OSLO, Norway, Nov. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Shareholders representing approximately 24% of the shares and votes of B2 Impact ASA request an Extraordinary Shareholders Meeting to elect new Board of Directors.
A group of shareholders in B2 Impact ASA (the “Company”) including the founding partner Jon Harald Nordbrekken and associated companies; Valset Invest AS and F2Kapital AS together with Gulen Invest AS (the “Shareholders”) have today, in accordance with section 5-7 (2) of the Norwegian Public Limited Liability Companies Act, jointly requested that the board of directors of the Company convenes an Extraordinary General Meeting in the Company to resolve on the election of new members of the Board until the next annual general meeting in 2024. Prioritet Group AB, the largest shareholder in the Company also supports the request for appointment of a new board. Jointly, the request is put forward by shareholders representing approximately 24% of the Company’s shares.
Following the election, the new board is proposed to be composed of four new Directors, including Anders Engdahl as Chairman, Jon Harald Nordbrekken as Vice Chairman, Ellen Hanetho as Director, Nils Wiberg as Director and re-election of Jessica Sparrfeldt.
“I am very pleased that we are able to propose such an experienced board with over hundred years of combined industry experience. The debt collection industry is facing a number of critical challenges posed by rising interest rates, inflation as well as rapid technological change. At the same time, it also presents a number of attractive opportunities as many competitors struggle to adapt to this new environment. For B2 Impact ASA to capitalize on these opportunities we believe it is the right time to appoint new leadership and for the owners to take a more active role in the transformation of the business. To support this change, I will assume an active role on the Board of Directors to help realize the full potential of the business,” says Jon Harald Nordbrekken, founding partner and shareholder of B2 Impact ASA.
The Shareholders are of the view that the Company needs to reconsider its strategy and focus on the following core areas:
- Reduce Cost and Complexity: Structurally reduce group common and local overhead costs through simplified decentralized governance and removing all non-value added activities.
- Enhance Focus: Reduce geographic footprint, build volume and leverage in-market scale. Going forward, the company should focus on collection of unsecured consumer receivables.
- Reduce Indebtedness: Adopt capital light strategy including a partnership with an international investment fund to invest in portfolios outside the Company’s balance sheet, release capital, reduce indebtedness and interest expenses and drive servicing fees.
- Invest in Technology: Accelerate digital adoption by investing into modern collection system technology that could substantially lower cost-to-collect through automated workflows and smarter processes.
- Deliver Profitable Growth: Create profitable organic servicing revenue growth through co-operation with portfolio investors and banks in selected markets as well as acquisitions of businesses that allow the Company to leverage economies of scale.
“I am honoured and excited to be proposed as new Chairman of B2 Impact ASA. I expect to work closely with the new Board of Directors and management to lead the re-orientation of the Company. I believe that if adopting a capital light strategy, the Company is well positioned to take advantage of the emerging opportunities and supportive NPL cycle that can deliver substantial value to shareholders over next few years,” says Anders Engdahl, proposed Chairman of the Board.
In addition, it has been proposed that the following members shall be elected to the Nomination Committee until the annual general meeting in 2024: Frode Foss-Skiftesvik as Chairman, Kjetil Andreas Garstad as Member and Niklas Wiberg as Member.
Background on the proposed board members:
Anders Engdahl, Chairman
Anders Engdahl is a seasoned NPL investment and servicing executive with over 25 years financial services experience. Until Aug 2022, Anders was the CEO of Intrum AB, Europe’s largest debt collector where he spent in total eight years in several roles including CEO, CFO and CIO. Prior to joining Intrum, Anders was Managing Director at Morgan Stanley’s Financial Institutions Group. Anders started his career with Goldman Sachs in London in 1997. He graduated with an M.Sc. In Economics and Managerial Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics.
Jon Harald Nordbrekken, Deputy chairman and board member
Jon Harald Nordbrekken is a founder and the third largest shareholder in B2 Impact ASA. After four years as CEO of Intrum Justitia Norway, Nordbrekken founded Aktiv Kapital in 1991, where he stayed on as CEO until 1999 and as Chair from 1999 to 2004. In 2005, he founded B2Holding AS, now B2 Impact ASA, parent to both Gothia Financial Group and Bank2. Gothia was sold to Herkules in 2008 and Nordbrekken stepped down as Chair of the Board of Bank2 in 2010, before establishing the “new” B2Holding the following year. Nordbrekken was the Chair of the Board of B2 Impact ASA until 2020.
Ellen Hanetho, Board member
Ellen Merete Hanetho has 20 years of experience from investment banking and private equity as a finance and business development executive in corporations such as Frigaard Invest, Credo Partners, Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division in London and the Brussels Stock Exchange and Citibank in Brussels. She is founder and chairperson of Cercis, a cleantech investment company established in 2020. Ellen holds a BSBA from Boston University, US and an MBA from Solvay University, Belgium in addition to executive training from INSEAD, France and Harvard Business School, US.
Nils Wiberg, Board member
Nils Wiberg is the founder and CEO of Prioritet Group AB. Nils has a very long and solid career within the financial services industry. Nils joined Nordbanken 1986 (currently Nordea) and became CEO of Nordbanken Inkasso focused on debt collection and debt restructuring within the private and corporate sector. Nils was with Nordbanken until 1997. In 1981 Nils founded Prioritet Group which focuses on financial services and asset management. Prioritet Group is the largest shareholder of B2 Impact ASA and wholly owned by Nils Wiberg.
MIAX Named Best Trading Platform at the Fund Intelligence Operations and Services Awards 2024
PRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Miami International Holdings, Inc. (MIH), owner of Miami International Securities Exchange, LLC (MIAX®), MIAX PEARL, LLC (MIAX Pearl®), MIAX Emerald, LLC (MIAX Emerald®), MIAX Sapphire, LLC (MIAX SapphireTM), Minneapolis Grain Exchange, LLC (MGEXTM), LedgerX LLC (LedgerX), The Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX), and Dorman Trading, LLC (Dorman Trading), today announced that MIAX has been named the “Best Trading Platform” at the Fund Intelligence Operations and Services Awards 2024.
“We are honored to be recognized for the second year in a row as recipients of the award for ‘Best Trading Platform,'” said Thomas P. Gallagher, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MIAX. “The members of our technology team are regarded as some of the best in the exchange industry and this award is a testament to their talents.”
Since 2016, MIAX has been named a winner every year at the Fund Intelligence Operations and Services Awards. MIAX won the “Most Innovative Technology” for the years 2017 through 2020, received the “Best Options Trading Platform” award for 2021, and the “Best Trading Platform” award for 2022.
“Our in-house built, proprietary technology has been an integral part of MIAX’s successful track record, and we continually evaluate and refine our infrastructure to support the increasing demands of the exchange industry,” said Matthew J. Rotella, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of MIAX. “MIAX Exchange trading platforms have been fully operational 99.999% of the time since we launched our first exchange in 2012, even as trading volumes have surged and financial markets have experienced multiple periods of elevated market volatility. We remain dedicated to delivering world-class speed and reliability to our customers in 2024 and beyond.”
For over 20 years, the Fund Intelligence Operations and Services Awards have recognized and rewarded the outstanding skills and talents of the vendor community servicing the complex and evolving needs of asset managers and their clients.
MIAX’s parent holding company, Miami International Holdings, Inc., owns Miami International Securities Exchange, LLC (MIAX®), MIAX PEARL, LLC (MIAX Pearl®), MIAX Emerald, LLC (MIAX Emerald®), MIAX Sapphire LLC (MIAX SapphireTM), Minneapolis Grain Exchange, LLC (MGEX™), LedgerX LLC (LedgerX), The Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX) and Dorman Trading, LLC (Dorman Trading).
MIAX, MIAX Pearl and MIAX Emerald are national securities exchanges registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission that are enabled by MIAX’s in-house built, proprietary technology. MIAX offers trading of options on all three exchanges as well as cash equities through MIAX Pearl Equities™. The MIAX trading platform was built to meet the high-performance quoting demands of the U.S. options trading industry and is differentiated by throughput, latency, reliability and wire-order determinism. MIAX also serves as the exclusive exchange venue for cash-settled options on the SPIKES® Volatility Index (Ticker: SPIKE), a measure of the expected 30-day volatility in the SPDR® S&P 500® ETF (SPY).
MGEX is a registered exchange with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and offers trading in a variety of products including Hard Red Spring Wheat Futures. MGEX is a Designated Contract Market (DCM) and Derivatives Clearing Organization (DCO) under the CFTC, providing DCM and DCO services in an array of asset classes.
LedgerX is a CFTC regulated exchange and clearinghouse and is registered as a Designated Contract Market (DCM), Derivatives Clearing Organization (DCO) and Swap Execution Facility (SEF) with the CFTC.
BSX is a fully electronic, vertically integrated international securities market headquartered in Bermuda and organized in 1971. BSX specializes in the listing and trading of capital market instruments such as equities, debt issues, funds, hedge funds, derivative warrants, and insurance linked securities.
Dorman Trading is a full-service Futures Commission Merchant registered with the CFTC.
MIAX’s executive offices and National Operations Center are located in Princeton, N.J., with additional U.S. offices located in Miami, FL. MGEX offices are located in Minneapolis, MN. LedgerX offices are located in Princeton, N.J. BSX offices are located in Hamilton, Bermuda. Dorman Trading offices are located in Chicago, IL.
To learn more about MIAX visit www.miaxglobal.com.
To learn more about MGEX visit www.miaxglobal.com/mgex.
To learn more about LedgerX visit www.ledgerx.com.
To learn more about BSX visit www.bsx.com.
To learn more about Dorman Trading visit www.dormantrading.com.
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Pentera Launches Global Partner Program to Accelerate Growing Channel
Pentera’s program empowers ecosystem partners to accelerate their growth across more than 50 countries globally
BOSTON, Feb. 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Pentera, the leader in Automated Security Validation, today announced the launch of its new Partner Program. The global program reinforces Pentera’s channel-first go-to-market strategy and offers its channel partners a more lucrative and systematic approach to creating, managing, and growing sales opportunities.
From the moment they join the program, Pentera partners have access to the company’s complete portfolio of award winning Automated Security Validation solutions, including Pentera Core, Pentera Surface, RansomwareReady™, and Credential Exposure. Pentera’s one-day Proof of Value (PoV), empowers partners to rapidly prove product value, and shorten traditional sales cycles to drive revenue.
“Partnering with Pentera was an excellent decision. Their swift response times and efficient onboarding have made collaboration smooth sailing,” said Alexander Stemper, VP of Security Sales at NTT DATA Deutschland. “Pentera’s automated security validation solution integrates seamlessly into our offering and has strengthened our ability to shield our clients from evolving threats. We are excited for the new partner program and looking forward to the next chapter of our successful partnership to protect businesses worldwide.”
The Pentera Partner Program meets a range of partner needs while rewarding them for the value they deliver throughout the customer lifecycle. The program is based on three tiers of participation – Associate, Premier, and Elite. Each tier offers progressively more lucrative financial incentives and discount structures, as well as more advanced training opportunities, sales tools, and marketing support. The program features:
- Onboarding sessions, including in-person and online sales and technical workshops
- Deal registration incentives and price protection
- Personal training and certification program options
- A digital resource portal, including sales toolkits, email templates, materials for co-branding, demos, and on-demand trainings
- Access to demo and lab environments
- Access to PoV licenses
Pentera has been doubling its business year-over-year since going to market in 2018. The company is a global market leader with customers in over 50 countries and regional offices across 18 countries in North America, EMEA, APAC, and LATAM.
“Since going to market, Pentera has established itself as the unquestioned leader in Automated Security Validation across every metric,” said Kirt Jorgenson, VP Global Channel at Pentera. “The introduction of the Pentera Global Partner Program represents a significant investment from Pentera in the success of its partners and will enable our partner ecosystem to play an even larger role in our channel-first go-to-market strategy. As Pentera continues to grow, we will continue to increase our investment in the channel to power the mutual growth of both Pentera and our global partner ecosystem.”
Pentera is the category leader for Automated Security Validation, allowing every organization to test with ease the integrity of all cybersecurity layers, unfolding true, current security exposures at any moment, at any scale. Thousands of security professionals and service providers around the world use Pentera to guide remediation and close security gaps before they are exploited. For more info, visit: pentera.io
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SOUTH AFRICAN MOBILE OPERATORS ANNOUNCE NEW SERVICES TO COMBAT FRAUD, AS PART OF GSMA OPEN GATEWAY INITIATIVE
Telecommunications operators Cell C, MTN, and Telkom welcome launch of two universal network APIs, that will be available in South Africa, to help combat fraud and digital identity theft in sectors including banking, finance, insurance, and retail
JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — As part of the global GSMA Open Gateway initiative, South African operators will now be able to implement world-class Number Verification and SIM Swap – Application Programme Interfaces (APIs) – to coincide with the start of MWC 2024. They will be available to all mobile commerce, financial institutions, and developers to create new services to combat digital fraud and protect South Africa’s 47 million mobile subscribers.
South Africa saw a 24% surge in reported incidents of digital banking fraud in 2022, according to a report published last year by the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC). The rise, which resulted in cybercriminals stealing over R740 million from unsuspecting victims, was primarily attributed to the growing number of fraud cases related to banking applications and online banking.
Given the alarming surge in digital banking fraud in South Africa, standardizing APIs by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) presents a promising avenue for mitigating such threats. By leveraging their infrastructure and expertise, MNOs can enhance security measures within banking applications and online banking platforms. They are also able to implement robust fraud detection and prevention mechanisms, bolstering overall resilience of digital banking systems against cyber threats.
The standardization of APIs allows developers to implement:
- Number Verification – offers seamless verification of a user’s mobile number by providing the next generation of strong authentication and user experience. It is a simple evolution path for any business that uses mobile numbers and SMS One-Time-Passwords. Instead of relying on SMS, Number Verification can be seamlessly and automatically activated to verify a user’s identity.
- SIM Swap – used to check whether a given phone number has recently changed SIM cards. This helps to prevent account takeover attacks, in which fraudsters take control of the account owner’s SIM card using social engineering techniques and stolen personal data. For example, at the time of a financial transaction, a financial institution can check whether the relationship between the customer’s phone number and SIM card has recently been changed, helping them to decide whether to approve the transaction or not.
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