Fortino Capital Partners invests in Sigma Conso to accelerate growth of this Corporate Performance Management software player

Fortino Capital

BRUSSELS, 17 June 2020 – Fortino Capital Partners, a Benelux-based growth equity investor in software, today announces its investment in Sigma Conso, a fast growing Corporate Performance Management software provider. Sigma Conso, headquartered in Brussels, employs over 40 FTEs and has local offices in Western-Europe and Asia serving over 600 customers.

Initially focused on consolidation software, today Sigma Conso addresses all needs of CFO in terms of Corporate Performance Management (i.e., consolidation, intercompany reconciliations, budgeting, planning, and management reporting). Along with its software offering, Sigma Conso differentiates itself through its deep financial expertise, offering training and advisory services to its customers. Sigma Conso helps out customers to generate transparency on the performance of its business, more than ever a must in these Covid-19 times.

Sigma Conso is active in 20 countries, serving over 600 customers, varying from mid-sized businesses to large companies (e.g., D’Ieteren, Sofina, Proximus, Besix,, Umicore, Eiffage and CMB).

Dominique Galloy came on board as CEO and owner in 2006. Over the last 14 years Dominique has grown Sigma Conso together with his team into an international and highly recognised software company.

Fortino Capital recognizes Sigma Conso’s leading role in the Corporate Performance Management market and the credentials the team has built up. Financial software is a core segment for Fortino Capital as B2B software investor, after its investment into MobileXpense, a leading European expense management provider.

Fortino Capital acquires Sigma Conso alongside management to further grow and expand the company internationally. This is the 20th B2B software investment by Fortino Capital, and the 6th platform investment of its Growth Private Equity Fund I.

Dominique Galloy, CEO of Sigma Conso: “Over the past two decades, we have become a sizeable European player by serving our customers with great software and deep expertise. Together with Fortino Capital, a real expert in B2B software, we are now ready for an accelerated growth phase together. I am personally very excited about the prospects of the business. With the support of Fortino Capital, I am committed to further serve our customers in a great way.”

Filip Van Innis, Investment Director at Fortino Capital: “We are impressed by Sigma Conso’s strong track record. Being a company at the core of our Growth Fund strategy, i.e., mission critical software in an expanding market, we are delighted to support Dominique and his team going forward. As much as we are pleased to welcome Patrick Van Deven, as Chairman of the Board. Patrick is a seasoned software executive who made his career at both SAS and SAP.”

About Sigma Conso

Sigma Conso, founded in 2002, provides Corporate Performance Management software together with training and advisory services. The Company has a global presence, evidenced by its diversified customer base in 20 countries and local offices in Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit www.sigmaconso.com.

About Fortino Capital Partners

Fortino Capital Partners is a European enterprise software investor, managing a €240m growth private equity fund and two venture capital funds for earlier stage software opportunities.  The firm has offices in Antwerp and Amsterdam. Fortino Capital’s investment portfolio includes MobileXpense, Efficy CRM, Odin Groep, Tenzinger, Maxxton, LetsBuild, Teamleader, among others. For more information, please visit
www.fortinocapital.com.

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Nordic Capital-backed Trustly announces strategic minority investment by a consortium of investors to support further expansion

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JUNE 10 2020
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BlackRock Private Equity Partners, through its private equity funds and accounts under management, together with a consortium of institutional investors, including among others, Aberdeen Standard Investments, funds managed by Neuberger Berman, Investment Corporation of Dubai and RSIC, are becoming minority shareholders in Trustly, the world’s leading online account-to-account (A2A) payments provider. Nordic Capital remains the majority shareholder in Trustly.

The transaction diversifies Trustly’s shareholder base and brings in additional long-term capital commitment to further support Trustly as it continues to invest in its products and infrastructure and expand globally.

Nordic Capital announced the acquisition of Trustly in March 2018 with the aim of supporting the expansion of the business internationally.

Oscar Berglund, CEO of Trustly, says: “At Trustly, we’re leveraging local bank-to-bank payment rails to build a global online banking payments network that enables people to pay directly from their bank accounts in a safe and convenient manner. We welcome BlackRock and the other investors as minority shareholders in Trustly. With their support, we will double-down on developing the online banking payments solution that our merchants and billers and their customers love.”

Fredrik Näslund, Partner at Nordic Capital Advisors, says: “It is a testament to Trustly’s amazing success that Nordic Capital is able to attract such a consortium of world-class investors. Nordic Capital welcomes our new partners as co-investors and looks forward to continuing a successful journey with Trustly.”

Citigroup Global Markets Limited acted as financial advisor in connection with this transaction.

Press contact:

Meredith Popolo
Head of PR & Communications at Trustly
meredith.popolo@trustly.com

 

About Trustly

Founded in 2008, Trustly is the global leader in Online Banking Payments. Our account-to-account network enables consumers to make fast, simple and secure payments to merchants directly from their online banking accounts, without going through the card networks. With support for more than 6,000 banks, over 600 million consumers across Europe and North America can pay with Trustly. We serve many of the world’s most prominent merchants within e-commerce, financial services, gaming, media, telecom and travel, which all benefit from increased consumer conversion and reduced operations, fraud and chargeback costs.

Trustly has 400 employees across Europe, the US and Latin America. We are a licensed Payment Institution under the second payment services directive (PSD2) and operate under the supervision of the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority in Europe. In the US, we are state regulated as required to serve our target markets. Read more at www.trustly.com.

 

About Nordic Capital

Nordic Capital is a leading private equity investor with a resolute commitment to creating stronger, sustainable businesses through operational improvement and transformative growth. Nordic Capital focuses on selected regions and sectors where it has deep experience and a long history. Focus sectors are Healthcare, Technology & Payments, Financial Services and in addition, Industrials & Business Services. Key regions are Northern Europe and globally for Healthcare. Since inception in 1989, Nordic Capital has invested more than EUR 14 billion in over 110 investments. The Nordic Capital vehicles are based in Jersey. They are advised by several non-discretionary sub-advisory entities based in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Germany, the UK and the US, any or all of which are referred to as Nordic Capital Advisors. For further information about Nordic Capital, please visit www.nordiccapital.com.

 

About BlackRock Private Equity Partners

BlackRock Private Equity Partners is the world’s largest asset management firm and had USD 5.98 trillion of assets under management at December 31, 2018. With approximately 14,900 employees in more than 30 countries who serve clients in over 100 countries across the globe, BlackRock provides a broad range of investment and technology services to institutional and retail clients worldwide. For further information about BlackRock, please visit www.blackrock.com.

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Duck Creek Technologies receives $230 million investment from new investors Kayne Anderson Rudnick, Whale Rock, and prior investors

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New funding will drive further expansion of the market-leading SaaS solution for P&C insurance, Duck Creek OnDemand

Boston – June 10, 2020: Duck Creek Technologies, a provider of SaaS-delivered enterprise software to the property & casualty insurance industry, announced today that leading investment firms Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management and Whale Rock Capital Management, along with prior investors, have invested $230 million in the company.

The Duck Creek Suite of SaaS solutions provides insurance carriers open and highly-configurable applications across core areas of their businesses, such as policy administration, billing, claims, analytics, industry content, distribution management, and reinsurance management – all key to their digital transformations. Duck Creek OnDemand is the leading SaaS core system solution for the P&C Industry.

Duck Creek will use the proceeds for continued investment into its business growth, with a focus on extending the capabilities of the company’s SaaS solutions, and to repurchase equity from certain existing investors. The new commitment of capital comes as the company continues to invest heavily in product development and international expansion.

Funds advised by Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management and Whale Rock Capital Management join existing investors in Duck Creek including Dragoneer Investment Group, Insight Partners, funds and other accounts advised by Neuberger Berman Investment Advisers LLC, and Temasek. Funds advised by Apax Partners acquired a majority stake in Duck Creek in 2016 from Accenture. Accenture remains a key investor in Duck Creek.

“The partnership of these new investors with Duck Creek speaks to the momentum we have achieved as the SaaS leader in P&C core systems and the opportunities we see ahead,” said Michael Jackowski, Duck Creek’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our Platform’s performance, particularly during these recent months, has shown the industry that SaaS can deliver new levels of value. We see growing opportunity for Duck Creek as more insurers accelerate their adoption of SaaS solutions for their core systems.”

“Duck Creek’s growth has continued throughout 2020 and we remain excited about the long-term prospects for the company and its plan to continue to invest in products and people,” said Jason Wright, Partner at Apax Partners. “We are proud of our partnership with Mike Jackowski and the Duck Creek team and are pleased to welcome Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management and Whale Rock Capital Management as additional investors to support the company’s growth strategy.”

J.P. Morgan served as sole placement agent to Duck Creek in connection with this transaction.

This press release is for informational purposes only and shall not constitute, or form a part of, an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities.

Contact:

Sam A. Shay
Duck Creek Technologies
sam.shay@duckcreek.com
+1.857.201.5784

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Silverfin announces investment led by Hg to accelerate international growth

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g is a leading software investor with a long history of partnering with businesses in tax and accounting software, investing c.€1.8bn in this sector alone.

London 9th June 2020: Silverfin has announced a significant investment led by Hg, Europe’s leading software investor and expert in the tax and accounting sector. The investment will be used to support the company’s expansion internationally as it responds to demand for its cloud service that consolidates real-time financial data, automates compliance reporting and improves financial planning. Silverfin was founded in 2013 in Ghent, Belgium and now has offices in London, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. The details and terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

“Our platform is the central nervous system thousands of businesses, and their accounting firms, rely on for efficient and effective financial management and decision making. We consolidate multiple financial data sources into one central data hub. Then we use that data to improve the speed, accuracy and quality of compliance with automation; and financial planning with our data analytics and reporting tools.”

Joris Van Der Gucht, Co-Founder at Silverfin

He added:

“Technology has been driving considerable innovation and change in finance and accounting. The past few weeks have shown how important this digital transformation is. Obviously there’s been a rapid move to remote working. There’s also been a widespread acceptance that cloud technology is key in enabling finance teams to operate whatever the circumstances. Our technology helps with this and much more. Even before today’s challenges, our customers told us Silverfin has made them more efficient and more successful. We’ve made the core reporting work they do easier but we’ve also made it easier to give the advice their businesses really need, particularly now, like financial modelling, risk monitoring, benchmarking and scenario planning.”

Silverfin has more than 650 customers in 11 countries from the leading accountancy firms in Europe and North America including all of the ‘Big 4’.

“We want to bring the benefits of Silverfin to more customers and develop the platform to have an even greater impact on their business transformation. This investment from Hg will help us to accelerate our product development and provide us with invaluable insight into future developments in accounting we can capitalise on. Their considerable international experience in the accountancy sector, and understanding of technology, makes them the perfect partner for us as we begin the next phase in our international growth.”

Tim Vandecasteele, Co-Founder

“After seeing Silverfin in action in our portfolio for a number of years, we were impressed with the technology and the potential it offers the accounting sector. We’re delighted to be able to join and support the Silverfin team as the business continues to scale internationally.”

Joris Van Gool, Partner at Hg

Hg has a long history of partnering with businesses in the tax and accounting software space. Silverfin is Hg’s 14th investment in this sector over the last 15 years, with a total of around €1.8BN of invested capital in this sector alone.

Hg has invested in a minority stake in Silverfin from its Mercury 2 Fund and joins the co-founders who remain majority owners, and existing investors, Index Ventures and SmartFin Ventures.

About Silverfin

Silverfin is the cloud platform that makes accountants successful. It improves the efficiency, competitiveness and profitability of compliance services, and powers the development and delivery of advisory services.

Silverfin takes financial data directly from client systems and hosts it securely in a single cloud Structured Data Hub. Templates then standardise, and automate, accounting workflows and use the data hub to make compliance easy, fast, and accurate.

But that’s only half the story. Leading firms use Silverfin to power their advisory services too. Looking at data and trends, right across the client portfolio is easy and automatic alerts warn of risks or identify opportunities to give advice, or sell additional services.

For further details, please visit the Silverfin website.

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Eventbrite Announces Financing with Francisco Partners

Franciso Partners

Flexible financing will strengthen the company’s liquidity position and reinforce its long-term growth strategy

SAN FRANCISCO — Eventbrite, Inc. (NYSE: EB), a global self-service ticketing and experience technology platform, today announced the company has secured financing with Francisco Partners of up to $225 million. The investment will help fund the execution of the company’s long-term growth strategy, strengthen its liquidity position and provide greater flexibility to manage through a range of recovery scenarios and the return to live events.

Eventbrite was founded with the vision of enabling event creators to be successful. This vision comes to life through an intuitive and reliable platform. Creators are empowered with the tools and insights to create and manage events, reach new audiences and sell more tickets for both online and in-person experiences. Eventbrite is a powerful and dynamic platform for bringing people together and serves a community of nearly one million creators who transacted more than 309 million tickets to approximately 4.7 million events last year alone.

“The world has changed amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic, and the live experience industry must adapt in response to the new normal,” said Julia Hartz, Eventbrite CEO and co-founder. “This moment in time is marked by the resilience and ingenuity of the event creators and ticket buyers we serve. Our sole focus is supporting our professional customers, many of whom are small businesses. The flexible financing from Francisco Partners will help us fund our growth strategy and emerge from this crisis as a market leader. Together, we will move through this turbulent time to bring people together for live experiences once again.”

The financing from Francisco Partners will give Eventbrite flexibility to manage through the effects of COVID-19 by tailoring its capital needs to the changing environment, while also reinvesting in its leading self-service platform.

“The founders and team at Eventbrite have built one of the most technologically advanced digital ticketing and experiences platforms in the world,” commented Peter Christodoulo, Partner at Francisco Partners. “We are thrilled to partner with them as they reaccelerate their growth strategy and further their commitment to event creators as a leading provider in the sector.”

Eventbrite was advised by Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Allen & Company LLC as its financial advisors, and Latham & Watkins LLP as its legal advisor. Francisco Partners was advised by Jefferies LLC as its financial advisor and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP as its legal advisors.

About Eventbrite

Eventbrite is a global self-service ticketing and experience technology platform that serves a community of nearly one million event creators in over 180 countries. Since inception, Eventbrite has been at the center of the experience economy, transforming the way people organize and attend events. The company was founded by Julia Hartz, Kevin Hartz and Renaud Visage, with a vision to build a self-service platform that would make it possible for anyone to create and sell tickets to live experiences. The Eventbrite platform provides an intuitive, secure, and reliable service that enables creators to plan and execute their live and online events, whether it’s an annual culinary festival attracting thousands of foodies, a professional webinar, a weekly yoga workshop or a youth dance class. With over 300 million tickets distributed to more than 4 million experiences in 2019, Eventbrite is where people all over the world discover new things to do or new ways to do more of what they love. Learn more at www.eventbrite.com.

About Francisco Partners

Francisco Partners is a leading global private equity firm that specializes in investments in technology and technology-enabled businesses. Since its launch 20 years ago, Francisco Partners has raised approximately $24 billion in committed capital and invested in more than 275 technology companies, making it one of the most active and longstanding investors in the technology industry. The firm invests in opportunities where its deep sectoral knowledge and operational expertise can help companies realize their full potential. For more information on Francisco Partners, please visit: www.franciscopartners.com.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements regarding the company’s liquidation position and plans to execute its long-term growth strategy and investment plans. These forward-looking statements reflect the company’s views regarding current expectations and projections about future events and conditions and are based on currently available information. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict, including risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting worldwide cancellation of live events, which had been the cornerstone of the company’s business, and related uncertainty regarding the duration of the shutdown of live events and the possibility that future shutdowns will occur, whether as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, other public health concerns or epidemics or other factors adversely affecting the live event market, the company’s ability to achieve the expected operating expense savings from its global workforce reduction, and the Risk Factors identified in the company’s most recently filed annual report on Form 10-K; therefore, the company’s actual results could differ materially from those expressed, implied or forecast in any such forward-looking statements. Expressions of future goals and expectations and similar expressions, including “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “aims,” “seeks,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential,” “targets,” and “continue,” reflecting something other than historical fact are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Unless required by law, the company undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. However, readers should carefully review the reports and documents the company files or furnishes from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly its annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K.

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Celebrating CloudGenix’s $420M Acquisition By Palo Alto Networks

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Today, Palo Alto Networks closed its $420M acquisition of CloudGenix, an industry leader in software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN).

I have had the privilege of knowing CloudGenix’s co-founder and CEO Kumar Ramachandran since November 2013.

We initially met on a Saturday morning at the DoubleTree in Pleasanton to discuss his new company. And while the location might have been less memorable, the meeting was not. We spent the next two hours sitting in the hotel lobby discussing the massive opportunity at hand: the myriad of reasons why customers might choose to move away from traditional MPLS routing to software-defined edge networking. We could see then what we know now to be true…

Software-defined edge networking not only offers increased functionality to MPLS routing, but is also easier to manage, more secure, and allows network administrators unprecedented visibility into their networks.

Couple this discussion on the advantages of software-defined networking with Kumar’s incredible passion on the topic. Within the first few minutes of our conversation, it was clear that Kumar felt strongly about networking being overcomplicated. There had to be a way to eliminate the need to have intimate knowledge of underlying protocols, while also simplifying the overall process of delivering applications to remote offices. He believed that he and the team at CloudGenix could deliver on these needs.

Shortly thereafter, in early 2014, I made my first investment in the company, and was invited to join the board. I was confident then in Kumar’s experience, leadership, incredible drive, and the team he and his co-founder Venkataraman Anand had assembled, and knew I wanted to be a part of the journey.

In April 2015, Bain Capital Ventures had the chance to invest as CloudGenix readied their product for initial shipment. We could see the demand for large enterprises to implement SD-WAN in order to effectively manage a complex, multi-cloud strategy, and how the CloudGenix team had capitalized on it; creating a best-in-class solution that autonomously tailors to each enterprise’s specific security and networking needs.

In the years following, I had the privilege of working with the leadership team on a number of key initiatives. Many of my fondest memories with the startup, however, are of the days I spent working alongside the field organization, engaging with prospects and customers to share the CloudGenix vision, and express Bain Capital Ventures’ support for the company.

Recognizing CloudGenix sales achievers in August 2019

Fast forward several years, and my confidence in Kumar, the team he’s built, and the award-winning product, has never been stronger. Just last year, CloudGenix announced a 300% year-over-year growth, as large enterprises made the switch from legacy incumbents, due in part to our work in the field, helping to win many highly competitive engagements against intense competition. This significant progress and growth is what spurred us to become CloudGenix’s largest investor in their latest funding round.

Today, as we all navigate through this period of uncertainty, and millions have been forced to work remotely, the need for an effective WAN to supply a secure network across a largely distributed workforce, has never been greater.

Palo Alto Networks, a leader in next generation firewalls, plans to extend its network reach further and consolidate the edge technology stack. They announced their intent to acquire CloudGenix for $420M on March 31st, 2019. It couldn’t be a better match.

Congratulations again to Kumar and the entire team at CloudGenix. We could not be prouder to have been a part of your journey since the early days, and cannot wait to see how you continue to revolutionize the networking industry.

Kumar Ramachandran and members of the CloudGenix team

Industrifonden and Fairpoint Capital invest €5.3 million in DbVis Software

Industriefonden

We’re happy to announce that Industrifonden and Fairpoint Capital have co-led a €5.3 million growth investment in DbVis Software, a Stockholm-based database management and analysis tool for all major databases.

The new capital will be used to expand product development, strengthen the team and further accelerate growth. The company also announces the appointment of Martin Engdahl as its new CEO, to drive the global expansion of DbVis Software.

Launched in 2003, DbVis is a self-financed, global word-of-mouth success, with over 4.5 million downloads of its database software DbVisualizer. DbVisualizer is a universal database management tool that supports connecting to a wide range of data sources over a standardized protocol. The set of tools in DbVisualizer is identical whether using it in Windows, Linux or macOS, and the combination of database independence and cross platform support let users master a single tool to connect and work with all their data sources.

Today’s funding helps DbVis Software to build on the success and enable the company to move to the next level of growth. In addition to the funding, DbVis Software has appointed Martin Engdahl as CEO to lead the company into its next phase. Martin Engdahl was previously a director at Salesforce Sweden.

Rebecka Löthman Rydå, Investment Manager at Industrifonden explained the decision to invest in the company: “DbVis Software has a long track record of delivering an outstanding product within database visualization. The company has effectively implemented a product led growth strategy for many years. We believe the timing is right to further accelerate growth and expand product offering through our investment. We are very excited to partner with the company founder Roger as well as our newly recruited CEO Martin and to embark on this growth journey together.”

DbVisualizer is partly built on open source, with a free edition, as well as a commercial edition. Today the company has over 20 500 paying customers including a mix of Fortune 500 companies, national corporations, academic institutions, startups and independent developers. Facebook, Apple, Netflix are just some of the names on the customer list.

DbVis was founded by Roger Bjärevall, who has a long background in the software industry at both Ericsson and Sun Microsystems, said: “Building a team with Industrifonden, Fairpoint Capital, and the new management will further enhance and strengthen DbVis Software’s go-to-market capabilities and R&D. This is the next logical step to move our product forward and meet the growing demand of our customers.”

A warm and happy welcome to the family DbVis Software.

Learn more about DbVis Software at https://www.dbvis.com/

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Evolta is now Cloudpermit

Evolta and its flagship product, Evolve, are now Cloudpermit. Evolve is an innovative cloud based system for municipal building permitting. Evolta is a rapidly expanding international software development company based in Finland, serves over 250 municipalities in North America and Europe.

On April 14, 2020, the new Cloudpermit branding will roll out. The e-permitting system will have a refreshed look and a new URL, ca.cloudpermit.com. However, the general layout and functionality of the software will be identical, so there will be no adjustment for current users. When users log into the new site, their login information, settings and data will remain the same. The corporate website and social media handles will also change to reflect the new name. Learn more at cloudpermit.com.

The leading-edge e-permitting software provides a virtual workspace for building departments that eliminates paper-based processes. Its accessible cloud platform expedites the flow of information, improves transparency, eliminates misplaced documents and saves staff time and money.

Cloudpermit’s brand launch will arrive as the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 crisis. Suddenly, there is an acute awareness of the need for remote business solutions, so many municipal offices are exploring the best tools to allow staff and clients to work remotely while practicing social distancing.

Since Cloudpermit is a complete cloud based system for municipal building permits, it is the ideal tool to navigate these new circumstances. The intuitive system can be implemented for new clients remotely, so offices can get to work safely and efficiently while current distancing measures are in place.

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Yellowtail now part of conclusion ecosystem

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NPM Capital

Conclusion has integrated Yellowtail into its ecosystem. With this, the IT service provider strengthens its position in the financial sector and in the field of digital transformations. Yellowtail is a leading fintech label in the Netherlands focusing on pension funds, banks and insurers. Yellowtail designs, builds and manages digital and data-driven software solutions for financial service providers, with the mission to improve the quality of consumers’ financial lives.

Yellowtail combines expertise of the financial market, IT and User Experience with innovative capacity and implementation power to develop innovative original solutions such as MyLife, Mortgage Assist and MyMortgage. Through these smart digital and data-driven software solutions, Yellowtail brings financial service providers closer to their customers, they can activate these customers better and provide them with advice that suits their financial situation. This gives consumers more direction to their financial future with relative ease.

The Key Control Dashboard platform with a strong position within central and local government is also part of the Yellowtail portfolio. The Key Control Dashboard offers an integrated approach to governance, risk and control in order to allow organizations to be demonstrably “in control” and to comply with the relevant standards frameworks (BIO, ISO27001, NEN7510) and legislation (AVG).

Matthijs Mons, managing director of Yellowtail: “As part of Conclusion, Yellowtail can really take the next step. We see multiple opportunities by working with Conclusion labels that better position us together with large accounts within the ecosystem and get more strength to take on large projects.” Yellowtail’s other managing directors, Robin Bouman, Edwin Lodder and Mark Leck, add: “With our domain knowledge and data driven expertise, Yellowtail contributes to the power of Conclusion as a digital transformation player.”

Engbert Verkoren, CEO at Conclusion (a participation of NPM Capital): “The fact that Yellowtail is now part of the ecosystem strengthens us as a transformation partner in the financial sector. A sustainable and personal customer relationship will become crucial for financial institutions in the coming years. With Yellowtail’s data-driven software solutions, we can help financial service providers in this (digital) transformation.”

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Nordic Capital-backed Signicat acquires Dutch Identity Specialist Connectis to create Europe’s strongest digital identity platform

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The combined entity will accelerate Signicat’s share of the identity verification market—worth $15 billion by 2024

Signicat, the Trusted Digital Identity™ company, has acquired digital identity specialist Connectis, to create the most comprehensive digital identity platform in the European market.

Connectis was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Rotterdam with an office in Bucharest, Romania. Connectis primarily delivers digital identity solutions to customers in the Netherlands, particularly organisations in the public sector, health care, insurance and financial services. The company has 52 employees in total.

Connectis develops secure solutions for online identification, authentication and authorisation for more than 350 organisations to identify over 14 million customers. Its products include:

  • Connectis Identity Broker: With connections to multiple electronic identities, such as eHerkenning, iDIN, DigiD, and more.
  • Connectis Identity & Access Management (CIAM): A comprehensive, yet fast and user-friendly CIAM solution.
  • We-ID eRecognition tokens (eID): A standardised login system supplied as certified supplier in a public-private partnership with the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.

As society continues to move online and interactions between consumers, businesses and institutions are becoming predominantly digital and increasingly mobile-first, trust is at a premium. Reducing fraud, and meeting regulatory requirements around digital identification, verification and recurring authentication ensures transactions can proceed with a stronger degree of trust.  The identity verification market alone is set to be worth $15 billion by 2024 (Goode Intelligence, 2019).

Signicat’s and Connectis’ combined expertise forms a strong collaboration from which to continue to drive and shape the digital identity industry in Europe. Signicat’s heritage in the Nordics and Connectis’ footprint in Benelux, particularly in the government and healthcare sector, will be instrumental in developing solutions that tackle some of the most complex digital identity challenges. The combined entity will focus on helping organisations looking to streamline online business while reducing risk and meeting a range of regulations such as KYC and AML. The combined offering now represents the most comprehensive digital identity solution on the market.

“The adoption of digital identity in the Netherlands and Belgium has been impressive, and we are very pleased with now expanding our operations in the region,” states Asger Hattel, CEO of Signicat. “With Connectis joining Signicat, we are not only expanding our reach and customer base, we are creating Europe’s strongest digital identity platform. We are really looking forward to working together and to offer existing and new customers an even stronger digital identity offering.”

“It’s time for Connectis to take the next step, towards a prominent role on the European market.” said Jeroen de Bruijn, CEO, Connectis. “By joining forces with Signicat, we really have the expertise, scale and competence to be an European market leader. We are looking forward to jointly serving customers a market-leading offering and driving innovation in the market.”

“Nordic Capital acquired Signicat a year ago with the ambition to support and accelerate its international expansion and strengthen its position as a leading digital identity platform. This acquisition is an important step to deliver even better digital identity solutions to the market, and Nordic Capital is enthusiastic about supporting Signicat’s continued growth journey in Europe”, said Fredrik Näslund, Partner, Nordic Capital Advisors.

Connectis’ previous owners, SIDN and 2050 Foundation, have reinvested in the combined entity, providing a further endorsement in Signicat’s future.

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About Connectis

Connectis was founded in 2008 and is located in Rotterdam with an office in Bucharest, Romania. Over 14 million customers have been identified using its software and eRecognition tokens, and 70% of all transactions using the eHerkenning identity and authorisation system (one of the most prevalent identity schemes in the Netherlands) are performed using Connectis infrastructure. Connectis allows customers to log in to online services using DigiD, eHerkenning, Facebook, Google, eIDAS, iDIN and many other digital identity methods.

About Signicat

Signicat is a pioneering, pan-European digital identity company with an unrivalled track record in the world’s most advanced digital identity markets. Its Digital Identity Platform incorporates the most extensive suite of identity verification and authentication systems in the world, all accessible through a single integration point. The platform supports the full identity journey, from recognition and on-boarding, through login and consent, to making business agreements which stand the test of time. Signicat was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Trondheim, Norway.

 

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