|GP||Axxess Capital||GROWTH||500M systems in 150 countries|
|GP||EUR 6 million (with LP co-invest.)|
|INVESTMENT||June 2009||FUND OWNERSHIP||16% (incl. LP co-invest.)|
|EXIT||December 2017||EXIT ROUTE||Sale to a PE house|
Bitdefender was created by a team with 10+ years of experience in breakthrough cybersecurity innovation. The company's proprietary solutions focused on the key growing security markets and had the potential to expand into the sought-after enterprise segment. Its Romanian operations provided access to cost-effective technical talent, while the business prospects were global.
Deal history and structure
In 2007, Axxess Capital’s individual partners acquired a minority stake and helped the founders establish the business as a spin-off from a software integrator. Two years later the founders decided to sell part of their holding. Building on the existing relationship, Axxess secured an exclusive EUR 6 million equity transaction for the fund to purchase a minority stake. The investment was completed in a fully transparent process.
The report offers an in-depth study of private equity’s role in innovation and economic development across Central and Eastern Europe through detailed case studies of companies backed by private equity investors during 2015-2019.
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