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Waterland Private Equity Investments Opens UK Office

9th February 2017

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Waterland Private Equity Investments has opened an office in Manchester: its sixth office next to Bussum (Netherlands), Antwerp (Belgium), Düsseldorf and Munich (Germany) and Warsaw (Poland). The Manchester office will source direct platform transactions in the lower mid-market with a focus to expand those companies across the UK and Europe, in line with the wider buy-and-build strategy Waterland has implemented successfully since the foundation of the firm in 1999.

Hans Scheepers, Managing Partner of Waterland in the Netherlands, explains the reasons for taking this step: “The decision to open an office in the UK is a natural step in the firm’s expansion strategy. Furthermore, we believe that the Brexit vote will present significant investment opportunities in the UK. We can help UK companies pursue European growth strategies using our existing presence and network across Europe. By doing this, it will create a natural hedge for them so that they not only have revenues and financing in sterling, but also in euros.”

During the last 5 years, Waterland has successfully supported its existing European platform companies with bolt-on acquisitions of UK based businesses and in October 2016, it made a first investment in a UK platform asset, by acquiring a majority stake in a fifth generation family business, operating in the waste recycling industry.

The first UK hire is Senior Investment Manager, Ryan Hallworth. Formerly of DC Advisory and Deloitte, Hallworth, 33, has operated in the UK mid-market for over 10 years. In addition, Phil Goodwin, the former UK head of mid-market private equity house, Montagu will provide strategic input in a non-executive capacity. Phil brings a wealth of experience having been investing in Europe and Africa for over 30 years. The UK team will evolve with a number of investment professionals set to be hired during in the next 12 months.

Ryan Hallworth said: “There continues to be significant investment opportunities in the UK mid-market, particularly in the regions, where the Waterland investment approach will resonate with business leaders who are seeking to build their market position, via acquisition or as part of an international expansion strategy. As a Mancunian, it is extremely exciting that the current global number 1 ranking private equity house has chosen Manchester as the location for its first UK office.

Phil Goodwin added: “‘Waterland’s decision to invest in the UK is a significant development for the UK private equity market. Waterland have made outstanding returns for investors by consistently pursuing well thought through investment strategies, and this approach will do well in the UK. It is also great news that such a high quality investment house sees good opportunities in post-Brexit Britain.”

About Waterland:

Waterland is a Dutch independent private equity investment fund manager operating under an “Alternative Investment Fund Managers license” that supports entrepreneurs in realising their growth ambitions. With substantial financial resources being deployed from its sixth fund, standing at €1.25 billion with an additional €300 million overflow fund, and committed industry expertise, Waterland enables its portfolio companies to achieve accelerated growth both organically and through acquisitions.

Waterland acts as an active shareholder in its portfolio companies, playing a key role in their strategic and operational development, growth and performance. With its experienced, entrepreneurial investment team, Waterland aims to help ambitious entrepreneurs obtain a strong market position in today’s increasingly competitive business environment. To date, Waterland has made investments in over 380 companies. Next to the newly opened office in the UK, the firm’s existing office network covers a broad area on the European mainland including the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Poland.

Since its founding in 1999, Waterland has consistently achieved top tier investment performance. It currently ranks as the number 1 global private equity firm in the seventh annual HEC/Dow Jones Private Equity Performance Ranking compiled by Prof. Gottschalg of HEC Paris Business School (December 2016), and as the number 6 most consistent performing buyout fund manager worldwide in the 2016 Preqin Consistent Performers in Global Private Equity & Venture Capital Report (September 2016).

For more information, please contact:

Hans Scheepers, Managing Partner Netherlands

scheepers@waterland.nu

Tel. +31 35 6941680

Ryan Hallworth, Senior Investment Manager

hallworth@waterlandpe.co.uk

Tel. +44 7775593100

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