3i Growth Capital, acteur majeur du capital investissement, annonce aujourd'hui un investissement de 37 millions d'euros et prend une participation minoritaire dans KNEIP Communication ("KNEIP"), partenaire d'externalisation auprès de l'industrie des fonds d'investissement basé au Luxembourg.
Cet investissement permettra à KNEIP d'augmenter son offre de service, d'étendre sa pénétration géographique lui permettant ainsi d'offrir à ses clients internationaux une plateforme de transmission puissante, une équipe de dirigeants renforcée et de se positionner comme un acteur majeur dans l'industrie des fonds d'investissement à l'échelle européenne. 3i participera au développement de l'offre de service de KNEIP grâce à son expérience et à son réseau d'optimisation de processus. Akshaya Bhargava a été nommé administrateur externe.
Bob Kneip, CEO of KNEIP, comments:"We have built KNEIP into the market leader it is today. We are excited aboutthe opportunity to develop on this foundation and expand our existing services as well as offer new ones. 3i sharesour vision for growing the business and is uniquely placed to support thisgrowth through its in-depth knowledge of process management in services and its extensive understanding of the financial services industry."
Bruce Keith, Director 3i GrowthCapital, adds: "KNEIP has developed a unique and solid position in providing high-end communication services to the fund industry. We are impressed by the management and are looking forward to working with Bob and his team to develop the business into a high-end, knowledge intensive provider of value added services to the European fund management industry.
Our investment in KNEIP is consistent with our belief that future success in process-driven business services will be based upon the use of knowledge and technology intensive platforms to deliver value-added services."
KNEIP acts as an administrativeagent for fund administrators, fund promoters and asset management companies,ensuring the timely, efficient and accurate transmission of their dynamic andstatic fund data. As the trusted international partner for more than 9,000 funds and sub-funds from 16 jurisdictions, KNEIP manages information flows to over 1,200 information channels in 44 countries worldwide. By mandating KNEIP to handle their information flows, fund companies are free toallocate valuable resources to their core businesses.
For further information, please contact:
Bob Kneip, CEO KNEIP
Tel: +352 227 277 200
Eric Muller-Borle, CFO KNEIP
Tel: +352 227 277 300
Bruce Keith, Director 3i Growth Capital
Tel: +44 20 7975 3320
Kathryn van der Kroft, 3i Press Office
Tel: +44 20 7975 3021
NOTES TO EDITORS
KNEIP is an outsourcing partner to the financial services sector, specializing in the fund industry. KNEIP acts as an administrative agent for fund administrators,fund promoters and asset management companies, ensuring the timely, efficient and accurate transmission of their dynamic and static fund data.
KNEIP is regulated by the CSSF, the Luxembourg financial services regulatory authority and is SAS70 Level II certified. With 120 multilingual professionals based in Luxembourg and in Switzerland, KNEIP dedicated employees act as the seamless extension of its clients' own back-office teams.
3i is a world leader inprivate equity and venture capital. We focus on Buyouts, Growth Capital,Venture Capital and Infrastructure and invest across Europe, the United States and Asia
. Our competitive advantage comes from our international network and the strength and breadth of our relationships in business. These underpin the value that we deliver to our portfolio and to our shareholders.
3i Growth Capital is the world's largest growth capital fund investing over €1bn every year in businesses across Europe, Asia and the US. We provide financial and strategic support to established businesses with the potential for outstanding value growth. We invest between €10m - €150m to help businesses achieve their growth ambitions, restructure shareholdings, release equity or change the balance of equity to debt. Once we have invested,we are committed to working in partnership with majority shareholders.
Recent investments include Delta Hydrocarbons, €185m, Benelux; UFO Moviez, India,€17m; Electrawinds, Benelux, €30m; ACR, Singapore, €150m; Navayuga Engineering,India, €35m; Giraffe, UK, €15m; Little Sheep, China, €20m; Sten, Spain, €100mand HTC, Sweden, €11m. Recentrealisations include SeLoger.com, France, €350m; Alimak Hek, Sweden, €238m;Salamander Energy, UK, €307m; Magix, Germany, €207m; Williams Lea, UK, €165m;and Petrofac, UK, €1.1bn.
About Akshaya Bhargava
Akshaya Bhargava is a seasoned and proven industrialist in financial services and BPO. He is 3i's Industrialist in Residence for the BPO sector.
He is the former CEO and Managing Director of Infosys BPO (formerly known asProgeon), where he led the business from start up to over 7,000 people in 4years with industry leading margins. Infosys BPO is ranked the 7th largest BPO company in India by Nasscom.
Under Akshaya's leadership, Infosys BPO was one of the first companies in the Indian BPO industry to espouse the high end, integrated, primary non voice BPO strategy – something that every BPO company is attempting to emulate today.
Prior to Infosys BPO, Akshaya worked for 22 years with Citigroup in a widevariety of senior roles. These have included Regional Head of Global Transaction Services for 27 countries in CEEMEA and Managing Director and Country Head for Citibank in Czech Republic. He also led the formation ofCitibank's captive Indian BPO (now known as e-serve International) in 1993.