Antares and Bain Capital Credit Support Tailwind Capital’s Acquisition of Ventiv Technology


CHICAGO & BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Antares Bain Capital Complete Financing Solution (ABCS), a joint venture between Antares and Bain Capital Credit, today announced the closing of a senior secured unitranche credit facility to support the acquisition of Ventiv Technology by Tailwind Capital.

“The speed and certainty of execution provided through ABCS in combination with the team’s deep technology sector knowledge made this the optimal financing solution for our Ventiv Technology investment”

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Founded in 1994 and based in Atlanta, GA with offices in Europe and Asia, Ventiv Technology is a leader in delivering innovative risk, insurance and claim software solutions to over 540 organizations and 350,000 users in more than 40 countries.

“The speed and certainty of execution provided through ABCS in combination with the team’s deep technology sector knowledge made this the optimal financing solution for our Ventiv Technology investment,” said Jim Hoch, partner with Tailwind Capital.

“The quality of Ventiv’s analytics platform and the ease of their platform integration has resulted in high levels of recurring revenue and strong, loyal customer relationships,” said Sean Sullivan, representative of the Antares Bain Capital Financing Solution. “We are pleased to support Tailwind Capital and Ventiv Technology as they continue to fuel Ventiv’s impressive growth trajectory.”

ABCS provides private equity sponsors and borrowers with access to first lien unitranche loans of up to $350 million in a single transaction. Without the requirement of agency meetings or a syndication process, the Antares and Bain Capital unitranche offering delivers capital with speed and certainty.

About Antares

With approximately $24 billion of capital under management and administration as of December 31, 2018, Antares is a private debt credit manager and leading provider of financing solutions for middle-market private equity-backed transactions. In 2018, Antares issued nearly $25 billion in financing commitments to borrowers through its robust suite of products including first lien revolvers, term loans and delayed draw term loans, 2nd lien term loans, unitranche facilities and equity investments. Antares world-class capital markets experts hold relationships with over 400 banks and institutional investors allowing the firm to structure, distribute and trade syndicated loans on behalf of its customers. Since its founding in 1996, Antares has been recognized by industry organizations as a leading provider of middle market private debt, most recently being named the 2018 Lender of the Year by ACG New York. The company maintains offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Toronto. Visit Antares at or follow the company on Twitter at Antares Capital is a subsidiary of Antares Holdings LP., collectively (“Antares”).

About Bain Capital Credit

Bain Capital Credit ( is a leading global credit specialist with approximately $41 billion in assets under management. Bain Capital Credit invests up and down the capital structure and across the spectrum of credit strategies, including leveraged loans, high-yield bonds, distressed debt, private lending, structured products, non-performing loans and equities. Our team of more than 200 professionals creates value through rigorous, independent analysis of thousands of corporate issuers around the world. In addition to credit, Bain Capital invests across asset classes including private equity, public equity and venture capital, and leverages the firm’s shared platform to capture opportunities in strategic areas of focus. Bain Capital Credit’s dedicated Private Credit Group focuses on providing complete financing solutions to businesses with EBITDA between $10 million and $100 million located in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Our dedicated global team affords us the ability to diligence the most complex situations and provide private capital to those companies.


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Advarra Announces Intent to Acquire Forte, Market-Leading Provider of Clinical Technology Solutions

The move strengthens the site-centric solutions portfolio of the largest global research compliance services organization

COLUMBIA, Md. and MADISON, Wis., September 5, 2019Advarra, the premier provider of institutional review board (IRB), institutional biosafety committee (IBC), and research quality and compliance consulting services, is pleased to announce the intent to acquire Forte, the industry’s leading provider of standards-based clinical research technology solutions for major academic medical centers, cancer centers, and health systems. Forte offers a fully integrated suite of solutions for clinical trial management, clinical data management, and research administration, including OnCore, Forte’s flagship enterprise CTMS.

“Forte is known across the research community as the gold standard for eClinical technology solutions,” said Pat Donnelly, CEO of Advarra. “Their organizational culture and values are the perfect complement to Advarra’s ‘altogether better’ approach to advancing clinical research. We look forward to collaborating with Forte’s customers and team members to continue to enhance their outstanding products and services with additional investment to serve our mutual clients.”

The combined organization supports nearly 100,000 active protocol records with top academic medical centers and health systems. Forte boasts 98 percent cumulative customer retention over 19 years of operation, serving 72 percent of NCI-designated cancer centers and 70 percent of the top 50 NIH-funded research institutions in 2019. The transaction supports continued growth for both businesses, as Advarra offers the greatest institutional reach of any independent IRB, serving well over 3,200 research institutions, health systems, and academic medical centers.

“We’re extremely proud of the highly collaborative customer community we have built over the last 19 years, which has resulted in a site-centric, integrated suite of industry-leading standards-based products and services,” said Shree Kalluri, CEO and Founder of Forte. “Joining Advarra is a great win for the research community and provides an outstanding platform for an interconnected clinical research ecosystem. Together we can transform clinical research and impact patients’ lives through the combination of eClinical technology solutions and research compliance and human subject protection services.”

“After our acquisition of Advarra in July, the Forte transaction represents a significant next step in developing, acquiring, and growing best-in-market solutions for products and services that streamline research, support faster study start-up, and enhance human research protections,” said David Golde, Managing Director of Genstar Capital. “We are excited about the value the combined organization will bring to Advarra and Forte customers.”

Forte is a portfolio company of Primus Capital. Ropes & Gray served as legal counsel to Advarra. Baird served as exclusive financial advisor and Goodwin Proctor LLP served as legal counsel to Forte. The transaction is expected to close later in September.

About Advarra

Advarra, headquartered in Columbia, Md., provides institutional review board (IRB), institutional biosafety committee (IBC) and global research compliance services to clinical trial sponsors, CROs, hospital systems, academic medical centers and investigators. Its robust regulatory expertise and innovative technology ensure the highest standards of research review are met, while putting participants first and meeting complex human research protection oversight requirements. Advarra supports all phases of research across multiple therapeutic areas. For more information, visit

About Forte

Forte provides software and services in the critical areas of clinical trial management, clinical data management, and research administration for cancer centers, academic medical centers, and health systems. With a strong belief in community, collaboration, and standards-based development, Forte also facilitates the Onsemble Community, a customer-exclusive group for peer networking, best practices, and support. Twice a year at the Onsemble Conference, clinical research professionals meet in person and discuss the latest challenges and solutions in clinical research. Forte provides all research professionals complimentary blog articles, eBooks, webinars, and more to support continuous learning on industry topics. For more information, visit

About Genstar Capital

Genstar Capital is a leading private equity firm that has been actively investing in high quality companies for over 30 years. Based in San Francisco, Genstar works in partnership with its management teams and its network of strategic advisors to transform its portfolio companies into industry-leading businesses. Genstar currently has approximately $17 billion of assets under management and targets investments focused on targeted segments of the financial services, healthcare, industrial technology, and software industries. For more information on Genstar, please visit

About Primus

Capital Primus Capital is a growth-oriented private equity firm focused on investing in leading healthcare, software, and technology-enabled services companies. Primus has invested in over 130 companies, partnering with exceptional management teams to accelerate growth and create shareholder value by applying its industry knowledge, financial resources, and investment experience. For more information about Primus Capital, please visit


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Bure has acquired shares in Yubico AB


Yubico has completed a directed share issue to Meritech Capital Partners, a venture capital firm based in Pal Alto, California. In connection with the rights issue, Bure will acquire 140,000 shares from existing shareholders for a total of SEK 50m. After the transaction Bure will own 18,8% of the capital and votes in the company before dilution.

As a result of the transaction and in accordance with IFRS 9, Bure has increased the value of its holding in Yubico by SEK 507m compared to book value at the end of the second quarter 2019. Following the transaction, the total book value of Bure’s holding in Yubico amounts to SEK 989m.

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Armilar invests in Tonic App

The medical Tonic App raises 3.5 million euros to conquer Europe

Tonic App, the startup that developed the favourite mobile application of more than 12,000 medical doctors, has raised 3.5 million euros in a round co-led by Vesalius Biocapital Partners (Luxembourg) and Armilar Venture Partners (Portugal), joining Portugal Ventures and TheVentureCity.

With this investment, the company, co-founded and led by Daniela Seixas, will be able to accelerate its European expansion in three of the five largest European healthcare markets – France, Spain and the United Kingdom.

In just two and a half years, the company has developed its mobile platform, obtained the CE marking as medical device, acquired more than 30% of all doctors in Portugal, and entered the Spanish market, where it recently closed its first international deal. Tonic App’s clients include some of the largest healthcare multinational companies such as Medtronic, Novartis, Pfizer and Lilly, and the HR company Randstad. It also has international partnerships for medical events and electronic prescription.

“The digital healthcare market is under significant transformation and that is why this is the right time for a rapid geographic expansion. Medical doctors are increasingly using digital platforms for their work and the other healthcare stakeholders have understood the value of partnering with an independent company that ensures access to an established professional community, ”says Daniela Seixas, CEO of Tonic App and herself a physician. Daniela Seixas adds: “I want to make my colleagues’ day-to-day life easier with the help of technology, to give them more time for what matters the most – their patients. And patients are actually the ultimate vision of Tonic App – more news to follow. ”

Guy Geldhof, managing partner of Vesalius Biocapital III, adds: “Given the fast expansion and fragmentation of knowledge, medical doctors have the natural necessity to communicate with their colleagues and to quickly find the resources they need for their day-to-day work. Tonic App has already demonstrated in Portugal that it can clearly meet the needs of clinicians, having achieved very high penetration rates. It is now making its way into Spain and other strategic markets in Europe. We are convinced that by facilitating the work of physicians, we will be contributing to improving the quality and efficiency of health care and ensure that these professionals have time for the most important – their patients.”

From Armilar Venture Partners, Duarte Mineiro guarantees that “the opportunity to participate in Tonic App brings together a very solid set of attributes against the investment criteria we have defined. We highlight the fact that they have developed a very innovative solution based on a leading academic and professional path of excellence of the main Founder – and it has already shown promising revenue results in such a short time. HealthTech is an area in which we want to further develop our expertise, as we strongly believe in the potential of its value creation within the Portuguese ecosystem. The fact that we can co-invest in a solid and complementary syndicate was another decisive factor in moving forward.”

Rita Marques, CEO of Portugal Ventures (Tonic App’s first investor) states, “We are very proud to see the growth of Tonic App, which will now face the challenge of internationalization – successfully that is all we want. Fully focused on its goals, the team led by Daniela will surely further leverage the technology versus medicine effect, continuing to be a reference in the national Digital Health arena.”

Tonic App is a digital healthcare tool designed to help the medical community diagnose and treat their patients by bringing together all the professional resources they need for their day-to-day work in a single mobile application.

Founded in Porto in 2016 as a spin-off of University of Porto, Tonic App was co-founded by Daniela Seixas, Andrew Barnes, Christophe de Kalbermatten and Dávid Borsós, who were MBA colleagues at IE Business School. On 30 December 2016, Tonic App secured its first venture capital investment with Portugal Ventures. In April 2018, Gonçalo Vilaça joined the executive team as COO. The startup recently completed a growth program with the Spanish- American TheVentureCity in Madrid.

Tonic App has won multiple awards, including the Novartis Techcare Open Innovation Program in 2017, the second prize in the MEDICA Medical App Competition, the world’s largest healthcare trade fair in 2018, and in 2019 SaaStr Europe. Tonic App has been named by Forbes magazine as one of 60 women-led startups that are “revolutionizing technology around the globe”.

For more information about Tonic App:
Daniela Seixas, CEO – | 936099363

About Vesalius Biocapital:

Vesalius Biocapital III is a specialist life sciences venture capital fund and is in line with the predecessor funds Vesalius Biocapital I and Vesalius Biocapital II, which have supported life sciences companies since 2007. Vesalius Biocapital III, launched in April 2017, announced a final close with EUR 120 million in commitments. Vesalius Biocapital I and II raised over EUR 150 million and contributed in the development of over 20 companies. The investment portfolio is well balanced between drug development, medical device & diagnostics and digital health investments and committed to providing capital to science-backed innovation and ambitious entrepreneurs, with a strong focus on exit within five years. The specialist team consists of seasoned life science professionals with experience in the healthcare industry, corporate finance and strategy consulting, supporting companies throughout their growth cycle. The team is based in Europe and explores investment opportunities and valuation potential for the portfolio.

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About Armilar Venture Partners:
Armilar Venture Partners is a leader in venture capital fund management in Portugal. An independent venture capital with a 19-year history, a track record of high performance and international presence, Armilar invests in companies in the areas of information and communication technologies (ICT), health technologies (HealthTech) and environment technologies (CleanTech), focusing on strong technology-based early-stage companies. Armilar currently has a total of around € 260 million under management, with five funds typically mobilized as the main investor in seed and early stage transactions of companies in Portugal, Europe and the US. Armilar Venture Partners TechTransfer Fund is supported by InnovFin Equity, with financial support from the European Union under the Horizon 2020 Financial Instruments and the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), established under the investment plan for Europe. EFSI’s objective is to help support the financing and implementation of productive investments in the European Union and to ensure greater access to financing. The fund is also co-financed by the Capital & Quasi Capital Fund (FC & QC), managed by IFD – Instituição Financeira de Desenvolvimento, S.A.

Presidio, Inc. Announces Definitive Agreement to be Acquired by BC Partners

Aug. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Presidio, Inc. (NASDAQ:PSDO) (together with its subsidiaries, “Presidio” or the “Company”), a leading North American IT solutions provider delivering Digital Infrastructure, Cloud and Security solutions to create agile, secure infrastructure platforms for commercial and public sector customers, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by funds advised by BC Partners, a leading international investment firm, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2.1 billion, including Presidio’s net debt.

Under the terms of the agreement, Presidio stockholders will receive $16.00 in cash for each share of Presidio common stock they own. The purchase price represents a premium of 21.3% over Presidio’s closing stock price of $13.19 on August 13, 2019, and a premium of 18.3% over the Company’s 60-day volume-weighted average share price leading up to this announcement. The Presidio Board of Directors unanimously approved the agreement with BC Partners and recommends that Presidio stockholders vote in favor of the transaction.

“We believe this transaction will provide immediate and substantial value to Presidio stockholders, while providing us with a partner that can add strategic and operational expertise to our business, with a focus on executing our long-term strategy,” commented Bob Cagnazzi, Chief Executive Officer of Presidio.

“Over the last several years, Presidio has become the leader in designing, developing, deploying and managing agile secure IT infrastructures that drive real business value for thousands of commercial and public sector entities across the United States,” said Fahim Ahmed, lead deal Partner of BC Partners. “We look forward to supporting the Company in its next phase of growth.”

“Presidio fits squarely with our key investment priorities. Its markets benefit from secular growth, as IT systems and networks have become increasingly complex. It is well positioned as a leader in a fragmented industry, offering scope for further expansion. We’re excited to partner with Bob and his team to support the future growth of the business,” said Raymond Svider, Partner and Chairman of BC Partners.


Closing of the transaction is subject to customary conditions, including approval by the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Presidio common stock, expiration or early termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, and other required regulatory approvals, including approval from CFIUS. AP VIII Aegis Holdings, L.P., an affiliate of investment funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC, which owns approximately 42% of the outstanding shares of Presidio common stock, has entered into a voting agreement with BC Partners, pursuant to which it has agreed, among other things, to vote its shares of Presidio common stock in favor of the merger, and against any competing transaction, so long as, among other things, the Presidio board continues to recommend that Presidio stockholders vote in favor of the merger.

Presidio expects to continue to pay its regular quarterly dividend of $0.04 per share, during the pendency of the transaction.

The parties expect the transaction to close in the fourth quarter of 2019. Upon completion of the transaction, Presidio will become a privately held company, and its common stock will no longer be listed on the NASDAQ stock market.

Under the terms of the definitive merger agreement, Presidio’s Board and advisors may actively initiate, solicit and consider alternative acquisition proposals during a 40-day “go shop” period starting from the date of the definitive agreement. Presidio will have the right to terminate the merger agreement to accept a superior proposal subject to the terms and conditions of the merger agreement. There can be no assurances that this process will result in a superior proposal, and Presidio does not intend to disclose developments with respect to this solicitation process unless and until Presidio’s Board makes a determination requiring further disclosure.

Fully committed debt financing for the transaction will be provided by Citi, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and RBC Capital Markets. LionTree Advisors is acting as financial advisor to Presidio, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is acting as its legal counsel. Citi, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and RBC Capital Markets are acting as financial advisors and Kirkland & Ellis LLP is acting as legal counsel to BC Partners.

Presidio is a leading North American IT solutions provider focused on Digital Infrastructure, Cloud and Security solutions to create agile, secure infrastructure platforms for commercial and public sector customers. We deliver this technology expertise through a full life cycle model of professional, managed, and support services including strategy, consulting, implementation and design. By taking the time to deeply understand how our clients define success, we help them harness technology advances, simplify IT complexity and optimize their environments today while enabling future applications, user experiences, and revenue models. As of June 30, 2018, we serve approximately 8,000 middle-market, large, and government organizations across a diverse range of industries. Approximately 2,900 Presidio professionals, including more than 1,600 technical engineers, are based in 60+ offices across the United States in a unique, local delivery model combined with the national scale of a $2.8 billion dollar industry leader. We are passionate about driving results for our clients and delivering the highest quality of service in the industry.

BC Partners is a leading international investment firm with over €22 billion of assets under management in private equity, private credit and real estate. Established in 1986, BC Partners has played an active role in developing the European buy-out market for three decades. Today, BC Partners executives operate across markets as an integrated team through the firm’s offices in North America and Europe. Since inception, BC Partners Private Equity has completed 111 private equity investments in companies with a total enterprise value of €135 billion and is currently investing its tenth private equity fund. For more information, please visit


This communication contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are intended to be covered by the safe harbor created by such sections and other applicable laws. Where the Company expresses or implies an expectation or belief as to future events or results, such expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis. However, such statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed, projected or implied by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements often address our expected future business and financial performance and financial condition, and often contain words such as “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “will,” “would,” “estimate,” “expect,” “believe,” “target,” “indicative,” “preliminary,” or “potential.” Forward-looking statements in this communication may include, without limitation: statements about the potential benefits of the proposed acquisition, anticipated growth rates, Presidio’s plans, objectives, expectations, and the anticipated timing of closing the acquisition. Risks and uncertainties include, among other things, risks related to the satisfaction of the conditions to closing the acquisition (including the failure to obtain necessary regulatory approvals) in the anticipated timeframe or at all, obtaining the requisite approval of the stockholders of Presidio; risks related to the debt financing arrangements; disruption from the transaction making it more difficult to maintain business and operational relationships; significant transaction costs; unknown liabilities; the risk of litigation and/or regulatory actions related to the proposed acquisition; other business effects, including the effects of industry, market, economic, political or regulatory conditions; future exchange and interest rates; changes in tax and other laws, regulations, rates and policies; future business combinations or disposals; competitive developments; and other risks and uncertainties discussed in Presidio’s filings with the SEC, including the “Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Statements Concerning Forward-Looking Statements” sections of Presidio’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequently filed Form 10-Qs. The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly revisions to any “forward-looking statement,” including, without limitation, outlook, to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this presentation, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required under applicable securities laws. Investors should not assume that any lack of update to a previously issued “forward-looking statement” constitutes a reaffirmation of that statement. Continued reliance on “forward-looking statements” is at investors’ own risk.

In connection with the proposed transaction between the Company and BC Partners, the Company will file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a preliminary Proxy Statement of the Company (the “Proxy Statement”). The Company plans to mail to its shareholders the definitive Proxy Statement in connection with the transaction. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANY, BC Partners, THE TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the Proxy Statement and other documents (when available) filed with the SEC by the Company through the website maintained by the SEC at In addition, investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the documents filed with the SEC by the Company in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at or by contacting the Company’s Investor Relations at or by calling 866-232-3762.

Presidio and certain of its directors, executive officers and employees may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed participants in the solicitation of the shareholders of the Company in connection with the transaction, including a description of their respective direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is included in the Proxy Statement described above filed with the SEC. Additional information regarding the Company’s directors and executive officers is also included in the Company’s proxy statement for its 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on October 2, 2018, or its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2018, which was filed with the SEC on September 6, 2018. These documents are available free of charge as described above.
Source: Presidio, Inc.

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Novacap completed its largest acquisition at US $889 million

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Nuvei, one of Novacap’s portfolio companies, executes SafeCharge’s acquisition for US $889 million
Novacap, one of Canada’s leading private equity firms, is proud to announce that its portfolio company Nuvei, a Montreal-based payment technology company, has completed the acquisition of SafeCharge International Group Limited for US $889 million. SafeCharge provides global omni-channel payments services from card acquiring and issuing to payment processing and checkout, all underpinned by advanced risk management solutions. Its fully featured proprietary payment platform connects directly to all major payment card schemes including Visa, Mastercard, American Express and UnionPay International, as well as over 150 local payment methods.The acquisition creates a global leading payment solutions provider with significant scale, able to service clients of any size across the world. Montreal, Quebec, will become the worldwide headquarters for the combined organization.

Novacap played a critical role in this transformative and complex acquisition, which saw SafeCharge being privatized from the AIM stock exchange in London at a valuation of US $889 million. Nuvei’s acquisition of SafeCharge was done with great support from Novacap and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ).

The acquisition is highly strategic and complementary to both businesses, aimed at accelerating the growth of the combined organization. “By marrying SafeCharge’s market-leading technology and Nuvei’s established distribution channels in the US and Canada, Nuvei will now be able to deliver fully-supported payment solutions to its clients and distribution networks, regardless of size, vertical or geography,” said David Lewin, Partner at Novacap (TMT).

“I would like to thank our partner Philip Fayer for being the driving force behind this acquisition, while continuing to successfully excute on Nuvei’s strong growth potential, as well as CDPQ, our partner in Nuvei, for their constant support. I am very happy to say that Safeharge is the largest acquisition in Novacap’s 38 year history making Nuvei another Novacap platform that is a leader in its industry with headquarters in Montreal” added Pascal Tremblay, Novacap’s President and Managing Partner (TMT).

“Without Novacap and CDPQ, Nuvei would not have been able to complete this acquisition,. I am very proud to have them as my partners” stated Philip Fayer, Nuvei’s Chairman and CEO.


Nuvei is the first-ever community of payment experts. They provide fully-supported payment solutions designed to promote and advance our partners’ success. Nuvei works with ISOs, ISVs, payment facilitators, developers, and eCommerce platforms, supporting them with the technology, expertise, and customer service they need to stand out. Backed by their full-service, globally connected platform, their vision is to build a network in which all partners can truly thrive. Nuvei’s goal is to create bigger and better payment opportunities for all, paving the way to great partnerships. Learn more at


Founded in 1981, Novacap is a leading Canadian private equity firm with $3.2 billion of assets under management. Its distinct investment approach, based on deep operational expertise and an active partnership with entrepreneurs, has helped accelerate growth and create long-term value for its numerous portfolio companies. With an experienced management team and substantial financial resources, Novacap is well positioned to continue building world-class businesses. Backed by leading global institutional investors, Novacap’s deals typically include leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, add-on acquisitions, IPOs, and privatizations. Over the last 38 years, Novacap has invested in more than 90 companies and completed more than 130 add-on acquisitions. The company has offices in Toronto, Ontario and Brossard, Quebec. For more information, please visit


Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) is a long-term institutional investor that manages funds primarily for public and parapublic pension and insurance plans. As at June 30, 2019, it held CAD 326.7 billion in net assets. As one of Canada’s leading institutional fund managers, CDPQ invests globally in major financial markets, private equity, infrastructure, real estate and private debt. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter @LaCDPQ or consult our Facebook or LinkedIn pages.

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Advanced Attracts Investment From BC Partners

12th August 2019 – London, UK – Advanced announced today that it has secured an investment from Funds advised by BC Partners (“BC Partners”), a leading international private equity firm. The funds from BC Partners will support Advanced’s rapid growth aspirations to become the number-one provider of business software solutions in the UK, whilst expanding its global footprint. Vista Equity Partners (“Vista”), a leading investment firm focused on enterprise software, data, and technology-enabled businesses who acquired Advanced in 2015, will continue as an investor, partnering with BC Partners and the Advanced team to accelerate adoption of the Company’s cloud-based ERP, vertical market and application modernisation software solutions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

This investment comes after a period of rapid growth and transformation for Advanced, the UK’s third largest software and services company. Since 2015, the Company has realigned its structure and successfully recruited more than 900 new hires across three regional hubs. More recently, Advanced has launched 14 cloud-based SaaS solutions and completed six acquisitions, further extending its offerings to UK mid-market organisations in the public, private and third sectors.

“This investment is an exciting development for Advanced. Today’s business leaders are under constant pressure to innovate, in order to sustain a competitive advantage. Vista and BC Partners share our vision for the future and will work to support our growth, benefitting our customers through continued improvement of our cloud-based software solutions and extending our offering through M&A and further innovation,” said Gordon Wilson, CEO, Advanced.

Going forward, Advanced will benefit from two committed investment partners with complementary areas of expertise. Vista’s experience growing world-class software companies, with BC Partners’ extensive cross-sector experience and local market expertise across Europe, will support continued long-term growth through strategic acquisitions and investments in product innovation across the company’s solutions.

Nikos Stathopoulos, Partner at BC Partners said, “Advanced has the hallmarks we look for in our investments – a market leader in a growing sector, with a strong management team and multiple levers for growth, both organic and by acquisition. We are pleased to partner with Vista and the Advanced leadership team to drive even more success for this high-quality business.”

Philipp Schwalber, lead deal Partner at BC Partners added: “We see significant, long-term potential to build on what Advanced has accomplished over the past four years, including its strong track record providing mission-critical ERP, vertical market and application modernization software solutions to its over 19,000 customers.”

Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners said, “Since 2015, we have worked closely with Gordon and the Advanced team to transform the Company into a leader in business software solutions. We are proud of the success the company has achieved and we are thrilled to have BC Partners join as an investment partner as we look forward to the Company’s next phase of growth.”

About Advanced

We are the third largest British software and services company in the UK. We help organisations create the right digital foundations that drive productivity, insight and innovation – all while remaining safe, secure and compliant.

We enable our customers to achieve increased efficiencies, savings and growth opportunities through focused, right-first-time software solutions that evolve with the changing needs of their business and the markets they operate in.

Our solutions for both commercial and public sector organisations simplify business challenges and deliver immediate value, positively impacting millions of people’s lives.

We have a strong track record in helping our customers journey to the Cloud. We manage private, public and hybrid Cloud environments as well as deliver sector specific Cloud-based solutions and services. We are certified partners with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft, and have achieved the highest levels of accreditations.

Our Cloud solutions are used by organisations of all shapes and sizes including Highways England, Performing Rights Society (PRS) and Aspire Furniture.

About BC Partners

BC Partners is a leading international investment firm with over €22 billion of assets under management in private equity, private credit and real estate. Established in 1986, BC Partners has played an active role in developing the European buy-out market for three decades. Today, BC Partners executives operate across markets as an integrated team through the firm’s offices in Europe and North America.

Since inception, BC Partners Private Equity has completed 111 private equity investments in companies with a total enterprise value of over €135 billion and is currently investing its tenth private equity fund. For more information, please visit

About Vista Equity Partners

Vista Equity Partners is a U.S.-based investment firm with offices in Austin, Chicago, New York City, Oakland, and San Francisco with more than $50 billion in cumulative capital commitments. Vista exclusively invests in enterprise software, data, and technology-enabled organizations led by world-class management teams. As a value-added investor with a long-term perspective, Vista contributes professional expertise and multi-level support towards companies to realize their full potential. Vista’s investment approach is anchored by a sizable long-term capital base, experience in structuring technology-oriented transactions, and proven management techniques that yield flexibility and opportunity. For more information, please visit

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Lucidworks Raises $100 Million From Francisco Partners, TPG Sixth Street Partners, and Top Tier Capital Partners

Franciso Partners

Silicon Valley firm quietly becoming de facto standard for enterprise and commerce search, delivering personalized experiences for Fortune 1000 customers and employees

SAN FRANCISCO — Lucidworks, a leader in AI-powered search solutions, today announced a $100 million investment from investors including Francisco Partners, a global technology-focused private equity fund, and TPG Sixth Street Partners, a global finance and investment firm. With the investment, Francisco Partners and TPG Sixth Street Partners join Top Tier Capital Partners, Shasta Ventures, Granite Ventures, and Allegis Cyber. No existing investors sold shares as part of this financing and all proceeds will be used to fund Lucidworks’ continued growth and expansion.

“Search is the best way to unlock value from the world’s data,” explains Will Hayes, Lucidworks CEO. “Francisco Partners and TPG Sixth Street Partners understand that getting from question to answer when you’re dealing with thousands of employees, millions of customers, and a mountain of data is still a headache for large corporations. Our team has worked tirelessly to develop AI-powered solutions that augment human intelligence by automating tedious, time-consuming tasks to provide richer insights and real-time recommendations. With the investment, we can continue to advance the enterprise standard for personalization and AI.”

Lucidworks’ flagship product Fusion has doubled revenue year over year for the last three years and is now servicing 400 of the Fortune 1000 with global expansions into APAC and EMEA. Lucidworks was also recognized by Forrester, leading independent analyst and research firm, as a leader in the Forrester Wave™: Cognitive Search, Q2 2019.

“We are excited to be partnering with Will and the rest of the management team for the next phase of Lucidworks’ growth. The feedback from customers and analysts has been excellent and we believe Lucidworks is well-positioned to capitalize on the huge market opportunity ahead of them,” said Jonathan Murphy at Francisco Partners. “Lucidworks’ powerful Fusion product enables its customers to deliver highly relevant and personalized search results to the end-user across a broad range of verticals and we believe we are in the early phases of adoption of next-generation search; our goal is for our customers to be able to leverage Lucidworks’ technology to quickly create tailored applications to search specific data sources within the enterprise.”

“Lucidworks’ impressive management team and market-leading position in the enterprise search space makes it a compelling growth story,” said Bo Stanley, Partner and Co-Head of the Capital Solutions business at TPG Sixth Street Partners. “Their investment in this market over many years has made Fusion the best product in the space, which is evidenced by its high quality and extremely loyal customer base. We are thrilled to partner with them on their journey.”

The world’s largest organizations, including AT&T, Honeywell, Morgan Stanley, Red Hat, Reddit, Staples, Uber, and the U.S. Census Bureau, rely on Fusion. Under the strategic guidance of CEO Will Hayes since 2015, Lucidworks has created a new standard in digital experience, delivering personalized customer journeys and valuable business insights to billions of people around the globe.

About Lucidworks

Lucidworks builds AI-powered search solutions for many of the world’s largest brands. Fusion, Lucidworks’ advanced development platform, provides the enterprise-grade capabilities needed to design, develop, and deploy intelligent search applications at any scale. Companies across all industries, from consumer retail and healthcare to insurance and financial services, rely on Lucidworks every day to power their consumer-facing and enterprise search apps. Lucidworks’ investors include Francisco Partners, TPG Sixth Street Partners, Top Tier Capital Partners, Shasta Ventures, Granite Ventures, Silver Lake Waterman, and Walden International. Learn more at

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 over 20 years ago, Francisco Partners has raised over $14 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:

About TPG Sixth Street Partners

TPG Sixth Street Partners is a global finance and investment business with over $31 billion in assets under management. TPG Sixth Street’s Capital Solutions platform provides customized, non-control private capital for growth-oriented companies. Since inception, TPG Sixth Street has completed more than thirty transactions investing over $3.0 billion in capital within its Capital Solutions strategy. Co-founded in 2009 by Managing Partner Alan Waxman and TPG Sixth Street’s management team, the firm’s long-term oriented, highly flexible capital base allows it to invest across industries, geographies, capital structures and asset classes. TPG Sixth Street Partners is in a strategic partnership with TPG, the global alternative asset firm. For more information, visit

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K1 Announces Investment in Graduway, Leading Provider of Alumni Engagement and Career Services Management Software


MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif., Aug. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — K1 Investment Management (“K1”), a leading investment firm focusing on high-growth enterprise software companies, today announced its investment in Graduway, the global leader in alumni engagement and career services management software for educational institutions and non-profit organizations.

K1’s investment provides Graduway with significant resources to continue its path of accelerated growth and innovation and to rapidly expand its product suite. Additionally, the investment will allow Graduway to grow its operations in North America and to strengthen its position as the largest vendor in the market.

Graduway’s platform provides engagement, mentoring and development solutions for a global set of customers including colleges, universities, K-12 and independent schools and non-profit institutions. The company currently serves over 1,000 customers across more than 40 different countries, including an impressive list of top universities and schools such as UCLA, University of Oxford, University of Wisconsin, University of Arizona and Tulane University.

“K1’s track record of building category leaders and its experience working with high-growth software companies made them a compelling choice for partnership,” said Daniel Cohen, CEO and Founder of Graduway. “The K1 team’s unmatched resources and operational capabilities are enabling us to execute on our growth plans.”

Since K1’s initial investment in Graduway, the company has completed several strategic acquisitions to expand the capabilities and reach of its platform. These include the alumni relations and career services assets of CampusTap and the acquisition of VineUp, a rapidly growing provider of alumni mentoring software for higher education institutions. Most recently, Graduway announced the acquisition of the Communities Division of EverTrue and an exclusive integration partnership with its advancement automation platform.

The strategic consolidation of the industry solidifies Graduway’s position as the world’s largest provider of alumni relationship management software. The company has plans to further expand its suite of intelligence products, volunteering modules, event management and career services.

“We are thrilled to partner with Daniel and the Graduway team for the company’s next chapter of growth and market leadership,” said Mike Velcich, principal at K1. “Since we underwrote the investment, Graduway has already doubled its revenue and grown its team by over 80 employees.”

K1 is the only institutional investor in the company. Transaction terms were not disclosed. For additional information on the transaction, Graduway’s press release is available at

About Graduway

Headquartered in the U.K. with operations in the U.S., Canada and Israel, Graduway is trusted by 1,000+ educational institutions and non-profits to power their alumni relations and digital career communities, including UCLA, Johns Hopkins and the University of Oxford. Founded in 2013 by Daniel Cohen, author of ‘Alumni Therapy’ and ‘The Mentoring Revolution’, Graduway exclusively hosts the Graduway Leaders Summit as a key gathering of leaders and executives from Alumni Relations, Career Services and Advancement. Visit Graduway at

About K1

K1 builds category leading enterprise software companies. As a global investment firm, K1 assists high-growth businesses achieve successful outcomes. K1 invests alongside strong management teams that continue to guide their organizations on a day-to-day basis. With over 85 professionals, K1 changes industry landscapes by assisting with operationally-focused growth strategies. Since inception of the firm, K1 has partnered with over 110 enterprise software companies including industry leaders such as Apttus, Buildium, Certify, Checkmarx, ChiroTouch, Chrome River, Clarizen, ControlUp, Granicus, IronScales, Jobvite, Onit, Rave Mobile Safety, RFPIO, Smarsh and WorkForce Software. For more information about K1, please visit or


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KKR to acquire majority stake in German fintech heidelpay from AnaCap


  • heidelpay is one of the fastest-growing full-service payment providers in Europe
  • Attractive industry fundamentals driving further growth
  • Can play a key role in consolidating the European payments market

LONDON & HEIDELBERG, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 4, 2019– heidelpay Group (“heidelpay”) and its majority shareholder AnaCap Financial Partners (“AnaCap”), a European financial services specialist investor, have today reached an agreement on the terms of an investment from KKR, a leading global investment firm. KKR will acquire a majority shareholding in the company, with Mirko Hüllemann, founder and CEO of heidelpay, and other key managers remaining as long-term shareholders.

Leading full-service payment provider

Founded in 2003, heidelpay is a leading full-service payment provider that offers a complete range of payment processing services to online and face-to-face merchants. heidelpay facilitates payment acceptance on behalf of merchants across various payment methods for e-commerce, m-commerce and at the physical point of sale. heidelpay currently serves more than 30,000 retailers and marketplace operators, focusing on SMEs and corporates.

The business operates in a European payments landscape underpinned by strong growth drivers, including an accelerating shift towards non-cash transactions and the continued growth of e-commerce.

Accelerating heidelpay’s growth journey

During AnaCap’s investment, heidelpay accelerated the development of its omni-channel platform, complete range of payment products, and proprietary technology. heidelpay can now play a key role in consolidating the fragmented European payments market. KKR is committed to supporting heidelpay in expanding its market share across the payments value chain, both organically and through strategic M&A, continuing the buy-and-build strategy initiated by AnaCap who completed seven bolt-ons. KKR will also support the company´s ambitious technology platform and product innovation roadmap.

Mirko Hüllemann, Founder and CEO of heidelpay, said: “We set out to become a market leader in omni-channel payment processing across the DACH region and with AnaCap’s powerful support we have reached our goal in a very short time frame. We are very excited to have attracted renowned global investor KKR to support us in the next stage of our growth journey. With its long-standing experience in financial services and technology, and its deep international network, we firmly believe that KKR will help us approaching larger customers and shaping the payment landscape globally. In my role as CEO and partner I’m looking forward to working with a fantastic management team in the next years.”

Daniel Knottenbelt, Member and Head of EMEA Financial Services at KKR, said: “We look forward to working together with Mirko and his highly experienced management team to help heidelpay continue to grow. We see enormous growth potential both organically and through M&A across Europe. We will draw on our deep sector knowledge, track record of working with founders, and our expertise through 20 years of investing in Germany to further shape heidelpay’s unique profile.”

Tassilo Arnhold, Managing Director at AnaCap, said: “heidelpay represents another successful digital value creation investment story for AnaCap. We wish Mirko and his team all the success for the next stage of their journey with KKR and we leave them in a far superior position to grow further in the DACH region and consolidate the European payments landscape.”

The offer is subject to approval by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) and other customary closing conditions. It is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020. KKR will make this investment from its European Fund V. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

About heidelpay Group

Based in Heidelberg, the heidelpay Group is one of the fastest-growing and most innovative fintech service providers in Germany. The international payment processing specialist uses its own specially developed solutions such as payment via invoice, instalment payment, direct debit, direct payment and prepayment – and those of leading providers of credit cards or wallet solutions. As a payment institute authorised by the German Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) and with over 16 years of experience in e-commerce and at the POS to its credit, the heidelpay Group allows companies of all sizes to effect worldwide payment transactions.

Founded in 2003, the full-service payment service provider covers the entire spectrum of electronic payment processing: from processing to acquiring, monitoring and risk management to receivables management. The fully scalable, modular solutions are used by 30,000 national and international customers. The various payment methods are provided for e-commerce, m-commerce and the stationary point of sale.

About KKR

KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate and credit, with strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns for its fund investors by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and driving growth and value creation with KKR portfolio companies. KKR invests its own capital alongside the capital it manages for fund investors and provides financing solutions and investment opportunities through its capital markets business. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds. For additional information about KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR), please visit KKR’s website at and on Twitter @KKR_Co.

About AnaCap Financial Partners

AnaCap Financial Partners is a leading asset manager in the European financial services sector, investing across the vertical through complementary Private Equity and Credit strategies. Since 2005, AnaCap has raised €4.7bn in capital while the team has grown to more than 70 professionals across 6 offices including London, Luxembourg and New Delhi. Through its Private Equity and Credit strategies, AnaCap provides a complementary suite of solutions to sellers and management teams, supported by a deep track record of investing in financial services with over 70 primary investments completed across 15 jurisdictions. The AnaCap investment approach is supported by the firm’s proprietary digital platform, Minerva, which enables AnaCap to harness highly granular data and intelligence rapidly into actionable information.

Source: KKR

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