EcoVadis secures $500M investment to usher in new era of sustainability-led business decisions

CVC Capital Partners

Investment led by Astorg and BeyondNetZero, General Atlantic’s climate investing venture; ratings and insights leader leverages sustainability intelligence to fundamentally transform supply chains, private equity, ESG-linked loans, climate impact and more

EcoVadis, the leading provider of globally trusted business sustainability ratings, has raised $500M with plans to accelerate its vision of influencing every business decision with sustainability intelligence, becoming a sustainability impact unicorn.

The global investment round – the largest equity fundraising for a sustainability data SaaS company to date – brings EcoVadis’ total capital raised to over $725M and was led by Astorg and BeyondNetZero, General Atlantic’s climate investing venture, with participation from Singapore-based GIC Private Limited and Princeville Capital.

“This investment is validation of EcoVadis’ model for scaling impact across global value chains, despite the pandemic, geopolitical or financial headwinds,” said Frédéric Trinel, co-founder and co-CEO of EcoVadis. “We continue to experience record demand as more companies are empowered to integrate the planet and society into their business operations. We expect this investment to enable us to build on our traction to meet companies – including SMEs and private companies – at any stage of their sustainability journey, and collaboratively drive improvement in practices and impact at scale.”

More than 95,000 businesses across 200 industry categories and 175 countries rely on EcoVadis to monitor and improve the sustainability performance of their own business and trading partners. Today, EcoVadis – a pioneer in the use of sustainability intelligence in procurement and global supply chains – is used across a growing number of use cases, including Scope 3 carbon emissions management, private equity, ESG-linked loans, supply chain finance, third-party risk and resilience and more.

“We invest in companies that have the potential to combat climate change at scale,” said Rhea Hamilton, Managing Director at BeyondNetZero. “We believe EcoVadis has all the critical elements to make global impact and a meaningful contribution to the net zero transition, including a high-quality business model, strong leadership, innovative technology and a bold vision for driving ESG-oriented transformations across supply chains and industries. We are excited to back EcoVadis as the company enters a new phase of growth and look forward to partnering with its management team as we aim to further accelerate the company’s global expansion and climate impact.”

EcoVadis continues to experience rapid growth across its global customer base and network. Over the past 12 months, EcoVadis’ revenue grew 50% and its global workforce reached 1300 employees, 15,000 companies engaged with EcoVadis’ new Carbon Action Module, and it achieved more than 500,000 companies screened using EcoVadis IQ.

In addition to its own growth, EcoVadis has become a partner of choice in bringing sustainability intelligence into all key business decision points across its ecosystem of enterprise, procurement, financial and risk management platforms. Building on EcoVadis’ existing partnerships with Microsoft, SAP, Celonis, Coupa, Taulia and 40 others, this investment positions the company to scale impact and positively influence decision-makers around the world.

“We have tracked EcoVadis for many years and have been impressed with its strong leadership position and track record of fast global growth”, said Benoit Ficheur, Partner at Astorg. “Further, Astorg has been the first private equity client of EcoVadis, using its services to assess and measure our portfolio companies’ ESG performance and to raise sustainability-linked financing. This partnership has had a transformative impact across our portfolio, contributing to making Astorg one of the leaders in ESG and sustainability across the private equity world. Going forward we see very meaningful opportunities to support the company in its ambition to become the standard for private equity and finance”.

Previous funding rounds have included investments from CVC Growth Partners II (“CVC GrowthPartners”) in January 2020 and Partech in 2016, as well as a participation from Bain & Company in February 2020. CVC Growth Partners, the growth-oriented middle-market technology investment arm of CVC Capital Partners, remains the largest institutional shareholder in the business.

EcoVadis plans to leverage the funds to accelerate its global scale-up, deepen its artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities, make strategic acquisitions and fulfill its vision as a purpose-led company.

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CVC Credit provides PEI Media with facilities to support its continued strategic development

CVC Capital Partners

CVC Credit provides PEI Media with facilities to support its continued strategic development

14 Jun 2022

CVC Credit is pleased to announce that it has provided further debt facilities to PEI Media (“PEI”), the global provider of insight, market data and business conferences for alternative assets professionals. The new facilities include both senior and acquisition financing and will support the company’s ongoing strategic development.

CVC Credit has supported PEI since 2018, when it financed Bridgepoint Development Capital’s acquisition.

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in London, PEI provides alternative asset management professionals globally with news, analysis, data, marketing solutions, as well as must-attend events and conferences. In 2018, the business partnered with Bridgepoint Development Capital to further its growth ambitions and over the last four years has, significantly grown revenues and profits.

CVC, having supported Bridgepoint with the acquisition of PEI, was identified as the preferred lender and was able to quickly offer a solution tailored to the company’s size and strategic position. The facilities provided have been designed to facilitate the company’s next phase of growth and have factored in sustainability considerations through the inclusion of an ESG margin ratchet.

Simone Zacchi, Managing Director at CVC Credit, commented: “Since partnering with Bridgepoint, PEI Media has proven itself an innovative and resilient company, with the capability and drive to meet the needs of its fast-growing market. We look forward to continuing to support their ongoing development.”

John Empson, Partner & Co-Head of Private Credit at CVC Credit, added: “Our approach, is to build trusted partnerships and to provide bespoke solutions. This allows us to develop deep long term relationships with experienced sponsors and management teams as they define and execute their strategies to deliver great performance and growth in the companies they manage and advise.”

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Why We Invested in Grata

Craft Ventures

 

We’re pleased to announce that Craft Ventures is leading the
$25 million Series A round for Grata, the leading private company intelligence engine. I’ve gotten to know co-founders Andrew and Nevin over the last two years and am excited to join them on the Board of Directors.

When we first met Grata, they were a scrappy team that was bootstrapping a solution to a problem they suffered from in their previous jobs in private equity and management consulting: the opacity of information available about companies in the middle market. This is an often overlooked but meaningful segment of the market. The middle market is bigger than most people realize and a lot of groups care about it: corporates, private equity funds, bankers, hedge funds, family offices, to name a few. And yet — no other data providers focus on the middle market because it’s hard: millions of companies, high volume of changes and little information readily accessible.

No other data providers focus on the middle market because it’s hard: millions of companies, high volume of changes, and little information readily accessible.

Before Grata, dealmakers would turn to Google to manually search for companies. And since the results were noisy, teams of analysts would go website by website to discover and decipher company credentials. Databases such as Dun & Bradstreet with their broad categories and stale information didn’t address their needs. What’s more, private company data is dominated by companies who had a transaction event: Pitchbook and Crunchbase report on public and private company funding news. But who covers the middle market companies who are bootstrapped or outside of the tech ecosystem and media spotlight? They account for 50% of US GDP.

Who covers the middle market companies who are bootstrapped or outside of the tech ecosystem and media spotlight? They account for 50% of US GDP.

Grata has created a highly automated technology system that ingests this thorny problem and produces an easy to access, new source of truth for all dealmakers that care about the middle market. It uses proprietary machine learning and web crawling practices to read contextual information on the web and understand how a company describes its business. The Covid pandemic thrust many businesses online out of necessity, helped by a new economy of no-code website builders, which makes Grata’s sourcing practice even more potent. Its automated way of collecting and interpreting data is scalable and supported by their team of highly technical data scientists and engineers.

That scrappy team I met two years ago now has millions in revenue, and is growing 20% month-over-month driven by the value they bring to the dealmakers they serve. Please welcome us in congratulating the Grata team. They’re hiring! You can see their jobs page here.

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Onex Partners to Invest in Analytic Partners

Onex

Toronto, ON, New York, NY, February 8, 2022 – Onex Corporation (“Onex”) (TSX: ONEX)
today announced that Onex Partners V, Onex’ $7.2 billion fund, has agreed to make a significant
investment in Analytic Partners, Inc. (“Analytic Partners” or the “company”) in partnership with
the company’s founder.

Analytic Partners is a leading cloud-based, managed software platform which helps global F1000
customers assess marketing spend effectiveness and optimize future allocations across offline and
online media channels. Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Miami, Florida, Analytic Partners
deploys its solutions, supported by a proprietary longitudinal dataset, across 55 countries with
approximately 270 employees throughout 14 offices globally. In The Forrester Wave™:
Marketing Measurement and Optimization Q1 2022 report, Analytic Partners was named a Leader
and was top ranked in the Strategy category among all evaluated vendors.

“We are delighted to add the intellectual and financial firepower of Onex Partners to Analytic
Partners to further accelerate our growth,” said Nancy Smith, Founder, President and CEO of
Analytic Partners. “Our partnership with Onex Partners aligns perfectly with our core values of
People, Passion and Growth. Through our employee equity plan I am proud to announce that
every member of our team will benefit from this investment. Our customers, who are the
motivation for our Passion, will also benefit greatly as our partnership with Onex Partners will
further accelerate our technology leadership, drive more innovation, and help us deliver the
solutions our clients need to Adapt, Evolve and Thrive in a rapidly changing marketing landscape.
This is a true win/win/win for our customers, our team and our partners.”
“We feel incredibly privileged that Nancy has chosen us as her partner to continue building
Analytic Partners. The company’s GPS Enterprise managed software solution, supported by its
proprietary ROI Genome dataset and analytical capabilities, have allowed Analytic Partners to
provide a compelling value proposition to its customers and we expect this to continue,” said Kosty

Gilis, a Managing Director at Onex Partners. “We are extremely enthusiastic about the company’s
prospects as the need to accurately assess the effectiveness of marketing campaigns will continue
to grow which, combined with the opportunity to further leverage Analytic Partners’ capabilities
across a wider range of end markets and geographies, presents a compelling value creation
opportunity over the coming years.”
The transaction is anticipated to close later this year subject to customary closing conditions. The
terms of the transaction are not being disclosed at this time.

On this transaction, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor and Willkie
Farr & Gallagher LLP acted as legal counsel to Analytic Partners. Latham & Watkins LLP acted
as legal counsel to Onex Partners.

About Onex
Founded in 1984, Onex manages and invests capital on behalf of its shareholders, institutional
investors and high net worth clients from around the world. Onex’ platforms include: Onex
Partners, private equity funds focused on mid- to large-cap opportunities in North America and
Western Europe; ONCAP, private equity funds focused on middle market and smaller
opportunities in North America; Onex Credit, which manages primarily non-investment grade debt
through tradeable, private and opportunistic credit strategies as well as actively managed public
equity and public credit funds; and Gluskin Sheff’s wealth management services. In total, as of
September 30, 2021, Onex has approximately $47 billion of assets under management, of which
approximately $7.9 billion is its 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 shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the stock symbol ONEX. For more
information on Onex, visit its website at www.onex.com. Onex’ security filings can also be
accessed at www.sedar.com.

About Analytic Partners
Analytic Partners is the leading cloud-based, managed software platform which provides adaptive
solutions for deeper business understanding and right-time planning & optimization for marketing
and beyond. We turn data into expertise so that our clients can create powerful connections with
their customers and achieve commercial success. For more information on Analytic Partners, visit
its website at www.analyticpartners.com.

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should material facts change due to new information, future events or other factors. These
cautionary statements expressly qualify all forward-looking statements in this press release.

For Further Information:
Onex
Jill Homenuk
Managing Director – Shareholder Relations
and Communications
+1 416.362.7711
Analytic Partners
Kendall Allen Rockwell
WIT Strategy
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Carlyle to Acquire, Expand Data Center Company Involta

Carlyle

NEW YORK and CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Dec. 22, 2021 — Global investment firm Carlyle (NASDAQ: CG) announced today that funds managed by Carlyle have agreed to acquire Involta, a data center company focused on hybrid IT and cloud infrastructure, including data center colocation, hybrid cloud, edge, fiber, and related products.

Involta owns and operates 12 data center facilities and an in-house 12,000+ fiber-mile network. These assets, paired with strategic infrastructure services, provide mission-critical IT solutions to businesses across the United States. Carlyle’s capital, resources, and expertise will help expand Involta’s operations, which today are located primarily in the Midwest as well as the Pacific Northwest and Southwestern U.S., helping grow its capabilities for both new and existing customers.

Joshua Pang, Head of Digital Infrastructure for Carlyle’s Infrastructure Group, said, “Involta has built a world-class platform with a demonstrated operating model for delivering high-quality service to customers in an increasingly complex, hybrid cloud-based world. We see significant opportunity for growth given the long-term secular demand drivers of data proliferation, digital connectivity, and the digitization of enterprise and institutional operating models. We look forward to a strong, long-term partnership and to leveraging Carlyle’s scale, resources, and access to capital to drive sustainable growth at Involta.”

Pooja Goyal, Chief Investment Officer of Carlyle’s Infrastructure Group, said, “This investment is consistent with our strategy of partnering with best-in-class businesses positioned for continued growth in the digital infrastructure space. Digital infrastructure is a key sector focus for our platform and we will continue to grow our portfolio with both high growth opportunities as well as stabilized assets.”

Bruce Lehrman, Founder and CEO of Involta, said, “We are thrilled to work with Carlyle’s proven investment team as we build on our national market leadership and support our customers’ growing digital infrastructure requirements. We see many logical opportunities to continue expanding Involta’s footprint and infrastructure, and look forward to leveraging Carlyle’s global resources and deep expertise to further accelerate our growth momentum.”

This transaction supports Carlyle’s growth in infrastructure investing, which includes investments in infrastructure companies supporting the digital economy. Earlier this year, Carlyle acquired Wyyerd Group, a leading regional fiber-to-home platform in the Southwestern United States, and recently completed an add-on fiber acquisition for that platform in December 2021.

Carlyle will acquire Involta from M/C Partners. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022 and is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Financial details were not disclosed.

Greenberg Traurig LLP, Bank Street Group, and TD Securities advised on this transaction.

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About Carlyle

Carlyle (NASDAQ: CG) is a global investment firm with deep industry expertise that deploys private capital across three business segments: Global Private Equity, Global Credit and Global Investment Solutions. With $293 billion of assets under management as of September 30, 2021, Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, portfolio companies and the communities in which we live and invest. Carlyle employs more than 1,800 people in 26 offices across five continents. Further information is available at www.carlyle.com. Follow Carlyle on Twitter @OneCarlyle.

About Involta

Involta is an award-winning hybrid IT and cloud-forward consulting firm orchestrating digital transformation for the nation’s leading enterprises. Involta’s ongoing mission is rooted in partnership. Its personalized approach identifies customers’ requirements while earning their trust to ultimately deliver Superior Infrastructure and Services, Operational Excellence and People Who Deliver, keeping with the Involta brand promise.

Involta pairs strategic consulting with the unique ability to leverage owned data centers and infrastructure assets, empowering businesses with necessary security and reliability requirements. Its well-defined, rigorous process to deliver hybrid cloud, edge, consulting, and data center services have earned the company several designations, including a KLAS rating and review for partial healthcare IT outsourcing excellence. The company has also been recognized on several CRN lists and has been named one of the fastest-growing companies in America by Inc.5000 for nine consecutive years.

Involta enables customers with the power to transform their technology and the freedom to focus on their core business. To learn more about Involta, visit involta.com or follow them on LinkedInTwitter or Facebook.

About M/C Partners

M/C Partners is a private equity firm focused on small and mid-size businesses in the digital infrastructure and technology services sectors. For more than three decades M/C Partners has invested $2.4 billion of capital in over 140 companies, leveraging its deep industry expertise to understand long-term secular trends and identify growth opportunities. The firm is currently investing its eighth fund, partnering with promising companies and leadership teams to support, scale, and improve operations and maximize value. For more information, visit https://mcpartners.com.

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Carlyle
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Sheetal Werneke
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Bob More Joins Indico Data as Chief Revenue Officer

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BOSTONDec. 8, 2021  — Indico Data, the unstructured data company, today announced the appointment of Bob More to chief revenue officer (CRO). As CRO, More is responsible for leading go-to-market field operations, including sales, ecosystem and alliances, customer success, solutions consulting, solutions engineering and revenue operations, further accelerating Indico’s rapid adoption among the Fortune 500. An experienced revenue executive, Mr. More’s track record of building and scaling go-to-market teams and driving topline growth spans more than 20 years, with a particularly strong focus in data and analytics.

“Indico Data has grown rapidly during the past 18 months, processing more than 10 billion unstructured assets through our platform annually,” said Tom Wilde, CEO of Indico Data. “Bob joins us at a pivotal moment in our development, and his deep experience in scaling teams and driving revenue will be an exceptional addition to our already strong leadership team.”

More was previously global head of field operations for Stardog, a knowledge graph platform that enables enterprises to unify all their data, where he was responsible for building and leading all revenue activities, including sales, alliances and customer success. Prior to that, he was senior vice president of global field operations at Reltio, helping scale the company over 25 fold during his tenure. He also spent time as a senior revenue executive at SAP, responsible for driving sales of the entire SAP and Business Objects portfolio, as well as at Informatica, where he built and managed Informatica’s strategic account sales team focused on enterprise data integration solutions.

More is an active member of several mentoring programs, including The Honor Foundation, Nashville Entrepreneur Center and GrowthX Academy, all of which seek to provide individuals with professional development and support in their career journey.

“As large enterprises pursue digital transformation initiatives, they’re limited because 85% of all enterprise data is unstructured, out of reach of traditional RPA, CRM, ERP and BI solutions,” said Bob More, CRO at Indico Data. “The Indico Platform takes a unique approach to AI and ML to solve this problem, allowing these organizations to extract previously unattainable value from their large and expensive systems of record, dramatically increasing overall business insight and operational efficiency.

I’m thrilled to join this highly innovative company and work with Tom and the rest of the Indico Data team as we lead the market in solving the critical problem around unstructured data.”

The Indico Unstructured Data Platform

Built around a breakthrough human AI and machine teaching approach, the Indico Unstructured Data Platform is the first and only solution to address unstructured data that doesn’t rely on brittle and expensive rules or template-based approaches. While according to Gartner, only 20 percent of AI-enabled projects reach deployment, Indico’s customers consistently experience a greater than 90% success rate. This results in up to an 85% reduction in process time, a 400% increase in process capacity, and an 80% reduction in resources required.

For more information on the Indico Unstructured Data Platform, or to schedule a demo, please visit www.indicodata.ai.

About Indico Data

Indico Data is the unstructured data company. With its innovative AI- and ML-powered software platform, enterprises of all sizes can automate, analyze, and apply unstructured data –– documents, emails, images, videos and more –– to a wide range of enterprise workflows. The Indico Unstructured Data Platform enables companies to gain rich insight and maximize the value of their existing software investments, including RPA, CRM, ERP, and BI, by enabling these systems to work with unstructured data. Indico serves leading insurance, financial services, banking, real estate and other data-intensive enterprises, including MetLife, PNC Bank, Chatham Financial, Cushman & Wakefield and Waste Management. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA. Visit www.indicodata.ai to learn more.

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Guyer Group for Indico Data
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Artefact aims to become the world’s leading data services group following Ardian’s successful purchase offer.

Ardian

Ardian, a world-leading private investment house, together with Cathay Capital, are pleased to announce that their simplified tender offer for the remaining shares of Artefact, a leader in data services, has been accepted.

As the required conditions were met at the closing of the offer, the mandatory withdrawal on Artefact shares will be effective as of 21 December 2021 at €7.80 per share. Artefact’s legacy managers are also supporting this offer by reinvesting substantially alongside Ardian, to ensure the continuity of governance with Vincent Luciani as Group CEO.

Artefact was founded in 2014 by Vincent Luciani and Guillaume de Roquemaurel. After rapid international expansion, Artefact established itself as a leader in data-driven business transformation, with the aim of creating value by bridging the gap between data and business.

Today, Artefact has a global network, with operations across the world in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas and Africa, and over 800 employees. The company has partnered with major brands such as L’Oréal, Danone, Sanofi Orange and also supports major international accounts across a range of sectors from FMCG, Retail, Luxury, Telecoms, Healthcare, Tourism and Industry including for example: Samsung and Unilever.

Artefact’s data offerings have demonstrated their ability to scale AI projects globally, especially as only 10 to 15% of companies are currently incorporating data science-based solutions into their operations successfully. Artefact enables the implementation of fundamental services such as data governance and infrastructure, and the development of specialized solutions (call centre automation, demand forecasting, recommendation engines, and fraud detection). Artefact also has the most complete data-driven marketing portfolio on the market.

In a market driven by exponential growth in data, Ardian’s Expansion team, alongside Cathay Capital, a global investment firm with a strong presence in Asia, will support Artefact’s management team in a new phase of acceleration with the aim of becoming a global data services leader.

The new shareholders will support the group in its geographical expansion in Europe, Asia and the United States thanks to their global network and the significant resources that will be provided to the Group. Artefact will invest in an ambitious recruitment program for new talent with the aim of tripling its workforce by 2025, with already 500 recruitments planned for 2022. Finally, the Group will be an active player in the consolidation of the market by accelerating strategic acquisitions in a still highly fragmented data services market.

Artefact’s strength lies in the excellence of its people who are drawn to a company dedicated to building the next generation of “data leaders”. Strong human values, a committed CSR policy, and a continual job training, make Artefact one of the data industry’s most sought-after employers.

“The alliance with Ardian definitely marks a major turning point in the history of Artefact. The delisting and the arrival of a shareholder like Ardian, a strategic and long-term oriented investor, allows us to deploy an ambitious growth and recruitment plan, anchored on the high added value of our talents.” Vincent Luciani, Co-Founder and CEO of Artefact

“Our objective is to support this excellent management team in its ambition to become a world leader in data services. Our global network, expertise and significant resources will be available to Artefact and will help accelerate the group’s growth by strengthening its appeal to new talent by pursuing an ambitious market consolidation strategy.” Marie Arnaud-Battandier, Managing Director, Expansion team, Ardian

“We’re delighted to partner with Artefact and its management team alongside Ardian in a new phase of development. Artefact has built a strong client-recognized expertise in the field of data services and benefits from major growth potential in France and abroad. Cathay Capital will support Artefact’s ambitious organic and external growth strategy thanks to our technological know-how and ecosystem, especially in China.” Jérémie Falzone, Partner, Cathay Capital

PARTIES TO THE TRANSACTION

  • Ardian

    • Marie Arnaud- Battandier, Stephan Torra, Thomas Grétéré, Leslie Parmast.
    • Legal advisors: Latham & Watkins (Olivier Du Mottay, Olivia Rauch-Ravisé, Philippe Tesson, Mayssa Sader Michel Houdayer)
    • Financial advisors: Sycomore Corporate Finance (Tristan Dupont, Olivier Barret, Pierre-Arnaud De Lacharrière, Marion Pouchain), Clipperton Finance (Nicolas von Bulow, Martin Vielle), Natixis Partners (Philippe Charbonnier)
    • Financial advisors for the public offer: Société Générale (Stéphanie Kordonian, Stephane Krief, Asgar Sondarjee, Florent Guillermain)
    • Commercial Due Diligence: Bain & Company (Daphné Vattier, Thibaud Chabrelié, Guillaume Tobler)
    • Financial Due Diligence: Alvarez & Marsal (Ghislain De Seze, Simon Regad, Guillaume Blanchard)
    • Legal, tax and social Due Diligence: Kpmg Avocats (Xavier Houard, Thomas Chardenal)
    • Insurance Due Diligence: Finaxy (Deborah Hauchemaille)
    • Debt: Eurazeo (Eric Gallerne, Olivier Sesboüe), Tikehau, Eiffel, Bpi – Conseil juridique financement des banques: Paul Hastings (Olivier Vermeulen)
  • Cathay Capital

    • Jérémie Falzone, Benoît Seringe, Bertrand Uchan, Marc Lin
    • Commercial Due Diligence: Roland Berger (Jean-Michel Cagin, Cyrille Vincey)
    • Legal advisors: Hogan Lovells (Stéphane Huten, Arnaud Deparday)
  • Artefact

    • Vincent Luciani CEO Artefact
    • Guillaume De Roquemaurel Président du Conseil De Surveillance Artefact
    • Hayette Soltani Chief Financial Officer Artefact
    • Legal advisors: BDGS (Youssef Djehane, François Baylion, Marie Dupin, Jules Brizi)
    • Legal advisors to the management: Jausserand & Audouard (Tristan Audouard, Carole Degonse, Antoine Le Roux)
    • Financial advisors: Cambon Partners (Guillaume Teboul, Michael Azencot, Samuel Koubi, Côme Mullie)
    • Financial Due Diligence: Alvarez & Marsal (Frédéric Steiner, Nicolas Guillo, Baptiste Rideau)
    • Legal, tax and social Due Diligence: EY (Mathieu Dautriat, Charles Moulette, Solal Blanc, Adrien Khaznadji, Sylvie Magnen, Thomas Jaegle)

ABOUT ARDIAN

Ardian is a world leading private investment house with assets of US$120bn managed or advised in Europe, the Americas and Asia. The company is majority-owned by its employees. It keeps entrepreneurship at its heart and focuses on delivering excellent investment performance to its global investor base. Through its commitment to shared outcomes for all stakeholders, Ardian’s activities fuel individual, corporate and economic growth around the world.
Holding close its core values of excellence, loyalty and entrepreneurship, Ardian maintains a truly global network, with more than 800 employees working from fifteen offices across Europe (Frankfurt, Jersey, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Zurich), the Americas (New York, San Francisco and Santiago) and Asia (Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul). It manages funds on behalf of more than 1,100 clients through five pillars of investment expertise: Fund of Funds, Direct Funds, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Private Debt.

ABOUT CATHAY CAPITAL GROUP

Cathay Capital Group is a global investment firm supporting companies at all stages throughout North America, Asia, Europe and Africa. By helping navigate the opportunities of globalization and sustainable transformation, Cathay is the partner of choice for companies aspiring to lead markets and make a positive impact. Its global platform connects people – from investors and entrepreneurs to management teams and leading corporations – across continents to share knowledge, the tools to scale, and achieve the extraordinary. Founded in 2007 with a strong entrepreneurial heritage, Cathay Capital now manages over $4.5B in assets, has completed over 220 buyouts, growth and venture capital investments with the global reach and local expertise from offices in Paris, New York, Shanghai, Munich, San Francisco, Beijing, Singapore, Shenzhen and Tel Aviv.
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ABOUT ARTEFACT

Artefact is a next-generation end-to-end data services company specialising in data transformation and data & digital marketing, transforming data into impact across the entire enterprise value chain Artefact’s unique approach, by bridging the gap between data and businesses, enables our clients to achieve their business goals in a dedicated and efficient manner. Our 800 employees combine their multi-disciplinary skills to help companies innovate and grow. Our cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence technologies and agile methods ensure the success of our clients’ AI projects, from design to deployment, training and change management. With 16 offices in Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America and Africa, we partner with leading global brands such as Orange, Samsung, L’Oréal, and Sanofi.

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Indico Data CEO Tom Wilde Joins Forbes Technology Council

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BOSTONDec. 15, 2021  — Indico Data, the unstructured data company, announced today that the company’s CEO, Tom Wilde, has joined the Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for world-class CIOs, CTOs, and technology executives.

Tom was selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of his experience. Criteria for acceptance includes a track record of successful business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honors.

“We are honored to welcome Indico Data CEO Tom Wilde into the community,” said Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, the collective that includes Forbes Technology Council. “Our mission with Forbes Councils is to bring together proven leaders from every industry, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps every member grow professionally and make an even greater impact on the business world.”

As a member of the Council, Tom gains access to a variety of exclusive opportunities designed to help him reach peak professional influence. He will connect and collaborate with other respected local leaders in a private forum. Tom will also be invited to work with a professional editorial team to share his expert insights in original business articles on Forbes.com, and to contribute to published Q&A panels alongside other experts.

Finally, Tom will benefit from exclusive access to vetted business service partners, membership-branded marketing collateral, and the high-touch support of the Forbes Councils member concierge team.

“I’m proud to be a member of, and eager to contribute to, the Forbes Tech Council community,” said Tom Wilde, CEO at Indico Data. “In my short time as a member, I have already seen the dynamic and helpful interactions among experts, as we all share the common goal of bringing relevant and powerful new technologies to light for our customers.”

About Forbes Councils
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Indico Data is the unstructured data company. With its innovative AI- and ML-powered software platform, enterprises of all sizes can automate, analyze, and apply unstructured data –– documents, emails, images, videos and more –– to a wide range of enterprise workflows. The Indico Unstructured Data Platform enables companies to gain rich insight and maximize the value of their existing software investments, including RPA, CRM, ERP, and BI, by enabling these systems to work with unstructured data. Indico serves leading insurance, financial services, banking, real estate and other data-intensive enterprises, including MetLife, PNC Bank, Chatham Financial, Cushman & Wakefield and Waste Management. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA. Visit www.indicodata.ai to learn more.

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EQT’s AI platform Motherbrain pushes the boundaries of the private markets with novel algorithm for better decision making

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EQT is proud to announce that an academic paper authored by the data science team at EQT Motherbrain has been accepted for publication by the 2021 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), acknowledged as one of the best Natural Language Processing (NLP) academic conferences in the world of AI. The paper originated from the work of developing one of the many advanced deep learning models used by the Motherbrain platform.

Motherbrain is EQT’s proprietary investment platform driven by diversified big data and cutting-edge algorithms. EQT uses Motherbrain across the EQT platform to source deals and to help investment teams make better informed investment decisions. One of many analytical scenarios that Motherbrain helps tackle is defining the similarity between companies, which can be useful in tasks such as competitor mapping.

To solve this problem, the Motherbrain team proposed a novel method – PAUSE: Positive and Annealed Unlabeled Sentence Embedding, which generates numerical representations from company descriptions enabling a measurement of closeness between any two companies. The model turns out to be best-in-class at defining similarity without relying heavily on pre-existing annotations by investment professionals, as other high performing models do.

Victor Engelsson, Partner within EQT Growth’s Advisory Team, commented, “EQT Growth invests in companies at the scale-up stage and uses Motherbrain and underlying novel algorithms like PAUSE to assess and make faster and more substantiated decisions. Being data driven and having access to the best market intelligence is truly one of EQT’s competitive advantages.”

High performing deep learning models have not been easily applicable in the private capital domain as they require a large amount of annotated data. The Motherbrain team is constantly moving the needle when it comes to applying advanced analytics in the private capital sector, and PAUSE will facilitate that adoption by mitigating the reliance on heavily annotated data. With this work, the Motherbrain team is also proud to contribute to the academic community with a creative method born out of a real industrial use case.

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Projective Group acquires specialist data consultancy DTSQUARED

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05/08/2021 – 08:41 | Portfolio

Funded by recent investment from Gimv in April this year, this acquisition is a key part of Projective Group’s European expansion and provides a significant addition to the Group’s capabilities and existing team of 35 consultants in London.

DTSQUARED’s team of 85 data experts will bring a wealth of experience in all aspects of data as well as access to an impressive client base across multiple sectors and strategic relationships with DTSQUARED’s global technology partners. This complements Projective Group’s current management consulting offering from Projective and Exellys, to provide a truly end-to-end consultancy package to clients.

Stefan Dierckx, CEO, of Projective Group, said:
“With our clients increasingly demanding advice and consultancy around data, we firmly believe that DTSQUARED’s knowledge and expertise around data management and governance is complementary to Projective Group’s current service offering provided by Projective and Exellys. Together with DTSQUARED, we can now better serve our current and future clients in answering business problems and creating value in a complex market with even more demanding regulations. This partnership represents the start of the next phase of growth for Projective Group and we are delighted to welcome DTSQUARED to the team.”

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