Bip, détenue par Argos Soditic acquiert OpenKnowledge et entre dans l'entreprise numérique

Bip, détenue par Argos Soditic acquiert OpenKnowledge et entre dans l’entreprise numérique green_squares


Milan, July 21st 2015 – Bip, backed by Argos Soditic, acquires the majority of OpenKnowledge entering into digital business

Business Integration Partners (“Bip”) is a dynamic leading Italian consulting company, with a global footprint. Founded in 2003, Bip has always grown double digit and it has become the largest partnership in the Italian consulting sector. Today it employs more than one thousand professionals.

OpenKnowledge, headquartered in Milan, is a management consulting company focused on social and digital transformation, pioneer and leader on digital transformation and social business.

Argos Soditic has invested in Bip in May 2014, to support management team and fuel a strong growth, with the aim to list the company.

Emiliano Tonelli, senior investment manager of Argos Fund, and Mirco Dilda, partner of the Fund, “The acquisition of the majority of OpenKnowledge, in partnership with the current managers and shareholders, is a significant step in the growth strategy of Bip, based on the expansion of the international market and the acquisition of companies able to create synergies in the core business of the company or in high added value niches such as the digital transformation and social where OKN operates. In the past months, Bip has also acquired a company in Turkey, specialized in the payment business, and has opened three more offices in Colombia, EAU and USA.”

About Argos Soditic

Founded in 1989, Argos Soditic is an independent European Private Equity firm with offices in Milan, Paris, Geneva and Brussels. Argos Soditic focuses on management buy‐outs, buy‐ins, Bimbo, spin‐off, in small and medium sized companies. The group of funds managed by the firm typically take majority stakes ranging from €10m to €60m in companies with revenues of €20m to €400m. Since its creation, Argos Soditic has carried out more than 60 transactions focusing on management buy‐outs and buy‐ins in small and medium companies.

The firm has developed a track record of unusual, complex and off‐market transactions where the firm’s combination of local presence and international experience is able to add value to the small and medium‐sized businesses it invests in.

About Bip

Founded in Italy in 2003, Bip is today a leading consulting company and employs more than a thousand people all around the world. Its professionals provide management consulting services and business integration, and carry out companies during research processes and adoption of disruptive technological solutions. Bip is present in Italy, England, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Brazil, Colombia, the US and Malaysia. Bip forecasts more than €100m sales in 2015fy.

About OpenKnowledge

Pioneer and leader on issues of social business and digital transformation, OpenKnowledge supports since 2008 companies in their cultural, organizational and technological transformation with a collaborative perspective. In 2014 OpenKnowledge achieved €5m revenues. OpenKnowledge organizes the Social Business Forum, the most important international event about the impact of social media and digital on the main business processes (collaborative organization, open innovation, sharing marketing), now in its eighth edition in 2015. OpenKnowledge is also the author of Social Business Manifesto (2012), Social Business Toolkit (2013), and Social & Digital Transformation (2014), published as an attachment of the Harvard Business Review Italy. Its major clients are ENI, Vodafone, Luxottica, Magneti Marelli, Banca Popolare Emilia Romagna, Unipol, Ferragamo and Zegna.

Advisors:

Bip:

  • Financial: New Deal Advisors (Mara Caverni, Antonio Ficetti)
  • Fiscal: Studio Chiaravalli, Reali e Associati (David Reali)
  • Legal: Lodovico Bianchi Di Giulio

OpenKnowledge:

  • M&A / Financial: Francesco Robiglio ‐ Lombarda&Associati
  • Legal: PierFrancesco Giustiniani ‐ Hi.lex
  • Fiscal: Studio Dattilo

Contacts:

  • ARGOS SODITIC: Emiliano Tonelli (Senior Investment Manager), Mirco Dilda (Partner)
  • BIP: Carlo Capè, Fabio Troiani, Nino Lo Bianco, Luca Martignago (CFO)
  • OKGOKN: Rosario Sica, Emanuele Scotti, Paolo Calderari

For more information www.argos-soditic.com

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