Initial acquisition marks the first step toward building a leading risk and compliance platform
PALO ALTO, CA and BRANCHBURG, NJ—Opus Global (“Opus Global”) today announced it has acquired Hiperos, LLC (“Hiperos”). Hiperos is a recognized global leader in third party management connecting over 300,000 third parties to many of the world’s largest companies across a range of industry verticals including energy, financial services, food, real estate, pharmaceuticals, and technology. Hiperos provides rapidly deployable, highly flexible SaaS-based solutions for a broad range of information management, risk, compliance and performance needs for many of the world’s Global 2000 companies including, Aetna, Alcoa, AON, Arrow Electronics, Astra Zeneca, AXA, Bank of Montreal, CA Technologies, Charles Schwab, Huntington Bank, Kraft Foods, Mondelez, Microsoft, News Corporation, Peabody, PNC Bank, Rockwell Automation, Sun Life Financial, State Street, TD Bank, and United Technologies.
The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Opus Global is a company formed in September, 2013, by GTCR, a leading Chicago-based private equity firm, and Doug Bergeron, former CEO of VeriFone. Opus Global plans to invest up to $500 million, with $450 million from GTCR and $50 million from Mr. Bergeron. Mr. Bergeron currently serves as CEO of Opus Global and, in addition, has assumed the role of Executive Chairman of Hiperos. Michele Flynn, founder and current Chairman of Hiperos will assume the role of Vice Chairman of Hiperos and will join the Opus Global Board as a director. Greg Dickinson will continue to serve in his role as CEO of Hiperos, and will also join the Opus Global Board as a director.
Hiperos is the first acquisition for Opus Global. It forms the foundation for Opus Global’s innovative strategy of building, through targeted acquisitions and direct investment, a leading technology platform that integrates solutions to address the increasingly complex compliance requirements and risks faced by companies in every industry, with an expertise in ensuring consistent application of business operations.
Hiperos, founded in 2007 and based in Branchburg, NJ, provides top-tier technology solutions that help companies manage their third party management needs through the Hiperos 3PM™ platform, the industry’s first intelligent SaaS solutions for third party management. Third parties include sub-contractors, channel partners, suppliers, contract manufacturers, distributors, resellers, agents, or brokers who deliver a complex business function or service for a company.
Doug Bergeron commented, “Hiperos is the leading provider of third party management solutions with an impressive client roster that includes some of the largest companies in the world, and possesses a stellar track record of customer growth, retention and satisfaction. We view Hiperos as the cornerstone of our strategy to build the preeminent risk and compliance platform in the world. We see tremendous opportunity globally as increased regulations and corporate risk focus has shifted to all third party exposures, not just suppliers. There is an increased global regulatory imperative on companies from anti-money laundering regulation, the FCPA, FATCA, Dodd-Frank and the UK bribery law, among others. The average Fortune 1000 company manages upwards of 20,000 relationships and the penalties are potentially disastrous.”
Bergeron added, “We are very excited about this platform acquisition and look forward to working with Greg and Michele and their talented management team to build the business by further penetrating existing end markets, exploring geographic and market expansion, and through strategic add-on acquisitions.”
Greg Dickinson added, “We are thrilled to enter into a transaction that will provide Hiperos with the ability to continue its internal growth as well as pursue attractive acquisition opportunities. I am confident this transaction will enable Hiperos to create and deliver even more value to our existing customers as well as secure new customers. Doug’s breadth of experience and strong track record of growing businesses will enable us to build value while creating attractive opportunities for employees. We expect a bright future as part of Opus Global.”
Michele Flynn commented, “We are pleased to join forces with Opus Global and believe this transaction will provide Hiperos with necessary growth capital, while preserving our relentless focus on our customers.”
About Opus Global
Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Opus Global was created through a $500 million partnership between GTCR, one of the world’s leading private equity firms, and Doug Bergeron, former CEO of VeriFone. Through its direct investments and targeted acquisitions Opus Global seeks to build a leading technology platform that integrates solutions to address the increasingly complex compliance requirements and risks faced by companies in every industry. Opus Global’s mission is to establish itself as a long-term partner capable of delivering significant value to businesses through the aggregation of content, software-based solutions, and related services.
For more information about Opus Global, please visit http://www.opusglobal.com .
Hiperos is the leader in Third Party Management software connecting over 300,000 third parties to many of the world’s largest companies across a range of industry verticals including energy, financial services, food, real estate, pharmaceuticals, and technology. The company’s flagship product, Hiperos 3PM™, is the only solution in the market that is purpose-built to simultaneously minimize the risks of using third parties while maximizing the value they provide. Implemented by the global 2000 and business consortiums to address their expanding third party management requirements, Hiperos 3PM™ has become the industry’s most widely used SaaS-based solution. The winner of industry awards and accolades for the proven value and low cost of ownership it delivers, Hiperos 3PM™ enables companies to protect their brand and revenues by implementing an automated, consistent approach to third party onboarding, measurement, monitoring and controls, throughout their lifecycle. Hiperos’ clients include many of the world’s leading companies such as Aetna, Alcoa, AON, Arrow Electronics, Astra Zeneca, AXA, Bank of Montreal, CA Technologies, Charles Schwab, Huntington Bank, Kraft Foods, Mondelez, Microsoft, News Corporation, Peabody, PNC Bank, Rockwell Automation, Sun Life Financial, State Street, TD Bank, and United Technologies.
For more information visit http://www.hiperos.com.
Source: Opus Global