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EQT Private Equity to invest in software companies HVD Group and Next

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  • HVD Group and Next provide cloud-based software to tradespeople and construction firms in the Nordics, targeting a range of professions including electricians, plumbers and contractors
  • The tradespeople and construction industry is one of the largest globally while being one of the least digitized. The modern software solutions offered by HVD Group and Next enable customers to embark on a digitalization journey that improves their efficiency and sustainability
  • EQT Private Equity will invest in HVD Group and Next together with the existing HVD Group shareholder Adelis, which will increase its investment

STOCKHOLM, Dec. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — EQT is pleased to announce that the EQT X fund (or “EQT Private Equity”) has agreed to invest in the Nordic software companies HVD Group (Hantverksdata) and Next (Next One Technology). Both companies serve the tradespeople and construction industry, with HVD Group focused on installation and service professions – such as electricians, plumbers, heating and ventilation firms – while Next is focused on contractors. HVD Group’s platform complements that of Next, and the investment therefore paves the way for a further strengthened product offering, which builds on both companies’ strong customer satisfaction scores.

The tradespeople and construction industry is one of the largest globally and yet is still early on its digital transformation journey, which has resulted in low productivity growth over recent decades. HVD Group and Next support the tradespeople and construction workforce to transition from using analogue or complex solutions to instead using their end-to-end software platforms.

HVD Group was founded in Sweden and has over 10,000 customers across the Nordics and Germany. The Company offers cloud-based end-to-end field service management and enterprise resource planning software with key functionalities such as order, project and asset management, scheduling, time reporting, procurement and documentation handling. This enables users to spend less time on administration, while reducing waste and minimizing risk of errors both in the field and the back office.

Next, also founded in Sweden, offers a cloud-based software solution to construction firms and has a strong complementary fit with HVD Group. With approximately 2,500 customers primarily in the Nordics, Next supports contractors, builders and service firms with project management software. Key functionalities include order and resource management, project financials, document handling, checklists and quality control, all of which enable efficient planning, execution and collaboration.

Ali Farahani, Partner within EQT Private Equity’s Advisory Team, said: “Investing in HVD Group and Next creates a strong Northern European platform with leading tech and product capabilities. We have followed the space for several years and are excited to back what is in our mind the most attractive platforms in one of the largest verticals globally. We are extremely impressed by the respective teams led by Mikael and Johan, and we look forward to bringing EQT Private Equity’s software experience to support the organizations through the next phase of continued high growth.”

HVD Group Chairperson Anders Böös and Adelis Partner Joel Russ added: “As long-term investors in HVD Group, we’ve seen the company go from strength-to-strength and it’s clear they have no intention of slowing down. We also know that the tradespeople software sector is robust and attractive given the size and growth, supported by many companies yet having to embrace the benefits from digitalization. That’s why we’re delighted to be moving forward on the journey together with EQT, HVD Group and Next.” 

HVD Group CEO Mikael Viotti said: “We’ve made significant investments in our modern product and technology over the recent years, which has been well-received by our customers, and the opportunity to join forces with Next will only strengthen what we can offer to our customers. We look forward to partnering with EQT Private Equity and Next, while continuing to work with Adelis.” 

Johan Jarskog, CEO of Next, also commented: “Next and HVD Group have an exciting and complementary fit. Not only from a product perspective, but also in terms of the culture and people, having followed Mikael and his team over the recent years. We are also confident that a combined offering will continue to drive our already high customer satisfaction, as we together with HVD Group will be able to offer an even more comprehensive product to our end users.”

Both transactions are expected to close in February 2024. EQT was advised by Vinge and Adelis was advised by White & Case. Next previous owner Monterro was advised by Houlihan Lokey.

With these transactions, EQT X is expected to be 30 – 35 percent invested (including closed and/or signed investments, announced public offers, if applicable, and less any expected syndication) based on target fund size. 

The information contained herein does not constitute an offer to sell, nor a solicitation of an offer to buy, any security, and may not be used or relied upon in connection with any offer or solicitation. Any offer or solicitation in respect of EQT X will be made only through a confidential private placement memorandum and related documents which will be furnished to qualified investors on a confidential basis in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. The information contained herein is not for publication or distribution to persons in the United States of America. Any securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold without registration thereunder or pursuant to an available exemption therefrom. Any offering of securities to be made in the United States would have to be made by means of an offering document that would be obtainable from the issuer or its agents and would contain detailed information about the issuer of the securities and its management, as well as financial information. The securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration.

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Shanghai’s Lujiazui adds 5 global asset management institutions

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SHANGHAI, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Five global asset management institutions, including Aspect Capital and Schroders Capital, have signed agreements to settle in Shanghai’s Lujiazui Financial City, said local authorities.

According to Xiao Jian, head of Lujiazui administration bureau under the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, Lujiazui Financial City has so far attracted more than 8,000 financial institutions.

Lujiazui has become an important cluster for global asset management institutions in China. It now boasts about 80 percent of foreign-funded asset management institutions, 40 percent of foreign-funded corporate banks, nearly one-third of public fund management companies, and nearly one quarter of insurance asset management institutions of the total in the country, Xiao said.

More than 80 world-renowned financial institutions from 13 countries have established over 120 foreign asset management institutions in Lujiazui.  

“Lujiazui is an important gathering place and business expansion place for global asset management institutions in China. We are very honored to have the opportunity to join the Global Asset Management Partner Program. We also hope that through this signing, we can contribute to building Lujiazui into the core area of a global asset management center and accelerating Shanghai’s entry into the forefront of global asset management center cities,” Li You, Chief Compliance Officer of Aspect Capital (China) Limited.

Shanghai has made a great stride in pushing for financial openness and attracting more global financial institutions and investors. The next step could be to take advantage the special status of Shanghai Free Trade Zone and Lingang special area to develop an off-shore financial system, adopting the most advanced financial business models and regulatory regimes,” said Yan Hong, professor of finance of Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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LAMPRO International Distributor Summit: A Feast of Gathering and Future Prospect

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-Focus On Pro, Pro For Mate

HUIZHOU, China, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — On March 2-3, right on the 20th anniversary of the establishment of LAMPRO, the International Distributor Summit was successfully concluded in Huizhou. With the theme of “Focus On Pro, Pro For Mate”, the summit attracted more than 200 partners from all over the world, sharing the industry trend and advanced leading technology. During the summit, LAMPRO held an appreciation award ceremony and signing ceremony as well for partners to co-build a partnership system and create a brighter future together.

At the summit, Sichuan opera performances, band shows, and other entertainment sessions created a warm and comfortable homey vibe, so that every guest fully enjoyed the process. One of our partners even took the initiative to sing on stage.

To share business opportunities with partners and demonstrate the vision of prosperous development, LAMPRO has elaborately planned the “Tree of Dreams” launching ceremony and the 20th-anniversary sand painting video. In the beginning, Chairman Tiger Lin thanked all partners for choosing Unilumin and LAMPRO, and he emphasized, “It is vital to choose the right brand and bind with it, which will help you become an outstanding leader locally.” Afterwards, Mr. Lawrence Liu, General Manager of LAMPRO, shared the development strategy of LAMPRO partner system. The project director introduced and demonstrated LMini and other major product series in details, which greatly boosted the confidence of global partners.

Furthermore, to thank partners for their support and seek mutual development, LAMPRO also held an awarding session, a signing ceremony, and a visiting journey to the Daya Bay intelligent manufacturing base on March 3, which demonstrated the industry-leading intelligent manufacturing capabilities of LAMPRO and high quality of products. LAMPRO sincerely expects to establish a closer cooperative relationship with global partners. Partners said that they gained valuable friendship and cooperation opportunities at the summit, and highly recognized the manufacturing strength and product capability of LAMPRO.

Meanwhile, elaborately arranged lucky draws pushed the atmosphere to a culmination, in which prizes included electronic equipment of well-known brands. At the end of the dinner party, LAMPRO prepared unique souvenirs, including the 20th-anniversary mascot of LAMPRO, hoping to leave an unforgettable impression on every guest.

Looking ahead, we expect to share greater joys of success with more partners in subsequent distributor summits, create a bright future and display a better world together.

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Aptoide launches campaign for a truly open digital market with new DMA website

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LISBON, Portugal, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Aptoide, the pioneer in global alternative Android app distribution, has launched a new campaign website, Leveling the game, including an Open Letter from the Aptoide founders, to demand full compliance from gatekeepers with the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) and to urge regulators to take further action against anti-competitive practices by digital gatekeepers. Since 2011, Aptoide has been a vocal advocate for fair competition in the mobile app market, consistently challenging the market dominance of tech giants like Google.

 

With the March 2024 deadline for complete DMA compliance from gatekeepers set for this week, Aptoide sees this as a critical juncture for achieving true fairness in digital markets. However, the company also points out that significant obstacles remain, particularly with Apple’s recent DMA-related proposals, which include the introduction of a Core Technology Fee (CTF) and restrictive terms that limit developers’ access to alternative platforms.

“Aptoide has always advocated for a digital marketplace where innovation thrives and fairness reigns”, said Paulo Trezentos, Aptoide’s CEO and co-founder. “The DMA is a landmark step in that direction, but it’s clear that some tech gatekeepers are reluctant to let go of their stranglehold on the mobile industry. We must continue to push for reforms that will truly level the playing field”.

Aptoide argues that Apple’s proposed changes mostly serve to preserve its market dominance rather than to foster genuine competition, maintaining control by imposing disproportionate fees on alternative app stores and discouraging users from exploring non-Apple ecosystems through complex installation processes and misleading warnings.

Álvaro Pinto, co-founder and COO of Aptoide, added, “We’re at a crucial moment where the actions of regulators will determine the future of digital markets. Apple’s half-hearted reforms under the DMA are simply not enough. We need to ensure that the spirit of the DMA is not lost in loopholes and half-measures”.

In response to these challenges, Aptoide calls on EU authorities to hold Apple accountable and to demand that they:

  • Eliminate or significantly reduce the CTF to reflect actual costs.
  • Offer developers the freedom to choose between distribution models without restrictions.
  • Simplify the app installation process for a better user experience.
  • Apply the CTF fairly across all market participants.
  • Remove misleading warnings about alternative payment systems.
  • Ensure the confidentiality of data from competing marketplaces.

Aptoide believes that real competition can only emerge if the EU takes decisive action to enforce open market principles, leading to a digital marketplace that values fairness and innovation. And that the fight for an open digital marketplace is far from over and requires a united front. That’s why the company urges developers, consumers and regulators to join in demanding more from both Apple and Google.

Aptoide invites all stakeholders to visit their new DMA advocacy landing page, Leveling the game, to learn more about the ongoing struggle for an open digital world and to join the movement against the outdated monopolistic tactics of dominant gatekeepers.

Read the Aptoide Founders’ Open Letter about the DMA and what we need for real digital freedom here:

Open Letter from the Aptoide Founders

About Aptoide

Aptoide is a game-changing app distribution and payment processing platform, with over 430 million users, 10 billion downloads and 1 million apps. Available on multiple channels including Android, Web, TV and automotive, Aptoide offers developers a trusted, experienced partnership with a deep understanding of all ecosystems.

Please contact: press@aptoide.com 

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