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  • 04 April 2016

    Palamon completes £20 million funding round for Feelunique.com to fund European expansion

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon” or the “Firm”), a pan-European growth investor, today announced that it has completed a £20 million funding round alongside two co-investors for portfolio company Feelunique.com (“Feelunique”...

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    04 April 2016

    Palamon completes £20 million funding round for Feelunique.com to fund European expansion

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon” or the “Firm”), a pan-European growth investor, today announced that it has completed a £20 million funding round alongside two co-investors for portfolio company Feelunique.com (“Feelunique”...

    Palamon completes £20 million funding round for Feelunique.com to fund European expansion

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon” or the “Firm”), a pan-European growth investor, today announced that it has completed a £20 million funding round alongside two co-investors for portfolio company Feelunique.com (“Feelunique” or the “Company”), the largest pure-play online retailer of premium beauty products in the UK.  

    Founded in 2005, Feelunique is a leading online retailer of premium products in haircare, skincare, cosmetics and fragrances, selling full-permissioned stock from all of the major brands including Chanel, Dior, Lancôme and Estee Lauder.  Palamon acquired the Company in December 2012 recognising the growth opportunity presented by the significantly underpenetrated online beauty retail sector.  Since then, Palamon has strengthened Feelunique’s market position by professionalising its management and investing in infrastructure, including moving the firm’s logistics centre to the UK to accelerate growth in this key market.  The UK business has performed extremely well with revenue up 38% and total retail sales for the year ended 31 March 2016 of £65 million, an increase of 23% on the year before.

    The full terms of the transaction were not disclosed, however, Palamon committed £5 million to the Company alongside two co-investors.  The £20 million of funding will be used to continue driving growth in the UK market and finance expansion in Continental Europe by establishing a local presence in France, Europe’s largest beauty retail market.  Feelunique recently acquired Parfumeries Rive Droite, a French perfumery chain with four boutiques across France, including a flagship store in Paris.  The Company also opened a local distribution centre and appointed a highly-experienced local executive team.  In addition Feelunique recently launched a Chinese website which is operating beyond expectations.

    Ricardo Caupers, Partner at Palamon commented: “With the largest range of permissioned stock of any online distributor in the world, Feelunique has already achieved tremendous success and in its home UK market is growing at almost 40% per annum.  We are delighted to have completed this funding round which will support the Company in the next stage of its development and fulfil its ambition to become the champion of online premium beauty retail in Europe and beyond.”

    Joel Palix, CEO of Feelunique, said: “We are delighted that Palamon have increased their financial commitment alongside two new co-investors at this very exciting time for the business.  Our financial results show the strength of the brand in the UK and with strong consumer demand for our unrivalled brand portfolio coming from all corners of the world, it is clear that the business has expansive growth potential.  We look to the future with confidence as Feelunique leads with its universal and diverse approach to beauty – one without boundaries.”

    Palamon invests in service sector companies from across Europe with the potential to access high levels of growth.  Recent transactions include leather accessories brand Il Bisonte, luxury rug retailer The Rug Company and international payments provider Currencies Direct.  The Firm has a strong track record of generating co-investment and with this transaction has generated €900 million of co-investment to invest alongside €1.2 billion of equity from its Funds.

  • 04 April 2016

    Palamon to net 13x return on Towry exit

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon”) has agreed the sale of Towry (“the Company”) to Tilney Bestinvest for £600 million, subject to regulatory approvals.  The sale will result in total Sterling investment...

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    04 April 2016

    Palamon to net 13x return on Towry exit

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon”) has agreed the sale of Towry (“the Company”) to Tilney Bestinvest for £600 million, subject to regulatory approvals.  The sale will result in total Sterling investment...

    Palamon to net 13x return on Towry exit

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon”) has agreed the sale of Towry (“the Company”) to Tilney Bestinvest for £600 million, subject to regulatory approvals.  The sale will result in total Sterling investment returns for Palamon of 13 times invested capital.

    Towry is one of the largest independent wealth managers in the UK with more than £9 billion of client assets, 85% of which are managed under discretionary investment mandates.  Towry employs more than 900 staff across 21 regional offices and offers award-winning investment management alongside highly skilled financial planning.  The combination of Towry and Tilney Bestinvest will create the leading UK wealth management firm for affluent and high net worth clients.  

    Palamon originally acquired John Scott & Partners, a small founder-led wealth manager with £250 million AuM in 2003, having identified the potential to build a national leader of scale in the highly fragmented financial advisory sector.  John Scott & Partners was acquired by Palamon in an off-market transaction and selected because it had a distinctive model of charging clients on a fee-for-advice basis, combined with a discretionary asset management service, as opposed to the prevailing commission based sales model.  Palamon led an ambitious buy-and-build strategy to roll out the John Scott model, which included the reverse take-over of Towry Law in 2006 and the acquisition of the UK subsidiary of Edward Jones in 2009, amongst others.

    In 2011 the UK Financial Conduct Authority announced that the long-awaited Retail Distribution Review would be implemented in 2013 compelling the industry to abandon commissions and adopt the same fee-for-service model Towry had successfully operated for years.  Palamon recognised that this disruptive regulation would provide a substantial consolidation opportunity and Towry went on to complete a further six acquisitions including the transformational take-private of Ashcourt Rowan plc in 2015, with £2.3 billion of discretionary assets under management.  As a result of its highly successful M&A and organic growth strategy the Towry group has, under Palamon’s ownership, grown revenues from £5 million to more than £120 million and client assets from £250 million to more than £9 billion.

    Daan Knottenbelt, Partner at Palamon, said, “It has been a tremendous experience to have executed a transformational growth strategy that saw Towry develop from a single office in Marlow with £5 million of revenue to become a leading national wealth manager with £120 million of revenue and more than £9 billion of client assets.  This is another highly successful Palamon investment that demonstrates the power of our thesis-led strategy to identify, and invest into, long-term growth trends.  We are delighted that the sale of Towry will deliver another break-out return of 13x for our investors.  Our thanks go to the Towry management team and Board, who have executed the M&A plan to perfection and fulfilled the potential of this remarkable investment.”

    Rob Devey, CEO at Towry, commented, “This sale is the culmination of our hard work over the last two years to complete the transformation of Towry to make it one of the national leaders in the UK wealth management sector.  It has been a pleasure to have worked closely with Palamon over this period, during which we more than doubled the profitability of the business whilst driving strong improvements in client satisfaction. Towry and Tilney Bestinvest are an excellent fit with both firms having highly skilled teams that provide top quality financial planning and investment management services to clients. Moving forwards the combined business will be able to offer an even wider range of services for clients and career opportunities for employees in all parts of the UK.”

    Palamon’s uses a thematic investment strategy to identify and invest in service-sector businesses that are well-positioned to take advantage of long-term macro-economic trends. Typically the Firm seeks to acquire Founder-owned businesses that it can help to access new levels of growth, through institutionalisation and strategic and financial support. In 2013, Palamon realised its investment in Founder-owned Cambridge Education Group for a 14.6x investment return.  The Firm has continued to identify primary investment opportunities during 2015, acquiring control positions in three Founder-owned businesses: Currencies Direct, one of the largest specialist international payments providers in the UK; Il Bisonte, an Italian leather accessories brand with an established sales presence in Japan; and The Rug Company, the leading global retailer of designer luxury rugs.

  • 11 January 2016

    Palamon elects Alexandre Rahmatollahi as Partner

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon” or the “Firm”), is pleased to announce the election of Alexandre (Ali) Rahmatollahi to the Partnership. Ali Rahmatollahi joined Palamon from Morgan Stanley where he spent...

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    11 January 2016

    Palamon elects Alexandre Rahmatollahi as Partner

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon” or the “Firm”), is pleased to announce the election of Alexandre (Ali) Rahmatollahi to the Partnership. Ali Rahmatollahi joined Palamon from Morgan Stanley where he spent...

    Palamon elects Alexandre Rahmatollahi as Partner

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon” or the “Firm”), is pleased to announce the election of Alexandre (Ali) Rahmatollahi to the Partnership.

    Ali Rahmatollahi joined Palamon from Morgan Stanley where he spent nearly eight years in its Investment Banking division, most recently as an Executive Director with responsibility for Financial Sponsor coverage.  Prior to that he was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company in its General Strategy Consulting and Private Equity Practices.  A Swiss-Persian national, Ali graduated from Boston University as a NCAA First Division All-American Athlete with a degree in Business Administration.  He later received an MBA from Columbia University.

    Louis Elson, Managing Partner of Palamon Capital Partners, said: “On behalf of all of the Partners of Palamon, we warmly welcome Ali to our Partnership.  This has been a tremendously successful year for Palamon which included the completion of three transactions worth almost €400 million in highly compelling growth companies across Europe.  Ali played an instrumental role in each of those transactions reflecting the additional market reach he has brought to Palamon.  We are proud that our time-tested programme of attracting stars from other industries to learn private equity investing the Palamon way has yielded another talented new Partner for our Firm.”

    Ali Rahmatollahi commented: “Palamon’s reputation in the market for having the highest quality team was what initially attracted me to the Firm and it is therefore a great honour to now be elected to join the Partnership.  I am hugely excited by the opportunity set for Palamon as a pan-European investor with an outstanding 17-year track record.  The landscape for growth investing across Europe is clearly very deep and accessible and I am so pleased to be part of the Palamon team originating and developing such interesting transactions in this environment.”

    Palamon’s investment strategy targets founder-led, services sector businesses across Europe with the potential to grow revenue at more than 20% per annum.  In June 2015, Palamon acquired luxury Italian leather goods brand Il Bisonte.  In November, Palamon acquired The Rug Company as part of the same investment thematic in affordable luxury retail.  In December, Palamon completed the acquisition of Currencies Direct, one of the UK’s leading international providers of foreign exchange services.

  • 09 November 2015

    Palamon acquires The Rug Company

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon” or the “Firm”), a pan-European growth investor, has acquired a majority stake in The Rug Company (or the “Company”) from its founders Christopher and Suzanne Sharp,...

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    09 November 2015

    Palamon acquires The Rug Company

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon” or the “Firm”), a pan-European growth investor, has acquired a majority stake in The Rug Company (or the “Company”) from its founders Christopher and Suzanne Sharp,...

    Palamon acquires The Rug Company

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon” or the “Firm”), a pan-European growth investor, has acquired a majority stake in The Rug Company (or the “Company”) from its founders Christopher and Suzanne Sharp, who will continue to hold a significant stake in the Company, and minority shareholder Piper.  The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    The Rug Company is a leading global brand in luxury handmade rugs with an established international sales presence through 10 own showrooms and a number of franchisees and concessions worldwide, generating sales of £23 million.  Founded in 1997 by husband and wife team Christopher and Suzanne Sharp, the Company sells a range of more than 300 high-quality, contemporary rugs which are crafted entirely by hand, using traditional weaving techniques.  The Company has built a strong reputation for design, based on its own in-house collection and through ranges developed in collaboration with iconic designers such as Alexander McQueen, Diane von Furstenberg, Kelly Wearstler, Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood.  Following the transaction the founders will remain actively involved in the Company.

    The Rug Company operates in the £3 billion luxury & affordable luxury segment of the global rug market.  Palamon’s investment stems from the Firm’s ongoing thesis work to identify well-positioned brands that can capture the shift in consumer demand toward authentic, artisanal products.  The Rug Company has proven success in three of the world’s largest rug markets, US, Germany and UK; and with a rich heritage of high-quality design-led rugs, is ideally positioned to accelerate growth.

    Pascal Noth, Partner of Palamon Capital Partners, said, “We are delighted to be partnering with The Rug Company - a market leading brand in a niche retail sector with excellent growth dynamics.  The Company has established a strong brand name in key global markets and is consistently recognized by interior designers for leading design and quality.  With consumers increasingly seeking hand-crafted quality products with heritage we see fantastic potential in scaling the business from the strong base established by Christopher and Suzanne, into a truly global company.”

    Christopher Sharp, Founder and CEO of The Rug Company commented, “We are immensely proud of the excellent reputation The Rug Company has achieved in the world of interiors, design and fashion and with the progress we have made during the past 18 years.  We are delighted to be partnering with  Palamon for the next stage in our development and look forward to working together. They clearly share our vision for expansion and a belief in the values that have been fundamental to the company’s success.”

    Palamon’s investment strategy targets founder-led, services sector businesses across Europe with the potential to grow revenue at more than 20% per annum.  The Rug Company is Palamon’s third investment during 2015.  In June, Palamon acquired luxury Italian leather goods brand Il Bisonte as part of the same investment thematic into affordable luxury retail.  In August, Palamon signed an agreement to acquire Currencies Direct, one of the UK’s leading international payments providers.

  • 19 October 2015

    Palamon appoints Katherine Ireland as Associate Principal

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon” or the “Firm”), a pan-European growth investor, has appointed Katherine Ireland as an Associate Principal. Ms Ireland joins Palamon having earned her MBA from Harvard Business School...

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    19 October 2015

    Palamon appoints Katherine Ireland as Associate Principal

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon” or the “Firm”), a pan-European growth investor, has appointed Katherine Ireland as an Associate Principal. Ms Ireland joins Palamon having earned her MBA from Harvard Business School...

    Palamon appoints Katherine Ireland as Associate Principal

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon” or the “Firm”), a pan-European growth investor, has appointed Katherine Ireland as an Associate Principal.

    Ms Ireland joins Palamon having earned her MBA from Harvard Business School in 2015. She was previously an Associate in the London-based investment team at Centerbridge Partners with responsibility for managing European distressed credit and private equity investments.  Ms Ireland began her career at Goldman Sachs International as an Analyst where she advised European industrial companies on strategy and financing.  In addition to her graduate degree, Ms Ireland earned a BA in Economics and History magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Williams College, Massachusetts. She now serves on the board of the Center for Development Economics based in Williamstown.

    Louis Elson, Managing Partner of Palamon Capital Partners, said: “We are delighted to welcome Katherine to the Firm at this exciting time in our development.  She brings creativity, experience and additional depth to our team of high-calibre investment professionals.  Katherine is particularly well-suited to our thesis-led investment system which allows us to source and acquire very interesting growth companies right across Europe.”

    Commenting on her appointment, Katherine Ireland commented “I am excited to be joining the Palamon team.  Palamon’s entrepreneurial culture and impressive track record in growth investing make this a very compelling opportunity for me.  I am looking forward to being part of the Firm and its future success.”

    Ms Ireland’s appointment is the third hire to the investment team over the past 14 months, a period of high activity for the Firm.  Palamon completed the exits of Prospitalia and Retail Decisions for a 3.0x and 2.5x return, respectively, while acquiring legal services group, Simplify; Italian luxury brand, Il Bisonte; and, UK foreign exchange provider, Currencies Direct.  The Palamon team also led the  transformational acquisition of UK wealth manager Ashcourt Rowan plc by portfolio company Towry.  The strength of the underlying assets in the Palamon I and II portfolios allowed Palamon to complete a highly innovative GP-led secondary process in August 2015 which provided a transaction option at attractive pricing for fund investors seeking liquidity.

  • 26 August 2015

    Palamon and Credit Suisse complete innovative liquidity transaction

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon” or the “Firm”), a pan-European growth investor, today announces the completion of an innovative funding transaction resulting in five top-tier investors purchasing stakes in prior Palamon...

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    26 August 2015

    Palamon and Credit Suisse complete innovative liquidity transaction

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon” or the “Firm”), a pan-European growth investor, today announces the completion of an innovative funding transaction resulting in five top-tier investors purchasing stakes in prior Palamon...

    Palamon and Credit Suisse complete innovative liquidity transaction

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon” or the “Firm”), a pan-European growth investor, today announces the completion of an innovative funding transaction resulting in five top-tier investors purchasing stakes in prior Palamon funds from a number of existing limited partners and committing capital to a new vehicle investing alongside Palamon Auxiliary Partnership 2013, L.P.  The investor group includes Adams Street Partners, Goldman Sachs AIMS Private Equity Group, Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners, Dutch pension fund service provider PGGM and the Rothschild Merchant Banking Group.

    In the first quarter of 2015, Palamon mandated Credit Suisse Asset Management Limited acting through Credit Suisse Private Funds Group (“Credit Suisse”) to organise a whole-fund liquidity option for limited partners interested in selling their interests in Palamon European Equity LP (“Palamon I”) and Palamon European Equity II LP (“Palamon II”).  It was Palamon’s view that organising the sale of limited partnership interests through a GP-led and transparent process, concentrated solely on the Palamon funds themselves, would secure more accretive options at attractive pricing for those investors seeking liquidity as they re-balance their private equity portfolios.

    Following a competitive auction process managed by Credit Suisse, an offer book was built for the entirety of the interests in both funds, which resulted in investors who elected to access liquidity being able to do so through an easy, efficient and smooth process at highly attractive pricing – reflecting the structure of the process and the quality of the assets in each of the portfolios.  Over one quarter of the aggregate NAV was exchanged, with the structure and terms of Palamon I and II remaining unchanged following the sales.

    The investor group has also committed capital to a new vehicle investing alongside Palamon Auxiliary Partnership 2013, L.P., which has made investments recently in the UK legal services provider, Simplify Group, and the Italian artisanal leather accessories brand, Il Bisonte.  The two vehicles have already committed to the purchase of Currencies Direct in partnership with Corsair Capital.

    Louis Elson, Managing Partner of Palamon Capital Partners said, “We could not be happier with the outcome of this process which has delivered an easy-to-access liquidity option for our existing Limited Partners at highly attractive pricing while serving to introduce a group of top-tier investors to Palamon’s on-going investment programme.  Recognition should be given to Credit Suisse, who ran a process that will no doubt serve as an industry benchmark for building further alignment and fluidity into the secondary market.”

    “We thank those LPs who are exiting our Funds for their support and valuable contributions over the years and extend a warm welcome to our new investors and look forward to working closely with them going forward.”

    Jonathan Abecassis, from the Secondary Advisory team at Credit Suisse in London, said “Credit Suisse is delighted to have worked together with our long-standing client Palamon on a highly successful transaction.  They deserve credit for their forward thinking approach to providing liquidity to their investors while securing capital from a blue-chip list of new investment partners.  We believe this transaction is proof that the rapidly evolving secondary market can be utilised by successful GPs to offer transparent liquidity to their investors through an efficient, fair market process, while also attracting high quality, long-term investors to their platform”.

    Since inception, Palamon has invested €1.1 billion directly and a further €800 million through co-investments in 35 high-growth companies in ten countries.  The Firm targets lower mid-market businesses with a focus on growth as the principal driver of value creation.  Palamon’s portfolio of investments has consistently achieved a revenue growth rate of approximately 20% per annum, a key indicator of the Firm’s successful value creation approach.  Its portfolio of currently includes Towry, a leading UK wealth manager; SARquavitae, the largest residential elderly care corporate in Spain; OSG, the leading national ophthalmic surgery provider in Germany; Il Bisonte, an Italian artisanal leather accessories brand sold around the world; and Feelunique, a fast growing on-line retailer of premium beauty products based in the UK. 

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  • 18 December 2014

    Palamon Capital Partners sells POLIKUM to SANA

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon”), one of Europe’s leading mid-market private equity firms, has agreed the sale of POLIKUM GmbH (“POLIKUM” or “the Company”), a German operator of outpatient health clinics...

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    18 December 2014

    Palamon Capital Partners sells POLIKUM to SANA

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon”), one of Europe’s leading mid-market private equity firms, has agreed the sale of POLIKUM GmbH (“POLIKUM” or “the Company”), a German operator of outpatient health clinics...

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    Palamon Capital Partners sells POLIKUM to SANA

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon”), one of Europe’s leading mid-market private equity firms, has agreed the sale of POLIKUM GmbH (“POLIKUM” or “the Company”), a German operator of outpatient health clinics (OHCs) to SANA, a leading private-sector hospitals operator in Germany.

    Founded in 2004, POLIKUM manages a network of four OHCs in Berlin and Leipzig, which provide ambulatory general medicine and specialities including paediatrics, physiotherapy and cardiology to statutory and private patients.  Following a series of reforms to the German healthcare market to improve efficiency and reduce costs by promoting outpatient care, POLIKUM has played a pioneering role in the rapidly growing multi-site OHC sector.

    Since Palamon’s acquisition of POLIKUM in 2009, the Company has tripled revenues from €11 million to €33 million for 2014 and significantly improved its site-by-site performance.  Key to this success was Palamon’s decision to strengthen the Company’s management team, reduce its cost base and fund the acquisition of an additional clinic in Berlin and a second regional cluster in Leipzig.  As a result, POLIKUM today employs over 500 staff, including 130 physicians and treats over 500,000 patients per annum.

    Pascal Noth, Partner at Palamon, commented, “Under our ownership, POLIKUM has been transformed from an early-stage investment into one of the leaders in the German outpatient market.  With its fast-growing patient base, robust operating model and proven track record in delivering high-quality care, POLIKUM generated strong interest from the largest healthcare and hospital providers. We wish the team continued success with their new strategic partners.”

    Stephan Kewenig, CEO of POLIKUM, commented, “Palamon’s support and strategic insight has been invaluable in establishing POLIKUM as a leading operator in the outpatient sector in Germany.  We are now in a position to offer a broader range of support to patients throughout Berlin and Leipzig, and we look forward to working with SANA to capture the next stage of growth.”

    Healthcare is an important investment theme for Palamon, which has committed more than €200 million to the sector over the past seven years.  The Firm has invested across Europe in a range of market-leading businesses such as; SARquavitae, Spain’s largest elderly care provider with 12,000 staff; IDH, the largest dental corporate in the UK with more than 600 practices; Prospitalia, the leading Group Purchasing Organisation in Germany; and OberScharrer Group, the leading ophthalmology group in Germany.

  • 16 April 2014

    Palamon wins multiple awards for 14.6x Cambridge Education exit

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon” or the “Firm”) has received recognition in the private equity industry’s leading awards for its investment in Cambridge Education Group (“CEG”). CEG is today one of...

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    16 April 2014

    Palamon wins multiple awards for 14.6x Cambridge Education exit

    Palamon wins multiple awards for 14.6x Cambridge Education exit

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon” or the “Firm”) has received recognition in the private equity industry’s leading awards for its investment in Cambridge Education Group (“CEG”). CEG is today one of...

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    Palamon wins multiple awards for 14.6x Cambridge Education exit

    Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon” or the “Firm”) has received recognition in the private equity industry’s leading awards for its investment in Cambridge Education Group (“CEG”).

    CEG is today one of the leading providers of pre-University education, originally identified in 2007 by Palamon and acquired off-market from its husband-and-wife founder team. Palamon institutionalised the management team, developed strategy, built infrastructure and provided the financial and strategic support to rapidly grow over the six-year hold period. Cambridge Education Group was realised by Palamon in December 2013 generating a 14.6x return on invested capital and an IRR of 58%. The investment has won two of the leading industry awards:

    Private Equity International Awards 2013: Exit of the Year in Europe Private Equity Awards 2014: UK Small Deal of the Year

    UK SMALL DEAL OF THE YEAR

    Pascal Noth, Partner at Palamon and
    Fergus Brownlee, CEO of CEG, collecting the award

    In addition, Private Equity News shortlisted the investment as one of the top 25 deals of the last decade (link) and CEG received Education Investor Award, 2013 for Private Schools Operator.

    Pascal Noth, Partner at Palamon, said: “We are extremely proud of our achievements with Cambridge Education Group and grateful to the exceptional management team that so successfully delivered our business plan. We continue to be excited about the opportunities that the education sector holds for investment out of our new fund.”

    Louis Elson, Managing Partner at Palamon, added: “We are delighted to have garnered such strong recognition for this investment. Most importantly, this follows similar awards and recognitions achieved now in multiple European countries, including Scandinavia and the DACH region. Our investment success is truly pan-European.”

    Palamon won Private Equity Awards 2013: Nordic Deal of the Year for its exit of Espresso House and unquote” DACH Private Equity Awards 2011: German Buyout Deal of the Year for its sale of Dress-for-less. The Firm was also shortlisted for Private Equity Awards 2010, DACH Deal of the Year for Loyalty Partner and Nordic Deal of the Year for Nordax.

    Selected Awards Won

    UK SMALL DEAL OF THE YEAR

    BUYOUT HOUSE OF THE YEAR

    DEAL OF THE YEAR: DACH

    NORDIC DEAL OF THE YEAR

    SELECTED SHORTLISTINGS

    EXIT OF THE YEAR: DACH

    DEAL OF THE YEAR: NORDICS

    DACH BUYOUT DEAL OF THE YEAR

    HOUSE OF THE YEAR: UK

    BUYOUT HOUSE OF THE YEAR

    BVCA BUYOUT HOUSE OF THE YEAR

  • 04 December 2013

    Palamon Capital Partners agrees sale of Cambridge Education Group to Bridgepoint for a 14.6x

    Palamon Capital Partners ("Palamon"), a leading lower mid-market European private equity firm, has agreed the sale of its majority stake in Cambridge Education Group ("CEG" or "the Group") to Bridgepoint....

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    04 December 2013

    Palamon Capital Partners agrees sale of Cambridge Education Group to Bridgepoint for a 14.6x

    Palamon Capital Partners ("Palamon"), a leading lower mid-market European private equity firm, has agreed the sale of its majority stake in Cambridge Education Group ("CEG" or "the Group") to Bridgepoint....

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    Palamon Capital Partners agrees sale of Cambridge Education Group to Bridgepoint for a 14.6x

    Palamon Capital Partners ("Palamon"), a leading lower mid-market European private equity firm, has agreed the sale of its majority stake in Cambridge Education Group ("CEG" or "the Group") to Bridgepoint. The sale will generate a return on investment for Palamon of 14.6 times, with a capital gain of £141 million and an IRR of 58%.

    Cambridge Education Group is a leading player in the international schools market, providing pre-university education to students from over 95 countries via its global recruiting network. It forms part of the rapidly growing UK education export industry, which is estimated to be worth £17.5 billion and one of the ten largest export segments in the country.

    Palamon originally sourced its investment in CEG directly from the founding team of Nick Golding and Elizabeth and Ann Armstrong in 2007. At that time CEG taught 460 academic students per year across two campuses in Cambridge and Canterbury. Today, CEG teaches over 3,000 academic students and thousands of short-term English language students each year across its four divisions in three countries. In excess of 75% of CATS students gain entry into top ranked universities each year.

    During Palamon's ownership, CEG has grown revenues five-fold to an estimated £90 million for the academic year 2013-14. This growth has been exclusively organic as the management team expanded its teaching capacity, signed on new sites and focused on providing the highest standards of education to its primarily international customer base.

    Louis Elson, Managing Partner at Palamon, commented: "We are very proud of having played an important part in building CEG into a leading brand with a dominant position in the education sector. This is a classic 'breakaway' Palamon investment. We identified an unusual opportunity in a small business context with strong potential and combined it with exceptional management talent to deliver explosive long-term growth. I speak for the various Palamon team members who conceived and transacted on the CEG investment, including Dan Mytnik who gave invaluable guidance to the company throughout its development, in recognising the great achievement of CEO Fergus Brownlee and his Chairman Stephen Warshaw. We wish Fergus and his team continued success with their new partners."

    Fergus Brownlee, Chief Executive of CEG, added: "We are delighted with what we have been able to achieve during the past seven years with the close and supportive collaboration of our partner, Palamon. We have taken CEG from being a small UK platform to a market leading brand with an international presence and are now looking forward to working with Bridgepoint to capture the next stage of growth."

    Stephen Warshaw, Chairman of CEG, added: "This is a tremendous result for the management team here at CEG, who have worked so hard to build the business by expanding teaching capability and entering new sectors and markets, whilst delivering high standards of educational and pastoral care. We have benefited from a highly successful partnership with Palamon, whose strategic vision and financial expertise have been invaluable in the evolution and growth of CEG."

    This is Palamon's sixth exit from its €670 million 2006 fund, Palamon European Equity II, which to date has generated cash proceeds of €660 million and a 3.6x return and 28% IRR on fully realised investments. Palamon II still has 11 high growth companies remaining in its portfolio, including; Retail Decisions, a global fraud prevention provider for card-based and on-line transactions; IDH, the largest NHS dental practice group in the UK and OberScharrer Group, a leading ophthalmic healthcare business in Germany.

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    1 Official UK government statistics: www.gov.uk/government/news/new-push-to-grow-uks-175-billion-education-exports-industry

  • 16 April 2013

    The Carlyle Group, in partnership with Palamon Capital Partners, has acquired DBG (UK) Limited

    Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) and Palamon Capital Partners today announced the acquisition of DBG (UK) Limited (“dbg”) from Synova Capital. The terms of the transaction...

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    16 April 2013

    The Carlyle Group, in partnership with Palamon Capital Partners, has acquired DBG (UK) Limited

    Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) and Palamon Capital Partners today announced the acquisition of DBG (UK) Limited (“dbg”) from Synova Capital. The terms of the transaction...

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    The Carlyle Group, in partnership with Palamon Capital Partners, has acquired DBG (UK) Limited

    Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) and Palamon Capital Partners today announced the acquisition of DBG (UK) Limited (“dbg”) from Synova Capital. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    Operating for over 20 years, dbg is a specialist healthcare support services provider of training, compliance support, engineering services, materials and equipment. Using a membership- based model, dbg works alongside over 8,000 dental, GP and veterinary practices throughout the UK, and is headquartered in Winsford, Cheshire.

    Eric Kump, Managing Director at Carlyle said “dbg is a well-established business delivering clear benefits to its members, customers and suppliers. Carlyle and Palamon have a strong track record in this sector, having acquired Integrated Dental Holdings (“IDH”) in 2011. While the two businesses will be part of the same investment vehicle, dbg will remain independent and will benefit from the expertise of the investors.”

    Jonathan Heathcote, Partner at Palamon, added “The existing management team has done a great job of delivering strong business performance and we look forward to building on this in the future as we explore the further growth opportunities in this sector.”

    Speaking on the transaction, Managing Director of dbg, Kanesh Khilosia, commented “We are delighted to be partnering with Carlyle and Palamon. They strongly support our strategy to continue to grow and diversify dbg’s services and support our members whose interests remain first and foremost. Carlyle and Palamon bring a wealth of sector experience, which will build upon that of the existing management. The prospect of greater co-operation with IDH, which operates the largest healthcare practise network in the UK, will significantly add to our ability to provide a superior, cost effective service to our members.”

    Philip Shapiro, Managing Partner at Synova commented “We are very pleased with the completion of our successful investment in dbg. Since we acquired dbg in 2010, the membership base has more than doubled and profits have trebled. We thank the dbg management team and staff for their valuable contribution and hard work. Carlyle and Palamon have a clear vision and ability to continue this growth.”

    About The Carlyle Group

    The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global alternative asset manager with $170 billion of assets under management across 113 funds and 67 fund of fund vehicles as of December 31, 2012. Carlyle's purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, many of whom are public pension funds. Carlyle invests across four segments – Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Market Strategies and Fund of Funds Solutions – in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America. Carlyle has expertise in various industries, including: aerospace, defense & government services, consumer & retail, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial, technology & business services, telecommunications & media and transportation. The Carlyle Group employs 1,400 people in 33 offices across six continents.

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    About Palamon Capital Partners

    Palamon Capital Partners, LP is an independent private equity Partnership founded in 1999, which is focused on providing equity for European growth services companies. Palamon, as a pan-European investor, originates, executes and manages investments in the UK, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Sweden, France, and Germany. The Firm targets investments in companies where it can achieve double digit growth and where the Partnership’s experienced principals can provide strategic direction and support to help build equity value. The Firm manages Palamon European Equity, L.P. and Palamon European Equity II, L.P., capitalised at €1.1 billion dedicated to growth investment opportunities in Europe’s lower mid-market.

    For more information on Palamon refer to www.palamon.com

    About Synova Capital

    Synova invests in smaller UK growth opportunities with a particular focus on companies valued at between £5 million and £30 million. Key verticals include Business Services, Software & IT Services, Consumer & Leisure and Healthcare & Education.

    For more information on Synova Capital refer to www.synova-capital.com

  • 19 December 2012

    Towry raises £35 million of new equity

    Palamon Capital Partners ("Palamon" or the "Firm") is pleased to announce that portfolio company Towry Group Limited ("Towry" or the "Company") has raised £35 million of new equity to provide...

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    19 December 2012

    Towry raises £35 million of new equity

    Palamon Capital Partners ("Palamon" or the "Firm") is pleased to announce that portfolio company Towry Group Limited ("Towry" or the "Company") has raised £35 million of new equity to provide...

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    Towry raises £35 million of new equity

    Palamon Capital Partners ("Palamon" or the "Firm") is pleased to announce that portfolio company Towry Group Limited ("Towry" or the "Company") has raised £35 million of new equity to provide additional funding for the Company's expansion plans. The investment was made by two Palamon co-investors, AlpInvest Partners B.V. and Honeywell Capital Management LLC.

    The new Retail Distribution Review (RDR) regulation, effective from 1 January 2013, is driving changes in the UK wealth advice sector and providing significant opportunities for Towry to accelerate acquisitions and adviser recruitment. Towry has made 10 acquisitions since Palamon's initial investment in 2003 and grown its adviser base from 13 to 144 and its assets under management from £250 million to £4.6 billion. Today, the Company has annual revenue of over £80 million and provides fee-based wealth advice and discretionary asset fund management services to over 25,000 clients.

    The successful new fundraising complements the recent £47.5 million of financing lines secured earlier in the year from Macquarie Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland.

    Andrew Fisher, Chief Executive of Towry said, "We have exciting expansion plans as we see enormous opportunities arising from the RDR. The new capital raised gives us a solid base from which to execute our plans for further growth.".

    Gerald Corbett, Chairman of Towry added, "With the strength of Towry's offering to its clients and its experienced management team, I am certain that it will successfully implement its expansion plans and generate excellent returns. We welcome AlpInvest and Honeywell Capital as shareholders and appreciate their confidence in our Company.".

    Daan Knottenbelt, Partner at Palamon, commented, "The support from such high calibre institutional investors is a testament to the strength of Towry's business model, its track record and its tremendous growth potential. We are delighted to continue our work with Towry's management as they continue to expand their presence in the UK wealth management sector."

  • 10 December 2012

    Palamon teams up with Sirius to acquire beauty retail specialist, feelunique.com

    Palamon Capital Partners ("Palamon" or the "Firm"), a pan-European growth investor, led the transaction to acquire a majority interest in beauty e-commerce specialist feelunique.com ("feelunique" or the "Company"), one of...

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    10 December 2012

    Palamon teams up with Sirius to acquire beauty retail specialist, feelunique.com

    Palamon Capital Partners ("Palamon" or the "Firm"), a pan-European growth investor, led the transaction to acquire a majority interest in beauty e-commerce specialist feelunique.com ("feelunique" or the "Company"), one of...

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    Palamon teams up with Sirius to acquire beauty retail specialist, feelunique.com

    Palamon Capital Partners ("Palamon" or the "Firm"), a pan-European growth investor, led the transaction to acquire a majority interest in beauty e-commerce specialist feelunique.com ("feelunique" or the "Company"), one of Europe's fastest growing on-line beauty retailers. The transaction was agreed at a head-line enterprise value for feelunique of £26 million.

    feelunique is a leading on-line retailer of premium products in haircare, skincare, cosmetics and fragrances, selling full-permissioned stock from almost all of the major brands including Dior, Lancôme, Clarins, Guerlain, Yves Saint Laurent, Benefit and Kerastase. The Company has built a strong reputation for its customer service and website editorial content, which is directed by Newby Hands, a beauty journalist and Harper's Bazaar Beauty Director-at-Large. It was founded in 2005 and employs more than 125 staff at its headquarters and logistics centre in the Channel Islands.

    Palamon will purchase a majority shareholding from the founders and earlier-stage investors and will provide further capital to support the Company's growth plan. Sirius Equity will invest alongside Palamon in the transaction. Following Palamon's investment, Sirius co-founders Robert Bensoussan will join the Board of the Company as Chairman and Jim Sharp will join the Board as a Non-Executive Director. Mr Bensoussan also is Chairman of L K Bennett, a board member of Interparfums and former investor in and CEO of Jimmy Choo.

    Palamon's and Sirius' investment stems from the strong underlying growth in the on-line beauty retail segment driven by the increasing shift in consumer spend to on-line, as occurred in the fashion retail sector. feelunique is also taking significant market share by progressively expanding its product range and increasing loyalty through its customer-centric model. This has driven growth in Company sales by more than 40% per year to more than £30 million of annual revenue.

    Dan Mytnik, Partner at Palamon commented: "We are delighted to be investing in feelunique, a high growth business that is ideally placed to benefit from the fast expanding on-line retail beauty sector with its established platform, a strong business model and entrepreneurial management team. We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with founders, Aaron Chatterley and Richard Schiessl, and to welcome Robert Bensoussan and Jim Sharp to the Board. The expertise of Robert and Jim in the luxury branded sector will be invaluable in taking the business to the next level."

    Aaron Chatterley, CEO of feelunique, said: "We are excited to have gained the backing of Palamon whose expertise in the on-line retail space convinced us that they would be ideal partners. Given our ambitious growth plans and the size of the opportunity, it was important to partner with a firm that had both the financial resources and a clear vision of how the market will evolve. We now look forward to working closely with our new partners as we turn our vision of expansion into reality."

    Robert Bensoussan, newly appointed Chairman of feelunique commented "feelunique has developed an incredibly strong platform through the hard work of Aaron and Richard and their team. We believe there is a very exciting opportunity to develop the business and I am excited to be partnering with Palamon and the management team to help the business fulfil its potential".

    Palamon identifies and invests in high growth services businesses across Europe, the majority of which are founder-led and sourced directly by the Firm's strong proprietary deal flow network. Since the Firm's inception in 1999 Palamon's portfolio companies have achieved revenue growth on average of 20% per annum.

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