Preqin Limited are strengthening their partnership to facilitate a seamless transition for Preqin Solutions customers and staff and to ensure that existing and new customers can continue to benefit from the Dynamo platform, Preqin Solutions portfolio tools and Preqin data.

“We are excited to welcome the Preqin Solutions team to the Dynamo family and expand our platform with the unique capabilities their system offers.”, commented Hank Boughner, Dynamo’s CEO. “Preqin Solutions’ cloud software is a perfect complement to Dynamo’s deal management, middle, back office, and LP reporting features and will extend the functionality and services we are able to provide to our clients investing in private assets. We look forward to a long-term partnership with Preqin Limited as we continue meeting the needs of sophisticated customers in the alternative investment space.”

Mark O’Hare, founder and Chief Executive of Preqin, added: “We are very pleased to combine the Preqin Solutions business with the Dynamo cloud platform, and we know that Preqin Solutions clients and employees will be in great hands as part of the global Dynamo family. We look forward to continuing our mutually beneficial partnership by ensuring a seamless transition for all Preqin Solutions customers, and by providing Preqin’s high-quality data for use across the Dynamo client base.”

Chris Ferguson, the current CEO of Preqin Solutions, added, “We are thrilled about what Dynamo can offer the business – this move will be of great benefit to both Preqin Solutions’ employees and customers. Going forward, the business will have the best of both worlds: operating as part of a specialist, best-in-class software house while maintaining close ties and data integrations with a market-leading data provider.”

Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Marlin & Associates acted as exclusive strategic and financial advisor to Preqin.

About Dynamo Software

Dynamo Software has provided industry-tailored, highly configurable investment management, reporting and data management cloud software solutions to the global alternative investment industry since 1998. Dynamo provides SaaS solutions across the private investment landscape including: private equity and venture capital funds, real estate investment firms, hedge funds, endowments, pensions, foundations, prime brokers, funds of funds, family offices, and fund administrators. The Dynamo™ platform has improved the productivity of fundraising, deal, management, research, investor servicing, portfolio management, and compliance teams worldwide. Collectively, Dynamo’s 500+ clients manage over $3 trillion in assets.

For more information about Dynamo Software, please visit

About Preqin

Preqin is the home of alternative assets, providing industry-leading intelligence on the market and cutting-edge tools to support participants at every stage of the investment cycle. More than 73,000 industry participants in over 90 countries rely on Preqin as their indispensable source of data, solutions, and insights. Preqin’s data and analyses are frequently presented at industry conferences, and is used in the global financial press and academic journals & white papers. Preqin is always happy to support journalists by providing reports, custom data, and one-on-one interviews.

For more information about Preqin, please visit


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Gimv’s Life Sciences team establishes Advisory Board. Industry veterans Darnaud, Hirth, Kola, Kutay, LeBeaut and Moses joining.


29/04/2019 – 17:45 | Portfolio

Gimv announces it has created a Life Sciences Advisory Board. The new Advisory Board consists of 6 seasoned industry veterans with expertise in drug- and medtech development, company building and M&A. Michel Darnaud (former president cardiac surgery at LivaNova), Peter Hirth (former CEO Plexxikon), Ismail Kola (former CSO UCB), Kasim Kutay (CEO Novo Holdings), Alexandre LeBeaut (CSO Ipsen) and Edwin Moses (former CEO Ablynx) will assist the Gimv Life Sciences team with portfolio development, deal sourcing and assessing general industry trends.

Gimv has been active in Life Sciences since 1982, investing in more than 80 companies and generating a consistent top tier IRR. Successes include Ablynx, Plexxikon, Devgen, Covagen, Prosonix and Endosense. Embedded in the broader Health & Care platform, Gimv’s Life Sciences team is looking to invest in European early and late stage biotech and medtech companies in an amount of EUR 10-25 million per company, with funding coming from Gimv’s balance sheet in an evergreen setting. The Life Sciences team, including partners Karl Nägler, Bram Vanparys and Patrick Van Beneden, manages an active portfolio of 11 companies today and aims to expanding this to 15-20 companies over the coming years.

Karl Nägler: “Creating this advisory board highlights Gimv’s ambitions in the biotech and medtech field for the years to come. At Gimv we want to be partners for ambitious entrepreneurs. By establishing our Advisory Board we broaden the network and add value to our portfolio.”

Bram Vanparys adds “We are very happy to establish a close collaboration with these renowned and successful professionals, each of whom has done great things in our industry. With this collaboration, we can further increase Gimv’s value to patients, portfolio companies and shareholders.”

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