Apax Partners completes the acquisition of Marlink

Friday 3, June 2016

Funds managed by Apax Partners completed the acquisition of Marlink, Airbus Group’s Commercial Satellite Communication business.

Marlink’s maritime and land commercial satcom business is present in 14 countries across Europe, Asia, Middle-East and Americas, and has a distribution network of approximately 400 re-sellers worldwide.

The company serves all maritime sectors in the world and thousands of users operating in challenging environments in the mining, energy and humanitarian sectors that needs highly reliable satcom mobile and fixed connectivity services.

The government satcom business is not part of this transaction and remains part of Airbus Defence & Space’ core activities.

The objective is to offer an ever growing range of Broadband Satcom Solutions to clients worldwide, providing tailored products and services that will help them digitalize their own operations on land and at sea.

To achieve this objective, Erik Ceuppens, CEO of Marlink can count on the support of the Apax Partners team, led by Bertrand Pivin, Partner.

About Apax Partners

Apax Partners is a leading European private equity firm based in Paris. With over 45 years of experience, Apax Partners provides long-term equity financing to build and strengthen world-class companies. Funds managed and advised by Apax Partners exceed €4 billion. These funds invest in fastgrowing middle-market companies across four sectors of specialisation: Tech & Telecom, Consumer, Healthcare and Services.

Paris-headquartered Apax Partners sas (www.apax.fr) and London-headquartered Apax Partners LLP (www.apax.com) have a shared history but are separate, independent private equity firms.