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Inflexion expands team with hires in Brazil, China and India

24 April 2012

(Inflexion) April 24, 2012 – Inflexion Private Equity, the mid market private equity investor, today announces that it has expanded its international footprint with the recruitment of teams in Brazil, China and India to support portfolio development. Staffed by experienced entrepreneurs and business consultants, Inflexion investee companies can now benefit from dedicated professionals in local offices offering insight and access to these fast growing economies to grow sales, improve cost management and increase EBITDA.

Much of Inflexion’s success comes from backing UK champions and working with them to become international players; a great example of which is SMD which has transformed from an ambitious national business to become the world’s leading privately-owned designer and manufacturer of subsea vehicle systems. Inflexion’s investee companies are currently sourcing products and trading in over 70 countries worldwide. Adding experienced executives in the B(R)IC nations enables Inflexion to systematically assess opportunities for portfolio development in each of these new markets and provides the resources to enable delivery.

The individuals joining the Inflexion team are financially and commercially astute. Emanuele Farini, in São Paulo, comes from a consultancy background; previously he was a Partner at Accenture and has set up his own successful business in Brazil. Rohit Hegde, leading the team in Bangalore, has a background in industry spending many years with Hewlett Packard and the team leader in Shanghai, Xuan Ye, has extensive private equity experience, particularly with portfolio companies setting up production facilities or JVs in China. All have proven ability to assist European businesses through working with MBO Partenaires, a leading, French mid market private equity investor. Inflexion is sharing these valuable resources with MBO Partenaires in order to offer a step change in support to its investee companies.

Simon Turner, Managing Partner at Inflexion, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Emanuele, Xuan, Rohit and their teams to Inflexion. Our portfolio companies are already trading and sourcing in over 70 countries worldwide and we are excited about how this development will further expand their horizons. We back ambitious management teams and work with them to create valuable, diversified businesses. Adding local expertise in Brazil, China and India deepens our understanding of these growth markets and enables us to offer insight and access to current and future investee companies to really fuel their growth.”

Inflexion’s core investment strategy remains unchanged. It will continue to invest in high growth, niche businesses headquartered in the UK often with the ability to exploit international development opportunities.