Activa Capital and Bpifrnance invest in leading French insurance broker Activa Assurances

Activa Capital

Activa Capital and Bpifrance announce the acquisition of a stake in Active Assurances, a French insurance broker specialised in the digital distribution of insurance products.
Thanks to its use of digital technology, Active Assurances has become, in under five years, the leading independent partner of insurance comparison websites in France.
Working in partnership and yet totally autonomously with leading insurance companies, Active Assurances develops products, distributes them on-line, manages the policies, cash flows, and sometimes handles claims.
Since 2016, Active Assurances has extended its expertise to the distribution and management of white-label insurance policies for large brokers, insurers, and mutual insurance companies.
With headquarters in Boulogne-Billancourt, the company also has an offshore management centre with 100 employees, which allows it to maintain a sustained level of efficient service.
By joining the founding shareholders in Active Assurances, Activa Capital and Bpifrance will help support the company during its strong transformation and development stage.
This is the 7th transaction for Activa Capital Fund III.
“We are pleased to welcome Activa Capital, whose expertise will allow us to carry out external growth operations and accompany our fast development,” said Didier Naccache, President of Active Assurances. “With Activa Capital and Bpifrance, we will continue to grow our historic activity while launching new products and distribution channels.”
“This acquisition is in perfect keeping with Activa Capital’s strategy, which is to invest in companies that have reached a turning point in their growth in order to help them transform their businesses,” added Alexandre Masson and Christophe Parier, Partners at Activa Capital.
“Active Assurance’s position as a pure digital player, its commercial dynamism and operational rigor, as well as the determination of management to pursue growth with new products and build-up transactions, were all factors in our decision to back the company,” said Ménelé Chesnot and Matthieu Rabeisen, Bpifrance.

Deal Participants
Active Assurances: Didier Naccache, Thomas Riottot, Denis Salmoiraghi
M&A: Cambon Partners (Guillaume Eymar, Vincent Ruffat)
Corporate Lawyer: Linklaters (Marc Petitier, Maud Fillon)
Tax Lawyer: Arsène Taxand

Activa Capital: Christophe Parier, Alexandre Masson, David Quatrepoint, Timothée Héron
Bpifrance: Ménelé Chesnot, Matthieu Rabeisen
Financial Due Diligence: 8 Advisory (Christian Berling, Clément Evain)
Strategic Due Diligence: Monitor Deloitte (Cyril Gay Belan, Samuel Galbois, Adrien Lafargue)
Legal, Fiscal, and Financing Advisors: McDermott Will & Emery (Henri Pieyre de Mandiargues, Félix Huon, Herschel Guez, Anne Febvre, Antoine Vergnat, Pierre-Arnoux Mayoly), Lamartine Conseil (Thierry Filippi, Bérengère Coussolle)
Senior financing
Senior debt: co-arrangers BNP Paribas (Anne-Laure Herbinet) and Banque Populaire Rives de Paris (Olivier Grisard, Chekib Ben Salah)

About Active Assurances
Active Assurances is an insurance broker specialised in the on-line sale of automotive insurance policies. Based in Boulogne-Billancourt, in autonomous partnership with leading insurance companies, Active Assurances develops, distributes, and manages automotive insurance policies. For further information, visit .

About Activa Capital
Activa Capital is a leading French mid-market private equity firm. Activa Capital manages over €500m of private equity funds on behalf of a wide range of institutional investors. Activa Capital partners with ambitious mid-sized French companies, valued at €20m to €200m, seeking to accelerate their growth and their international footprint. Learn more about Activa Capital at or on Twitter @activacapital.

About Bpifrance
Equity investments are operated by Bpifrance Investissement. Bpifrance, a subsidiary of the French state and the Caisse des Dépôts and the entrepreneurs’ trusted partner, finances businesses from the seed phase to IPO, through loans, guarantees and equity investments. Bpifrance also provides operational services and strong support for innovation, export, and external growth in partnership with Business France. Bpifrance offers to businesses a large range of financing opportunities at each key step of their development, including offers adapted to regional specificities. With its 48 regional offices (90% of decisions are made locally)

Bpifrance represents a strategic tool for economic competitiveness dedicated to entrepreneurs. Bpifrance acts as a back-up for initiatives driven by the French State and the Regions to tackle 3 goals:
• Contributing to SME’s growth
• Preparing tomorrow’s competitiveness
• Contributing to the development of a positive entrepreneur ecosystem.
With Bpifrance, businesses benefit from a powerful, efficient and close representative, to answer all their needs in terms of financing, innovation and investment. Twitter: @bpifrance / @bpifrancepresse

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Arachas makes second acquisition since being backed by Sovereign

Sovereign Capital

Sovereign Capital, the UK private equity Buy & Build specialist, is pleased to announce that portfolio company Arachas Corporate Brokers (“Arachas”), a leading insurance brokerage operating in Ireland, has acquired Kidd Insurances (“Kidd”). This is the second acquisition Arachas has made since Sovereign backed the management buy-out of the business earlier this year and makes the group the third largest commercial insurance broker in Ireland. Sovereign will continue to work with the management team to further grow and develop the business through a strategy of Buy & Build. The transaction is subject to approval from the Central Bank of Ireland.

Kidd Insurances is one of Ireland’s longest established Insurance brokers serving both the retail customer and broker community with its specialist affinity insurance product range. The transaction closely follows Arachas’ acquisition of Capital Cover Group. The combined group will employ approaching 230 staff across its offices in Dublin, Cork and Waterford.

Neil Cox, Partner, Sovereign Capital commented: “We are delighted to have supported Arachas’ acquisition of Kidd which is a high quality, long established operator.  The transaction both develops the Group’s product offering and further consolidates its position in the Irish market. We look forward to working with the management team to further expand the Group.”

Donal Cronin, CEO of Arachas said: “We are delighted to have acquired Kidd. They mirror our philosophy of providing the very best in customer service and focus on niche Insurance solutions with their unique product range. In partnership with Sovereign, we will continue to develop the business through strong organic growth and further acquisitions of like-minded brokers.”

Other portfolio investments held by Sovereign in the financial services and insurance sectors include Kindertons, the nationwide provider of outsourced accident management services for motor insurers and insurance brokers. Since being backed by Sovereign, Kindertons’ revenue has tripled to over £150m.

For further information please contact: Julie Sieger, Sovereign Capital, on +44 (0)20 7340 8800 or

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Investment update: Zego raises £6M Series A to provide gig economy worker insurance


We’re very excited to see Clerkenwell, London-based pay-as-you go insurance provider Zego announcing their £6m in series A funding today, led by Balderton and joined by original investor Local Globe and angel investors in the insurance sector. Rob Moffat will be taking a seat on the Zego board.

Zego is preparing to launch new products specially designed for flexible workers employed in the sharing economy.

Zego co-founders Harry, Sten and Stuart

Zego was founded by former Deliveroo managers last year, and the team has grown from seven to 33 employees since the start of 2017. They’re planning to use the funding to hire more specialists for their engineering team, as well as staff to build key business functions.

Read coverage of the announcement on Techcrunch here.

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Unigestion Direct Opportunities invests in cyber insurance company Ascent Underwriting


Unigestion has made an investment in leading cyber insurance company Ascent Underwriting, representing the third direct private equity investment this year, and the sixth in total, from Unigestion’s Direct Opportunities 2015 (UDO 2015) fund.

Ascent is the leading cyber insurance and specialty focused Managing General Agent in the Lloyds of London market. Unigestion made the investment alongside Preservation Capital Partners, the financial services focused private equity firm with a broad network and extensive experience in the insurance sector. The investment, which is subject to regulatory approval, will allow Ascent to further strengthen its presence in the fast growing cyber insurance market and support its ambition to enter complementary product lines through acquisitions.

This latest deal comes just after Unigestion invested in TeamSport, the UK’s largest indoor go-karting operator, together with Duke Street, in October of this year. TeamSport has achieved impressive growth in recent years, through a combination of like-for-like sales improvements, new site openings and enhanced performance from acquired tracks, underpinned by the company’s superior customer experience. Unigestion will benefit from Duke Street’s experience with similar roll-outs in the UK leisure sector (including, amongst others, Wagamama). Under Duke Street and Unigestion’s ownership, TeamSport will continue to strengthen its position in the fragmented UK market, but also look to expand in continental Europe.

Finally, earlier this year Unigestion completed an investment in Eduko, a nursery school platform seeking to consolidate the UK’s early years education space. Together with its operating partner, Playground Nurseries, Unigestion is supporting management in its vision to offer a high quality educational experience focused on the millennial parent.

UDO 2015 is Unigestion’s EUR 255 million direct private equity fund, which is backed by established limited partners in the UK, continental Europe and Asia. In addition, certain limited partners have the ability to provide significant additional capital to UDO portfolio companies.

Federico Schiffrin, Partner at Unigestion based in New York, commented:

“Our latest investments validate our vision of finding unique opportunities in the small and middle markets sourced by investors locally in Europe, the US and Asia, and partnering with leading specialist teams with deep knowledge and networks in their respective markets.”

Pieter-Jan Frederix, Principal at Unigestion based in London, commented:

“Although operating in different industries, the fund’s recent investments share the same characteristics as other companies in the UDO portfolio. We always look to invest in businesses that benefit from long term trends, offer a product or service with proven appeal and provide downside protection, either through the cash flow profile of the company, the defensive nature of the end market, or the type of investment security. As the sole institutional co-underwriter in each of these transactions, we worked closely together with our investment partners and management teams throughout the process and we look forward to continuing these relationships as the companies enter their next stage of growth and development.”



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Ardian Private Debt and CVC Credit Partners provide financing to support acquisition of Voogd & Voogd


London, October 11, 2017 – Ardian Private Debt and CVC Credit Partners, announced today that they have provided financing supporting Five Arrows Principal Investments (“FAPI”) in their acquisition of Voogd & Voogd, a leading technology-enabled insurance intermediary based in the Netherlands. The financing also includes a committed debt facility to further support Voogd & Voogd’s expansion plans.

Founded in 1909, Voogd & Voogd is a leading technology-enabled insurance distribution and software platform. Providing a range of value-added administrative services and solutions, the company’s platform forms the commercial and logistical link between insurers and c.2,000 brokers in the Netherlands. Mark Brenke, Managing Director & Co-Head Ardian Private Debt, said: “As a financing partner, we are delighted to be supporting Bas de Voogd (CEO Voogd & Voogd), Michael de Nijs (CFO Voogd & Voogd) and FAPI who have a strong track record investing in technology enabled B2B services businesses. Voogd & Voogd has a very long track record as the leading insurance service provider in the Dutch market, leveraging its proprietary technology platform to support the administration and distribution of insurance policies in the Netherlands. The business has been a major innovator in an evolving sector, enabling the digitisation of the personal and commercial lines insurance market.”

Neale Broadhead, Managing Director & Portfolio Manager in CVC Credit Partners’ direct lending business, said: “We are very excited to announce our latest investment in the Netherlands. Voogd & Voogd is the leading intermediary player in the Dutch insurance market, with superior scale, technology capabilities and reach into the insurers and brokers networks. We look forward to working with FAPI as they position Voogd & Voogd to take advantage of the growth in the Dutch insurance market.”


Ardian, founded in 1996 and led by Dominique Senequier, is an independent private investment company with assets of US$65bn managed or advised in Europe, North America and Asia. The company, which is majority-owned by its employees, keeps entrepreneurship at its heart and delivers investment performance to its global investors while fuelling growth in economies across the world. Ardian’s investment process embodies three values: excellence, loyalty and entrepreneurship.

Ardian maintains a truly global network, with more than 470 employees working through twelve offices in Paris, London, Frankfurt, Milan, Madrid, Zurich, New York, San Francisco, Beijing, Singapore, Jersey, Luxembourg. The company offers its 610 investors a diversified choice of funds covering the full range of asset classes, including Ardian Funds of Funds (primary, early secondary and secondary), Ardian Private Debt, Ardian Buyout (including Ardian Mid Cap Buyout Europe & North America, Ardian Expansion, Ardian Growth and Ardian Co-Investment), Ardian Infrastructure, Ardian Real Estate and Ardian Mandates.


CVC Credit Partners is the credit management business of CVC. Formed through a merger of predecessor firms that date back to 2005 and supported by a team of 51 dedicated investment professionals, CVC Credit Partners is a global credit asset manager with offices in the US and UK and $17.9bn assets under management, as at Q2 2017.

CVC Credit Partners seeks to generate for its investors positive absolute returns and attractive risk-adjusted returns on capital throughout the credit cycle. CVC Credit Partners has built a diverse platform which creates significant synergies across its three investment strategies: Performing Credit, Credit Opportunities & Special Situations and Private Debt.


Five Arrows Principal Investments is the corporate private equity business of Rothschild Merchant Banking and has €1.4 billion under management. With offices in London, Paris and Luxembourg, Five Arrows Principal Investments employs a pan-European investment strategy focused on investing in middle market companies which have entrenched market positions, business models with high revenue visibility and multiple untapped levers for value creation.


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Altamir to invest via the Apax France IX fund in CIPRÉS Assurances, a leader in supplemental insurance protection for the self-employed and SMEs


Paris, 17 May 2017 – Apax Partners MidMarket announced today that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with TA Associates for the Apax funds to become the new principal shareholder of CIPRÉS Assurances, a key player in France in the area of supplemental insurance protection for small- and medium-size companies and self-employed persons.

Founded in 2000, CIPRÉS Assurances is a wholesale broker for life, disability and health insurance, which designs, underwrites and manages health and social security insurance programs for self-employed workers, managers and employees of SMEs. CIPRÉS offers a full range of products and services to secure their incomes, preserve their estates, protect their health and provide protection against accidents and loss of life. The company has a distribution network of more than 4,000 independent brokers throughout France. It collected premiums of €207million in 2016.

The transaction is expected to be completed in July 2017. It will result in the exit of TA Associates, the principal shareholder since September 2014, and will allow the management team to increase its stake in the company. The Chairman of the Executive Board Laurent Ouazana, the Managing Director Sylvie Langlois and their team aim to continue to grow the business.

With the support of Apax Partners, an expert in the financial services sector, they intend to accelerate the growth of the company through organic growth and acquisitions, while capitalising on long-term relationships that the company has established with French insurers, as well as those that exist between French entrepreneurs and its partner brokers.

The management team and Apax Partners share the ambition to make CIPRÉS Assurances the leading insurance firm for French entrepreneurs.

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Forthcoming events

5 September 2017 (post-trading) NAV as of 30 June 2017 and first-half results

8 November 2017 (post-trading) NAV as of 30 September 2017

About Altamir

Altamir is a listed private equity company (Euronext Paris-B, ticker: LTA) founded in 1995 and with almost €800m in assets under management. Its objective is to provide shareholders with long term capital appreciation and regular dividends by investing in a diversified portfolio of private equity investments.

Altamir’s investment policy is to invest via and with the funds managed or advised by Apax Partners France and Apax Partners LLP, two leading private equity firms that take majority or lead positions in buyouts and growth capital transactions and seek ambitious value creation objectives.

In this way, Altamir provides access to a diversified portfolio of fast-growing companies across Apax’s sectors of specialisation (TMT, Retail & Consumer, Healthcare, Business & Financial Services) and in complementary market segments (mid-sized companies in French-speaking European countries and larger companies across Europe, North America and key emerging markets).

Altamir derives certain tax benefits from its status as an SCR (“Société de Capital Risque”). As such, Altamir is exempt from corporate tax and the company’s investors may benefit from tax exemptions, subject to specific holding-period and dividend-reinvestment conditions.

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