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Private equity investor Accel-KKR backs navigational software company NAVTOR

Private equity investor Accel-KKR has made a majority growth investment into NAVTOR, the provider in navigational software for the maritime industry. “The sheer size of the global maritime industry and the continuing digitization of fleets bode well for the future of NAVTOR,” said Maurice Hernandez, head of the European office at Accel-KKR. “Pairing NAVTOR’s mission-critical […]

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Private equity investor Accel-KKR has made a majority growth investment into NAVTOR, the provider in navigational software for the maritime industry.

“The sheer size of the global maritime industry and the continuing digitization of fleets bode well for the future of NAVTOR,” said Maurice Hernandez, head of the European office at Accel-KKR.

“Pairing NAVTOR’s mission-critical software and the deep domain expertise of its management team with AKKR’s know-how in accelerating growth in software companies will lead to exciting outcomes for the marketplace and customers. We look forward to working closely with the NAVTOR team in the coming months and years.”

The investment marks Accel-KKR’s 42nd completed investment in the EMEA region since 2013 when it established a European headquarters.

“The entire NAVTOR team is very excited to work with Accel-KKR in our continued momentum as a leader in the e-navigational space,” said Tor Svanes, CEO and co-founder of NAVTOR.

“Through a relentless focus on serving the needs of commercial seafaring fleet managers and navigators, we have built a superior technological offering with an industry-leading reputation for customer service and support. We look forward to writing NAVTOR’s next chapter together with the AKKR team.”

Børge Hetland, chief commercial officer and co-founder of NAVTOR, added, “With Accel-KKR’s backing, we see tremendous opportunities to take NAVTOR to the forefront of our industry, and to further serve our customers with a total ship operations platform – from navigation excellence to fleet optimization and crew performance.

“Specifically, we are very excited to be working with Accel-KKR given their breadth of software-specific and M&A capabilities to accelerate NAVTOR’s top-line growth.”

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Beazy U.G. – HRB204648B – 01042023

Beazy is a rental platform for audiovisual equipment and spaces. You can think of it as AirBnB for photographers and filmmakers!

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” The Leapfunder Note is a sensible and attractive way to place capital in start-ups in the Netherlands “

” Diversification is important in angel investing. Leapfunder is a platform that allows angels to spread their investments. “

” Leapfunder investing allows you to become actively involved in a start-up, just as in classical angel investing, while taking all the hassle out of transaction execution “

” Leapfunder is ideal for investing smaller amounts in a start-up in the very early stages. Such investments can be a powerful addition to a portfolio “

” With Leapfunder you get a great opportunity to build up a diversified portfolio of start-up investments, often investors can play an active role in developing the company “

” When I saw the Leapfunder proposition I thought straight-away: this is what start-ups need. I am an entrepreneur and wish this system had been available when I started my company. “

Pieter ter Kuile

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Wouter Kneepkens

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Ronald Bazuin

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Eric van der Maten

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Eric van Gilst

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Donald Res

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Source: https://www.leapfunder.com/companies/177

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CVC to acquire RiverStone Europe for $750m

The deal with Canada’s Fairfax Financial Holdings to buy the run-off insurance services business is expected to close early next year

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CVC Capital Partners has agreed to buy run-off insurance services business RiverStone Europe from Canada’s Fairfax Financial Holdings for about $750m.

The seller would also be entitled to get as much as an additional $235.7m post-closing under a contingent value instrument, Fairfax said in a statement. The business will change its name to RiverStone International after the deal closes, expected early next year. CVC is investing in the company through its Strategic Opportunities Fund II, closed last year at at €4.6bn.

“As one of the largest global consolidators of non-life run-off insurance books, with a leading position in the UK and Lloyd’s market, embedded cash flows and a predictable financial profile, RiverStone Europe is ideally suited to CVC’s Strategic Opportunities platform, which specialises in backing established businesses in stable markets that have long term growth ambitions,” said Peter Rutland, managing partner and head of financial services at CVC.

OMERS, the pension plan for Ontario’s municipal employees, has also agreed to sell its interests in the company, the firm said in a statement. 

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Source: https://www.penews.com/articles/cvc-to-acquire-riverstone-europe-for-750m-20201203

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Pennsylvania Pension details the costs of private equity investing

The pension system’s fund managers collected about $427m in fees and expenses last year

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Pennsylvania’s largest pension system estimated its private equity fund managers received about $427m in gains, fees and expenses from the plan’s investments last year, up 14% from $374m the previous year.

The state’s $60bn Public School Employees’ Retirement System said that the total for 2019 included $100m in management fees, $279m in carried interest, or the share of investment profits, and $48m of other fund expenses.

By comparison, the 2018 total included $114m in management fees, $214m in carried interest and $46m in other fund expenses last year, according to a presentation at a public meeting of the pension’s Board of Trustees.

The Pennsylvania pension system is among the few institutional investors that report fees and other costs associated with investing in alternative assets.

The system began tabulating and reporting the management fees and carried interest collected by its private-equity investment managers in 2019 as a way to increase transparency around its investments in the asset class.

“It’s been a pretty large effort to get it [carried interest] on a calendar-year basis, but we’re going to try to get it and update it every six months going forward,” James Grossman, the plan’s chief investment officer, told pension overseers at the meeting.

The pension system also broke out the amounts of carried interest received by managers of individual funds last year. The three highest earners were CVC Capital Partners’ CVC European Equity Partners V, at $25.3m; LLR Partners’ LLR Equity Partners IV LP, at $17.8m; and New Mountain Capital’s  New Mountain Partners IV LP, at $16.2m .

The system saved about $3.34m in annual management fees through a co-investment program during its most recent fiscal year, which ended 30 June, pension documents show. For the current year, the plan aims to increase the amount to about $6.7m.

Although the system provides more detail about investment expenses than most institutional investors, it is working on becoming even more transparent. Among other potential moves, it is considering hiring an outside firm to improve the clarity of the data it collects and reports.

Fund general partners, which manage the investments, typically charge limited partners a fixed fee, while other expenses accrue at the fund level. Only a handful of public pension systems, including those in California, provide details of fees charged and carried interest amounts collected by fund managers.

But there isn’t a uniform standard for reporting the fees and expenses, according to Charles Spiller, deputy chief investment officer, nontraditional investments for the system. The plan has relied on data investment adviser Hamilton Lane Inc. helped collect from audited financial statements and surveys of fund managers, Spiller said, a process that consumed almost 200 staff hours this year, system documents show.

Bringing on an outside firm to produce detailed fee statements could lead to greater fee savings, according to the documents. The firms being evaluated for such a role include Colmore AG, Novarca International  and XTP, the documents show.

Write to Preeti Singh at preeti.singh@wsj.com

From The Wall Street Journal

Source: https://www.penews.com/articles/pennsylvania-pension-details-the-costs-of-private-equity-investing-20201203

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