EQT launches Growth strategy – Marc Brown joins as Head of EQT Growth

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  • Microsoft Corporate Vice President Marc Brown joins as Partner and Head of EQT Growth
  • EQT Growth – a new and dedicated investment strategy focused on partnering with founders and management teams of market leading companies through growth investments in a range of technology, technology-enabled, and scalable businesses
  • Launch of a Growth strategy positions EQT among the very few private markets firms in the world with investment strategies that address the needs of companies throughout their lifecycle

EQT today announces that Marc Brown, former Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Corporate Development, has joined as Partner and Head of EQT Growth. Having overseen Microsoft’s M&A and strategic investment activities, leading more than 185 acquisitions (including LinkedIn, GitHub and Minecraft) and 80 strategic equity investments (including Flipkart, Databricks and Graphcore), Marc’s experience across the technology industry landscape makes him perfectly suited to lead the EQT Growth strategy.

Earlier this year, Carolina Brochado joined EQT as Partner in London and will join the Growth team. Formerly a partner at both Softbank and Atomico, Carolina has experience across several investment disciplines, including private equity, venture capital and growth. In addition to Carolina Brochado and Marc Brown, the initial EQT Growth team will also include EQT veterans and Partners Victor Englesson, Dominik Stein and Johan Svanström, and Henrik Landgren, Motherbrain Partner, who will work across Ventures and Growth.

EQT Growth is a key pillar in EQT’s overall ambition to be the preferred partner to founders and management teams as they build and grow market leading businesses that have the bold ambition of making the world a better place. More specifically, EQT Growth will explore thematic growth opportunities between venture capital and private equity that are aligned with EQT’s key investment areas such as B2B tech, healthcare tech, impact tech and consumer/prosumer tech. EQT AB will utilize its balance sheet to support investments aligned with the EQT Growth strategy.

EQT Growth will be an extension from a number of successful growth transactions from EQT’s Mid Market, Private Equity and Ventures investment strategies (such as Epidemic Sound, Freepik, Sportradar, Banking Circle, AutoStore, and Wolt). Motherbrain, EQT’s proprietary in-house artificial intelligence (AI) system, will also play a crucial role in the EQT Growth strategy in assisting in identifying trends and sourcing potential investment opportunities.

Per Franzén, Partner and co-head of EQT Private Equity said: “We’re pleased to welcome Marc and Carolina to EQT and look forward to a strong collaboration across the entire Private Capital platform. They will bring vast technology and investment experience The Growth strategy will apply EQT’s thematic focus and seek future champions, and will be a critical next step in the development of EQT Private Capital and further manifesting our future-proofing and positive impact approach.”

Christian Sinding, CEO of EQT said: ”Building this strong team is a true milestone in EQT’s desire to become the preferred partner to the best high-growth market leaders across Europe and beyond. Adding a growth-focused strategy fits us perfectly as it complements EQT’s ’ecosystem’. In fact, EQT is now one of the very few private markets firms in the world with investment strategies that cover and support companies from the startup phase all the way until mature, leading businesses. This makes us a smarter investor and an even better partner to management teams. Finally, EQT Growth is a great example of how we can use EQT AB’s balance sheet to accelerate the development of new initiatives where we can generate strong sustainable returns for EQT’s investors.”

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EQT Press Office press@eqtpartners.com

About EQT
EQT is a differentiated global investment organization with a 25-year track-record of consistent investment performance across multiple geographies, sectors, and strategies. EQT has raised more than EUR 62 billion since inception and currently has around EUR 40 billion in assets under management across 20 active funds within three business segments – Private Capital, Real Assets and Credit.

With its roots in the Wallenberg family’s entrepreneurial mindset and philosophy of long-term ownership, EQT is guided by a set of strong values and a distinct corporate culture. EQT manages and advises funds and vehicles that invest across the world with the mission to future-proof companies, generate attractive returns and make a positive impact with everything EQT does.

The EQT AB Group comprises EQT AB (publ) and its direct and indirect subsidiaries, which include general partners and fund managers of EQT funds as well as entities advising EQT funds. EQT has offices in 17 countries across Europe, Asia Pacific and North America with more than 700 employees.

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EQT Infrastructure V to co-invest in Deutsche Glasfaser

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EQT Infrastructure V has signed an agreement to co-invest alongside EQT Infrastructure IV in Deutsche Glasfaser (“the Company”). Post the closing of the transaction, EQT Infrastructure V will hold a 12 percent stake in the Company.

After the acquisition of inexio late last year and of Deutsche Glasfaser (closed in May 2020), EQT Infrastructure IV combined the two companies into the new Deutsche Glasfaser Group. Following the merger of the two companies, additional growth and development opportunities have been identified. EQT Infrastructure V’s participation will help to capture these opportunities and secure support for the new Deutsche Glasfaser Group’s full potential plan.

Deutsche Glasfaser Group will continue to execute, and accelerate, the strategy announced in connection with the closing of the acquisition in May 2020. In short, the strategy includes growth of the Company by pursuing a large-scale deployment of “fiber-to-the-home” internet access in rural Germany.

The closing of the transaction is expected in Q4 2020. With the acquisition of a stake in Deutsche Glasfaser, EQT Infrastructure V is expected to be 10-15 percent invested based on its target fund size, and EQT Infrastructure IV is expected to be 80-85 percent invested.

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EQT Press Office, press@eqtpartners.com

About EQT
EQT is a differentiated global investment organization with more than EUR 62 billion in raised capital and around EUR 40 billion in assets under management across 20 active funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America with total sales of more than EUR 27 billion and approximately 159,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership.

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About Deutsche Glasfaser
Deutsche Glasfaser was founded in 2011 and has since then been pioneering “fiber-to-the-home” roll-out in rural areas in Germany. Today the Company is Germany‘s leading “fiber-to-the-home” platform with a best-in-class roll-out machine, providing its fiber-based broadband to more than 1 million homes passed and employing more than 1,100 FTE.

More info: www.deutsche-glasfaser.de

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Unlocking the power of data-driven marketing

Gp Bullhound

New York, 15 October 2020

GP Bullhound acted as exclusive financial advisor to digital marketing firm Linkmedia 360 (“Linkmedia”), on its sale to GlynnDevins.

Linkmedia, founded in 2004 and based in the Cleveland, Ohio area, is a data-driven, digital marketing company that leverages data science initiatives in digital channels to ultimately support sales growth with a framework revolving around analytics, insights and action.

The acquisition strengthens GlynnDevins’ digital offering and improves its portfolio of products and services that effectively support sales and lead generation for its clients. Linkmedia Managing Partners David Wolf and Chad Luckie will serve roles on GlynnDevins leadership team. Linkmedia will maintain its office location in Independence, OH and will now be branded as Linkmedia 360 – a GlynnDevins company.

“We have long-admired GlynnDevins’ success,” said Wolf. “Combining our strengths ensures our current and future clients will continue to receive top of line marketing execution and the best value and ROI around their marketing spend.”

“We have built a reputation based on data science and marketing experience that has proven to be successful in advancing our clients’ sales and business goals. Joining GlynnDevins is a tremendous opportunity to continue to accelerate our clients’ successes with data-driven marketing solutions.” said Luckie.

Wolf went on to say, “With their extensive expertise and network in the sector, GP Bullhound has been a great advisory partner for us. They lock-stepped with us through the entire process and their team went above and beyond throughout the engagement.”

Adam Birnbaum, Director at GP Bullhound, stated: “We are delighted to have helped Linkmedia find its ideal strategic partner in GlynnDevins. The combination creates a leader in digital marketing, and we look forward to observing their continued growth and success.”

This transaction is further testament to GP Bullhound’s expertise in the digital services sector, with 20 deals completed in the last 24 months in the sector alone, having previously advised on the merger of Orca Pacific with MightyHive, the acquisition of Jellyfish by Fimalac, the acquisition of Dudnyk by Fishawack and the acquisition of Eruptr by HIG, among many others.

Enquiries

For enquiries, please contact:

Adam Birnbaum, Director

adam.birnbaum@gpbullhound.com

About GP Bullhound

GP Bullhound is a leading technology advisory and investment firm, providing transaction advice and capital to the world’s best entrepreneurs and founders. Founded in 1999, the firm today has offices in London, San Francisco, Stockholm, Berlin, Manchester, Paris, Hong Kong, Madrid and New York. For more information, please visit www.gpbullhound.com.

 

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Koyeb raised €1.4M first round to support your serverless journey

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Koyeb simplifies serverless application deployment and data-processing with a unified experience for containers, functions, and ready-to-use integrations. Koyeb is designed for the cloud-native world with native continuous deployment and GitHub integration, all combined with the ability to use the Cloud and API providers of your choice.

We’ve seen massive interest in the Koyeb technology from engineers and companies wanting to spend less time operating complex infrastructures and streamline the development of new features.

At a time where data is everywhere, Koyeb provides strong primitives for data-processing and realtime event-driven processing capabilities to build reactive, data-driven, applications.

We’re happy to provide 1000 hours of compute, 1TB of storage, and 5TB of bandwidth per month for free until the end of the year! Get your account now!

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Frog named VC & Growth House of the Year for second year running

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15th October 2020 by Frog

We’re delighted to announce that we have come away with the “Venture & Growth Capital House of the Year” award at Unquote’s British Private Equity Awards for the second consecutive year.

The award ceremony was held as a virtual event and recognises the contribution of private equity to the growth of British business every year. We were in good company in the growth category, with Foresight and YFM Equity Partners also nominated.

According to Unquote, a leading European private equity specialist and the company behind the awards, our win was awarded for consistently maintaining high standards of work for the whole year, including fundraising.

Unquote says: “The judges and public voters were impressed by Frog Capital’s achievements over the judging period. The firm secured a first close for its new fund, Frog European Growth II (FEG II), with a target of €150m. Frog also finalised two investments, first with Amazon analytics software company, Sellics, which wrapped up FEG I, and secondly with health and safety software business SHE Software, kicking off the investment period for FEG II.

“Frog also completed two strong exits: EDITED was sold to Wavecrest while Skimlinks was exited to strategic trade buyer Connexity (with the deal completing during the Covid-19 crisis). Frog’s remaining portfolio has also performed well through Covid-19, with no companies requiring emergency funding, six out of eight companies continuing to grow in 2020, and 85% either profitable or funded to profitability.”

You can learn more about the award announcement here.

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Tarsus Pharmaceuticals Inc. Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering

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| Source: Tarsus Pharmaceuticals, Inc

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Tarsus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (“Tarsus”) a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutic candidates to address large market opportunities initially in ophthalmic conditions, today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 5,500,000 shares of common stock at a public offering price of $16.00 per share, for gross proceeds of $88.0 million, before underwriting discounts, commissions, and offering expenses payable by Tarsus. In addition, Tarsus has granted the underwriters an option for a period of 30 days to purchase up to 825,000 additional shares of common stock at the initial public offering price, less underwriting discounts and commissions. All shares are being offered and sold by Tarsus.

Tarsus’ common stock is expected to begin trading on The Nasdaq Global Select Market on October 16, 2020 under the symbol “TARS.” The offering is expected to close on or about October 20, 2020, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

BofA Securities, Jefferies and Raymond James are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering. LifeSci Capital and Ladenburg Thalmann are acting as co-managers for the offering.

A registration statement relating to the offering of these securities was declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on October 15, 2020. Copies of the registration statement can be accessed by visiting the SEC website at www.sec.gov. The securities referred to in this release are to be offered only by means of a prospectus. A preliminary prospectus describing the terms of the offering has been filed with the SEC and forms a part of the effective registration statement. When available, a copy of the final prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained from BofA Securities, NC1-004-03-43, 200 North College Street, 3rd floor, Charlotte, NC 28255-0001, Attn: Prospectus Department, or by email at dg.prospectus_requests@bofa.com; Jefferies at 1-877-821-7388 or by email at prospectus_department@jefferies.com; and Raymond James at 1-800-248-8863 or by email at prospectus@raymondjames.com.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of that jurisdiction.

About Tarsus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Tarsus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutic candidates to address large market opportunities, initially in ophthalmic conditions, where there are limited treatment alternatives. It is advancing its pipeline to address several diseases across therapeutic categories including eye care, dermatology, and other diseases with high, unmet needs. Its lead product candidate, TP-03, is a novel therapeutic in Phase 2b/3 that is being developed for the treatment of Demodex blepharitis.

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Pascale Communications, LLC
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The Future of Repetitive, Physically Demanding and Dangerous Work: DCVC Co-leads Investment in Agility Robotics

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By Kelly Chen and Matt Ocko 10.15.20

It’s difficult to imagine a time when humans labored over what is now done by washing machines, looms, tractors, and excavators. These tedious and physically demanding activities were the early low hanging fruit of automation that allowed society to scale, creating, not destroying jobs in the last 140 years, and vastly improving quality of life.

We’re now at another transformative moment as we see the side effects of an accelerating population shift; our able-bodied working age group is massively shrinking as a percentage of the population. Yet, even as this demographic shrinks, in many critical industries like e-commerce or logistics, hard manual labor is still critical and in growing demand.

This work is repetitive, physically demanding or even dangerous, and the part of the population carrying its burden is rapidly disappearing (see below). Nearly every week, we see news reports scattered with references to accident and injury rates in warehousing facilities that should have us alarmed about the nature of this work.

Additionally, due to the physically-intensive nature of these roles, it’s incredibly difficult to keep humans engaged in them long term. Logistics executives have long cited high labor turnover and cyclical temporary worker needs as their biggest pain points. Agility Robotics is tackling this “last mile” of difficult automation problems, focusing on repetitive, physically demanding, and dangerous work.

Source: https://www.economist.com/news/2014/11/13/the-world-reshaped

Agility Robotics combines two decades of research and development with one of the most impressive robotics teams globally. The team has built a programmable, bipedal, humanoid robot (read: robot with two arms and legs) that can unload, inspect, carry, and deliver items across a variety of uncontrolled indoor and outdoor terrains – things that come easily to humans but not to date for robots.

Existing robotic solutions in the $1.6T logistics industry tend to be narrowly focused, expensive, and often cannot navigate human terrain. Agility’s robots come in a “drop in” configuration for existing facilities and as an easily scalable solution. Importantly, in working closely with partners and experts on the frontlines of today’s logistics sector, the team has already demonstrated that it can technologically solve many of the logistics market’s largest problems – and pragmatically and economically.

At DCVC, we don’t back seemingly impressive ‘science projects’ that lack robust, real world applications. Instead, we focus on companies that channel their ingenuity, creativity and effort into solving urgent problems impacting both huge industries and our society at large.

When we met founders Damion and Jonathan, we immediately recognized that Agility’s robot was purpose-built for actual – not theoretical – industry. The team has spent years working with and understanding the needs of Agility’s partners and customers, and have built up industry expertise we think is second to none. This practical diligence is already paying dividends, with Agility having struck up a partnership with Ford to develop a last-mile logistics solution that combines Ford’s autonomous vehicle technology and Agility’s bipedal robot Digit.

Since we’ve gotten to know the Agility team, it’s clear they have put an incredible amount of thought into creating a solution which can eliminate the burden on human workers while providing real-world reliability, safety and cost-effectiveness. DCVC is thrilled to join the weighty mission at Agility, co-leading a $20m round alongside previous investor Playground Global.

To view the robot in action, visit Agility Robotics’ YouTube channel.

Bowmark wins Mid-Market Buyout House of the Year

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Bowmark is honoured to have received the Unquote British Private Equity Award for Mid-Market Buyout House of the Year 2020.

The awards recognise the role of private equity in generating outstanding returns for investors while fostering growth in the UK economy. The winners were selected by Unquote readers and industry stakeholders.

Unquote commented: “Bowmark delivered strong investment performance over the judging period, with the companies in its two current funds delivering profit growth of over 15% in the year to June 2020.”

Charles Ind, Bowmark managing partner, said: “In what has been a challenging year for everyone, we are incredibly grateful to our colleagues in the industry for selecting Bowmark for this award. We are delighted that the outstanding work of our portfolio companies has been recognised, and our team will endeavour to maintain its high standards of delivery for our investors.”

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Arcus announces financial close on the sale of Brisa

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15 October 2020

LONDON, United Kingdom (15 October 2020) – Arcus Infrastructure Partners (“Arcus”) is pleased to announce the closing of the sale of AEIF1’s (the ‘Fund’) entire 40.6% interest in Brisa Auto-Estradas de Portugal S.A. (‘Brisa’) to a consortium comprising APG Asset Management N.V., the National Pension Service of Korea and Swiss Life Asset Management AG on the 13 October 2020.

Completion of the transaction follows approval granted by the relevant antitrust authorities on 18 September 2020.

Michael Allen, Arcus Partner and Brisa Asset Manager, said: “Over a 13 year period, Arcus has worked in close partnership with Brisa Management and JdM to grow the company, to enhance Brisa’s position as the leading toll road operator in Portugal and leverage its technology and innovation to further develop automated tolling and mobility solutions. Brisa is one of the most efficient toll road operators in Europe and a leader in ESG metrics.”

This transaction marks the sixth and final exit for the Fund.

Simon Gray and Ian Harding, Arcus Co-Managing Partners, said: “We are extremely pleased with the conclusion of the sale of Brisa and the outcome delivered for AEIF1 and its LPs, following 13 years of managing the Fund and its investee companies through some challenging periods as well as some more benign circumstances.  We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to our LPs for their continued trust and support over this long period.”

Arcus’ financial advisors for this transaction were Morgan Stanley and Millennium Investment Banking. Arcus’ legal advisors were Clifford Chance as to English law and Luxembourg law and CS Associados as to Portuguese law. Deloitte provided accounting and tax advice.

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About Arcus

Arcus Infrastructure Partners is an independent fund manager focused solely on long-term investments in European infrastructure. Arcus invests on behalf of institutional investors through discretionary funds and special co-investment vehicles and, through its subsidiaries, currently manages investments with an aggregate enterprise value in excess of EUR 15bn (as of 31 December 2019).  The Arcus investment track record includes: Forth Ports, TDF, Alpha Trains, Angel Trains and several other leading European infrastructure businesses. Arcus targets mid-market, value-add infrastructure investments, with a particular focus on businesses in the transportation, energy and telecommunications sectors.

For further information: www.arcusip.com

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About Brisa

Brisa is a leading toll road concessionaire in Europe (c. 1,575km total network length) and the largest road platform in Portugal representing c. 57% of total national distance travelled and c. 43% of the country’s toll road network. Every year, over 7.5 million customers drive on Brisa motorways.

Brisa, which comprises 5 concessions holding a total of 21 motorways, is the backbone of the Portuguese road system: it runs through 12/18 Portuguese regions, connecting Porto-Lisbon (the key national business route) and East-West (with two major accesses to Spain and the Trans-European road network). The largest concession is Brisa Concessão Rodoviária (BCR), which comprises a network of 11 motorways spanning across 1,100 km in which Brisa holds a 70% stake.

For further information: https://www.brisa.pt/en

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Ratos Nomination Committee and 2021 AGM

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Ratos’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on 5 May 2021 at Skandiascenen, Cirkus, in Stockholm, Sweden.

In accordance with the policy for appointing Ratos’s Nomination Committee, it is hereby announced that the company’s major owners/owner constellations have appointed a Nomination Committee with the Chairman of the Board Per-Olof Söderberg as the convener.

The Nomination Committee comprises the following individuals:

  • Jenny Parnesten, nominated by the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation, and own and related parties’ holdings
  • Jan Söderberg, own holdings
  • Maria Söderberg, nominated by the Torsten Söderberg Foundation, and own holdings
  • Erik Brändström, nominated by Spiltan Fonder AB
  • Martin Gärtner, nominated by SEB Investment Management
  • Per-Olof Söderberg, Chairman of Ratos’s Board

The Nomination Committee has nominated Jenny Parnesten as Chairman.

In accordance with an AGM resolution, the Nomination Committee shall evaluate the composition and work of the Board of Directors and draft proposals for the 2021 AGM regarding:

  • election of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board
  • election of Auditor (in cooperation with the Audit Committee)
  • remuneration to Board members and auditors
  • election of Chairman of the AGM
  • where necessary, changes to principles for composition of the next Nomination Committee

Shareholders who wish to submit proposals to the Nomination Committee may send an e-mail to helena.jansson@ratos.com (subject line “To the Nomination Committee”) or a letter to Ratos Nomination Committee, Helena Jansson, Ratos AB, Box 1661, SE-111 96 Stockholm, Sweden, not later than 31 January 2021.

Shareholders who wish to submit a proposal for consideration at the AGM should send such a proposal to the Chairman of the Board (at the above address) not later than 17 March 2021 in order for the proposal to be included in the notice of the AGM.

 

For further information, please contact:
Jenny Parnesten, Chairman of Nomination Committee, +46 70 742 51 77
Per-Olof Söderberg, Chairman of the Board, Ratos, +46 8 700 17 98

About Ratos:
Ratos is a business group consisting of 12 companies divided into three business areas: Construction & Services, Consumer & Technology and Industry. In total, the companies have SEK 38 billion in sales and EBITA of SEK 1.8 billion. Our business concept is to develop mid-sized companies headquartered in the Nordics that are or can become market leaders. We enable independent mid-sized companies to excel by being part of something larger. People, leadership, culture and values are key focus areas for Ratos. Everything we do is based on Ratos’s core values: Simplicity, Speed in Execution and It’s All About People.

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