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Crestbridge Acquires Ovation Fund Services

Crestbridge is purchasing Ovation Fund Services, a provider of fund administration, accounting and reporting services to domestic U.S. private equity and real estate funds.

Ovation will become part of the Crestbridge brand from 31 December 2020 and is the business’ seventh office. All Ovation employees will become members of the global Crestbridge team. The acquisition substantially expands Crestbridge’s presence in the U.S., where it already has an office in New York.

Commenting on the new office, Paul Perris, Chief Commercial Officer of the Crestbridge Group said: “This is another significant achievement in delivering our global expansion strategy and widening access to our solutions for private equity and real estate fund managers. In particular, this provides North American based clients access to European investment markets and turnkey solutions, which continues to be an increasingly strong trend, as well as supporting inward investment into North America. We are very much looking forward to supporting our global client base and helping facilitate their continued success.”

The Morristown, New Jersey office will be headed by Scot Hadley, Ovation’s founder, who has over 23 years’ experience growing businesses and building long-term relationships within the private equity and real estate industry in the U.S. and beyond. Hadley established Ovation nearly four years ago, building a successful business with a loyal customer base. Prior to establishing Ovation, he spent 18 years of his career at Paladin Realty Partners, an institutional real estate fund manager, where he was one of ten founding members of the firm.

Hadley commented: “We believe that bringing the quality and breadth of Crestbridge’s global capabilities together with our focus on the US markets is very attractive to current and prospective clients. Access to a global team with the same high standards as ours will be a huge benefit and we’re excited by the opportunities.”

Financial terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed.

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