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European hedge fund manager STAR Capital Partnership is injecting capital into corporate, private client and fund administration services group Hawksford.
The involvement of STAR suggests that more mergers and acquisitions are in mind following the groups' statement yesterday: “M&A will be an integral part of STAR and Hawksford's growth strategy.”
“Despite the global challenges defining 2020 and 2021, STAR identified Hawksford as an attractive investment opportunity due to our stable and long-term client partnerships, sound business returns and potential for global growth. Several acquisition targets have been identified, which is why the partnership with STAR represents an exciting step change in Hawksford's successful evolution,” Hawksford Group chief executive Michel van Leeuwen, said.
STAR Capital concentrates on developing strategic asset-based businesses in Western Europe.
The deal was negotiated by management with STAR Capital and the incumbent investor Dunedin, which will retain a minority stake in the business. The deal completed on 25 February after receiving regulatory approval in each of the relevant jurisdictions in which Hawksford operates. Hawksford will be supported by Crescent Capital Group LP via its European Special Lending strategy on financing.