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November 20, 2018

HgCapital Selects iLEVEL for Portfolio Monitoring

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

iLEVEL, the leading portfolio monitoring, analytics and transparency platform for the global private capital markets, has been selected by European private equity firm HgCapital to support the optimization of their portfolio data management and reporting processes.

HgCapital has assets under management of over £5 billion, serving over 100 highly regarded institutional investors, including private and public pension funds, endowments, insurance companies and fund of funds. A staff of more than 100 people in investment offices in London and Munch manage three investment funds.

Amanda Good, Head of the Portfolio Projects team at HgCapital said: “iLEVEL will streamline our reporting process, enabling us to create reports faster and automate many of the tasks that previously had to be performed manually.”

Melissa Ferraz, Vice President, EMEA Client Development of iLEVEL said: “We are delighted a firm of the calibre of HgCapital has selected iLEVEL. With our recent expansion into the European market, we’ve experienced an overwhelmingly positive reception to the iLEVEL platform, with firms like HgCapital recognizing the value of leveraging data flows more efficiently.”

In 2014, iLEVEL launched their London-based operations and opened a European data centre in the United Kingdom.

The number of firms on iLEVEL has doubled in the past year and includes alternative investment firms of varying sizes that employ a wide range of investment strategies including Private Equity, Real Estate, Credit and Venture Capital. Leading LPs and Funds of Funds are also adopting iLEVEL. More than 5,500 iLEVEL users span the globe, tracking over a billion data points across 11,500 portfolio companies.

About HgCapital

HgCapital is a sector expert private equity investor, supporting management teams to grow industry champions. Deeply resourced sector teams focus on specific sub-sectors and investment themes to identify companies occupying an established market position, and which have the potential to grow faster than their market, create employment and become the leader in their industry. HgCapital’s dedicated portfolio management team provides practical support to management teams to help them realise their growth ambitions. HgCapital invests in expanding segments of the TMT, Services, Industrials and Renewable Energy sectors across Western Europe. Based in London and Munich, HgCapital manages over £5 billion for some of the world’s leading institutional and private investors. For further details, please see www.hgcapital.com.

About iLEVEL

iLEVEL is the leading portfolio monitoring, analytics and transparency platform for the global private capital markets. iLEVEL’s SAAS, cloud-based platform empowers fund managers and investors to harness their data and gain insights and transparency never before possible in private markets. Investors in iLEVEL include Blackstone (BX), The Carlyle Group (CG), Duff & Phelps, Hamilton Lane, Swift River Investments, and Egis Capital Partners. For more information, visit www.ilevelsolutions.com.

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lweiner@ilevelsolutions.com

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HgCapital Selects iLEVEL for Portfolio Monitoring

EU mergers and takeovers (Sept 23)

BRUSSELS, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:

APPROVALS AND WITHDRAWALS

— Private equity firms KKR & Co LP and Riverstone Holdings LLC to form an oil and natural gas joint venture Trinity River Energy LLC (approved Sept. 19)

NEW LISTINGS

None

EXTENSIONS AND OTHER CHANGES

None

FIRST-STAGE REVIEWS BY DEADLINE

SEPT 24

— Hungarian oil and gas group MOL to acquire Italian company Eni’s Czech, Slovak and Romanian units (notified Aug. 20/deadline Sept. 24)

SEPT 29

— German publisher Postdam and German postal services provider PostCon Deutschland to acquire joint control of post services company Advo (notified Aug. 25/deadline Sept. 29/simplified)

— Restructuring specialist Droege International Group to acquire German bookseller Weltbild (notified Aug. 25/deadline Sept. 29/simplified)

— German consumer goods company Henkel to acquire French household cleaner maker Spotless (notified Aug. 25/deadline Sept. 29)

— Chinese grain trader COFCO Corp to buy a majority stake in Dutch trader Nidera (notified Aug. 25/deadline Sept. 29/simplified)

SEPT 30

— U.S. agricultural commodities company Archer Daniel Midland Co to buy Swiss-based food flavours and specialty ingredients company Wild Flavors (notified Aug. 26/deadline Sept. 30/simplified)

OCT 2

— French food group Danone and ID Logistics to form a joint venture (notified Aug. 28/deadline Oct. 2/simplified)

OCT 3

— U.S. fruit firm Chiquita Brands and Irish rival Fyffes to merge (notified Aug. 14/deadline extended to Oct. 3 from Sept. 19 after the companies offered commitments)

— U.S. social network Facebook to buy mobile messaging startup WhatsApp (notified Aug. 29/deadline Oct. 3)

— U.S. drugmaker Eli Lilly to acquire Swiss peer Novartis’s animal health business (notified Aug. 29/deadline Oct. 3)

— U.S. orthopaedic products maker Zimmer Holdings to acquire rival Biomet Inc (notified Aug. 29/deadline Oct. 3)

— China’s Huayu Automotive Systems and German car parts maker KSPG Ag to set up a joint venture (notified Aug. 29/deadline Oct. 3/simplified)

OCT 6

— U.S. private equity firm Warburg Pincus to acquire joint control of custody services company Santander Securities, which is part of Spanish bank Banco Santander (notified Sept. 1/deadline Oct. 6/simplified)

OCT 7

— Swiss insurer Helvetia to acquire Nationale Suisse (notified Sept. 2/deadline Oct. 7/simplified)

OCT 8

— Private equity firm the Blackstone Group to aquire life insurer Lombard (notified Sept. 3/deadline Oct. 8/simplified)

OCT 9

— The Ortner Group and Strauss, which is a subsidiary of Austrian construction company PORR, to jointly acquired Austrian property developer UBM (notified Sept. 4/deadline Oct. 9/simplified)

— Areva Energies Renouvelables and Gamesa Energia to set up a joint venture (notified SEpt. 4/deadline Oct. 9/simplified)

— U.S. film and TV company 21st Century Fox and private investment firm Apollo Management to acquire joint control of a joint venture (notified Sept. 4/deadline Oct. 9)

— Dubai’s Dnata, part of the Emirates Group, to buy Britain’s Stella Travel Services UK Ltd, which is jointly owned by private equity firm CVC Capital Partners and Swiss bank UBS AG (notified Sept. 4/Oct. 9/simplified)

OCT 13

— U.S. household appliances maker Whirlpool to buy a 60 percent stake in Italian peer Indesit (notified Sept. 8/deadline Oct. 13)

OCT 14

— Petrochemicals group Ineos to buy BASF’s 50 percent stake in German plastics maker Styrolution (notified Sept. 9/deadline Oct. 14/simplified)

OCT 15

— Private equity firm Advent International to buy aluminium producer Corialis (notified Sept. 10/deadline Oct. 15/simplified)

OCT 16

— U.S. drugmaker AbbVie to acquire Irish peer Shire Plc (notified Sept. 11/deadline Oct. 16)

— U.S. aluminium group Alcoa to buy parts aerospace company Firth Rixson from private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners (notified Sept. 11/deadline Oct. 16)

OCT 17

— Private equity firm EQT Infrastructure and Spanish building manager Onmomutua to acquire joint control of Spanish car operator Acvil, which is now solely controlled by EQT (notified Sept. 12/deadline Oct. 17/simplified)

OCT 20

— Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and German engineering group Siemens to set up a joint venture (notified Sept. 15/deadline Oct. 20)

OCT 23

— OFI InfraVia, GDF Suez and PensionDanmark Holding to acquire joint control of gas pipeline operator Noordgastransport B.V. (notified Sept. 18/deadline Oct. 23/simplified)

— French insurer Axa and British property developer Hammerson plc to acquire joint control of a British property portfolio which is now jointly owned by Hammerson and Land Securities Group plc (notified Sept. 18/deadline Oct. 23/simplified)

NOV 3

— U.S. cable company Liberty Global to acquire Dutch peer Ziggo (notified March 14/deadline extended to Nov. 3 after Liberty Global provided further details of concessions)

FEB 3

— Belgian telecoms group Telenet to acquire 50 percent stake in Belgian broadcasting company De Vijver Media (notified Aug. 18/deadline extended to Feb. 5 from Sept. 22 after the European Commission opened an in-depth probe)

GUIDE TO EU MERGER PROCESS

DEADLINES:

The European Commission has 25 working days after a deal is filed for a first-stage review. It may extend that by 10 working days to 35 working days, to consider either a company’s proposed remedies or an EU member state’s request to handle the case.

Most mergers win approval but occasionally the Commission opens a detailed second-stage investigation for up to 90 additional working days, which it may extend to 105 working days.

SIMPLIFIED:

Under the simplified procedure, the Commission announces the clearance of uncontroversial first-stage mergers without giving any reason for its decision. Cases may be reclassified as non-simplified — that is, ordinary first-stage reviews — until they are approved.

(Editing by Foo Yun Chee)

Original article:

EU mergers and takeovers (Sept 23)

EU mergers and takeovers (Sept 17)

BRUSSELS, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:

APPROVALS AND WITHDRAWALS

None

NEW LISTINGS

— Private equity firm the Blackstone Group to aquire life insurer Lombard (notified Sept. 3/deadline Oct. 8/simplified)

EXTENSIONS AND OTHER CHANGES

None

FIRST-STAGE REVIEWS BY DEADLINE

SEPT 19

— French train operator SNCF to form joint venture with Belgian train operator SNCB, to manage the operation of the high-speed train service Thalys (notified Aug. 14/deadline Sept. 19)

SEPT 22

— Belgian telecoms group Telenet to acquire 50 percent stake in Belgian broadcasting company De Vijver Media (notified Aug. 18/deadline Sept. 22)

SEPT 24

— Hungarian oil and gas group MOL to acquire Italian company Eni’s Czech, Slovak and Romanian units (notified Aug. 20/deadline Sept. 24)

SEPT 29

— German publisher Postdam and German postal services provider PostCon Deutschland to acquire joint control of post services company Advo (notified Aug. 25/deadline Sept. 29/simplified)

— Restructuring specialist Droege International Group to acquire German bookseller Weltbild (notified Aug. 25/deadline Sept. 29/simplified)

— German consumer goods company Henkel to acquire French household cleaner maker Spotless (notified Aug. 25/deadline Sept. 29)

— Chinese grain trader COFCO Corp to buy a majority stake in Dutch trader Nidera (notified Aug. 25/deadline Sept. 29/simplified)

SEPT 30

— Private equity firm Nordic Capital to acquire Norway-based debt collector Lindorff (notified Aug. 26/deadline Sept. 30/simplified)

— U.S. agricultural commodities company Archer Daniel Midland Co to buy Swiss-based food flavours and specialty ingredients company Wild Flavors (notified Aug. 26/deadline Sept. 30/simplified)

— Private equity firms KKR & Co LP and Riverstone Holdings LLC to form an oil and natural gas joint venture Trinity River Energy LLC (notified Aug. 26/deadline Sept. 30/simplified)

OCT 2

— French food group Danone and ID Logistics to form a joint venture (notified Aug. 28/deadline Oct. 2/simplified)

OCT 3

— U.S. fruit firm Chiquita Brands and Irish rival Fyffes to merge (notified Aug. 14/deadline extended to Oct. 3 from Sept. 19 after the companies offered commitments)

— U.S. social network Facebook to buy mobile messaging startup WhatsApp (notified Aug. 29/deadline Oct. 3)

— U.S. drugmaker Eli Lilly to acquire Swiss peer Novartis’s animal health business (notified Aug. 29/deadline Oct. 3)

— U.S. orthopaedic products maker Zimmer Holdings to acquire rival Biomet Inc (notified Aug. 29/deadline Oct. 3)

— China’s Huayu Automotive Systems and German car parts maker KSPG Ag to set up a joint venture (notified Aug. 29/deadline Oct. 3/simplified)

OCT 6

— U.S. private equity firm Warburg Pincus to acquire joint control of custody services company Santander Securities, which is part of Spanish bank Banco Santander (notified Sept. 1/deadline Oct. 6/simplified)

OCT 7

— Swiss insurer Helvetia to acquire Nationale Suisse (notified Sept. 2/deadline Oct. 7/simplified)

OCT 9

— The Ortner Group and Strauss, which is a subsidiary of Austrian construction company PORR, to jointly acquired Austrian property developer UBM (notified Sept. 4/deadline Oct. 9/simplified)

— Areva Energies Renouvelables and Gamesa Energia to set up a joint venture (notified SEpt. 4/deadline Oct. 9/simplified)

— U.S. film and TV company 21st Century Fox and private investment firm Apollo Management to acquire joint control of a joint venture (notified Sept. 4/deadline Oct. 9)

— Dubai’s Dnata, part of the Emirates Group, to buy Britain’s Stella Travel Services UK Ltd, which is jointly owned by private equity firm CVC Capital Partners and Swiss bank UBS AG (notified Sept. 4/Oct. 9/simplified)

OCT 13

— U.S. household appliances maker Whirlpool to buy a 60 percent stake in Italian peer Indesit (notified Sept. 8/deadline Oct. 13)

OCT 14

— Petrochemicals group Ineos to buy BASF’s 50 percent stake in German plastics maker Styrolution (notified Sept. 9/deadline Oct. 14/simplified)

OCT 15

— Private equity firm Advent International to buy aluminium producer Corialis (notified Sept. 10/deadline Oct. 15/simplified)

OCT 16

— U.S. drugmaker AbbVie to acquire Irish peer Shire Plc (notified Sept. 11/deadline Oct. 16)

— U.S. aluminium group Alcoa to buy parts aerospace company Firth Rixson from private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners (notified Sept. 11/deadline Oct. 16)

OCT 17

— Private equity firm EQT Infrastructure and Spanish building manager Onmomutua to acquire joint control of Spanish car operator Acvil, which is now solely controlled by EQT (notified Sept. 12/deadline Oct. 17/simplified)

OCT 20

— Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and German engineering group Siemens to set up a joint venture (notified Sept. 15/deadline Oct. 20)

NOV 3

— U.S. cable company Liberty Global to acquire Dutch peer Ziggo (notified March 14/deadline extended to Nov. 3 after Liberty Global provided further details of concessions)

GUIDE TO EU MERGER PROCESS

DEADLINES:

The European Commission has 25 working days after a deal is filed for a first-stage review. It may extend that by 10 working days to 35 working days, to consider either a company’s proposed remedies or an EU member state’s request to handle the case.

Most mergers win approval but occasionally the Commission opens a detailed second-stage investigation for up to 90 additional working days, which it may extend to 105 working days.

SIMPLIFIED:

Under the simplified procedure, the Commission announces the clearance of uncontroversial first-stage mergers without giving any reason for its decision. Cases may be reclassified as non-simplified — that is, ordinary first-stage reviews — until they are approved.

(Editing by Foo Yun Chee)

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EU mergers and takeovers (Sept 17)

Marshall catcher Mitch Blackstone commits to Cornell

After a productive summer with the Diamond Skills 17U travel team, Marshall senior Mitch Blackstone spent the month of August in the United Kingdom with his family. It offered him time away from baseball and the heightened recruiting interest he received.

Columbia, Harvard, Georgetown, Virginia Commonwealth and Cornell all wanted Blackstone on their campus upon his graduation in 2015, but he felt a special bond with Cornell. And when he arrived back in Northern Virginia from his European tour, the Big Red offered him a spot.

After learning of the offer, he submitted his transcript to the Ivy League school, and last Wednesday Cornell Coach Bill Walkenbach texted Blackstone to ask whether he was going to commit. Soon after Blackstone called Walkenbach to give his oral commitment to Cornell.

“I was impressed with everything about the school and the baseball program,” Blackstone said. “I figured Cornell was my number one choice, and the best offer you could get in my mind.”

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Blackstone, the Conference 13 player of the year, 5A North region player of the year and first team all-state selection, has gone from a 5-foot-8 eighth grader to a 6-foot-3, 190-pound dynamo at the plate. He hit .511 with seven home runs and 29 RBI. Walkenbach began courting the standout catcher in the middle of July after he came to see Blackstone at an invitational at Catholic University. On the weekend of July 26, Blackstone took his visit to its Ithaca, N.Y., campus.

‘”I thought the baseball facilities were really nice, and I knew with it being Cornell I had a high expectation of what it would be,” Blackstone said. “The school is beautiful. It was drizzling while I was there, but I figured if I loved it on a not-so-good day, then on its best days it would be  an incredible experience.”

Blackstone is versatile enough to play catcher, first base and in the outfield. However, he spends most of his time behind home plate with the Statesmen. Blackstone said Cornell recruited him as a utility player, and he’s willing to play wherever he’s needed on the field for the Big Red.

“Personally, I’m most comfortable at catcher because I have been playing there for 10 years,” Blackstone said. “It’s my more natural position, and the game has come easy for me behind the plate. If I had to move I would do it, obviously it would be a learning curve, but I feel confident enough to take on the new position.”

The commitment to Cornell means there is a possibility he could face his older brother, Kent, whorecently transferred to George Mason. Last season, the Big Red traveled to Fairfax for a two-game series with the Patriots that the two teams split.

“If we played against each other, that would be one heck of an experience,” Blackstone said. “I remember playing with him as a freshman and he was the shortstop. Seems like that was yesterday.”

NUMBER CRUNCH: 3 Seventh-ranked South River scored three goals in just less than two minutes to edge No. 4 Broadneck 4-3 in field hockey. Broadneck jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half, but South River battled back in a thriller between the Anne Arundel rivals.

BREAKFAST LINKS  –In his first game as Quince Orchard’s head coach, John Kelley wins a 22-19 thriller against Clarksburg. Read about what his day was like leading up to and then getting his first win. –DuVal G/F Edward Polite committed to Radford and became the first player from Prince George’s County Class 4A to commit to a Division I school in the class of 2015. –As you prepare for another big slate of Friday night games check out the Post Top 20 and our Coaches’ Poll.

PHOTOS OF THE DAY:  Take a look at this gallery of Quince Orchard football Coach John Kelley’s day as he prepared for his first ever game.