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Bregal Investments is an international private equity firm providing a platform for five direct investment teams and a fund-of-funds team across the US and Europe.

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Funds

All our investment teams have distinct investment strategies and focus on investing in mid-market companies in a variety of sectors in the US and Europe.

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Flexible capital and strategic assistance for market-leading companies in high-growth sectors.

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Equity capital for mid-sized companies in the DACH region and Northern Italy.

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Providing growth capital and strategic assistance to ambitious, market leading technology companies in Europe.

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Building world-class businesses in the middle market in North America.

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Energy, power and renewables focused middle market fund.

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Private equity funds, co-investments and secondaries.

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People

Our experienced global investment team seeks to create long-standing relationships and drive lasting impact within our portfolio companies.

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Responsibility

We champion a responsible investment approach focused on creating long-term, sustainable value and are conscious of the responsibilities we have towards all our stakeholders. 

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Case studies

Examples of how we are collaborating with our portfolio companies to improve their ESG performance.

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Employee giving

Our Philanthropy Programme is designed to encourage our employees to become more active in charitable organisations.

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Bregal Helps Initiative

In early 2020, together with the COFRA Foundation, senior Bregal employees also established a €3 million Bregal Helps Initiative to help our portfolio companies support their local communities affected by Covid-19.  

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Locations

We have offices in seven locations in the US, UK, Germany, Jersey, Luxembourg and Italy.

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Case Study - Options

Options is the leading global provider of hedge fund technology, financial technology managed services and IT infrastructure services and is based in London, UK.

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Options is a leading provider of cloud-enabled managed IT services, offering front to back office managed infrastructure to financial services customers globally including desktop, colocation, application hosting services and technology consultancy services. Over 200 firms globally leverage the Options platform, including the leading global investment banks, hedge funds, funds of funds, proprietary trading firms, private equity houses and exchanges.

Options operates out of seven regional offices and over 30 data centres in financial cities around the world. Since the company offers managed services for production critical infrastructure, including colocation and complex application environments, a global footprint is integral to serving its customer base effectively. As such, Options is organised to provide secure access to its environment in the key financial sector regions where its customers and major exchanges are located. Facilities are leased from strategic data centre partners in-region including Equinix. 

Sector: Financial technology managed services and IT infrastructure services
Head office: London, UK

ESG industry relevance 

Options operates within the broader IT infrastructure industry and manages hardware on behalf of its clients. While the company does not directly own any data centres, the industry is a significant energy user. Currently, data centres consume up to 3% of all global electricity production while producing 200 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. The migration to the cloud is driving the need for more data centre capacity, which in turn is increasing energy consumption. Options has an active dialogue with its data centre partners to reduce emissions as much as possible. 

Options employs more than 190 individuals and has developed an ESG focus surrounding reducing energy usage, improving workplace culture and diversity, and instituting recycling programmes in its offices.

Material issues:

Data centre usage and carbon footprint

Employee culture

Focussed on offering career opportunities to postgraduate workers 

Emphasis on energy efficient lighting and recycling at its offices

Options continues to focus on maintaining and improving our culture of employee fulfilment and environmental sustainability, which are both imperative to our long-term success.

Data centre usage and carbon footprint 

Options operates out of over 30 data centres around the world. As the company does not own any of these data centres, management has a limited impact on the carbon footprint of these systems. That said, the company partners with green certified facilities where possible, including Equinix whose leading energy efficient and environmentally sustainable data centres account for almost half of the Options footprint. Management has begun a process of data collection to better understand the broader carbon footprint of its environments and is working to lobby with management of its co-location providers to reduce emissions, improve power usage effectiveness and reduce both direct and indirect energy usage.

Employee culture

Options has 190+ full-time employees in nine regions globally and places a huge emphasis on personal and professional development for all its employees. The firm engenders this culture through continual exposure to the its global client base, upward mobility and the encouragement of further learning through employee training and certification schemes. Additionally, each office provides peer mentoring for new starts, a weekly ‘lunch & learn’ series and employee award schemes for exceptional performance. 

Health and wellbeing is fundamental to Options’ employee culture. Since 2015, the firm has entered relay teams in the Belfast City Marathon. In 2018, 25 employees ran the race for Action Cancer, a Northern Irish charity, raising over £5,000 in the process. Additionally, the firm offers generous health and wellness benefits to employees, gym discounts and fresh fruit in each of its offices. 

The company is ahead of many of its peers when it comes to gender diversity (20%–25% female) and is actively working to hire women within its workforce. Of all post-graduate employees hired in the last two years, 46% were female. 

Focussed on offering career opportunities to postgraduate workers 

Beginning in 2014, Options developed very strong ties to Queen’s University and Ulster University in Belfast. This has resulted in a pool of highly educated graduates, both technical and non-technical, joining the firm in each of the last four years. 

Options offers graduates the chance to travel the world, work with cutting-edge technologies and learn from some of the leading technologists in the financial services industry. As a result, Options is now one of the most in-demand graduate employers in Belfast and the success of the programme has fueled the growth of the Belfast office from a headcount of 15 in 2015 to 70+ at the end of 2017. The firm is currently planning for a further graduate intake in June and September of this year.

Emphasis on energy efficient lighting and recycling at its offices

Options has put recycling programmes in place in its offices globally in an effort to both reduce waste and positively impact the company’s carbon footprint. Additionally, all office lighting has been set to motion sensors to control lighting. The firm expects to drive greater efficiencies in the coming 12 months as it upgrades and improves related technologies in its data centres and offices worldwide.

 

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