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OpSec Group to go Public on Nasdaq Through Business Combination with Investcorp Europe Acquisition Corp I

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OpSec Group, a global leader in brand protection solutions and intellectual property (IP) management, and Investcorp Europe Acquisition Corp I (Nasdaq: IVCB) (“Investcorp Europe”), a special purpose acquisition company, today announced they have entered into a definitive business combination agreement that would result in OpSec Group becoming a public company. Upon closing of the proposed business combination, the newly combined company will operate as OpSec Group.

Company Overview

OpSec Group is a global leader in the management and protection of brands and intellectual property. It helps enterprises optimize, monetize, and protect the value of their identities, ideas, and assets through a range of technology-enabled services, products and solutions. Approximately 5,000 of the world’s most recognized brands across media and technology, sports and apparel, and consumer and industrial products, as well as governments and financial institutions, trust OpSec to help realize the value and ensure the integrity of their physical and digital IP and brand portfolios, from trademarks and technology to products and content. OpSec is currently a portfolio company managed by Investcorp Technology Partners, which is an affiliate of Investcorp Europe’s sponsor, and after the proposed business combination a fund managed by a member within Investcorp Europe’s parent company, Investcorp Holdings B.S.C., will continue to hold a controlling economic and voting interest.

On April 18, 2023, OpSec Group acquired Zacco, a leading intellectual property management and protection company, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. Bringing with it both a significant heritage and a pioneering approach to IP, Zacco has focused on helping customers build and maintain their brand ideas, identity, and technology within a conventional IP framework. OpSec Group will combine the respective strengths of the two businesses to help customers maximize the value of their IP portfolios, take advantage of new opportunities, and counter vulnerabilities and threats that these may bring.

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For the combined OpSec Group, which includes Zacco, pro-forma fiscal 2023 revenue is expected to be approximately $218 million. As a percentage of total, 95% of OpSec’s total revenue is reoccurring and based on established contractual relationships. OpSec Group has a strong track record in client service and quality with approximately 90% retention annually across a base of more than 5,000 customers. In combination with these strong revenue dynamics, EBITDA margins have expanded from fiscal 2021 through fiscal 2023.

Over the company’s multi-decade history, OpSec Group has grown into a market leader in brand protection and IP management, through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions. OpSec operates across six principal market segments including – IP portfolio management, Brand solutions, Online brand protection, Online media protection, Transaction cards and Government solutions

“OpSec Group was founded with the mission to become a leader in brand protection and enhancement,” said Dr. Selva Selvaratnam, CEO of OpSec Group. “Our aim is to bring innovation to the way in which enterprises create and safeguard the significant intangible value that is embodied in their brands and products. With the global value of counterfeiting and piracy estimated at $2.8 trillion in 2022, the threat posed by the imitators, content pirates, and fraudsters is profound, and looks set to increase further given continued growth in e-commerce, online content, and social media. Creating, nurturing, and protecting intellectual property and brand identities in this environment has unquestionably become one of the defining priorities for leading enterprises. We are thrilled to partner with Investcorp Europe to expand our presence in this arena and take advantage of the growth opportunity ahead.”

“Our objective since founding Investcorp Europe has been to both identify and assist a company in its transition to the public markets and perhaps more importantly to introduce a differentiated opportunity that Investcorp Europe believes would be compelling and attractive to our shareholders,” said Hazem Ben-Gacem, Chairman of Investcorp Europe and also a Co-CEO at Investcorp Holdings B.S.C. “We believe the OpSec Group represents a great opportunity to invest in a truly global, category defining leader in the brand protection and enhancement fields, and that the structure of this transaction will position this business to have the opportunity to execute on an even broader scale.”

OpSec Group Investment Highlights

  • A leading global provider in IP/brand optimization, monetization, and protection with a complete end-to-end offering.
  • Large, fast growing addressable markets, benefitting from a number of macro trends driving increased spend in IP/brand.
  • Innovation-driven, with solutions enhanced by proprietary technology and modern software platforms.
  • Exceptional caliber of customer base, representing approximately two-thirds of the world’s Interbrand 100 Best Global Brands.
  • Strong management team with decades of experience and successful track record of M&A and integration.
  • Significant runway for growth through continued expansion into existing/adjacent markets and capabilities, including through M&A.
  • Compelling financials underpinned by highly reoccurring revenue base and strong growth and profitability.

Advisors

Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (“Citigroup”) is acting as capital markets advisor and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC (“CS”) is serving as financial and capital markets advisor to Investcorp Europe, while Shearman & Sterling LLP is acting as legal counsel to Investcorp Europe. Proskauer Rose LLP is acting as legal counsel to OpSec Group and OpSec Holdings. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is serving as legal counsel to Citigroup and CS.

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