RELEASE: Xynteo Announces Majority Investment From Leon Capital

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RELEASE: Xynteo Announces Majority Investment From Leon Capital

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LONDON and OSLO, Norway, Feb. 27, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Xynteo, a strategic advisory firm dedicated exclusively to providing sustainability and energy transition services to some of the world's largest companies, has announced a majority investment by funds advised by Leon Capital LLP (Leon Capital). The family of founder Osvald Bjelland remains a minority shareholder. The agreement includes the creation of an employee association model, under which the most senior employees become owners of the company.

Over the past two decades, Xynteo has helped some of the world's largest companies and their leaders achieve planet-positive and inclusive growth, address complex systemic challenges, and incubate green supply chains. They deliver a range of world-class professional services in strategy and innovation, leadership and culture, and systems collaboration, including value chain-based and cross-sector coalition models. The company operates globally, with offices in the UK, Norway and India, serving many of the world's leading companies including ABB, BP, Hindalco, HUL, JLL, Mastercard, SAP, Shell, Tata, Unilever , Verizon, and Visa.

"This partnership brings renewed momentum and ambition to Xynteo. We are incredibly excited to be working with the team at Leon Capital, who bring deep operational capabilities and resources, as well as a vast network of industry relationships," said Jonah Grunsell, Partner Xynteo Director.

"The time has come to build on what we have and improve everything we do: invest in our long-term customer relationships, our team, technologies and services, and move on to a fantastic new partnership. In short, I commend the partnership with Leon Capital and management's commitment to now furthering our mission to serve people and planet to the best of our ability," said founder Osvald Bjelland.

Christos Lavidas, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Leon Capital, said, "We are proud to invest in Xynteo and its mission to help the world's leading organizations succeed through positive growth for the planet and including the people: doing it right by doing good.Our strategy at Leon Capital is centered around partnering with exceptional service companies, where we see a clear active ownership plan to create sustainable impact for all stakeholders.That's exactly what we've found at Xynteo".

"We have been impressed by the exceptional business and long-standing client relationships the team has built, and we are delighted to partner with the Bjelland family and management. We are grateful for their trust, and this only confirms Leon Capital as a partner. choice for family and founder-led businesses," said Jean-Christophe Napoléon Bonaparte, co-founder and managing partner of Leon Capital.

"We are delighted to partner with Xynteo, and members of its exceptional team, to expand their coalitions into new geographies and value chains, to grow Xynteo's own team, and to ensure that clients see the best of all. capabilities of Xynteo, at all times," said Michael Youtsos, partner at Leon Capital

Xynteo partners also expressed their enthusiasm for the deal. Peter Voser, Chairman of ABB and former CEO of Shell, stated: "As Chairman of the Europe Delivers coalition, I am excited to work with all of Xynteo's stakeholders to further our impact in Europe, through good growth."

Sanjiv Mehta, CEO and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever, said: "A few years ago, some multinationals and local groups came together to solve some intractable problems facing the country regarding people and planet. As Chairman of Vikaasa coalition, I fully support Xynteo's partner ownership and am excited to work on the grand challenges facing India."

Henrik Madsen, former CEO of DNV, will remain Chairman of Xynteo, and Thorhild Widvey, former Minister of Oil and Energy and Minister of Culture of Norway, will remain on the Board of Directors.

The operation has the support of the partners of Leon Capital, Yana Investment Partners and several prominent family offices, among others.

About XynteoXynteo is a goal-oriented strategic advisory firm that helps global organizations, and their leaders, find new ways forward as they tackle social and environmental challenges that are too big, too expensive, and too much. complex to solve on their own. We believe that companies are a force for good when leaders think long term, work with nature, not against it, and use their influence and resources to benefit the many, not the few. For us, this is good growth.

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About Leon Capital Leon Capital LLP is a London-based venture capital firm that invests in leading European mid-market technology services companies. We partner with ambitious teams to enable transformational change and create regional or international leaders. We have a long-term vision, a family partnership mentality, and an active management model to achieve sustainable impact for all stakeholders. The Leon Capital team has successfully completed or been involved in over 45 transactions, representing €6 billion in invested capital, and has direct operating experience across 20 portfolio companies.

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