Microsoft announces definitive agreement to acquire Metaswitch Networks

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Microsoft announces definitive agreement to acquire Metaswitch Networks, expanding approach to empower operators and partner with network equipment providers to deliver on promise of 5G

Today, we are announcing that we have signed a definitive agreement to acquire Metaswitch Networks, a leading provider of virtualized network software and voice, data and communications solutions for operators.

The convergence of cloud and communication networks presents a unique opportunity for Microsoft to serve operators globally via continued investment in Azure, adding additional depth to our hyperscale cloud infrastructure with the specialized software required to run virtualized communication functions, applications and networks.

This announcement builds on our recent acquisition of Affirmed Networks, which closed on April 23, 2020. Metaswitch’s complementary portfolio of ultra-high-performance, cloud-native communications software will expand our range of offerings available for the telecommunications industry. Microsoft intends to leverage the talent and technology of these two organizations, extending the Azure platform to both deploy and grow these capabilities at scale in a way that is secure, efficient and creates a sustainable ecosystem.

As the industry moves to 5G, operators will have opportunities to advance the virtualization of their core networks and move forward on a path to an increasingly cloud-native future. Microsoft will continue to meet customers where they are, working together with the industry as operators and network equipment providers evolve their own operations.

We will continue to support hybrid and multi-cloud models to create a more diverse telecom ecosystem and spur faster innovation, an expanded set of unique offerings and greater opportunities for differentiation. We will continue to partner with existing suppliers, emerging innovators and network equipment partners to share roadmaps and explore expanded opportunities to work together, including in the areas of radio access networks (RAN), next-generation core, virtualized services, orchestration and operations support system/business support system (OSS/BSS) modernization. A future that is interoperable has never been more important to ensure the success of customers and partners.

By enabling advancements in enhanced mobile broadband, ultra-reliable low latency communications and massive machine-type communication to enable IoT at scale, 5G offers significant potential for enterprises and governments and in turn creates new opportunities for operators. 5G will ultimately give operators a path to accelerate service innovation and deliver new transformative experiences that are faster, more resilient and more secure, spurred on by software advances to drive transformation at scale.

We have a long history of working with operators as they increasingly embrace software-based solutions and continue to support the advancement of cloud-based networking while helping create new partnership opportunities for existing network equipment providers. Our intention over time is to create modern alternatives to network infrastructure, enabling operators to deliver existing and value-added services – with greater cost efficiency and lower capital investment than they’ve faced in the past.

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EQT and OMERS acquire Deutsche Glasfaser, a leading provider of fiber-optic internet access in Germany

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  • EQT Infrastructure and OMERS acquire Deutsche Glasfaser, the fastest growing provider of gigabit internet connections through fiber-to-the-home (“FTTH”) to more than 600,000 households and 5,000 businesses across Germany, creating a more sustainable and inclusive society
  • Deutsche Glasfaser will be combined with EQT Infrastructure IV portfolio company inexio to form a leading FTTH player in rural Germany. EQT Infrastructure will own 51% in the combined group and OMERS will own 49%
  • Over the coming years the combined group is committed to invest over EUR 7 billion into the roll-out of fast-speed internet infrastructure in Germany, thereby significantly contributing to the German government’s plan to provide nation-wide gigabit convergent internet infrastructure by 2025

The EQT Infrastructure IV fund (“EQT” or “EQT Infrastructure”) and OMERS Infrastructure Management Inc. (“OMERS Infrastructure”) (acting on behalf of OMERS, one of Canada’s largest defined benefit pension plans) today announced the agreement to jointly acquire Deutsche Glasfaser (the “Company”) from KKR Infrastructure and Reggeborgh.

Since its establishment by Dutch investor Reggeborgh in 2011, Deutsche Glasfaser invested heavily in fiber infrastructure in underserved rural and sub-urban communities in Germany and today provides high-speed internet access to more than 600,000 households and 5,000 businesses. Deutsche Glasfaser’s scalable network, consisting of more than 30,000 kilometers of fiber-optic infrastructure, together with its best-in-class roll-out machine provides a strong platform for continued growth.

Looking ahead, the management team of Deutsche Glasfaser plans to continue the rapid growth of the Company by pursuing a large-scale deployment of FTTH internet access in rural Germany. FTTH is the fastest, most reliable and future-proof internet connectivity solution available and the only technology that will be able to handle the strongly growing internet bandwidth demands of the future.

Deutsche Glasfaser will be combined with EQT Infrastructure IV portfolio company inexio to form a leading FTTH player in rural Germany as well as one of the leading telco companies in Germany. EQT and OMERS Infrastructure as well as Deutsche Glasfaser’s and inexio’s management teams are convinced that the close collaboration between both companies will accelerate the ramp-up of the FTTH roll-out and create various areas for synergy realization.

Germany is among the countries in Europe with the lowest penetration of FTTH connectivity and will require significant investments over the coming years. Drawing on EQT’s and OMERS Infrastructure’s vast sector experience and strong financial support, the combined group intends to invest over EUR 7 billion over the coming years to further accelerate the fiber roll-out pace in the country’s rural regions. This represents a significant contribution to the German government’s plan to provide a nation-wide gigabit convergent internet infrastructure by 2025.

Uwe Nickl, Chief Executive of Deutsche Glasfaser, said: “We are excited to welcome EQT and OMERS as our new owners and we are fully aligned to further develop Germany’s digital infrastructure. With the industry experience and financial support from EQT and OMERS, Deutsche Glasfaser is well-positioned to take the next step on our growth journey and accelerate the fiber roll-out across Germany. On top, we as a management team are excited to join forces with inexio, which will help us to combine our highly complementary skill-sets and to further accelerate our growth.”

David Zimmer, Chief Executive of inexio, said: “The inexio management team is looking forward to the opportunity of building a leading FTTH provider in Germany with the support of EQT and OMERS, alongside our fellow colleagues at Deutsche Glasfaser.”

Matthias Fackler, Partner at EQT Partners, said: “We have followed Deutsche Glasfaser for some time and are impressed with Uwe Nickl’s and his management team’s commitment to digitizing Germany. EQT has a long history of developing strong fiber companies and looks forward to leveraging this experience, and together with OMERS, contribute to the German government’s plan to deliver nationwide gigabit Internet access by 2025. Deutsche Glasfaser and inexio combined will play a vital role in enabling digital inclusion and sustainable economic growth.”

Marco Pugliese, Managing Director at OMERS Infrastructure, said: “We are pleased to announce our partnership with EQT to accelerate the fiber roll-out in Germany’s rural communities. OMERS is eager to support Deutsche Glasfaser’s and inexio’s ambitious growth plans. This investment follows OMERS recent investment to deploy FTTH to more than 8 million homes in France and meets OMERS Infrastructure’s strong desire to seek exposure to essential digital infrastructure in high quality jurisdictions.”

The closing of the transaction is expected in Q2 2020, subject to customary regulatory approval.

With this transaction, EQT Infrastructure IV is expected to be 70-75% invested (including closed and/or signed investments, announced public offers, if applicable, and less any expected syndication).

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Matthias Fackler, Partner at EQT Partners, +49 89 25 54 99 0
EQT Press Office, press@eqtpartners.com, +46 8 506 55 334

About EQT
EQT is a differentiated global investment organization with more than EUR 62 billion in raised capital and around EUR 41 billion in assets under management across 19 active funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia and the US with total sales of more than EUR 21 billion and approximately 127,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership.

EQT Infrastructure owns multiple leading providers of Gigabit fiber infrastructure across Europe, including inexio (Germany), Delta Fiber (Netherlands), IP-Only (Sweden) and Global Connect (Denmark/Norway).

More info: www.eqtgroup.com
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About OMERS and OMERS Infrastructure
OMERS Infrastructure manages investments globally in infrastructure on behalf of OMERS, the defined benefit pension plan for municipal employees in the Province of Ontario, Canada. Investments are aimed at steady returns to help deliver sustainable, affordable and meaningful pensions to OMERS members.

OMERS diversified portfolio of large-scale infrastructure assets exhibits stability and strong cash flows, in sectors including energy, transportation and government-regulated services. OMERS has employees in Toronto and other major cities across North America, the U.K., Continental Europe, Asia and Australia. OMERS is one of Canada’s largest defined benefit pension funds with net assets of C$97 billion.

More info: www.omersinfrastructure.com

About Deutsche Glasfaser
Deutsche Glasfaser is the fastest-growing provider of fiber optic internet connections for retail and business customers in Germany. In the retail customer segment, growth is driven by rising data volumes and the growing use of video streaming, whilst in the business segment, fiber optic connections for small and medium-sized businesses are the key driver of growth. Just over a decade after its establishment, Deutsche Glasfaser is well positioned in rural and small-town communities in Germany, providing internet access to more than 600,000 households and 5,000 businesses.

More info: www.deutsche-glasfaser.de

About inexio
inexio is a fast-growing provider of broadband connectivity services for retail and business customers in Germany. The Company is well positioned in rural and small-town communities in Southwest and Southern Germany, providing internet access to more than 300,000 households and 6,000 businesses.

More info: www.inexio.net


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KKR Sells Deutsche Glasfaser to EQT and OMERS

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Under KKR’s ownership, the company has become the German market leader in next-generation digital infrastructure

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 10, 2020– KKR, a leading global investment firm, today announces the signing of an agreement with EQT Infrastructure IV fund (“EQT” or “EQT Infrastructure”) and OMERS, for EQT and OMERS to jointly acquire Deutsche Glasfaser (“DG”).

Deutsche Glasfaser was founded in 2011 and KKR acquired a majority position in 2015 from Dutch investor Reggeborgh. Under KKR’s ownership, Deutsche Glasfaser has become the fastest growing provider of gigabit internet connections through fiber-to-the-home (“FTTH”) in Germany. With KKR’s operational and financial support the company invested over €1.2bn in fibre infrastructure and deployment in underserved rural and suburban communities in Germany, increasing connections to more than 600,000 households and 5,000 businesses.

During that period, KKR has provided consistent support to the DG team including through its dedicated Capital Markets team, which has led several successful rounds of financing for the company to support its growth. The investment demonstrates KKR’s unique expertise in growing and expanding businesses in the infrastructure sector while making an important contribution to increasing broadband penetration, supporting SME growth and helping bring market-leading connectivity to underserved communities in Germany.

Vincent Policard, Partner at KKR in European Infrastructure, said: “A big thank you to Uwe Nickl, Jordi Nieuwenhuis and their management team for an incredible journey over the past years. We are delighted to have contributed to this by supporting the growth of a company which has transformed German connectivity, making huge progress in ensuring that all German households and businesses have access to the digital infrastructure necessary to drive economic growth and help societal development. We wish the company continued success in further developing the German gigabit society.”

Uwe Nickl, CEO of Deutsche Glasfaser, said: “I am very happy to have worked with the team at KKR who have helped us immensely over the past few years with our growth journey as a business. KKR’s industry expertise, deep international network and continued support throughout the process has been invaluable, helping us to scale effectively, establish our market-leading position and bring digital infrastructure to more homes in Germany than ever before.”

The investment in Deutsche Glasfaser was made through KKR’s Infrastructure Fund II. KKR has been active in the infrastructure sector for a decade and currently has around $20bn AUM. The global infrastructure platform has completed over 30 investments in that period, half of those in Europe, across the energy and utility, transportation and telecommunications sectors. The team is currently investing KKR Global Infrastructure Investors III, a $7.4bn vehicle raised in 2018, and has been active in Europe in recent months with transactions including the acquisition of a majority stake in Hyperoptic, a leading UK fibre broadband provider.

The closing of the transaction is expected in Q2 2020, subject to customary regulatory approval. Morgan Stanley acted as financial advisor to KKR and Clifford Chance served as legal counsel on the transaction.

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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 www.kkr.com and on Twitter @KKR_Co.

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Ardian supports the expansion of the Alsatis Group in France and the United States

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Paris, February 4, 2020 – Ardian, a world-leading private investment house, today announces its investment in the Alsatis Group, as part of a fundraising in connection with the group’s capital restructuring.

Founded by Vincent Sabathier in 2004 in Toulouse, Alsatis is a French national IP network operator, integrator and Internet access provider specializing in “white spot” (unserved areas) or “grey spot” (areas with inferior service measured by low access speeds) markets not covered by traditional telecom operators.

The company operates in three segments:
– network design, deployment and operation for local communities;
– delivery of very high-speed broadband (triple play) for private individuals;
– supply of IP services (very high-speed broadband & network, telephony, cybersecurity and cloud) to businesses.

This €5 million investment will boost the Alsatis Group’s French market position and support robust growth in its domestic market and the US. It also aims to conduct targeted external growth deals in France to complete and expand the Group’s value proposition.

Vincent Sabathier, Alsatis Group founder, said: “We were looking for a partner to boost our expansion and with Ardian we have found a player capable of supporting us in various locations, in a shared approach to value creation. This underpins our goal of transforming the Alsatis Group into a major market player, with growth fueled by innovation and international development.”

Alexis Saada, Managing Director at Ardian Growth, added: “Vincent Sabathier and his team have shown their ability to create an innovative leader in a highly competitive segment while laying the foundations for major international expansion to the United States. This deal illustrates our support for unique high-growth companies.”

ABOUT ALSATIS GROUP

Based in Toulouse, the Alsatis Group operates in the telecommunications sector in France and the United States through its subsidiaries Alsatis and Bloosurf.
It specializes in the design, deployment and operation of state-of-the-art IP networks, fiber optics and radio, and related services (very high-speed broadband, VoIP, cybersecurity, cloud) for local communities, businesses and private individuals.
The Alsatis Group was founded by aerospace engineers who instilled a strong technological culture. Its low-cost|fast-cycle approach and diversified teams guarantee flexibility and innovation in a fast-changing global sector. Alsatis Group was classified as an innovative company by BPI. Alsatis has integrated a French operational 4G-LTE solution, mainly in the Vendée region, and is now working on the transition to 5G, focusing on digital development in regions, IOT, Smart City and private LTE.

ABOUT ARDIAN

Ardian is a world-leading private investment house with assets of US$96bn managed or advised in Europe, the Americas and Asia. The company is majority-owned by its employees. It keeps entrepreneurship at its heart and focuses on delivering excellent investment performance to its global investor base.
Through its commitment to shared outcomes for all stakeholders, Ardian’s activities fuel individual, corporate and economic growth around the world.
Holding close its core values of excellence, loyalty and entrepreneurship, Ardian maintains a truly global network, with more than 640 employees working from fifteen offices across Europe (Frankfurt, Jersey, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Zurich), the Americas (New York, San Francisco and Santiago) and Asia (Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul). It manages funds on behalf of around 1,000 clients through five pillars of investment expertise: Fund of Funds, Direct Funds, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Private Debt.

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

– Alsatis Group: Vincent Sabathier, Antoine Roussel, Nathalie Armand
– Ardian: Alexis Saada, Florian Dupont- Corporate Legal Advisor: Christelle Lapierre
– Corporate Finance Lead Advisor: NFinance (Maxime Dugast)

– Ardian Financial Auditor: Crowe HAF (Thomas Corbineau, Julien Latrubesse)
– Ardian Legal, Social, and Tax Auditor: PWC Corporate M&A (Eric Hickel)
– Legal Advisor to Ardian: Hogan Lovells (Stephane Huten, Ali Chegra, Léonie Bontoux)
– Tax Advisor to Ardian: Mamou & Boccara (Laurent Mamou)

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CVC Credit Partners is the sole lender for MML Capital Partners’ buyout of Arrow Business Communications

Funding will support the acquisition and will help finance the company’s growth strategy

CVC Credit Partners (“CVC Credit”) is pleased to announce that it has supported MML Capital Partners’ (“MML”) buyout of Arrow Business Communications (“Arrow”), from Growth Capital Partners. CVC Credit will provide a £70 million financing package including a senior term loan and a committed acquisition facility to support Arrow’s growth strategy.

Founded in 1995, Arrow specialises in telephony, data, IT and energy solutions for businesses. The business has a loyal and diversified customer base of over 5,000 SMEs, operating across all industry sectors. Arrow is headquartered near Godalming, UK, has a further eight regional offices throughout the UK and employs 245 FTEs.

Luke Jones at MML Capital Partners, commented: “We are pleased to have chosen CVC Credit Partners as our partner for the future development of Arrow Business Communications. Their experience of buy and build programmes coupled with their ability to quickly get to grips with both the complexities of the business and our growth strategy for it, made the decision to partner with them an easy one.”

Chris Fowler, Managing Director in CVC Credit Partners’ European Private Debt business, added: “We are excited and confident to support Arrow Business Communications through its next stage of growth. This is a high quality, resilient and cash generative business, operating in a market with strong underlying growth drivers and a broad pipeline of prospective new clients. We are also very pleased to be partnering with MML again, who have a strong track record of buy and builds within the unified communications and IT managed services space.”

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Sovereign takes private leading European IP services provider Murgitroyd in a £65m deal

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Sovereign Capital Partners, the UK private equity Buy & Build specialist, is delighted to announce that it has ‘taken private’ from AIM, Murgitroyd Group PLC, in a £65m transaction.

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Sovereign is backing the management team led by Edward Murgitroyd, CEO, to support the continued development of the Group and deliver greater global presence through a strategy of Buy & Build.

Murgitroyd is a leading European provider of IP services. The Group delivers patent and trade mark legal advice together with a breadth of IP support services to meet the IP needs of its international client base.

Established in 1975 and headquartered in Glasgow, Murgitroyd operates from a network of offices in countries including the UK, US, Germany, France, Ireland, Finland and Central America, and employs a team of over 300. The business offers a rare proposition in the IP market by providing an integrated attorney led offering and associated IP support services capability.

As well as backing Murgitroyd to develop its global presence through Buy & Build, Sovereign will also be supporting the business to further develop its tech-enabled platform and support service offerings.

Jonathan Thorne, Director, Sovereign Capital Partners commented: “Murgitroyd is a very successful business, providing the highest quality of services to its clients and operating in a global market where the levels of outsourcing for both corporates and SMEs continues to increase alongside the complexity of multi-jurisdictional IP activities. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the management team to build upon the Group’s service offering and geographic reach.”

Edward Murgitroyd, CEO, Murgitroyd Group PLC: “I am very proud of how the Group has grown both organically and through strategic acquisition since my father established the business from a single office in Glasgow over 40 years ago. We have continued to thrive over the years and today Murgitroyd is a global business providing clients with an attractive combination of complex attorney work together with a highly efficient IP support services offering. We are very excited about the opportunity to further develop the Group with Sovereign’s investment and partnership.”

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Cegeka reinforces international position by acquiring KPN Consulting

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Cegeka and telco company KPN have agreed to sell KPN Consulting to Cegeka. KPN Consulting, which comprises all activities of KPN ICT Consulting and Call2, offers a wide array of bespoke ICT advice and support services regarding, among other things, ICT strategy, cloud services, and data analysis. The transaction fits into Cegeka’s Northern Europe growth strategy. This acquisition will see the Hasselt-based IT company double its turnover in the Netherlands, making it one of the country’s biggest IT service providers. KPN Consulting employs 750 staff and 250 contractors.

As part of the transaction, KPN and Cegeka will partner up to ensure services to KPN customers continue without interruption. According to the terms of this partnership, Cegeka will continue to provide advice and support services to KPN as its preferred provider.

Karim Henkens

“KPN Consulting’s services integrate seamlessly into the portfolio of Cegeka’s Dutch branch, presenting us with a strategic advantage. Customers can count on Cegeka as a reliable IT partner helping them to remain relevant in a quickly evolving digital world. The operation lets us strengthen our market position in the Netherlands, allowing us to keep on growing.”

Karim Henkens, Managing Director Netherlands, DACH and Nordics.

KPN Consulting’s services will be continued under the Cegeka name. For KPN, this transaction is in line with its strategy to speed up corporate simplification and to focus on its most important ICT services in the B2B market.

“This is an important step for Cegeka in our continuing international growth. Thanks to this acquisition, our activities in the Netherlands are now the same size as those in Belgium, dovetailing perfectly with our strategy. Also, local embeddedness is a strategic means for us to be closer to our customers, with additional presence in the north and west of the Netherlands.”

Stijn Bijnens, CEO Cegeka Group.

 

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EWE sets course for further growth with investor Ardian

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Transaction comprises 26% of shares in EWE, one of Germany’s largest utility companies, emphasising Ardian’s focus on renewables, telecommunications and networks

Oldenburg / Paris / Düsseldorf, 6 December 2019 – EWE and EWE-Verband today agreed on the transfer of 26% of EWE AG’s shares to Ardian, the world-leading private investment house and long-term infrastructure investor. Once the transaction has been completed, the partners will work together to accelerate EWE’s growth, investing particularly in the strategic areas of renewable energy, telecommunications and networks. EWE and EWE-Verband had been gradually acquiring shares back from former partner EnBW since Autumn 2015 with plans to find a new investor. The closing of the transaction is subject to the approval of the German Federal Cartel Office, which is expected in the first quarter of 2020. The companies are not disclosing the financial details of the transaction. Once the transaction has been completed, the following companies will hold a stake in EWE AG: EWE-Verband, with 74% (59% Weser-Ems-Energiebeteiligungen GmbH, 15% Energieverband Elbe-Weser Beteiligungsholding GmbH) and Ardian with 26%.

Stefan Dohler, Chief Executive Officer of EWE AG, said: “With Ardian, we will have a strategic growth partner with extensive experience in the pan-European infrastructure sector with thinking just as long-term, prudent and sustainable as ours. It was important to us that the new investor supports EWE’s strategic goals and helps us on our path of change and growth with opportunities from its investment portfolio. We know where we intend to go. We continue to make progress with our move towards becoming an innovative solution provider, offering integrated services and products for energy, communication, networked data and mobility. We want to play an active role in shaping the climate-friendly and digitalised future of energy and communications, and set positive standards based on a position of regional strength. With its entrepreneurial approach to this path, Ardian is the strong partner we have been looking for.”

Heiner Schönecke, Managing Director of EWE-Verband, added: “Historically rooted in northwest Germany and with traditionally strong minority shareholders as long-term partners, EWE has grown into a company that has always made a major contribution to regional development. EWE retains close ties to the Ems/Weser/Elbe region via the districts and free cities that are part of EWE-Verband. One aspect that was important to us was that the new investor saw the company’s regional roots and local character as a strength. Ardian also offers access to further growth capital and innovative technologies.”

Bernhard Bramlage, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of EWE AG, added: “Today’s agreement marks the successful completion of the structured process to transfer the EWE shares bought back from EnBW to an investor who supports EWE’s strategic objectives. At every stage of the process, everyone involved from EWE AG, EWE-Verband and the EWE Supervisory Board worked together to achieve a result that would translate into stability and further growth for the company, and I congratulate them on this achievement.”

Mathias Burghardt, member of Ardian’s Executive Committee and Head of Infrastructure at Ardian, added: “As Europe’s leading investor in infrastructure, we make long-term commitments to companies that play a key role in people’s everyday lives and actively promote the energy revolution. With its activities in the areas of energy, telecommunications, networks, data and mobility, EWE is leading the way in efforts to bring about the energy revolution, while at the same time taking into account the needs of all its stakeholders such as customers, employees and the region as a whole. Ardian fully supports EWE’s innovation-focused strategy.”

Benoît Gaillochet, Senior Managing Director in Ardian’s infrastructure team, added: “In addition to our role as co-shareholder, our stated objective is to develop our industrial partnership with EWE in the interest of EWE employees, society and the region. Together, we want to help shape the energy revolution. EWE is the ideal platform to achieve further growth and we look forward to making further investments with EWE.”

Michael Reuther, a Director in Ardian’s infrastructure team responsible for the shareholding in EWE, added: “EWE’s customers will benefit from targeted investments in cutting-edge infrastructure and top-quality products. EWE employees know that their jobs in a climate-friendly company are secure and attractive in the long term. Both the region and society can rely on a sustainable supplier with regional roots, access to growth capital and innovative technologies.”

Ardian is one of the world’s leading independent investment companies, managing US$96 billion in assets for its investors in Europe, South and North America and Asia, including over EUR 10 billion from 90 German pension funds and insurance companies. Its largest investor group in its latest fund, Ardian Infrastructure Fund V, is from Germany, representing more than 20% of the fund volume of EUR 6.1 billion. Furthermore, Talanx insurance group will support Ardian and EWE as a co-investor in Lower Saxony. For Ardian, its investment in EWE is the starting point for its plans to develop a German growth platform based in Düsseldorf, which will be managed by an experienced team of German managers.

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EWE AG

EWE is an innovative service provider active in the business areas of energy, telecommunications and information technology. With over 8,500 employees and sales of around EUR 5.7 billion in 2018, EWE is one of the largest utility companies in Germany. The company, based in Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, is primarily owned by the local government. It provides electricity to around 1.4 million customers in northwest Germany, Brandenburg, the island of Rügen and parts of Poland, and supplies natural gas to almost 0.8 million customers. It also provides approximately 0.7 million customers with telecommunications services. To achieve this, the various companies in the EWE Group operate over 190,000 kilometres of electricity grid, natural gas grid and telecommunications networks. EWE intends to invest over EUR 1.2 billion in a comprehensive fibre-optic expansion over the coming years, creating the foundation for the digitalisation of northwest Germany.
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EWE-Verband

The Ems-Weser-Elbe Versorgungs- und Entsorgungsverband (EWE-Verband) is an alliance formed of 21 municipalities in the Ems/Weser/Elbe region. Its core task is to safeguard the energy supply in the alliance’s region. EWE-Verband is the indirect majority shareholder of EWE AG through its investment companies. The alliance was created in 2006 following the merger of Landeselektrizitätsverband Oldenburg (LEV) and Energieverband Elbe-Weser (EEW). As an alliance, EWE-Verband is a public corporation as defined by Sections 7 et seq. of the Lower Saxony Act on Municipal Cooperation (NKomZG). 17 districts and four cities have been part of EWE-Verband since it was founded.
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Ardian

Ardian is a world-leading private investment house with assets of US$96bn managed or advised in Europe, the Americas and Asia. The company is majority-owned by its employees. It keeps entrepreneurship at its heart and focuses on delivering excellent investment performance to its global investor base. Through its commitment to shared outcomes for all stakeholders, Ardian’s activities fuel individual, corporate and economic growth around the world. Holding close its core values of excellence, loyalty and entrepreneurship, Ardian maintains a truly global network, with more than 640 employees working from fifteen offices across Europe (Frankfurt, Jersey, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Zurich), the Americas (New York, San Francisco and Santiago) and Asia (Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul). It manages funds on behalf of more than 1,000 clients through five pillars of investment expertise: Fund of Funds, Direct Funds, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Private Debt.
Ardian on Twitter: @Ardian

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DIF Capital Partners and Cinia to build out fiber optic networks in Finland

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DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”), through its DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I (“DIF CIF”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a joint venture with Cinia Oy (”Cinia”) to build fiber-to-the-home (“FttH”) networks in Finland.

The joint venture (“Adola”) plans to provide over 100,000 FttH connections to public, private and commercial customers with a focus on Finland’s underserved areas and operates under the consumer brand Täyskuitu (please refer to www.tayskuitu.fi for more information). FttH networks are a key element to enable digital development in business and society, and keep up pace with global digitalization developments. The joint venture with Cinia underlines DIF CIF’s key strategic focus to invest in digital infrastructure. The first project is expected to become operational in the first half of 2020.

DIF’s share in Adola amounts to 80.1%. The remaining 19.9% is held by Cinia, a public Finnish telecom infrastructure provider that owns and operates roughly 15,000 km of fiber optic backbone network in Northern Europe, including a high capacity submarine fiber cable to Germany.

“We are pleased to have established a long term co-operation with Cinia for the roll out of fiber in Finland. This is an excellent opportunity for DIF CIF to invest in high quality projects with a strong local partner and to further expand into the fast growing telecom infrastructure sector” comments Willem Jansonius, Head of DIF CIF.

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €6.0 billion of assets under management across eight closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure funds target equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, utilities and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams.
  • DIF CIF funds target equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams.

DIF has a team of over 135 professionals, based in nine offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Santiago, Sydney and Toronto. Please visit www.dif.eu for further information.

Contact:
Allard Ruijs, Partner
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu

About Cinia

Cinia provides secure high-availability data network and software solutions. Our operations are based on our solid expertise in modern software development, data network technologies and critical operating environments. Our fiber optic network of roughly 15,000 kilometers, including the C-Lion1 submarine cable, enables the fastest data communications solutions to Central Europe and to markets in Asia and Eastern Europe. By combining our services with services of our partners, we can provide reliable and comprehensive solutions that help our customers write their own digital success stories. More information about Cinia: www.cinia.fi/en

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CVC Credit Partners supports the acquisition of Amadys by Equistone

Funding will be used to finance Equistone’s acquisition of Amadys and support the businesses consolidation and internationalisation strategy

CVC Credit Partners is pleased to announce that it is the sole underwriter for the first lien funding in Equistone’s acquisition of Amadys NV (“Amadys”). Equistone will acquire the company from the management and the investment fund Vectis Private Equity. The existing management team, led by CEO Hein Wilderjans, will continue to run the company following the acquisition, which is expected to complete in early 2020.

Amadys is a leading provider of passive network equipment solutions to utility networks, including fixed and mobile telecom networks and water, gas and electricity grids, in Belgium and surrounding countries. The company provides a one-stop-shop solution for a broad range of products and services, ranging from fibre optic cabling and related products, to ducts, closures and covers, often in customised and unique specifications and combinations. Amadys employs more than 100 people across offices in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Hubert van Wolfswinkel, Director at Equistone, said: “Amadys is well-positioned for further growth and to strengthen its presence in Belgium as well as in neighbouring countries. In CVC we are pleased to have gained the support of a lender with knowledge and experience of the sector and the flexibility to fully support the future growth plans of the business.”

Chris Fowler, Managing Director in CVC Credit Partners’ European Private Debt business, added: “Amadys is an attractive business with a bright future. It is a leading player in its market supported by sustainable tailwinds, and enjoys longstanding customer and supplier relationships. We are pleased to be supporting the businesses continued organic growth and plans for consolidation and internationalisation.”

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