Alexander Thams joins KKR’s European Real Estate team as Head of Nordics

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Appointment strengthens KKR’s growing presence in the Nordics region 

Stockholm, 22 September 2022: KKR, a leading global investment firm, has appointed Alexander Thams as Head of Nordics within KKR’s European Real Estate team, effective immediately. Based in KKR’s Stockholm office, Thams will drive all KKR’s real estate investing activities in the Nordics, while also building out the team within the region.

Thams joins KKR from Pictet Alternative Advisors where he was Head of Nordics, Real Estate, responsible for all real estate investments in the region. Thams has previous experience from working at Alma Property Partners and Niam. He studied Law and Finance at Stockholm University as a double degree, and also holds a Masters in Public Policy and Finance from Northwestern University.

Commenting on his appointment, Guillaume Cassou, Partner and Head of European Real Estate at KKR, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Alex to KKR at an exciting time for our European Real Estate business. The Nordics is a priority growth market for our team, and Alex brings highly relevant expertise and an extensive network that will help build on the strong existing momentum we have across Europe.”

Seb d’Avanzo, Managing Director, Head of Real Estate Acquisitions, Europe, at KKR, added: “Alex is an excellent addition to our European team. His investment experience across the region and asset classes will prove extremely valuable as we accelerate our regional investment strategy and continue to build out the team.”

Alexander Thams, Director and Head of Real Estate Nordics, said: “I’m excited to join such a well-renowned investment firm and to join a team that continues to grow across the region. We are seeing a lot of opportunity in the Nordics, where the economies are stable and showing resilience amid the changing macro environment. I look forward to combining on-the-ground expertise with KKR’s global platform and network to provide a strong foundation for sustainable investments in the region.”

KKR operates a number of real estate strategies in Europe, with the ability to invest across the risk spectrum from Core+ to value-add, including from the firm’s US$2.2 billion fund, KKR Real Estate Partners Europe II, dedicated to value-add and opportunistic real estate investments in Western Europe, which closed in June 2021. The firm has a long history of investing in the Nordics across the different KKR businesses, and an ambition to continue growing the firm’s presence in the region.

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About KKR

KKR is a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management as well as capital markets and insurance solutions. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and supporting growth in its portfolio companies and communities. KKR sponsors investment funds that invest in private equity, credit and real assets and has strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR’s insurance subsidiaries offer retirement, life, and reinsurance products under the management of Global Atlantic Financial Group. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds and insurance subsidiaries. For additional information about KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR), please visit KKR’s website at www.kkr.com and on Twitter @KKR_Co.

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DIF Capital Partners acquires a majority stake in French EV charging operator Bump

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DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”) is pleased to announce that DIF Core-plus Infrastructure Fund III has closed the acquisition of a 55% stake in Bump SAS (“Bump” or the “Company”), a Paris-headquartered Charge Point Operator (“CPO”) that designs, installs, operates and owns Electric Vehicle (“EV”) charging infrastructure.

The Company has a unique positioning by securing mid to long term contracts primarily with EV fleet operators, both in fleet depots and in third party car parks mostly in Paris and Lyon. Founding shareholders include the management team, as well as Otoqi, a mobility services platform, and Firalp, a building contractor specialized in electrical & digital networks. All founding shareholders will remain invested in the Company.

Since inception Bump managed to develop a fast growing existing EV charging infrastructure base, with an expected portfolio of over 1,700 charge points installed or signed by the end of 2022. DIF’s investment will support the Company in significantly growing the portfolio of charge points with the ambition to be one of France’s market leaders in the fast growing B2B segment.

France is a key target market for DIF and is served locally by its 13-person strong team in Paris. The investment in Bump is DIF’s second investment in the sector after the acquisition of a majority stake in Plugit Oy, a leading Finnish EV charging infrastructure company, last year.

Willem Jansonius, Partner and Head of Investments for the DIF CIF strategy, says: “DIF believes that the electrification of transportation will play a critical role in reducing carbon emissions. We are impressed by the management team of Bump and what the Company has realised to date. We are excited to invest alongside the existing shareholders to speed up the rollout of charging infrastructure across France, which is expected to become the second largest EV charging market in Europe”.

François Oudot, CEO of Bump, adds: “We are excited about this opportunity to accelerate our growth and tap the booming French EV market. Partnering with DIF will enable us to secure long term financial resources and benefit from their experience in supporting large capex roll out programs”.

Bump was advised by Celsius Avocats (legal), Finergreen (M&A) and E-Cube (commercial). DIF was advised by Gide (legal and tax), H3P (M&A), Boston Consulting Group (commercial), DNV (technical), Marsh (insurance) and PwC (finance and model audit).

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent investment manager, with ca. EUR 14 billion in assets under management across eleven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in infrastructure companies and assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas, and Australia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF CIF funds, of which DIF CIF III is the latest vintage, target equity investments in small to mid-sized core-plus infrastructure companies in the telecom, energy transition, and transportation sectors.
  • Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure VI is the latest vintage, target core infrastructure equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and energy transition projects (incl. renewable energy).

DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 190 professionals, based in eleven offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, Helsinki, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, New York, Paris, Santiago, Sydney, and Toronto. For more information please visit www.dif.eu.

Contact: Thijs Verburg, t.verburg@dif.eu.

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CapMan Special Situations invests in Niemi Services, the leading moving and logistics services provider in Finland

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CapMan Special Situations invests in Niemi Services, the leading moving and logistics services provider in Finland

The CapMan Special Situations Fund invests in Niemi Services and will support the company’s’ growth as the leading provider of moving and logistics services in Finland.

In connection to the investment made by the CapMan Special Situations Fund, two of the company’s current owners, Ilpo and Kai Niemi, sell their shares in the company. Esa and Juha Niemi continue as main owners of the company and will together with CapMan form the new Board of Directors of the company. Timo Seppä, appointed on September 1st, will continue as the CEO.

Niemi Services is the leading moving and logistics services provider in Finland. Its business is founded on consistently exceeding client expectations. Niemi Services is a forerunner in sustainability; its fleet runs on 100% fossil free fuel, and it invests in services for the circular economy both for enterprise customers as well as for consumers.

“Niemi is the prominent brand in the Finnish moving and logistics services market. As the market leader, the company holds ample opportunities to further expand its business. Strengthening of the company’s governance and management together with the investment capacity through our fund will enable accelerating growth and business development going forward”, says Tuomas Rinne, Partner, CapMan Special Situations.

“This investment and the support of the CapMan Special Situations team makes Niemi Services even stronger. Our journey over the past more than 40 years has demanded continuous renewal while holding on to what is essential us: personalised customer service. The arrangement with CapMan unlocks excellent opportunities to further develop the company’s capabilities and ensure continued success of Niemi Services”, say Esa and Juha Niemi.

CapMan’s investment is subject to the approval by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority.

For more information, please contact:

Tuomas Rinne, Partner, CapMan Special Situations, +358 40 311 6025

Juha Niemi, Board Member, Niemi Services, +358 400 402 307

Esa Niemi, Board Member, Niemi Services, +358 400 452 400

Niemi Services

Niemi Services Ltd is a moving and logistics services company founded in 1981. In 2021 we executed over 120,000 assignments nation-wide, and our revenue was approximately 40 million euros. We employ over 1,200 service professionals. We have been ranked number one in our industry for the 18th time in a row (Taloustutkimus, TEP 2021), and 97,8% of our customers recommends us (Niemi Services 2021). We invest in sustainability. Our entire fleet already operates on non-fossil fuels: biogas, renewable diesel or electricity. Our goal is net-zero emission fleet and carbon neutrality in 2030.

www.niemi.fi/en

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CapMan Special Situations pursues event-driven investment situations by providing flexible capital solutions and strong operational capability to deliver step-change performance improvements.

CapMan Special Situations is part of CapMan Group, a leading Nordic private asset expert with an active approach to value creation and over 4.8 billion in assets under management. Our objective is to provide attractive returns and innovative solutions to investors. We are dedicated to set science-based targets to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. We have a broad presence in the unlisted market through our local and specialised teams. Our investment strategies cover minority and majority investments in portfolio companies and real estate, and infrastructure assets. We also provide wealth management solutions. Our service business includes procurement and analysis, reporting and back office services. Altogether, CapMan employs approximately 180 professionals in Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, London and Luxembourg. We are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki since 2001. www.capman.com

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Gimv partners with the founders of Les Psy Réunis group to develop a leading outpatient mental care provider in Switzerland

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Gimv has invested alongside the founders of the Les Psy Réunis. This investment is aimed at accelerating the development of a network of mental care centers across Switzerland and strengthening its organisation to face the upcoming regulatory changes in the sector. 

Created in 2018 by Doctors Elizabeth and Andrei Cicotti, Les Psy Réunis has established a strong position in the outpatient mental care space in Switzerland. In 2021, the Group’s psychiatrists and psychologists have provided more than 50,000 consultations to patients.

Les Psy Réunis is one of the most dynamic players in its market. Under the leadership of its founders, it has set up a model of group practices preserving the independence of doctors whilst matching the effectiveness of more integrated models. Since inception, it has experienced very strong organic growth and aims to consolidate its market through an efficient operating organisation based on two pillars, quality of care and a strong appeal to treatment providers.

Today the group runs five centres in Geneva and has more than 80 therapists. In partnership with leading doctors, it plans to pursue its growth in its core market as well as in strategic adjacencies (eg. mental care at home, training, etc.) through both organic and external growth. To achieve this, the Group intends to draw on its talents, further develop the current infrastructure and implement its digitisation plan. In order to lead this effort, it has recently strengthened its management team through the appointment of Cédric Alfonso, former CEO of the Clinique Générale-Beaulieu, and of Apolline Eberlé who has extensive experience in supporting healthcare institutions in their digital transformation.

“Choosing the Gimv team as a partner was natural, as we share common values and the same vision for Les Psy Réunis. We were convinced by their knowledge of the healthcare sector, and their ability to provide support in strengthening the organisation and implementing a build-up strategy”, explains Andrei Cicotti, CEO of Les Psy Réunis.

“The Healthcare team has identified the strong demand-supply gap in the outpatient mental care space and has been looking to invest in players able to be part of “the solution”. We are convinced that Les Psy Réunis, created by visionary entrepreneurial doctors, is part of the answer. Our expertise in the consolidation of healthcare subsectors and implementation of ambitious digital and ESG roadmaps, combined with our long-term vision, will be key levers to realize our shared ambition. We are very proud to have been selected by the founders to support them in their development plans” says Gautier Lefebvre, Healthcare Partner at Gimv.

Kevin Klein, Healthcare Principal at Gimv adds: “Les Psy Réunis in our view constitutes an ideal platform for creating a major player in outpatient mental health care in Switzerland. The Group relies on a top-notch team which has demonstrated that its concept delivers excellent results for all stakeholders and is ready for rollout on a larger scale”.

No details are given on the financial side of the operation.

 

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BCI Leads Significant Investment in Authority Brands

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COLUMBIA, MD and VICTORIA, British Columbia – September 20, 2022Authority Brands, a residential services franchising platform in North America, today announced that British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (“BCI”), one of the largest institutional investors in Canada, has agreed to acquire a significant minority stake in the company, alongside funds advised by Apax Partners LLP (“Apax Funds”), which will retain majority ownership.

Authority Brands is the premier home service franchisor in North America. Its family of home service franchise brands are leaders in their industry, providing homeowners with services from the property line to the roof line. Authority Brands’ companies include 12 leading home service franchisors: America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, Homewatch CareGivers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, STOP Restoration and Woofie’s. Together, these brands provide home services through approximately 860 franchise owners across North America.

Since the Apax Funds’ initial investment in 2018, Authority Brands has grown from two home service franchisors to the current 12, expanding into new geographies and services and building out a powerful infrastructure.

“We are proud to have partnered with the Authority Brands team to help build, both organically and through strategic acquisitions, a leading residential services franchising platform,” said Ashish Karandikar, Partner at Apax. “We continue to see significant room for growth by Authority Brands and are pleased to join with BCI and members of the leadership team in the next phase of the company’s journey as they extend their platform through M&A, and strategic initiatives including franchise development, technology transformation and international expansion.”

“As a long-term investor, we seek to invest in market-leading companies with strong management teams, multiple levers for growth, and resilient business models that create shareholder value, such as Authority Brands,” said Dave Hong, Senior Managing Director, Private Equity at BCI. “We look forward to working with Authority Brands and Apax to generate compelling risk-adjusted returns for our pension plan and insurance fund clients.”

“We could not be more pleased than to continue to build the premier residential services franchisor in partnership with Apax and BCI,” said Craig Donaldson, Chief Executive Officer of Authority Brands. “Both partners will add substantial value as we aim to capture further share in the highly fragmented home services market, including by evaluating M&A opportunities in new service verticals.”

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to be completed in Q4 2022, subject to customary closing conditions.

Apax was advised by Harris Williams, Boxwood Partners, William Blair & Company, Moelis & Company (financial advisors), Kirkland & Ellis, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, DLA Piper, and Lathrop GPM (legal counsel), and Ernst & Young (financial and tax advisor).

 

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About BCI
British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI) is amongst the largest institutional investors in Canada with C$211.1 billion under management, as of March 31, 2022. Based in Victoria, British Columbia, with offices in Vancouver and New York City, BCI is invested in: fixed income and private debt; public and private equity; infrastructure and renewable resources; as well as real estate equity and real estate debt through our independently operated platform company QuadReal Property Group. With our global outlook, we seek investment opportunities that convert savings into productive capital that will meet our clients’ risk and return requirements over time.

BCI’s private equity program actively manages a C$24.8 billion global portfolio of privately held companies and funds with long-term growth potential. Leveraging our sector-focused teams in business services, consumer, financial services, healthcare, industrials, and technology, media and telecommunications, we work with strategic private equity partners to source and manage direct and co-sponsor/co-investment opportunities.

For more information, please visit bci.ca.

About Apax Partners LLP

Apax Partners LLP (“Apax”) is a leading global private equity advisory firm. For nearly 50 years, Apax has worked to inspire growth and ideas that transform businesses. The firm has raised and advised funds with aggregate commitments of more than $60 billion. The Apax Funds invest in companies across four global sectors of Internet/Consumer, Tech, Services, and Healthcare. These funds provide long-term equity financing to build and strengthen world-class companies. For more information see: www.apax.com.

Apax Partners is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK.

About Authority Brands

Authority Brands is the premier residential services franchising platform providing services from the property line to the roof line. Authority Brands’ companies include 12 leading home service franchisors: America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, Homewatch CareGivers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, STOP Restoration and Woofie’s. Together, these brands provide home services through approximately 860 franchise owners across North America. Authority Brands, which is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, is dedicated to supporting individual franchise owner growth with a full suite of marketing, technology, and operational support, allowing them to focus on providing exceptional service to homeowners. Please visit www.authoritybrands.com for more information.

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KKR Invests in Hero Future Energies in $450 Million Transaction

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NEW DELHI–(BUSINESS WIRE)– KKR, a leading global investment firm, and Hero Future Energies (“HFE” or the “Company”), the renewable energy arm of the Hero Group, today announced the signing of definitive agreements under which KKR and the Hero Group will invest $450 million in the Company. This investment will position HFE for continued growth and support its efforts to expand its renewable energy capacity and capabilities across technologies such as solar, wind, battery storage, and green hydrogen, and into new markets over time. Through its range of solutions, HFE will also look to support companies in their efforts to decarbonize and transition towards sustainable energy sources to achieve their net zero emission goals.

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Founded in 2012, Hero Future Energies is a leading independent power producer (“IPP”) in India with a diversified portfolio of 1.6 GW of operating solar and wind projects.

Beyond supporting HFE’s growth, this round of investment led by KKR will help accelerate India’s energy transition. It advances the country’s significant effort to expand renewable energy capacity, reduce carbon emissions by 1 billion tons by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2070, as energy demand continues to grow alongside economic development. Private sector participation, including from global investors, is expected to be a key enabler for India to meet these targets, in lockstep with supportive government policies.1

Hardik Shah, Partner at KKR, said, “Hero Future Energies is a pioneer in India’s renewables sector, and has a strong track record of delivering innovative clean energy solutions to support India’s renewable energy ambitions. HFE’s clean energy solutions play an important role in helping companies decarbonize as energy demands continue to grow. We look forward to working closely with HFE’s management team and existing investors, including the Hero Group and IFC, to help HFE achieve its next phase of growth and contribute to the energy transition efforts in India and globally.”

Rahul Munjal, Chairman & Managing Director of Hero Future Energies, said, “I am happy to welcome KKR as a strategic partner in our company to achieve our goal of expanding renewable energy capacity across multiple geographies by 2025. With this investment, Hero Future Energies will work to accelerate India’s energy transition and contribute to the Indian government’s target of generating half the country’s power from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030.”

Srivatsan Iyer, Global CEO of Hero Future Energies, added, “KKR’s investment will drive Hero Future Energies’ growth in the rapidly growing renewable energy markets domestically and globally, as well as in new technologies such as battery storage, solar-wind hybrid projects, round-the-clock power, and green hydrogen, among others. This partnership is also a validation of our core strengths and capabilities in design and engineering, development, and project execution, while achieving excellence in health, safety and environment standards.”

Isabel Chatterton, Asia Pacific Regional Head of Infrastructure at IFC, said, “IFC is pleased to welcome KKR as a strategic partner on our longstanding investment in Hero Future Energies. This investment will enhance the company’s growth plans both in India and globally, meeting surging energy demands and mitigating against climate impacts with reliable and affordable clean energy solutions. Hero Future Energies has been successful in building a leading renewables platform that will help accelerate the transition to a sustainable, green economy.”

KKR makes its investment from its Asia Pacific Infrastructure Fund. The investment in Hero Future Energies builds on KKR’s extensive experience in India and the renewables sector. Since 2011, KKR has deployed over $15 billion in equity globally to invest in renewable assets, such as solar and wind, which have an operational power generation capacity of 23 GW, as of December 31, 2021. In Asia Pacific, KKR sees renewables as core to its infrastructure strategy and seeks to capture the significant opportunities across the region. In 2020, KKR set up Virescent Infrastructure, a renewable energy platform to own and operate renewable assets in India. In 2022, KKR launched Aster Renewable Energy, a renewables platform to develop, build and operate solar, wind, and energy storage projects in Taiwan and Vietnam, with a view to expand to other markets across the region.

About Hero Future Energies

Established in 2012, Hero Future Energies is present across multiple states in India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Singapore, Ukraine and the UK. The company is an independent power producer (IPP) with about 1.6 GW of operating assets across utility and commercial & industrial sectors. The company plans to invest progressively in grid connected solar and wind, rooftop sectors, energy storage and green hydrogen over the next few years in India and internationally.

About KKR

KKR is a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management as well as capital markets and insurance solutions. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and supporting growth in its portfolio companies and communities. KKR sponsors investment funds that invest in private equity, credit and real assets and has strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR’s insurance subsidiaries offer retirement, life, and reinsurance products under the management of Global Atlantic Financial Group. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds and insurance subsidiaries. For additional information about KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR), please visit KKR’s website at www.kkr.com and on Twitter @KKR_Co.

About IFC

IFC—a member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2022, IFC committed a record $32.8 billion to private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity as economies grapple with the impacts of global compounding crises. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.

1 Moody’s, June 2022: Policy support and low-cost capital key to India meeting renewable energy targets

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EQT Life Sciences announces strategic alliance of its portfolio company iSTAR Medical with AbbVie

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Alliance will provide opportunity for AbbVie to further expand its diverse eye care portfolio and provide additional treatment options for glaucoma patients.

Collaboration further supports the role of MINIject® in the treatment of glaucoma and accelerates goal to bring MINIject to more patients globally.

Deal terms include a $60M upfront payment to iSTAR Medical.

iSTAR Medical to continue development and commercialization of the MINIject device up to completion of the U.S. PMA study.

EQT Life Sciences today announced that AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) and iSTAR Medical SA have entered into a strategic transaction to further develop and commercialize iSTAR Medical’s MINIject® device, a next-generation minimally invasive glaucoma surgical (MIGS) device for patients with glaucoma. This complementary alliance will support iSTAR Medical’s development and commercial efforts for MINIject®, as well as provide an opportunity to expand AbbVie’s eye care business, building on its glaucoma portfolio which includes drops, sustained release implants, and stent offerings. iSTAR Medical is a portfolio company of the LSP Health Economics Fund 2 managed by the EQT Life Sciences team.

MINIject® received Conformité Européenne (CE) marking approval to commercialize in European countries in the last quarter of 2021 and launched commercially in select European countries in early 2022. iSTAR Medical is currently enrolling a U.S. Pre-Market Approval study (STAR-V) to enable commercialization in the U.S.

“As a leading company in eye care with a commitment to a broad and diverse portfolio from the front to the back of the eye, along with our global footprint and infrastructure in glaucoma, we are well-positioned to support bringing this MIGS offering to patients and glaucoma specialists through this strategic alliance,” said Michael Robinson, M.D, Vice President, Global Therapeutic Area Head of Eye Care, AbbVie. “This alliance with iSTAR Medical is an important step as we continue to be an innovator in glaucoma by maximizing the value of interventional approaches throughout the treatment paradigm.”

“Today’s announcement is validation of the transformational role of MINIject in the treatment of glaucoma,” said Michel Vanbrabant, Chief Executive Officer, iSTAR Medical. “Our commitment has always been to enable more glaucoma patients globally to be treated effectively in a minimally-invasive manner with our MINIject® MIGS device, and this alliance accelerates that goal, especially in the United States. We will benefit from AbbVie’s strong global experience and knowledge base already established in glaucoma, and we are excited to be working with such a world class team.”

Under the terms of the agreement, iSTAR Medical will receive a $60M non-dilutive upfront payment and will continue to develop and commercialize MINIject® until completion of the STAR-V clinical study. AbbVie will hold the exclusive right to acquire iSTAR Medical and lead subsequent global development and commercialization of the MINIject device. If AbbVie exercises the right to acquire iSTAR, the stockholders of iSTAR Medical would also be eligible to receive additional contingent payments of up to $475M in a closing payment and upon achievement of certain predetermined milestones.

iSTAR Medical will remain an independent company through the completion of the STAR-V study. This financing will support the continued development and commercialization of MINIject®, including ongoing clinical studies and further enhancements to the technology. SVB Securities LLC acted as financial advisor to iSTAR Medical.

Forward-Looking Statements

Some statements in this news release are, or may be considered, forward-looking statements for purposes of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “project” and similar expressions, among others, generally identify forward-looking statements. AbbVie cautions that these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, failure to realize the expected benefits from AbbVie’s acquisition of Allergan plc (“Allergan”), failure to promptly and effectively integrate Allergan’s businesses, competition from other products, challenges to intellectual property, difficulties inherent in the research and development process, adverse litigation or government action, changes to laws and regulations applicable to our industry and the impact of public health outbreaks, epidemics or pandemics, such as COVID-19. Additional information about the economic, competitive, governmental, technological and other factors that may affect AbbVie’s operations is set forth in Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” of AbbVie’s 2021 Annual Report on Form 10-K, which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as updated by its subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. AbbVie undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to forward-looking statements as a result of subsequent events or developments, except as required by law.

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EQT Private Equity sells its stake in GPA Global

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  • EQT Private Equity has sold its stake in GPA Global, a packaging services provider with operations across North America, Europe, and Asia, to Ontario Teachers’
  • Under EQT Private Equity’s tenure, GPA Global has transformed from an Asia-focused consumer electronics packaging specialist, into a global packaging platform serving a well-diversified mix of customers and end-markets
  • The sale of GPA Global represents another successful exit for EQT Private Equity in Asia and further cements EQT’s overall momentum in APAC

EQT is pleased to announce that the EQT Mid Market Asia III fund (“EQT Private Equity”) has completed the sale of its co-control stake in GPA Global (“GPA” or the “Company”) to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (“Ontario Teachers’”).

Founded in 2007, GPA Global is a global packaging services provider. The Company offers a comprehensive suite of end-to-end services across the packaging value chain; including prototyping, design, vendor management, production and supply chain logistics. GPA provides these services to some of the world’s most well-known brands, and has more than 600 customers across the beverage, consumer electronics, healthcare, beauty and jewelry end-markets.

Since EQT Private Equity’s investment in 2017, GPA has substantially expanded its capability set and geographic footprint, and transitioned from an Asian focus into a global platform operating across North America, Europe and Asia. Over the five year period, the Company has grown its operating base from a single office in Asia to 31 global offices and facilities, including four in-house production facilities, and expanded its employee base from around 150 to 2,000 today.

GPA’s expansion has partly been enabled by the successful completion of seven strategic add-on acquisitions. These acquisitions served to diversify the Company’s revenue base, enhance its global manufacturing capabilities, and elevate its ability to deliver a differentiated value proposition to customers.

To support its rapid growth, GPA also invested heavily in building a deep management bench with the appropriate skill-set to help future-proof its operations. This included on-boarding regional heads in North America and Europe following relevant acquisitions in those markets, and also bolstering functional senior leadership in the areas of finance, HR, digital and sustainability.

Tom Wang, Co-Founder and President of GPA said, “GPA has undergone a transformation over the past five years, from an Asia-centric consumer electronics packaging specialist, into its position today as a truly global packaging platform that has a strong market position across a diversified mix of attractive end-markets. EQT has been instrumental in supporting this journey and have been great partners in the development of our business.”

Adam Melton, Co-Founder and CEO of GPA commented, “The growth GPA has achieved over the past five years is a testament to our differentiated value proposition in the packaging market. Our amazing global team bring innovation, customer-centricity and a nimble mindset to help our customers’ unique products shine in a crowded marketplace. Our whole team have enjoyed the partnership with EQT, and are equally excited about our future with Ontario Teachers’.”

David Forde, Managing Director within EQT Private Equity’s Advisory Team, said, “GPA is a great example of how EQT can partner with founder management teams to unlock the full potential of their business, and support their global expansion ambitions. In addition to growing earnings five-fold over the investment period, GPA has also thoughtfully laid the foundations for sustained long-term growth through a continued broadening of its capability set, geographic presence and addressable end-markets.”

Evercore acted as financial advisor to GPA Global and EQT Private Equity on the transaction, and Baker McKenzie as legal advisor to EQT Private Equity.

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EQT is a purpose-driven global investment organization with EUR 77 billion in assets under management as of 30 June 2022, across 36 active funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas with total sales of approximately EUR 29 billion and more than 280,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership.

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Xeneta Raises $80 Million led by Apax Digital

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Investment to Fuel Expansion of Xeneta’s Breakthrough Container Shipping & Air Cargo Market Analytics Platform

Xeneta, the leading ocean and air freight rate benchmarking and market analytics platform, today announced an $80 million investment at a $265 million valuation led by funds advised by Apax Digital, the growth equity arm of Apax, a leading global private equity advisory firm, with participation from NY-based Lugard Road Capital. With this investment, Xeneta will accelerate investments in platform development and continue scaling its global commercial teams. This will support expansion into new markets as companies seek to develop resilient supply chains to counter global trade volatility.

A global pandemic, geo-political uncertainty, and climate-related events have led to an unpredictable market where supply and demand continue to shift, leaving supply chain, logistics, and transportation professionals scrambling for visibility. As organizations undergo efforts to navigate instabilities in the market, access to readily available and actionable freight rate data has emerged as a strategic priority. In this new context, ocean shipping and air cargo transportation costs have been elevated to company board-level discussions. Additionally, in an increasingly data-driven world, procurement, finance, and other corporate functions cannot operate effectively without data that is fit for purpose.

Xeneta stands in stark contrast to other shipping rate and index solutions by providing organizations with the world’s largest, neutral and most accurate data source of real-time, on-demand ocean container and air freight rate market intelligence, whether for long-term contracts or spot trades. The Xeneta platform delivers the one-two punch that modern companies look for in digitizing their overall freight procurement or selling operations by providing access to an unrivaled amount of rate data (with 10 million rates added a month), as well as incorporating advanced analytics and visualization. The all-in-one platform delivers further value by providing data and insights on capacity, reliability, blank sailings, detention and demurrage, dynamic load factor, emissions data, and more.

Xeneta’s novel crowdsourced approach levels the playing field for ocean and air freight buyers and sellers offering benchmarking, tendering, budgeting, planning, and reporting capabilities. Amidst global supply chain and logistics challenges, Xeneta’s intelligence ensures that companies’ cargoes get to where it needs to be, when it needs to be there, all at the right price.

“While global trade tries to get back on its feet after a couple of years of uncertainty, it’s clear that the overall logistics industry requires a re-think of how freight is bought and sold. This new funding will help us accelerate development of our platform and add even more datasets to enrich our expert industry analyses to further drive transparency in the market,” said Xeneta CEO and Co-founder Patrik Berglund. “We are proud to have a renowned global fund like Apax Digital and its expert operational team to work alongside us as we enter our next stage of growth.”

Mark Beith, Partner at Apax Digital, who joins the company’s Board of Directors, said: “Buyers and sellers of freight have been flying blind in a complex and opaque market. Xeneta’s world-leading dataset and cutting-edge platform provide unique access to granular real-time information and insight, enabling data-driven freight sales and purchases. This delivers compelling value for their blue-chip customer base – not just in sales or procurement, but also in budgeting and reporting, and increasingly in ESG monitoring. We’re thrilled to partner with Patrik and the Xeneta team and help deliver their vision.”

Xeneta’s customer portfolio includes amongst others: Electrolux, Unilever, Nestle, Zebra Technologies, Thyssenkrupp, Volvo, General Mills, Procter & Gamble, and John Deere.

About Xeneta

Xeneta is the leading ocean and air freight rate benchmarking and market analytics platform transforming the shipping and logistics industry. Xeneta’s powerful reporting and analytics platform provides liner-shipping and air cargo stakeholders the data they need to understand current and historical market behavior, reporting live on market average and low/high movements for both short- and long-term contracts. Xeneta’s data comprises more than 300 million contracted container and air freight rates and covers more than 160,000 global trade routes. Xeneta is a privately held company with headquarters in Oslo, Norway, with regional offices in New Jersey, USA, Hamburg, Germany, and Copenhagen, Denmark. To learn more, please visit www.xeneta.com.

About Apax and Apax Digital

The Apax Digital Funds specialize in growth equity and growth buyout investments in high-growth enterprise software, consumer internet, and technology-enabled services companies worldwide. The Apax Digital team leverages Apax’s deep tech investing expertise, global platform, and specialized operating experts, to enable technology companies and their management teams to accelerate the achievement of their full potential. For further information, please visit www.apaxdigital.com.

Apax Partners LLP (“Apax”) is a leading global private equity advisory firm. For 50 years, Apax has worked to inspire growth and ideas that transform businesses. The firm has raised and advised funds with aggregate commitments of more than $60 billion. The Apax Funds invest in companies across four global sectors of Tech, Services, Healthcare, and Internet/Consumer. These funds provide long-term equity financing to build and strengthen world-class companies. For more information see: www.apax.com.

Eurazeo expands its offer dedicated to individual investors with the launch of Eurazeo Principal Investments Fund

Eurazeo

Eurazeo is continuing to expand its range of funds accessible to individual investors with the launch of Eurazeo Principal Investments fund , mainly intended to be distributed through life insurance contracts (unit-linked), yet also available through direct investment. With this novel arrangement, Eurazeo aims to facilitate the access to professional private equity investments by simplifying the subscription process – particularly via unit-linked life insurance policies – as well as lowering the subscription threshold and allowing savers to invest in a portfolio that is committed from its inception.

As soon as it is launched, the fund will be available at AG2R La Mondiale and at Generali, with a minimum investment of €5,000, and then through life insurance policies in the leading French insurers.

For the first time in the history of private equity funds in France, Investors will be able to subscribe via IZNES, a platform that uses a secure blockchain technology. For subscriptions made via our banking and wealth management partners, the minimum investment amounts to €10,000.

Eurazeo Principal Investments will focus on the buyout and growth investment strategies: the fund will accompany around 30 companies in their growth, particularly in the healthcare, tech and financial services sectors, mainly in Europe, but will also have some exposure to US companies seeking to develop internationally. Just like other Eurazeo Funds that are dedicated to individual investors, Eurazeo Principal Investments will co-invest alongside Eurazeo’s institutional strategies. The fund has obtained the Relance label certification (awarded in France to funds that are supporting the post-Covid recovery of their investees) and allows savers to help finance promising SMEs.

After the recent launch of European Real Estate II ELTIF – a fund offering real estate investments – Eurazeo Principal Investments supplements and enhances Eurazeo’s funds offering to individual investors across all of its investment strategies (private equity, private debt and real estate).

Eurazeo Principal Investments has a target size of €250 million and, thanks to the support of the Eurazeo group, is committed to the following six companies at the time of its launch: Premium, I-Tracing, DiliTrust, Altaïr, Cranial Technologies and Scaled Agile.

For more than 20 years, Eurazeo has been committed to making private equity investment accessible to individual investors, and now manages more than €3 billion of assets for more than 100,000 investors. Eurazeo’s funds intended to individual investors are distributed solely by its banking, insurance and wealth management partners.

Luc Maruenda, Partner, Private Wealth Solutions, said:

“As pioneers of the democratization of private equity we are very happy to announce the launch of this new fund today. This shows our desire to innovate for the benefit of savers. The fund’s units will not be listed but will be available as part of unit-linked life insurance policies, allowing investors to give meaning to their savings by helping the financing of high-potential sectors. By continuing to expand our range, we seek to offer new investment opportunities in buoyant sectors and address all types of investors. For investees, the fund also provides new sources of funding to support their growth.”

Benoit Courmont, member of AG2R La Mondiale’s Group Management Committee in charge of retirement savings and wealth management, added:

“In 2017, we decided to offer the first Eurazeo fund to accessible via life insurance policies. Six years later, the appetite of wealth management clients for this asset class continues to significantly grow. As a result, we had no hesitation in deciding to offer the Eurazeo Principal Investments fund from its inception. We were immediately attracted to the idea of offering our wealth management clients this unprecedented opportunity to benefit from institutional strategies that are already committed to existing buyout transactions.”

About Eurazeo

  • Eurazeo is a leading global investment company, with a diversified portfolio of €32.5 billion in assets under management, including nearly €23.4 billion from third parties, invested in 530 companies. With its considerable private equity, venture capital, private debt as well as real estate and infrastructure asset expertise, Eurazeo accompanies companies of all sizes, supporting their development through the commitment of its nearly 360 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, London, Frankfurt, Berlin, Milan, Madrid, Luxembourg, Shanghai, Seoul, Singapore and Sao Paulo.
  • Eurazeo is listed on Euronext Paris.
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