OP Financial Group – Reorganisation of Shareholding in Access Capital Partners

Castrén & Snellman represented OP Financial Group in a transaction where the shareholding of Access Capital Partners was reorganised and Alantra, a global investment banking and asset management firm focused on the mid-market segment, became a new strategic shareholder.

Established in December 1998, Access Capital Partners is an independent Private Assets manager, majority owned by its management. With offices in six European countries and aggregate investor commitments of €8.8 billion, Access’ integrated expertise offers exposure to smaller buy-outs, infrastructure, and private debt through funds of funds, direct & co-investment funds and customised client solutions. The team is fully committed to integrating environmental, social and governance best practices into its investment strategies, acknowledging that a responsible investment approach partially mitigates investment risk and enhances long term returns.

OP Financial Group is Finland’s largest financial services group, whose mission is to create sustainable prosperity, security and wellbeing for its owner-customers and in its operating region by means of its strong capital base and efficiency. OP Financial Group consists of 156 member cooperative banks, its central cooperative OP Cooperative, and the latter’s subsidiaries and affiliates. The Group has a staff of 12,000 and 1.9 million owner-customers.

Alantra is a global investment banking and asset management firm focused on the mid-market with offices across Europe, the US, Asia and Latin America. Alantra’s Asset Management division has €4.4 billion of assets under management (AuM) in Private Equity, Active Funds, Private Debt, Real Estate and Wealth Management. Its Investment Banking division employs over 330 professionals, providing independent advice on M&A, debt advisory, financial restructuring, credit portfolio and capital markets transactions. Alantra is a publicly-traded partnership.