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NTT Com to Acquire a Maximum 91.2% Stake in Arkadin

NTT Com to Acquire a Maximum 91.2% Stake in Arkadin 
TOKYO and PARIS -- (Marketwired) -- 08/05/13 --  NTT Communications
Corporation (NTT Com), Arkadin International SAS (Arkadin) and AXA
Private Equity jointly announce today that they have entered into
exclusive negotiations over NTT Com's acquisition of a majority stake
in Arkadin, the world's third-largest collaboration service
provider(1). The agreement will be implemented after the necessary
notification and consultation with the relevant works council. The
management of Arkadin will reinvest alongside NTT Com. The agreement
remains subject to the authorization of the antitrust authorities. 
Arkadin offers a wide range of conference-related solutions covering
audio, web, video conferencing and unified communications services.
It serves approximately 37,000 customers in 32 countries, including
France, Germany, the UK, USA, Australia, China, Singapore and Japan.
The company was launched in 2001 by CEO, Olivier de Puymorin. 
Since AXA Private Equity's investment in 2012, Arkadin has
experienced double digit revenue growth and has been able to
reinforce its leading market position through a number of significant
developments, including the acquisition of video conference
specialist, Novasight.  
To date, NTT Com's customers have been seeking to lower their costs
and streamline operations by integrating internal communication tools
with NTT Com's Arcstar Audio Conferencing, Arcstar Web Conferencing,
Arcstar Video Conferencing and cloud-based Arcstar UCaaS unified
communications service. NTT Com, under its Global Cloud Vision, is
leveraging its strengths as a major telecom operator to deliver
innovative Global Total ICT Outsourcing services that meet customers'
total cloud-based and other ICT needs. 
Toru Maruoka, Senior Vice President, Voice and Video, at NTT Com
said: "With the acquisition of one of the fastest growing players in
the industry, NTT reaffirms its ambition to develop services in the
collaboration business for all of its partners and clients across the
world. Arkadin's global seamless customer service and infrastructure
will strengthen NTT Com's offering in both global conferencing
services and total solutions, incorporating unified communications." 
Olivier de Puymorin, CEO of Arkadin, commented: "I would like to
thank Francois Jerphagnon, his team at AXA Private Equity, all the
Private Equity funds and Friends & Family for their great support in
helping to develop Arkadin since its inception. Now, Arkadin will
enter a new development phase, with the support and industrial
expertise of NTT Com, to continue to serve our clients and partners
throughout the world." 
Francois Jerphagnon, Managing Director at AXA Private Equity, added:
"Following our initial investment, we are proud to have worked
together with Arkadin to support its ambitious growth strategy using
our global network and operational expertise. Arkadin, under the
strong management team led by Olivier de Puymorin, is a true role
model for other French firms seeking international growth."  
About NTT Communications Corporation
 NTT Communications provides
consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize
the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of
enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company's worldwide
infrastructure, including leading global tier-1 IP Network, Arcstar
Universal One(TM) VPN network reaching over 160 countries/regions,
and over 140 secure data centers. NTT Communications' solutions
leverage the global resources of NTT Group companies including
Dimension Data, NTT DOCOMO and NTT DATA.
 Further information:
www.ntt.com | www.twitter.com/nttcom | www.facebook.com/nttcomtv |
http://www.linkedin.com/company/ntt-communications 
About Arkadin
 Founded in 2001, Arkadin is one of the largest and
fastest growing collaboration service providers in the world. With a
vision rooted in the belief that progress emerges from people's
desire to share, Arkadin offers a complete range of remote audio,
web, and video conferencing and Unified Communications solutions. The
services are delivered in the SaaS model for fast, scalable
deployments and a high ROI. Its global network of 51 operating
centers in 32 countries has dedicated local-language support teams to
service its 37,000 customers. 
Further information: www.arkadin.com 
About AXA Private Equity
 AXA Private Equity is a world leader in
private equity, with assets of $32 billion managed or advised in
Europe, North America and Asia. The company offers its investors a
wide choice of funds covering the full range of asset classes: Funds
of Funds (primary, early secondary and secondary), Direct Funds
including Infrastructure, Small and Mid-Market Enterprise Capital,
Innovation & Growth, Co-Investment and Private Debt.  
With offices in Beijing, Frankfurt, Jersey, London, Luxembourg,
Milan, New York, Paris, Singapore, and Zurich, AXA Private Equity is
committed to supporting companies in their long term growth by
providing access to its international network. AXA Private Equity
sets great store by the regularity and quality of its reporting on
the performance of its funds and the performance of the companies in
its portfolio, as a service to its investors.  
AXA Private Equity, Global Investments the European way
www.axaprivateequity.com 
Axa Private Equity project team in charge of the investment in
Arkadin:  


 
--  Francois Jerphagnon
--  Marie Arnaud Battandier

  
(1) A collaboration service provider is a company that provides a full
range of services and solutions using audio, web and video channels
to enable organizations to communicate with each other remotely. 
Press Contacts 
For NTT Communications Corporation
Fumitake Matsuoka
Group and Alliance Strategy
Corporate Planning 
Tel. +81 3 6700 4601
kokusaig-cp@ntt.com 
For Arkadin International
Amber Skinner
Communication Manager
Tel. +33 1 44 65 72 57
a.skinner@arkadin.com
 
 
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