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Business & Financial Services

ADVENT INTERNATIONAL HAS BEEN INVESTING IN THE BUSINESS & FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR FOR 25 YEARS AND HAS COMPLETED OVER 65 INVESTMENTS IN 23 COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE.

We focus on financial service providers and business-to-business players that tend to have technology at their core. Market growth is a common thread to our activities across geographies. We look for secular growth underpinned by robust trends, resilient business models with high margins and cash generation, and transformational opportunities from carve-outs and undercapitalized state-owned and family businesses.

Following are some examples of subsectors we target:

  • B2B & INFORMATION SERVICES

  • Big data and access to information are revolutionizing the way businesses make decisions and bring their products to market.
  • The opportunity to drive revenue and cost improvement through enhanced access to sophisticated data and analytics is still in the early stages, with substantial growth opportunities in many different end markets.
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  • BACK-OFFICE ADMINISTRATION & SERVICES

  • Focused technology-enabled service providers with best-of-breed products and services offer a strong value proposition to any end market.
  • As businesses redefine their core competencies in the current market environment, it is creating increased opportunities for back-office administration and service businesses and the potential for carve-outs.
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  • FINANCIAL INSTITUTION
    CARVE-OUTS

  • Banks and other financial institutions continue to reassess their business lines to focus on core competencies.
  • Increased regulatory pressure and capital ratio concerns have pushed banks to sell fee-based businesses that they have historically viewed as “crown jewels.”
  • We have strong relationships and a history of successful partnerships with financial institutions. We have demonstrated an ability to create substantial value for our financial institution partners both at the time of the carve-out and through retained equity stakes.
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  • PAYMENT PROCESSING

  • The ongoing shift from cash and checks to card-based, online and mobile payments continues to drive secular growth in the industry.
  • Innovative companies that can take advantage of change in this dynamic marketplace will benefit from rapid growth in mobile payments and the electronification of business-to-business payments.
  • Advent’s extensive experience from prior investments provides a strong base of industry knowledge and contacts to identify and assess potential investment opportunities.
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Experienced team

Advent has one of the world's largest and most experienced private equity teams, with more than 170 investment professionals across four continents.

On average, our managing partners and managing directors have over 18 years of international investment experience.

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