Sagard NewGen Enters Into Exclusive Negotiations with Capza to Acquire Horizon Software Alongside its Management
07 April 2022, Paris: Horizon Software is proud to announce that Sagard NewGen is entering into exclusive negotiations to acquire the majority stake of Capza in Horizon Software. For 24 years, Horizon Software has brought automation to Investment Banks, Brokers, Exchanges and Trading Platforms for their electronic trading needs spanning more than 150 liquidity venues globally.
The Horizon trading platform brings together equity and derivatives departments and provides principal and agency traders with a unique cross-asset solution. By combining native trading functionalities with sophisticated algorithmic capabilities, Horizon Software’s clients create, test and implement automated strategies within incredibly short timescales and with absolute security.
With its managed services approach, Horizon Software offers a SaaS experience to its clients, winning 10 industry awards in the past 5 years. Currently serving 70 clients in 26 countries, the Horizon trading platform is today the only one that can target the full needs of a trading floor including market making, agency trading and algorithmic trading.
Horizon Software is headquartered in Paris and has offices in Asia, the Middle-East and North America. The company has more than 100 employees and had an ARR growth of 20% in 2021.
Sylvain Thieullent, CEO of Horizon Software, said: “We are very excited about working with the Sagard NewGen team to support the ambitious strategy of the company. Moving forward, our aim is to reinforce the relationships with historical clients and develop new digital asset classes”.
Bérangère Barbe and Agnès Huyghues Despointes, Partners at Sagard NewGen, added: “We are delighted to have been chosen by Sylvain Thieullent to support Horizon Software and its remarkable management team in this new development phase. Under the leadership of its CEO, the company has successfully launched its Managed & Hosted service offering and has leveraged its expertise in algorithmic trading to conquer new international markets and develop its Agency Trading business. We are convinced of Horizon Software’s strong potential. The team will be able to draw on the resources of the Sagard network to accelerate the company’s growth”.
Benoît Choppin, Managing Partner at Capza, also said: “We are glad to have supported Sylvain Thieullent and his management team in the growth acceleration of the group. Horizon Software is today a leading platform in its market”.
Participants to the transaction:
Sagard NewGen: Agnès Huyghues Despointes, Bérangère Barbe, Jan Kinsky et Louis Gosselin
Horizon Software : Sylvain Thieullent, Charles Bertrand
Capza : Benoît Choppin, Olivier Guine, Axel Augustin
Horizon Software Advisors:
- Sell-side M&A: Bryan Garnier (Thibaut de Smedt, Stanislas de Gmeline, Marc-Antoine Janny, Henri Guilbert, Arthur Escoffier)
- Financial VDD: Alvarez & Marsal (Frédéric Steiner, Samih Hajar, Jean-Baptiste Peltier)
- Strategic VDD: GreySpark (Frédéric Ponzo, George Kao, Wani Yosepa)
- Lawyers : Agilys Avocats (Karine Violeau, Carolle Thain-Navarro, Sophie Auvergne)
- Lawyers: Jeausserand Audouard (Jérémie Jeausserand, Carole Degonse, Carole Furst)
- Financial advisor: François Barou
Sagard NewGen Advisors:
- Buy-side M&A: ETXE Finance (Romain Petit, Henri Hitier)
- Financial BDD: D’Ornano + Co (Raphaëlle D’Ornano, Vadym Diablo, Marie-Astrid Bainier)
- Legal, Tax and Social BDD: Archers, Solveig Avocats
- Lawyers: Archers (Marc Baffreau, Emily Pabot du Chatelard)
- Eurazeo: François Lacoste, Olivier Sesboüé, Hugo Torresano
About Sagard NewGen
Sagard NewGen supports the development of leaders in the Technology and Healthcare sectors. They finance the growth strategy of profitable European companies with revenues of up to €150 million through both majority and minority equity investments. The companies they invest in share their commitment to innovation and sustainability.
Sagard NewGen is a member of the international Sagard platform with $14 billion of Asset Under Management, combining capital, culture and network to grow businesses and drive strategic and financial success. As such, Sagard NewGen provides management teams with bespoke support and a high value-added ecosystem with international reach through Sagard’s presence in Paris, London, Montreal, Toronto, New York, San Francisco and Singapore.