Torqx Capital Partners declares offer for Beter Bed Holding unconditional; 95.14% of Shares now tendered or committed

Torqx Capital

Torqx declares the public offer on Beter Bed Holding unconditional per 29 November 2023; in total 95.14% of the Shares are offered or committed, of which 44.33% of the shares are irrevocably committed by the co-investors.

Settlement of the Offer will take place on Friday 1 December 2023. Payment of the Offer Price for each Tendered and Delivered Share shall be made on the same date. Shares which are not tendered yet can be tendered during the Post-Acceptance Period, commencing on 30 November 2023 and ending on 6 December 2023.

Information about the offer and how you can tender your shares can be found at:

For further information, see also the press release about the offer being declared unconditional:

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KKR Supports InVivo In The Global Expansion Of Malteries Soufflet


KKR continues to scale its strategic partnership with InVivo and Malteries Soufflet by more than doubling its investment as Malteries Soufflet acquires United Malt, creating the world’s largest maltster

Paris, 15 November, 2023 – KKR, a leading global investment firm, announces today that it has supported Malteries Soufflet in the funding and execution of the AUD 1.5 billion acquisition of United Malt Group Limited (“United Malt”), the fourth largest maltster globally. Funds and accounts managed by KKR have invested alongside InVivo Group, a leading French agricultural and agri-food business, which acquired Malteries Soufflet in 2021.

InVivo welcomed KKR, Bpifrance and Crédit Agricole Group as strategic partners in December 2021, with an initial investment of €440m to help fund the acquisition of Malteries Soufflet, backing a strategy to accelerate growth and strengthen its global leading position. To fund the United Malt acquisition, KKR, with participation from Bpifrance and Crédit Agricole Group, led a combined follow-on investment of €550m.

Founded in 1823, United Malt operates 11 production plants across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, supplying malting-quality barley to micro brewers and distillers, as well as traditional major brewers. United Malt has now been delisted from the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) as part of this transaction, and is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malteries Soufflet, which becomes the largest global malt player by sales and production capacity, with 40 production plants in 20 countries, and with an annual production capacity of 3.7m tons of malt; a 50% increase for Malteries Soufflet.

The acquisition brings together two complementary customer bases and geographic footprints, creating a unique global industrial network with the largest production capacity in North America and Europe and leading capabilities in the fast-growing Asia Pacific and South American markets. The combination of the two businesses enables exposure to all key-malt end-markets, making it ideally positioned to capture growing demand from both international brewers, as well as the growing craft beers and distillery markets.

Thierry Blandinières, Chairman of Malteries Soufflet and CEO of InVivo Group, commented: “I am thrilled that we have completed the acquisition of United Malt Group, together with our strategic partners, KKR, Bpifrance and Crédit Agricole Group. This illustrates InVivo Group’s commitment to making malt one of the central pillars of our business by strengthening the position of Malteries Soufflet as a world leader in the sector. Malteries Soufflet is now well on track to accelerate its growth, to expand its presence in the high value-added craft beer market and to build a more sustainable and innovative global platform to supply brewers, both craft and industrial, and distillers throughout the world. We look forward to welcoming our new colleagues from United Malt Group into the Malteries Soufflet family, and to writing together a new chapter in the company’s history.”

Jérôme Nommé, Partner and Head of France at KKR, said: “This combination of two world class businesses is a transformative milestone in our strategic partnership with French agriculture champion InVivo, as we help it to accelerate growth on a global scale. KKR’s significant reinvestment into Malteries Soufflet demonstrates our continued conviction in its future growth potential, in the resilience of the industry, and in the strength of the management team under the expert leadership of Thierry Blandinières. We look forward to the continued strategic partnership, as well as the ongoing support from Bpifrance and Crédit Agricole, as we seek to further scale the business organically and by acquisition in the years to come.”

Blaine MacDougald, Partner and Co-Head of KKR’s Strategic Investments Group, added: “The acquisition of United Malt by Malteries Soufflet is a great example of how KKR’s structured equity solutions can support businesses and their global growth ambitions. The connectedness and flexibility of KKR’s platform enables us to work creatively with owners and management teams, providing full access to KKR’s resources, global reach, and bespoke capital solutions that help our partners achieve their goals.”

KKR is making the investment in Malteries Soufflet primarily through its Strategic Investments Group strategy, and through funds and accounts managed by KKR in Asia.

KKR’s diversified and multi-asset investment platform enables flexibility to support ambitious companies with a suite of comprehensive, bespoke capital solutions, further enhanced by the firm’s global experience and operational capabilities. In France, this model along with KKR’s partnership approach, strong local presence and large global platform, enables companies to grow and globalize. KKR is a long-term investor in France, where the firm has invested over €10 billion since 2002, forming strategic partnerships with a number of leading French businesses including APRIL, Albioma, Devoteam, Mediawan, OVHcloud, among others.

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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 For additional information about Global Atlantic Financial Group, please visit Global Atlantic Financial Group’s website at

About InVivo

InVivo Group is one of Europe’s leading agricultural groups with revenues of nearly €12 billion, with more than half generated in France, and a workforce of 15,000 employees, including more than 10,000 in France. With operations in 35 countries, it has more than 100 industrial sites, including 63 in France. The
Group operates along the entire value chain, from farm to fork, as a leader in each of its four major strategic business lines: international grain trade, agriculture, agri-food (Malting, Millin/ingredients/bakery, Wine), gardening and food distribution.

A global cross-functional centre for innovative and digital solutions completes the structure to accelerate the transformation of these activities towards the 3rd agricultural revolution.

For more information: / Twitter @InVivo Group<

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Aurelius acquires iconic global beauty brand and retailer The Body Shop

Aurelius Capital
  • Opportunity to re-energise an iconic global beauty and personal care brand with impressive consumer recognition
  • Trailblazer which has set the standard for beauty brands in minimising environmental impact, maximising social benefits and ensuring animal welfare
  • AURELIUS’ operational taskforce to partner with the highly experienced management team to optimise operations and develop the offering across channels

Luxembourg/Munich, November 14, 2023 – AURELIUS announces the acquisition of The Body Shop International Limited (The Body Shop) from Natura & Co S.A (NYSE – NTCO; B3 – NTCO3). The iconic global beauty brand is renowned for its heritage in cruelty-free and ethical beauty products. It is an omni-channel retailer with its own stores, e-commerce sites, international franchises and wholesale customers. The transaction is expected to close in December 2023, subject to approval by the relevant competition and regulatory authorities. The purchase agreement values The Body Shop at £207m, including an earn-out of £90m, subject to certain conditions.

The Body Shop, which is headquartered in London and employs c. 7,000 staff, has operations in 89 markets with over 900 company-owned stores in 20 countries and partnerships with head franchisees who operate c. 1,600 franchised stores in a further 69 geographies. The brand’s product portfolio comprises natural ingredient-based bath & body, skin care, fragrance, hair care, make-up and gifting. The Body Shop has been B-Corp certified since 2019, further demonstrating its leadership in ethical sourcing, sustainability, and social consciousness.

As experts in complex transactions, with a strong focus on driving operational improvements, AURELIUS will work with the management team to drive operational excellence across the group, leveraging its expertise and experience in the omni-channel retail and wholesale markets. This, combined with The Body Shop’s iconic brand and heritage in socially responsible products, means that despite the challenging retail market there is an opportunity to re-energise the business to enable it to take advantage of positive trends in the high-growth beauty market.

In recent years, AURELIUS has completed many complex corporate carve-outs across Europe, including the acquisitions of renowned brands such as Footasylum from JD Sports and LSG Sky Chefs (LSG Group) from Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

“We are delighted to be undertaking this acquisition of an iconic British brand, which pioneered the cruelty-free and natural ingredient movement in the health and beauty market. We look forward to working with CEO Ian Bickley and his team to drive operational improvements and re-energise the business, and help to deliver the next chapter of success”, comments Tristan Nagler, Partner at AURELIUS.

Ian Bickley, CEO of The Body Shop, added, “Today, we celebrate a truly historic moment for The Body Shop as we join forces with Aurelius to begin a new chapter, allowing us to continue building the relevancy of this global brand for future generations. With a presence in over 80 countries, The Body Shop is not only a beauty brand, but also an iconic social business that has captured hearts in nearly every corner of the world. We are deeply grateful to Natura &Co for their unwavering support and I’m looking forward to working hand in hand with Aurelius as we adapt and flourish in new global retail environments, always with an eye on sustainable and profitable growth.”

The Body Shop was founded in 1976 by Anita Roddick, with a small shop in Brighton/UK. At the heart of her vision stood an ethical approach to business, a purpose that was trail-blazing at the time and remains highly relevant today. The Body Shop does not test its products on animals and strives to work fairly with farmers and suppliers. By following this approach to business, The Body Shop has been a pioneer in corporate social responsibility.

For further information contact:

Humza Vanderman / Methuselah Tanyanyiwa
Dentons Global Advisors
Tel: +44 (0)7824 472501

Natura &Co
Emilia Lebron
Head of External Communications
+44 (0) 7580 816371

Brunswick Group
São Paulo + 55 11 3076 7620
London + 44 020 7404 5959

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General Atlantic Deepens Partnership with Joe & the Juice and Becomes Majority Shareholder

General Atlantic

Investment to help accelerate Joe & the Juice’s expansion in international markets and core value creation initiatives

Expanded partnership reflects Company’s strong fundamentals and global customer demand

New York – November 13, 2023 – General Atlantic (“GA”), a leading global investor, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority interest in Joe & the Juice (“the Company”), a fast-growing freshly-made juice, coffee, and sandwiches concept, from Valedo Partners, which will fully exit its investment in the Company. General Atlantic first partnered with Joe & the Juice through a strategic minority growth investment in 2016. Upon completion of the transaction, General Atlantic will become majority control shareholder of the Company. Joe & the Juice plans to leverage its expanded partnership with General Atlantic to further accelerate the growth of its global footprint in key international markets, capitalize on strong customer demand, and extend its digital distribution channels.

Since General Atlantic’s initial investment in October 2016, Joe & the Juice has achieved global scale and strong performance, growing revenue profitably by more than 4x and doubling its store footprint. Today, Joe & the Juice has more than 360 stores around the world, up from 175 in 2016, boasting industry leading store paybacks and profitability. During its partnership with General Atlantic, the Company launched and has significantly invested in digital channels, which now account for 30% of sales and are growing. Part of General Atlantic’s investment will be used to reduce debt on the Company’s balance sheets and focus on an unlevered store rollout in key international markets, capitalizing on global customer demand for convenient, healthy food.

General Atlantic’s additional investment in Joe & the Juice underscores the firm’s conviction in the Company’s strong unit economics, concept, and digital momentum. Joe & the Juice intends to focus on continued international expansion in key markets, particularly in the U.S., where it now has ~70 stores, up from less than five at the time of General Atlantic’s investment in 2016. The Company sees growth opportunities in additional international markets, including the UK and Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. Following its success in the Middle East region, where Joe & the Juice now has 23 franchised stores, the Company plans to accelerate its franchising partnership worldwide.

“As a long-term partner to Joe & the Juice, General Atlantic is proud to become a majority investor in the brand and continue our collaboration with the management team. Joe & the Juice’s business momentum is inflecting, and we are excited to build on the Company’s digital traction and accelerate company-owned and franchised unit growth,” said Andrew Crawford, Managing Director and Global Head of Consumer at General Atlantic.

“Our increased investment in Joe & the Juice is a testament to the global receptivity of the brand. Joe & the Juice reflects broader secular trends of convenience and healthy living, while also possessing a brand which resonates with customers in multiple markets. We see further runway to double down on our commitment and unlock the business’ full potential,” added Melis Kahya Akar, Managing Director and Head of Consumer for EMEA at General Atlantic.

“We are delighted to have General Atlantic’s expanded commitment to Joe & the Juice. Over the past seven years, General Atlantic has demonstrated a true dedication to collaboration as we have worked together to achieve our growth aspirations,” said Thomas Noroxe, CEO of Joe & the Juice. “As we make strides into our next chapter, we look forward to bringing Joe & the Juice to more customers globally through our focus on geographic expansion, franchising, and a seamless omni-channel experience.”

Founded in Copenhagen in 2002, Joe & the Juice uses high-quality, natural, and organic ingredients in its freshly prepared juices, shakes, coffee, and sandwiches. The Company offers a modern urban ambiance appealing to customers looking for convenience as they live fast-paced, healthy lifestyles. Joe & the Juice’s emphasis on customer service has created a unique atmosphere within its stores, where customers can work or socialize while enjoying exceptional juice and coffee products. The company has a strong global presence with over 360 stores worldwide.

The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2023, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

About Joe & the Juice

Joe & the Juice is an urban juice bar and coffee concept operating in more than 360 locations across 18 countries. Founded in 2002, the company sells freshly prepared juices, shakes, sandwiches, and coffee, using natural and organic ingredients sourced from growers directly. The differentiated concept offers a modern, urban, and hip ambiance makes it easy for customers who like a fast yet healthy lifestyle while still enjoying an authentic and unique brand.

About General Atlantic

General Atlantic is a leading global investor with more than four decades of experience providing capital and strategic support for over 500 growth companies throughout its history. Established in 1980 to partner with visionary entrepreneurs and deliver lasting impact, the firm combines a collaborative global approach, sector specific expertise, a long-term investment horizon and a deep understanding of growth drivers to partner with great entrepreneurs and management teams to scale innovative businesses around the world. General Atlantic has more than $77 billion in assets under management inclusive of all products as of September 30, 2023, and more than 220 investment professionals based in New York, Amsterdam, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta, London, Mexico City, Miami, Mumbai, Munich, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, Stamford and Tel Aviv. For more information on General Atlantic, please visit:

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AEG and Onex Partners Announce Agreement to Sell Ownership Interest in ASM Global

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AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, and Onex, a leading investor and alternative asset manager, today jointly announced that AEG and Onex Partners have signed a definitive agreement to sell their entire ownership interest in ASM Global (“ASM”), a global leader in third-party venue and event management, to Legends, a global premium experiences company. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Read the acquisition announcement here.

“Today’s announcement is the culmination of the journey AEG and Onex embarked on in early 2019 when we completed the merger of AEG Facilities and SMG to form ASM Global,” said Dan Beckerman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of AEG. “Our purpose has been clear from the start – to drive ASM’s growth and create significant value for ASM and its clients. Despite the tremendous impact of the pandemic, we were able to unlock substantial business value over the past four years with ASM growing both its revenues and global portfolio.”

“This transaction will allow us to focus on the continued growth of AEG’s core businesses, including our owned and operated real estate and venues and our live entertainment and ticketing business,” said Ted Fikre, Vice Chairman and Chief Legal and Development Officer of AEG. “AEG has enjoyed our successful partnership with Onex and, while we will no longer be an owner in ASM, we look forward to continuing to work with the company and its talented leadership team as they pursue ongoing success under the stewardship of Legends as the new owner.”

Kosty Gilis, Managing Director at Onex Partners, commented “We are extremely grateful to the entire ASM leadership team for their unwavering dedication to positioning the business for success, in particular during the unparalleled operating environment they faced during the pandemic, which has allowed ASM to recover so strongly and have great long-term prospects. We would also like to thank AEG who have been wonderful partners consistent with their impeccable reputation in the marketplace.” Amir Motamedi, Managing Director at Onex Partners, added “We believe ASM is being acquired by an outstanding company in Legends who will take the business to new heights. We wish them much success in the coming years as they continue to grow the business and serve customers globally.”

ASM Global manages a portfolio of live event entertainment venues worldwide and provides best-in-class venue management and operation services. With clients spanning five continents, ASM Global operates venues that serve live events for more than 164 million guests annually. Legends provides a complementary offering of hospitality, venue planning and project management, premium sales, sponsorship, and merchandise services to many of the world’s most iconic sports, entertainment, and attractions brands.

The transaction, which remains subject to regulatory approvals, is targeted to close in 2024.

About AEG

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AEG is the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. The company operates in the following business segments:

Music through AEG Presents, which is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including the production and promotion of global and regional concert tours, an extensive portfolio of clubs, theaters and other music venues, concerts and special events and world-renowned festivals such as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival;

Venues and Real Estate, which develops, owns and operates world-class venues, as well as major sports and entertainment districts like Arena and L.A. LIVE, Mercedes Platz in Berlin and The O2 in London;

Sports, as the world’s largest operator of high-profile sporting events and sports franchises including the LA Kings, LA Galaxy and Eisbären Berlin;

and Global Partnerships, which oversees worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships including naming rights, premium seating, and other strategic partnerships.

Through its worldwide network of venues, portfolio of powerful sports and music brands and its integrated entertainment districts, AEG entertains more than 160 million guests annually. More information about AEG can be found at

About Onex

Onex is an investor and asset manager that invests capital on behalf of Onex shareholders and clients across the globe. Formed in 1984, we have a long track record of creating value for our clients and shareholders. Onex’ two primary businesses are Private Equity and Credit. In Private Equity, we raise funds from third-party investors, or limited partners, and invest them, along with Onex’ own investing capital, through the funds of our private equity platforms, Onex Partners and ONCAP. Similarly, in Credit, we raise and invest capital across several private credit, public credit and public equity strategies. Our investors include a broad range of global clients, including public and private pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies and family offices. In total, Onex has $49.5 billion in assets under management, of which $7.9 billion is Onex’ own investing capital. With offices in Toronto, New York, New Jersey, Boston and London, Onex and its experienced management teams are collectively the largest investors across Onex’ platforms.

Onex is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ONEX. For more information on Onex, visit its website at Onex’ security filings can also be accessed at

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Clearlake Capital-backed Srpings Window Fashions names industry veteran Jason Bingham as President and Ceo


Bingham to build on Springs’ mission to drive growth and innovation in window treatments and related connected home technologies


Middleton, WI, and Santa Monica, CA – November 2, 2023 – Springs Window Fashions (“Springs” or the “Company”), a global provider of custom window treatments and connected home technologies backed by Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. (together with its affiliates, “Clearlake”), today announced that Trane Technologies (NYSE: TT) executive and building products veteran Jason Bingham has been named President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”). He succeeds former President and CEO Eric Jungbluth, who announced his retirement and who will continue to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors as an advisor to Clearlake and Springs.


With over 30 years of leadership experience in the residential and commercial building products categories, Mr. Bingham was most recently President of the Residential HVAC & Supply business for Trane Technologies. During his tenure, Mr. Bingham took on progressively more significant leadership responsibilities, including Strategy Leader for Trane North America and Vice President of Digital and Energy Services for the commercial business in North America and Europe.


“Jason is a leader with a track record of success and an ability to drive growth and innovation,” said José E. Feliciano, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, and Colin Leonard, Partner, at Clearlake. “Springs has continued to execute on Clearlake’s O.P.S.® playbook, growing both organically and through M&A, and we look forward to partnering with Jason to drive continued expansion of the business.”


“I believe Eric and the Springs team have delivered a great customer experience while building this business, and Clearlake’s operational knowledge, network and resources will continue to support Springs as it enters its next phase of growth. It is exciting for me to work together with both of these teams,” said Mr. Bingham.


“We are delighted to welcome Jason to the Clearlake family, and want to thank Eric for his dedication and service to Springs. We wish Eric the best in his decision to retire and look forward to his continued contributions to our future success as a member of the Board,” said Nate Mejías, Principal at Clearlake.


“I am proud of the global platform we have built with people that I believe are some of the best employees in the industry,” said Mr. Jungbluth. “Springs is just getting started in its growth trajectory, and I am excited to watch Jason pioneer new growth vectors and innovative solutions to expand our core business lines.”



Springs Window Fashions, the Best Experience Company, is a leading global supplier of blinds, shades, specialty treatments and window hardware. Its Bali®, Graber®, Horizons®, SWFcontract™, Mecho™, Mariak™, SunSetter™, and Sunburst® brands are sold through retailers, dealers and distributors within North America.  In Europe, the company manufactures and sells products through its B&C International division. Based in Middleton, WI, Springs has facilities worldwide and employs more than 9,000 associates. For more information, visit



Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. is an investment firm founded in 2006 operating integrated businesses across private equity, credit, and other related strategies. With a sector-focused approach, the firm seeks to partner with experienced 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 industrials, technology, and consumer. Clearlake currently has over $70 billion of assets under management, and its senior investment principals have led or co-led over 400 investments. The firm is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA with affiliates in Dallas, TX, London, UK, Dublin, Ireland and Singapore. More information is available at and on Twitter @Clearlake.

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Affirma Capital makes over 9x money multiple from

Affirma Capital

We are pleased to announce that Affirma Capital has exited part of its stake in TBO Tek Ltd (“TBO”) to
General Atlantic at over a 9x money multiple of its investment subject to terms and conditions agreed
by the parties. Affirma Capital invested approximately INR 3 billion (USD 42 million) in 2018 through a
secondary transaction immediately prior to its spin-off from Standard Chartered Bank.

Multi-bagger exits in private equity are rare. When they happen, they can be due to investors taking a
contrarian bet, a company’s disruptive product offering, exceptional management execution or due to
strong market tailwinds. In our case, we are fortunate that all the above have been contributors.

First: Since TBO largely serves offline travel agents, there was always a concern that this market
segment would get marginalised at the cost of customers directly booking online. However, outbound
travel is highly complex and travel agents play, and will continue to play, a crucial role in facilitating
leisure and corporate travel. The outbound market has not only grown but the company has
continually expanded its offering to thousands of its agents worldwide: Affirma Capital invested in TBO
when the business was primarily India focused and has worked with management to transform the
business into a global player by expanding organically and through acquisitions.

Second: TBO’s robust tech platform simplifies travel and removes the friction that travellers face today
– yes, simplicity can be disruptive!

Third: Having great products or access to large market opportunities can be meaningless without
strong leadership. Gaurav and Ankush are exceptional leaders who have executed well with the help
of the strong management team that they have built. Covid was the mother of all crises that a travel
company could face but this management team turned adversity into opportunity by opening new
business lines, adding global talent, making bolt-on acquisitions and creating goodwill with suppliers
and travel agent consumers.

Finally, no one can control the markets, but the pandemic has taught us that life can be unpredictable,
and we shouldn’t hold back on spending on things we enjoy. Travel allows people to unwind, spend
time with friends and families and expand one’s horizons. So, growth in outbound travel is a trend
that’s here to stay (even today, only a small percentage of Indians have passports).
“We are grateful to Affirma Capital who have supported us immensely during the last five years,
including during the COVID pandemic, and have been true value-add partners in our scale-up
journey,” said Gaurav Bhatnagar and Ankush Nijhawan, co-founders of TBO, commenting on the deal.

“Since our investment in 2018, we have witnessed TBO’s transformational journey to becoming one of
the leading travel technology platforms globally. We continue to believe in its potential to aggregate and
digitize travel for travel partners across the globe and are excited to remain invested in the business,”
said Udai Dhawan, Founding Partner and India Head at Affirma Capital.

Note to Editors:
About Affirma Capital
Affirma Capital is an independent emerging market private equity firm owned and operated by the
former senior leadership of Standard Chartered Private Equity (SCPE). It currently manages c. USD
3.2 billion in assets for leading global limited partners and sovereign wealth funds and has offices in
Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai, Mumbai, Dubai, and Johannesburg.
About TBO Tek Ltd
TBO is one of the leading global travel distribution platforms that offers an integrated two-sided
technology platform, thus acting as a seamless interface between suppliers and buyers. TBO’s platform
allows the large and fragmented base of suppliers to display and market inventory to, and set prices
for, the large and fragmented global buyer base. TBO has a diversified global footprint and revenue
mix, and has regional operation centres across India, Middle East, Europe, North America, APAC and
Latin America.
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General Atlantic to acquire a minority stake in, a global travel distribution platform

National, October 22, 2023: General Atlantic (“GA”), a leading global investor, has entered into an agreement with entities held by Affirma Capital to acquire a minority stake in TBO Tek Ltd (“TBO” or “Company”). Subsequent to this transaction, Affirma Capital will continue to remain invested in the Company.

Founded in 2006, TBO is a global travel distribution platform with $2.73B in Gross Transaction Value (“GTV”) for FY23 and a presence in 100+ countries as of 30 June 2023. TBO simplifies the business of travel for travel suppliers such as hotels, airlines, car rentals, transfers, insurance providers, cruises, rail and other vendors (“Suppliers”); retail buyers including travel agencies and independent travel advisors; and enterprise buyers such as tour operators, travel management companies, online travel companies, and super apps (together, “Buyers”) through a two-sided technology platform that enables both Suppliers and Buyers to transact seamlessly. TBO allows the large and fragmented base of Suppliers to market inventory and set prices for the similarly large and fragmented Buyer base. For Buyers, TBO’s platform is an integrated, multi-currency and multi-lingual one-stop solution that helps them discover and book travel for destinations worldwide and across various travel segments. On average, 40K+ annual transacting Buyers get real-time access to global travel inventory of 700+ airlines and 1M+ hotels on the platform.

With shifting demographics, rising disposable incomes, and greater participation from emerging economies, the global travel and tourism industry has evolved to cater to diverse preferences and has experienced a considerable resurgence post the COVID-19 pandemic. With its end-to-end comprehensive offerings across the travel value chain, TBO is well positioned to capitalize on the evolving travel landscape and strengthen its position as the partner of choice for travel Suppliers and Buyers globally.

“Gaurav, Ankush and the entire TBO team have pursued a clear mission to simplify travel sales in a growing and increasingly diverse traveler environment. They have been focused on building a unique technology platform that is able to deliver discovery, trust, payments and services to its Suppliers and Buyers. We see immense potential in the path ahead for TBO, including global expansion opportunities, and are excited to partner with the Company to help enable the next generation of travel globally”, said Shantanu Rastogi, Managing Director and Head of India at General Atlantic.

“TBO’s strategy is underpinned by our focus on amplifying platform value by growing our user base and lines of business, and through leveraging our deep technology and data capabilities to enhance the Buyer experience and Supplier engagement. We are grateful to Affirma Capital who have supported us immensely during the last five years, including during the COVID pandemic, and have been true value-add partners in our scale-up journey so far. We believe that General Atlantic, with their longstanding history of helping technology companies build enduring models, is an ideal partner for this stage of our growth journey. We are thrilled to have their backing and look forward to leveraging their expertise”, commented Gaurav Bhatnagar and Ankush Nijhawan, co-founders of TBO.

“Since our investment in 2018, we have witnessed TBO’s transformational journey to becoming one of the leading travel technology platforms globally, creating meaningful value for its shareholders along the way, as has been crystallised in Affirma Capital’s multi-fold return on investment as part of this transaction. TBO is on the cusp of consolidating the travel technology landscape, and we continue to believe in its potential to aggregate and digitize travel for travel partners across the globe and are excited to continue to retain a significant minority stake in the business”, said Udai Dhawan, founding partner and India Head at Affirma Capital.

General Atlantic was advised by Bharucha and Partners (legal advisor).

TBO and Affirma Capital were advised by Goldman Sachs (financial advisor), Quillon Partners (legal advisor to Affirma Capital), and Kaizen Law (legal advisor to TBO).

About General Atlantic

General Atlantic is a leading global investor with more than four decades of experience providing capital and strategic support for over 500 growth companies throughout its history. Established in 1980 to partner with visionary entrepreneurs and deliver lasting impact, the firm combines a collaborative global approach, sector specific expertise, a long-term investment horizon and a deep understanding of growth drivers to partner with great entrepreneurs and management teams to scale innovative businesses around the world. General Atlantic has more than $77 billion in assets under management inclusive of all products as of September 30, 2023, and more than 220 investment professionals based in New York, Amsterdam, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta, London, Mexico City, Miami, Mumbai, Munich, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, Stamford and Tel Aviv. For more information on General Atlantic, please visit:

About Affirma Capital

Affirma Capital is an independent emerging market private equity firm owned and operated by the former senior leadership of Standard Chartered Private Equity. It currently manages c. USD 3.2 billion in assets for leading global limited partners and sovereign wealth funds. Affirma Capital has offices in Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai, Mumbai, Dubai, and Johannesburg.

About TBO Tek Ltd

TBO is one of the leading global travel distribution platforms that offers an integrated two-sided technology platform, thus acting as a seamless interface between Suppliers and Buyers. TBO’s platform allows the large and fragmented base of Suppliers to display and market inventory to, and set prices for, the large and fragmented global buyer base. TBO has a diversified global footprint and revenue mix, and has regional operation centres across India, Middle East, Europe, North America, APAC and Latin America.

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Apax Funds acquire Bazooka Candy Brands


Funds advised by Apax Partners LLP (“Apax”) announced today that they have completed the acquisition of Bazooka Candy Brands (“Bazooka” or “the Company”), a portfolio of leading non-chocolate confectionary brands, from Michael D. Eisner’s Tornante Company and funds affiliated with Madison Dearborn Partners (“MDP”). 


Bazooka produces, markets, and distributes a range of iconic confectionary brands, including Ring Pop®, Push Pop®, Baby Bottle Pop®, Juicy Drop®, and Bazooka Bubble Gum®. The Company’s portfolio spans lollipops, gummies, chewy candy, gum, and chocolate, packed in highly unique formats to deliver Edible Entertainment® experiences to generations of customers worldwide. Over the past several years, Bazooka’s U.S. retail sales growth has significantly outpaced the overall confectionary category, and in the year-to-date period through August 2023, retail sales have grown approximately 29% year-over-year[1]. Effective upon the transaction’s closing, Tony Jacobs, Bazooka Candy Brands’ long-time President, has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer.

The Apax team, working in partnership with Bazooka’s management team, will look to stand the Company up as an independent business and build on the success of Bazooka’s global portfolio of beloved confectionery brands. In support of its growth efforts, the team will focus on distribution growth, product innovation, geographic expansion, and the strategic acquisition of brands in complementary categories.

“We’re incredibly excited to partner with Apax in this next stage of our growth journey,” said Tony Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer, Bazooka. “Bazooka will continue to build on our history of successful brand-building and innovation to drive outsized growth in the U.S. and globally. We have an incredibly talented team, and I’m very proud of the leadership position we’ve been able to establish in the marketplace. Together with Apax, we look forward to continuing to deliver truly differentiated and exciting products that customers love. I also want to thank our former owners, Tornante and MDP, as well as CEO Michael Brandstaedter, for their support and commitment to our brands, which have enabled our strong performance and have positioned the business for our next chapter of success.”  

“It’s rare to have the opportunity to partner with a business that can boast the success and heritage that Bazooka has, and we are excited to work with the entire team on this next chapter for the business,” said Nick Hartman, Partner, Apax. “Bazooka fits squarely within our team’s focus on investments in well-positioned consumer packaged goods categories, and we see a compelling opportunity to leverage our sector knowledge to help the Company achieve its next phase of growth.”

“This transaction is the culmination of an extremely successful and gratifying tenure of ownership of Bazooka, which would not have been possible without the foresight and leadership of Tornante’s incredibly talented President, Andy Redman,” said Michael D. Eisner. “Together with MDP, an exceptional and constructive partner throughout, and our outstanding corporate management, including Mike Brandstaedter and Tony Jacobs, we have grown Bazooka into a group of the most iconic candy brands on the market. We look forward to celebrating the Company’s continued success from the sideline.”

“It has been a privilege to partner with Michael Eisner and Tornante, and to work with Bazooka’s leadership for the duration of our investment partnership,” said MDP Managing Director Scott G. Pasquini. “Tony Jacobs and his leadership team are the best in the business, and we know they will continue to guide Bazooka to new heights.”

Financial terms were not disclosed. Macquarie Capital and Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP served as financial and legal advisors, respectively, to Apax. Deutsche Bank and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as financial and legal advisors, respectively, to Bazooka Candy Brands.



Bazooka Candy Brands, until recently a division of The Bazooka Companies, Inc. features a range of iconic produces and high-quality candy products such as Ring Pop®, Push Pop®, Baby Bottle Pop®, Juicy Drop® Pop, and of course, Bazooka® bubble gum. For additional information, visit


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 $65 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:

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


Founded in 2005 by Michael Eisner, The Tornante Company is a privately held company that invests in, acquires, and operates companies in media and entertainment.


Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”) is a leading private equity investment firm based in Chicago. Since MDP’s formation in 1992, the firm has raised aggregate capital of more than $29 billion and has completed over 160 platform investments. MDP invests across five dedicated industry verticals, including basic industries; business and government software and services; financial services; health care; and telecom, media and technology services. For more information, please visit

[1] Information Resources, Inc. (IRI)



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£8.3mn series B investment round for TravelLocal

Gresham House

Gresham House Ventures participates in £8.3mn series B fundraising round for existing portfolio business TravelLocal, a global tailor-made holidays platform, alongside Puma Private Equity and Active Partners, helping to accelerate the company’s international growth. 

TravelLocal is a global brand and receives bookings from clients worldwide, as a managed marketplace. It is growing rapidly, as travellers demand genuinely authentic, more sustainable holidays and prioritise spending on experiences, annual bookings are over USD 50mn and are growing over 100% year on year. The new additional funding will support the company’s international growth, including investment in its managed marketplace platform and further brand marketing (including broadcasting its latest TV advert “Global Travel, Local Experts”).

TravelLocal’s innovative model is revolutionising tailor-made holidays, by connecting its customers directly with handpicked, trusted local travel experts based in their destination – who know their country better than anyone. This combines the benefits of human advice from vetted local experts, the convenience of being able to book online and full consumer financial protection (through ABTA and ATOL in the UK). Since the business was founded in 2016, TravelLocal has helped more than 70,000 customers create the perfect trip.

The TravelLocal platform enables bookings with over 500 individual local travel experts around the world, who create truly personalised itineraries directly with and for the client. They work in 271 curated partner companies and are the ‘hidden stars’ of the legacy travel industry, to whom clients now have direct access by booking with TravelLocal. They have extensive experience of advising international clients. Many travellers care deeply about making their holidays more responsible and sustainable, and TravelLocal’s approach helps to fulfil this, by enabling direct access. By dealing directly with experts in locally incorporated companies, who know and care passionately about their communities and ecosystems, more client spend remains in the local economy of the destination.

This Series B funding round follows the highly successful merger in July 2021 of TravelLocal (UK) and (Germany), both now fully integrated under the TravelLocal brand. TravelLocal has offices in Bristol and Berlin with colleagues also working remotely across the world. This follow-on is Gresham House Venture’s third investment in the company, with Active Partners, following the Series A and the merger in 2021.

Tom Makey, Investment Director at Gresham House Ventures said:

“This marks another important milestone for the talented TravelLocal team. The business performed strongly through the pandemic thanks to its innovative, agile approach, and it has continued this success ever since, adapting to the evolving dynamics of the travel sector and the demand from customers for a more authentic and responsible experience. We look forward to supporting the business in its next phase of growth.”

Tom Stapleton, CEO at TravelLocal said:

“TravelLocal has performed very strongly again coming out of the pandemic as people travel extensively – and increasingly with a strong desire to do so in a more sustainable, meaningful way, that supports local people and economies. Our unique business model enables everyone to do just that. This funding round reflects the excellent growth opportunity we now have, and the first class team we have built to tackle it.”


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