Press release

General Atlantic buys into Hyperion Insurance Group

27.03.13

  • Hyperion
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Hyperion Insurance Group, the international insurance intermediary group, is pleased to announce that global growth equity firm, General Atlantic, has signed an initial agreement to acquire just over 30% of the shares in Hyperion.  The transaction values the Company at an equity value of £250 million.

This will be achieved by General Atlantic acquiring up to 100% of 3i’s holding and 80% of BP Marsh’s holding.  Hyperion management and employees continue to hold over 60% of shares in the Company and no shares will be sold by management or employees as part of the transaction.

General Atlantic is a global growth equity firm which provides capital and strategic support to help build leading growth companies worldwide.  It has $17bn of capital under management and has more than 70 investment professionals based in Greenwich, New York, Palo Alto, São Paulo, London, Munich, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore and Mumbai.

As a result of the transaction, John Bernstein, Managing Director of General Atlantic in Europe, will join the Board of Hyperion, subject to regulatory approval. 

Commenting on the new shareholder David Howden, CEO of Hyperion, said: “General Atlantic’s investment represents a major step in Hyperion’s growth story.  GA will provide long-term stability to our investor base and, with both private and listed companies in their portfolio, will bring important experience to the table as we prepare to go public.  They are long-term, collaborative, large minority investors, and have an outlook and ethos that match ours and our ambitions very well.  Their intellectual capital, global resources, and experience in high-growth emerging markets are particularly relevant to our growth strategy.  Critically, they share our vision of Hyperion as an independent, global business of significant scale.  This is an extremely important new partnership and I look forward to working with John Bernstein and the General Atlantic Team as we continue to build the Group.

On behalf of the whole team at Hyperion, I would like to thank 3i for their fantastic support over the last five years, during which time the Group has doubled the number of countries in which it operates from 14 to 28, almost trebled its revenue, and more than quadrupled its number of employees.   I am very pleased that BP Marsh, who were founding investors in the business when we were a team of five people, will continue to support the Group through the retention of a 2.76% shareholding."

John Bernstein, Managing Director of General Atlantic’s UK operations, commented: “Hyperion has an exceptional track record of growth with an outstanding entrepreneurial management team in 28 countries.  Its unique distribution model makes it both balanced and extremely scalable, and GA is well positioned to help the Group achieve its long term growth ambitions whilst delivering a quality service to its partners and customers.  We are delighted to be a part of its future.”

The transaction is subject to shareholder and regulatory approval.