Between 2009 and 2012, Bain Capital and Clessidra made Cerved into the clear market leader in providing business information to Italian financial services firms. The transformation started with the acquisition of the company in 2009 in the midst of the financial crisis from a group of Italian banks. The pair then merged the company with Lince, a division of a company already owned by Bain Capital, and expanded into the fields of credit collection and personal credit information. Private equity also strengthened company management, helped renegotiate contracts with key bank clients, acquired rivals Honyvem and Jupiter, and established a joint venture with global information services group Experian. After laying the foundations for continued growth, Bain Capital and Clessidra sold to CVC Capital Partners in 2012.
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