Blue Earth Capital provides $ 16 million credit financing to Samunnati to improve access to finance for farmer collectives and agricultural enterprises in India

Blue Earth Capital

aar-Zug, Switzerland, June 11, 2024

Blue Earth Capital (“BlueEarth”), the specialist global impact investor, today announces it has completed a $ 16 million direct credit investment into Samunnati Financial Intermediation & Services Private Limited (“Samunnati” or “the Company”). Samunnati, India’s largest agri-enterprise, is an integrated platform offering financial and advisory services to underserved Indian farmer collectives and agricultural enterprises.

The investment from BlueEarth’s investment vehicles and partners will enable Samunnati to expand its financial support to a wider network of farmer collectives and agricultural enterprises across India.

Agriculture remains central to the Indian economy, accounting for over 16% of the country’s GDP in 2022, and employing 43% of the workforce.12 While agriculture financing and market access have improved substantially in recent years, finding adequate financing and suitable buyers remains challenging for smallholder farmers and participants in the agriculture sector.

Samunnati plays a crucial role in solving these problems by providing financing, market linkages, and advisory services to more than 6,000 farmer collectives and 3,500 agricultural enterprises across 28 states in India. It does this through a range of initiatives such as delivering academy programs to farming collectives and their promoters, developing commodity research reports, enabling capacity building, improving financial literacy, and embedding sustainable farming practices. This direct, targeted support helps collectives in the country scale their operations and apply more sustainable practices, working to unlock the full potential of Indian agriculture.

Amy Wang, Head of Private Credit at Blue Earth Capital, stated: “We’re delighted to start our partnership with Samunnati to help expand their loan book and enhance the adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices across their portfolio. BlueEarth is proud to support a first mover in agriculture value chain financing in India, and contribute to Samunnati’s overall mission to strengthen the agriculture ecosystem, benefitting millions of smallholder farmers in the country.”

Mr. Anil Kumar SG, Founder and CEO of Samunnati, expressed his gratitude, stating, “We deeply appreciate the commitment demonstrated by Blue Earth Capital, in providing the opportunity to create the impact through their credit financing. This credit facility will significantly bolster our resolve to amplify our efforts, empowering all stakeholders in the agricultural value chain and ultimately transforming the lives of smallholder farmers across India. We look forward to a successful partnership in delivering a sustainable value addition in India’s agricultural sector”.

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Notes to editors

About Blue Earth Capital
Blue Earth Capital is a global, independent, specialist impact investor, headquartered in Switzerland, with operations in New York, London, and Konstanz. Blue Earth Capital seeks to address the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges by delivering measurable impact alongside aiming for attractive and market-rate financial returns. The company operates dedicated private equity, private credit, and fund solutions. Blue Earth Capital is owned by the Blue Earth Foundation, a Stiftung (charity/trust) registered in Switzerland that focuses on deep impact to support initiatives and business ventures to help deliver a more equitable and sustainable future.

About Samunnati
India’s largest agri-enterprise, Samunnati is an open agri-network to unlock the trillion-dollar-plus potential of Indian agriculture with smallholder farmers at the center of it. Staying true to its name, Samunnati stands for collective growth & collective prosperity for the agri-ecosystem. Serving the entire value chain, Samunnati’s agri-commerce and agri-finance solutions enable affiliated Farmer Collectives and the larger ecosystem to be more efficient and productive. Samunnati has a presence in more than 100 agri-value chains spread over 28 states in India. Samunnati currently has access to 6500+ Farmer Collectives with a member base of over 8 million farmers and envisions impacting 1 in every 4 farming households through its network by 2027.

 

Media contact

Blue Earth Capital
Kekst CNC
Blueearthcapital@kekstcnc.com

Samunnati
Saravanan K
saravanan.k@samunnati.com

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HR Path & Ardian enter into exclusive negotiations to accelerate international growth

Ardian

Ardian, a world-leading private investment house, has entered into exclusive negotiations for a record-breaking fundraising to support the next phase of growth of HR Path, a leading human resources platform.

The historic fundraising, backed by the Expansion team at Ardian represent an important step in HR Path’s development, showing the investors’ confidence in the company’s business model, Management team and growth potential.

The funds raised will be used to accelerate the company’s international expansion and extend its value proposition.

HR Path is now recognized as a leader in human resources consulting, operating as a “one-stop HR shop” for customers across 22 countries. Its services range from HR strategy consulting (Advise) through implementation of all market-leading HR solutions (Implement) to payroll outsourcing (Run).

HR Path is firmly committed to transform customers’ human resources function thanks to innovation and support from its outstanding team. This prospective fundraising marks a significant step towards delivering the company’s long-term vision, consolidating its position in the global market and reinforcing its ability to offer high added value to its customers.

“We are thrilled to enter exclusive negotiations with Ardian to launch a record-breaking fundraising. This is a true partnership between us; we have chosen Ardian as much as they have chosen us. We are highly confident in this financial partner as Ardian has already supported our growth to date. Ardian’s local understanding combined with international reach will help us to further deploy our Advise, Implement and Run (AIR) offer in Europe and America.” François Boulet, President, HR Path

“We firmly believe in HR Path’s growth potential and look forward to supporting the company’s further expansion. Our joint initiative to launch a historic fundraising is a testimony to Ardian’s alignment with the company’s vision and management.” Arthur De Salins, Managing Director Expansion, Ardian

“We have been impressed by HR Path’s business model, management team and growth trajectory to date. We are convinced that this strategic collaboration will lead to exciting new opportunities.” Marie Arnaud-Battandier, Managing Director Expansion, Ardian

PARTIES TO THE TRANSACTION

  • ARDIAN

    • EXPANSION : ARTHUR DE SALINS, MARIE ARNAUD-BATTANDIER, STEVEN BARROIS, PIERRE PESLERBE, SIBYLLE BOURGEOIS
    • LEGAL ADVISOR: LATHAM & WATKINS (OLIVIER DU MOTTAY)
    • STRATEGIC DUE DILIGENCE: INDÉFI (JULIEN BERGER)
    • FINANCIAL DUE DILIGENCE: EIGHT ADVISORY (FLORENT GARNIER)
    • LEGAL, TAX AND SOCIAL DUE DILIGENCE: KPMG AVOCATS (XAVIER HOUARD)

ABOUT HR PATH

HR Path is a world leader in Human Resources, supporting companies for whom the human experience is essential to their digital transformation. Its 3 business lines: Advise, Implement & Run, contribute to its customers’ HR performance.
Founded in Paris in 2001, HR Path’s workforce of 1,800 talents advises, integrates and operates in 22 countries for more than 3,000 customers. It currently generates sales of 215 million euros.

ABOUT ARDIAN

Ardian is a world-leading private investment house, managing or advising $164bn of assets on behalf of more than 1,600 clients globally. Our broad expertise, spanning Private Equity, Real Assets and Credit, enables us to offer a wide range of investment opportunities and respond flexibly to our clients’ differing needs. Through Ardian Customized Solutions we create bespoke portfolios that allow institutional clients to specify the precise mix of assets they require and to gain access to funds managed by leading third-party sponsors. Private Wealth Solutions offers dedicated services and access solutions for private banks, family offices and private institutional investors worldwide. Ardian’s main shareholding group is its employees and we place great emphasis on developing its people and fostering a collaborative culture based on collective intelligence. Our 1,050+ employees, spread across 19 offices in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Middle East are strongly committed to the principles of Responsible Investment and are determined to make finance a force for good in society. Our goal is to deliver excellent investment performance combined with high ethical standards and social responsibility.
At Ardian we invest all of ourselves in building companies that last.

PRESS CONTACTS

ARDIAN

HR PATH

FABIENNE LATOUR

fabienne.latour@hr-path.com 

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Mentha sells Paradigma Group to Castik Capital

Mentha Capital

Mentha is selling its majority stake in paraDIGMA group to Castik Capital. paraDIGMA group, active in the field of employee health & wellbeing, has grown considerably in recent years in collaboration with Mentha, founder Rudo Vissers and the wider management team. Now the group will be owned by Castik Capital and will take the next step in the strategy and growth plan, under the leadership of the current management.

Through various companies, paraDIGMA group focuses on sustainable employability within organisations, by offering curative and preventive services aimed at the health, well-being, and job satisfaction of employees. The largest division of the group, De Arbodienst, adopts a progressive approach aiming towards prevention. The focus is on creating a healthy organizational culture and working on personal leadership with the objective to actively reduce absenteeism. In addition, it offers related services such as vitality policy, reintegration issues, psychological or physical guidance and training and development. All with the common goal: improved health, more job satisfaction and enthusiasm and less absenteeism in the Dutch working population.

The collaboration with Mentha started in 2020 and resulted in a professionalization and growth surge for the organization. The number of employees has quadrupled, and national coverage has been achieved through an office network with nine locations spread across the Netherlands. In addition to strong growth through expansion of the organization and attracting new customers, various acquisitions have expanded the service offering of the paraDIGMA group. Now is the time to look ahead to the next phase, including exploring opportunities abroad.

Barend Rutten of Mentha comments: “It was a great pleasure to work together with Rudo Vissers, Peter Kruissen, the wider management team and all the talented employees. We have worked extremely hard over the past four years to build the organization into what it is today: a sizable, unique player in the Netherlands. We now confidently transfer the organization to Castik Capital, the right partner for paraDIGMA group. We wish Castik and paraDIGMA group all the best for the future.”

Peter Kruissen, CEO paraDIGMA group adds: “Together with Mentha, we have grown rapidly in the past few years and taken significant steps in professionalisation. Now it is time for the next phasestep. I am confident that we will achieve this together with Castik Capital.”

The sale is subject to approval from the Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa) and the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM).

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ASSA ABLOY acquires Nomadix and Global Reach in the USA and UK

Melker Schorling
ASSA ABLOY has signed an agreement to acquire Nomadix and Global Reach, leading US and UK based providers of Wi-Fi access and engagement platform solutions for the hospitality and commercial real estate industry. The companies offer a comprehensive tech platform of hardware, software and analytics tools to securely connect and engage with customers and devices via Wi-Fi networks.

“I am very pleased to welcome Nomadix and Global Reach into the ASSA ABLOY Group. This acquisition is an exciting technological addition to the ASSA ABLOY Group and will reinforce our current offering within the hospitality business, and provide complementary growth opportunities,” says Nico Delvaux, President and CEO of ASSA ABLOY.

“Nomadix and Global Reach are excellent additions to Global Solutions and will with their strong technical expertise expand our portfolio and end-to-end offering for our hospitality business and adjacent verticals. I look forward to working with the experienced teams to continue the successful journey,” says Stephanie Ordan, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Technologies business unit Global Solutions.

Nomadix and Global Reach were founded in 1998 and have some 120 employees. The main offices are located in Los Angeles and London. Nomadix and Global Reach operate as two separate entities under a central top management and ownership, and will be part of Global Solutions business area Hospitality.

Sales for 2023 amounted to about MUSD 30 (approx. MSEK 300) with a strong EBIT margin. The acquisition will be accretive to EPS from the start.

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close during the second quarter of 2024.

 

For more information, please contact:

Nico Delvaux, President and CEO, tel. no: +46 8 506 485 82
Erik Pieder, CFO and Executive Vice President, tel. no: +46 8 506 485 72
Björn Tibell, Head of Investor Relations, tel. no: +46 70 275 67 68, e-mail: bjorn.tibell@assaabloy.com

About ASSA ABLOY

The ASSA ABLOY Group is the global leader in access solutions. The Group operates worldwide with 61,000 employees and sales of SEK 141 billion. The Group has leading positions in areas such as efficient door openings, trusted identities and entrance automation. ASSA ABLOY’s innovations enable safe, secure and convenient access to physical and digital places. Every day, we help billions of people experience a more open world.

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Onex Partners to Invest in Morson Group

Onex

Onex Corporation (“Onex”) (TSX: ONEX) today announced that Onex Partners V has completed a majority investment in Morson Group (“Morson” or the “Company”), a leading UK engineering and technical staffing and workforce solutions business, with growing operations in the UK, U.S., Italy, Canada and Australia. The investment has been made alongside the founding family CEO Ged Mason and members of the management team. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Manchester, United Kingdom, Morson Group provides services including: (i) contingent workforce solutions, relating to the placement of engineering, IT and technical contractors with customers, (ii) permanent recruitment and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), (iii) related planning workforce support management and training, and (iv) engineering consultancy and design services. With a history stretching back over 55 years, the Company employs more than 1,500 people in over 60 locations, with a vision to create a better, more innovative world through inspiring, supporting, reskilling, and nurturing talent. Morson deploys specialist recruitment and engineering expertise on STEM skills in its focus sectors of aerospace, defence, IT and technology, rail, marine, nuclear, multi-disciplined engineering, professional services, construction, and manufacturing.

“Morson’s ability to deploy unique sector knowledge and innovative solutions to its clients in highly resilient sectors of the economy is unique. We are attracted by its growth profile, corporate culture and multiple opportunities for value creation going forward. Most importantly, we are delighted to be partnering with Ged Mason and the management team, to continue building on what they have accomplished,” said Nigel Wright, Co-Head of Onex Partners. Adrien Faure, a Managing Director of Onex Partners, added “Morson is an excellent business and a leader with pedigree in its core markets. The investment aligns with our theme of investing in businesses that help to solve the need for technical and specialist skills alongside the best management teams. It builds on our track record in the broader human capital management sector.”

Ged Mason, who will continue as CEO of Morson Group, said “We have found a true partner in Onex, and a team whose values are aligned with ours. Onex shares our vision. It has an impressive track record of helping companies to grow and we are confident about the contribution our new partner will make to achieving our goals.”

About Onex

Onex is an investor and asset manager that invests capital on behalf of Onex shareholders and clients across the globe. Formed in 1984, we have a long track record of creating value for our clients and shareholders. Onex’ two primary businesses are Private Equity and Credit. In Private Equity, we raise funds from third-party investors, or limited partners, and invest them, along with Onex’ own investing capital, through the funds of our private equity platforms, Onex Partners and ONCAP. Similarly, in Credit, we raise and invest capital across several private credit, public credit, and public equity strategies. Our investors include a broad range of global clients, including public and private pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies and family offices. In total, Onex has US$49.7 billion in assets under management, of which US$8.1 billion is Onex’ own investing capital. With offices in Toronto, New York, New Jersey, Boston and London, Onex and its experienced management teams are collectively the largest investors across Onex’ platforms.

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

About Morson Group

Morson Group is a leading provider of complete talent solutions, offering services across contingent workforce, design consultancy, and permanent recruitment through a variety of delivery models. The Company’s proprietary technology underpins managed service provider (MSP) and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) offerings alongside other service models. Morson employs over 1,500 people in more than 60 locations in the UK, Australia, the United States, and Canada. With revenues in excess of £1.3 billion, Morson is ranked by SIA as the world’s third largest engineering and technical staffing business.

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This press release may contain, without limitation, statements concerning possible or assumed future operations, performance or results preceded by, followed by or that include words such as “believes”, “expects”, “potential”, “anticipates”, “estimates”, “intends”, “plans” and words of similar connotation, which would constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees. The reader should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and information because they involve significant and diverse risks and uncertainties that may cause actual operations, performance, or results to be materially different from those indicated in these forward-looking statements. Except as may be required by Canadian securities law, Onex is under no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein should material facts change due to new information, future events or other factors. These cautionary statements expressly qualify all forward-looking statements in this press release.

For Further Information:

Onex

Jill Homenuk

Managing Director – Shareholder Relations and Communications

JHomenuk@onex.com

+1 416.362.7711

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Golden Gate Capital partners with founder and Ceo Gil Grattan on recapitalization of Virginia Green

Golden Gate Capital

SAN FRANCISCO & RICHMOND, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Golden Gate Capital, a San Francisco-based private equity firm, in partnership with Founder and CEO Gil Grattan, today announced the recapitalization of Virginia Green (“the Company”), the leading provider of lawn care in Virginia. Mr. Grattan will continue to lead the Company as CEO and will remain a significant shareholder. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2004, Virginia Green is a premier operator of residential lawn treatment services with a growing footprint of ten locations and 70,000 customers across key local markets. The Company offers personalized residential and commercial lawn treatment services through a flexible subscription-based model, underscored by its recognizable brand name in Virginia. Golden Gate Capital’s strategic investment will build on Virginia Green’s long track record of growth and support the Company’s expansion into existing and new adjacent geographies using its proven, scalable playbook built around an exceptional customer experience.

“Our rapid growth is a testament to the comprehensive lawn care offering and tremendous team we have built that provide superior results and unmatched customer satisfaction,” said Mr. Grattan. “I am pleased to be collaborating with Golden Gate Capital and believe their expertise in scaling industry-leading platforms makes them the perfect partner to accelerate the growth of our business in Virginia and beyond.”

Mike Montgomery, Managing Director at Golden Gate Capital, said, “Virginia Green is one of the largest and fastest growing lawn care companies in the country, and an established leader in the lawn treatment sector. The Company’s strong track record of consistent growth is truly remarkable, and the extraordinary customer satisfaction they deliver provides an ideal platform for future expansion. We are thrilled to support the Company as it continues to extend its reach.”

Neale Attenborough, Managing Director at Golden Gate Capital, added, “We are proud to partner with Gil and the talented Virginia Green team, and have deep respect for the company and culture Gil has built. We look forward to building upon Virginia Green’s already attractive customer acquisition and retention model as we expand the franchise into new geographies.”

Harris Williams served as financial advisor and Williams Mullen served as legal advisor to Virginia Green. TD Cowen served as financial advisor and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Ropes & Gray LLP served as legal advisors to Golden Gate Capital.

ABOUT VIRGINIA GREEN

Virginia Green opened for business in 2004 and has grown rapidly employing over 300 associates, including an in-house agronomy team and dedicated customer service representatives focused on delivering 100% client satisfaction. We provide comprehensive commercial and residential lawn care services throughout Virginia including Central Virginia, Northern Virginia, Northside Hampton Roads, the Shenandoah Valley and the New River Valley. Virginia Green is a leader in the lawn care industry by providing the highest quality services, utilizing the best products and associates to deliver fantastic customer lawns and landscapes. Virginia Green prides itself on having an industry leading retention rate at greater than 87%. Virginia Green was ranked #1 in “Best Lawn Service/Landscaping” in a Richmond Times-Dispatch poll four times in the last five years.

ABOUT GOLDEN GATE CAPITAL

Golden Gate Capital is a San Francisco-based private equity firm with over $19 billion in cumulative committed capital. With a long-term investment philosophy, the principals of Golden Gate Capital have a long history of investing across a wide range of industries and transaction types, including going-privates, corporate divestitures, and recapitalizations, as well as debt and public equity investments. For more information, visit www.goldengatecap.com.

Contacts

For Golden Gate Capital
FGS Global

Chloe Clifford / Bridget Nagle
GoldenGate@FGSGlobal.com

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Portobello closes the sale of Grupo CTC to Randstad

Portobello

Transaction signed in June, antitrust clearance achieved
Madrid, 25th October 2023.- Today Portobello Capital, the leading independent midmarket private equity manager based in Spain, announced it has closed the sale of
Grupo CTC to Randstad NV, the world’s largest talent company.

Grupo CTC provides outsourced industrial, logistics and sales & marketing services to
customers in its home market of Spain and in Portugal. The company currently operates
from 14 regional offices and 11 owned logistics facilities, servicing over 200 customers.
Demand for outsourcing services is growing significantly in Spain and, with the proposed
acquisition, Randstad will continue to expand its leadership presence in the region. The
move is in keeping with Randstad’s broader strategic objective of strengthening its
capabilities in value added services for customers in key markets.

“We are investors in the different companies which are now part of CTC since 2006.
During this period, CTC has become the absolute leader in the outsourcing market, and
we want to compliment Juan-Cruz Alcalde and the rest of the management team for
growing this organization to date. We are absolutely convinced that as part of Randstad,
Grupo CTC will continue to accelerate and deliver excellence to its customers in Spain
and Portugal.”

— Luis Peñarrocha, Founding Partner of Portobello
The transaction was signed in July and completion was subject to antitrust clearance,
which was achieved on October 11th.

about randstad
Randstad is the world’s largest talent company and a partner of choice to clients. We are committed to
providing equitable opportunities to people from all backgrounds and help them remain relevant in the rapidly
changing world of work. We have a deep understanding of the labor market and help our clients to create
the high-quality, diverse and agile workforces they need to succeed. Our 46,000 employees around the
world make a positive impact on society by helping people to realize their true potential throughout their
working life.

Randstad was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Diemen, the Netherlands. In 2022, in our 39 markets,
we helped more than 2 million people find a job that feels good and advised over 230,000 clients on their
talent needs. We generated revenue of €27.6 billion. Randstad N.V. is listed on the Euronext Amsterdam.
For more information, see www.randstad.com

about Grupo CTC
Grupo CTC was created through the complementary integration of two leading companies in the outsourcing
industry, Stock Uno, specialized in operational marketing, and CTC Externalización, leader in logistic and
industrial processes. Grupo CTC renders a wide range of high value-add services to customers enhancing
productivity, flexibility, focus on core tasks and capital management. Headquartered in both Madrid and

PORTOBELLO CAPITAL GESTIÓN SGEIC, S.A
ALMAGRO, 36 – 28010 MADRID NIF: A-86262375
Inscrita en el Registro de la Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores, nº 92
y en el Registro Mercantil de Madrid, tomo 29.064, folio 80, sección 8ª, hoja M-523.318
Barcelona, Grupo CTC counts with a rich 35 year history in the market, possessing significant capillarity
across 14 branch offices in Spain and Portugal. For more information, please refer to the Grupo CTC website
at www.grupoctc.com/

about Portobello Capital
Founded in 2010, Portobello Capital is a leading independent mid-market private equity manager based in
Spain and operating across Southern Europe. Portobello Capital has assets under management worth more
than 2 billion euros, an experienced team of 40 professionals and a current portfolio of 22 companies. For
more information, please refer to the Portobello Capital website at www.portobellocapital.es/en/

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Ardian announces the sale of its stake in Mobius Group to Groupe Saretec

Ardian

Ardian, a world-leading private investment house, announces that it has sold its stake in Mobius Group, a tech-enabled mobility and fleet management operator headquartered in Madrid, Spain.

Founded in 2014 by José Piñera, Mobius is a pioneer fleet management, car repair, appraisals, and mechanical warranties player. The company leverages a set of proprietary technological solutions to help customers to digitalize their processes.

With more than €40 million in sales, Mobius is the leading Iberian platform for fleet managers assisting top tier renting and rent-a-car international players as well as major Spanish financial institutions and insurance companies.

Since the Ardian’s Growth team took a stake in the company in 2018, Mobius has more than doubled its revenues and completed 4 acquisitions enabling the company to both diversify its product offering and enlarge the customer base. Mobius has also strengthened its technological expertise by investing in and commercializing new software tools.

“The Ardian’s Growth team has supported us in our development both in terms of new product deployment and build-up plan. Since their investment, they helped us challenge our strategy to scale the company and strengthen our technological positioning. “ José Piñera, Founder and CEO of Mobius Group

“Congratulations to José and the whole Mobius team. It has been very exciting to work alongside them in these years.  Mobius is a great example of Ardian growth’s playbook: identify the leading companies in Europe and help them accelerate the growth via product and geographical expansion as well as build-up strategy.“ Romain Chiudini, Managing Director Growth, Ardian

PARTICIPANTS

  • MOBIUS

    • MOBIUS: JOSÉ PIÑERA, FERNANDO PÉREZ GRANERO
    • M&A ADVISOR: ARCANO
    • LEGAL ADVISOR: GOMÉZ-ACEBO & POMBO ABOGADOS
  • ARDIAN

    • ARDIAN: ROMAIN CHIUDINI, NICCOLÒ SALIGARI
    • LEGAL ADVISOR: MCDERMOTT, WILL & EMERY (DIANA HUND)

ABOUT ARDIAN

Ardian is a world-leading private investment house, managing or advising $150bn of assets on behalf of more than 1,470 clients globally. Our broad expertise, spanning Private Equity, Real Assets and Credit, enables us to offer a wide range of investment opportunities and respond flexibly to our clients’ differing needs. Through Ardian Customized Solutions we create bespoke portfolios that allow institutional clients to specify the precise mix of assets they require and to gain access to funds managed by leading third-party sponsors. Private Wealth Solutions offers dedicated services and access solutions for private banks, family offices and private institutional investors worldwide. Ardian’s main shareholding group is its employees and we place great emphasis on developing its people and fostering a collaborative culture based on collective intelligence. Our 1,050+ employees, spread across 16 offices in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Middle East are strongly committed to the principles of Responsible Investment and are determined to make finance a force for good in society. Our goal is to deliver excellent investment performance combined with high ethical standards and social responsibility.
At Ardian we invest all of ourselves in building companies that last.

ABOUT MOBIUS

Founded in 2014 by José Piñera and headquartered in Madrid, Mobius is the leading Iberian player in the supervision of maintenance, repair and appraisal services for fleet managers.
With more than 250 experts and a large network of garages across Spain, the company offers an end-to-end platform allowing process digitalization, data management and cost optimization.

PRESS CONTACT

ARDIAN

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Projective Group grows its team to over 1100 financial industry experts and further strengthens its service offering with the acquisition of Finance Club

GIMV
  • Projective Group’s team grows to over 1100 financial industry specialists, positioning the company as a leading, end-to-end consultancy firm for financial services in Europe.
  • Complementary with Talent service offering of Projective Group and other offerings in Data, Transformation, Risk & Compliance, and Payments.
  • Latest acquisition aligns with Projective Group’s core DNA and is the latest milestone of the buy-and-build strategy of the group.

1 September 2023, Brussels – In a significant move, financial services consulting company Projective Group has successfully acquired Finance Club, a respected Dutch Staffing & Talent organisation. This strategic acquisition catapults Projective Group’s team to an impressive count of over 1100 financial industry experts across Europe, affirming its unparalleled stronghold in the region’s financial services sector.
Founded in 2015 by Stijn van den Borne and Michiel Van Brussel, Finance Club is a young organisation driven by the ambition to become the best-in-class Staffing & Talent provider to the Dutch financial industry. Their expertise encompasses various domains such as Compliance (KYC & AML), Finance, Banking, Risk & Audit, PMO, and Data & Analytics. In a period of less than 8 years, the company has evolved to a team of 400+ professionals that are deployed at the tier 1 banks in the Netherlands.

Stefan Dierckx, CEO Projective Group said: “The addition of Finance Club to our group, signifies a strategic move towards our mission of becoming the premier partner for financial institutions across Europe. In addition to their expertise, they bring along a team of 400 specialists, augmenting our team to over 1100 professionals, all possessing a unique expertise in the financial industry. This level of expertise sets us apart and is nearly unmatched in the field.”

“From our initial discussions, it became clear that there was a strong synergy between our clients and expertise. This presented us with a chance to enhance the value we provide to our clients and create new paths for growth and opportunities both for Finance Club and Projective Group employees. This merger into the group embodies the idea, in every sense, that the whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts.”Stijn van den Borne, co-founder Finance Club.

Finance Club’s services seamlessly complement Projective Group’s existing Talent offering (Exellys) which is currently offered in Belgium, The Netherlands, and The United Kingdom. Furthermore, by blending Finance Club’s strengths in Staffing & Talent with Projective Group’s Talent and in-depth consulting expertise, they will be able to take on more responsibility, serve their clients even more effectively and generate durable outcomes as a complete solutions provider.

Michiel van Brussel, co-founder of Finance Club said: “We were ready for the next step in our journey, searching for an exciting new challenge that would
propel us forward not only within Dutch borders but also on an international scale. When Projective Group approached us, it was immediately evident that our offering, culture, aspirations, and outlook for the future were closely aligned. We’re very excited for what lies ahead.”

Through this recent acquisition, Projective Group solidifies its position as a driving force for change and excellence in the financial industry. This development also foreshadows further impactful initiatives on the horizon.

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Balance Point Announces its Follow-On Investment in Concord Servicing

Balance Point Capital
Westport, CT, August 30, 2023 – Balance Point Capital Advisors, LLC (“Balance Point”), in conjunction with its affiliated fund, Balance Point Capital Partners V, L.P., is pleased to announce its follow-on investment in Concord Servicing Corporation (“Concord”, “the Company”), a portfolio company of Inverness Graham Investments (“IGI”). Balance Point provided a creative, flexible financing solution that facilitated Concord’s acquisition of Equiant.
Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, Concord is a full-scope loan servicer delivering innovative, flexible, and scalable portfolio servicing and SaaS solutions to meet the demands of loan originators and capital providers across multiple asset classes including home improvement, solar, energy efficiency, and vacation ownership.
Based in Chandler, Arizona, Equiant is a loan servicer in the vacation ownership market with a $1.5 billion loan portfolio including more than 175,000 individual consumer loans. Equiant offers software solutions and servicing expertise for loan account receivables, billing, collateral document management, backup servicing, securitizations, debt recovery and disaster recovery.
“Balance Point is excited to continue its partnership with IGI and the Company.  Both Concord and Equiant are established industry leaders, and the combined platform will benefit from increased scale and operational synergy,” said Balance Point Partner Adam Sauerteig.
Jason Alexander, CEO of Concord, said “Balance Point’s understanding and support of our business have been essential as we have continued to pursue our growth objectives, and their creative capital structuring was instrumental to completing this transaction. We are very pleased to continue our partnership with Balance Point.”
About Balance Point
Balance Point is an alternative investment manager focused on the lower middle market. With approximately $2.1 billion in total capital commitments, Balance Point invests debt and equity capital in select lower middle market companies across a variety of investment vehicles. Balance Point takes a long-term, partnership approach to investing and is committed to building lasting relationships with its partners, management teams and intermediaries.
Balance Point is a registered investment advisor. Further information is available at www.balancepointcapital.com.

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