Accounting firm Mazars Presents Annual Charity Golf Day with Rugby Legend

Mazars | September 15, 2016

The day included a special appearance from an international rugby legend and charity fundraising throughout the day on behalf of Age UK.As one of the organisation’s 19 UK offices, the East Midlands’ division of Mazars were proud to present the annual Mazars Golf Day, which took place in the magnificent location of Rushcliffe Golf Club on Wednesday 7th September, with a 1pm Shot Gun start. Comedy compere Jed Stone stepped in to start and host the event, which also gave those in attendance a chance to network in a relaxed setting.

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Future Family Announces 0% Interest Rate Financing For Fertility Treatments

Future Family, CCRM Fertility | July 06, 2022

Today, Future Family, the only fertility finance platform to pair a modern fintech experience with client care and wellness support, announced that it will add a 0% interest rate fertility financing program to its offerings. This first-of-its-kind plan enables prospective parents to pay for high-cost fertility treatments with no additional interest for up to 12 months. This is a game-changing alternative to large upfront payments or high-interest rate credit cards. Future Family is kicking off the program in partnership with CCRM Fertility, the global pioneer in fertility science, research, and treatment. Financing is the smartest way to pay for fertility treatment and Future Family’s 0% interest plan allows eligible patients to pay the same amount as a cash purchase, but with the flexibility of spreading payments out over time. Future Family is the best fertility partner for prospective parents, especially when compared to credit cards, which are used by just over 85% of patients, have average interest rates over 15%, and credit limits that are frequently lower than the cost of treatment. Future Family’s plans offer an alternative to carrying a credit card balance, which can negatively impact credit scores and become burdensome in the future. “Before this program, no fertility financing company offered a 0% interest financing plan without huge application fees costing thousands of dollars, so this truly is a breakthrough that will give even more prospective parents the opportunity to grow their families,” said Claire Tomkins, CEO and Founder of Future Family. “Before this program, no fertility financing company offered a 0% interest financing plan without huge application fees costing thousands of dollars, so this truly is a breakthrough that will give even more prospective parents the opportunity to grow their families,” said Claire Tomkins, CEO and Founder of Future Family. “We’re very proud to announce this partnership with CCRM Fertility and to launch a unique financing option that will meet the needs of even more patients. Future Family believes that building a family is one of the most significant milestones in life, and financing coupled with care and wellness is the safest and smartest solution for prospective parents.” Today, nearly 50% of people who visit a fertility clinic in pursuit of care and support do not move forward with treatment due to the high cost and complexity. Future Family is transforming the typically difficult and confusing experience with its platform, which combines payments to multiple providers into a streamlined and predictable experience bolstered by autopay and support from personal fertility coaches. “Future Family opens the door for even more people interested in growing their families with fertility treatments by changing how to approach paying for treatment and expanding access to care,” said Jon Pardew, President and CEO of CCRM Fertility. “Both Future Family and CCRM Fertility offer best-in-class patient care and support with a focus on innovative solutions. We are thrilled to offer this much-needed financing option to our patients at most U.S. CCRM Fertility locations.” To learn more about Future Family, please visit www.futurefamily.com. About Future Family Future Family is where people start their fertility journey. The company’s mission is to make fertility care accessible and affordable to all. Future Family combines advances in fintech, fertility, and concierge care to empower prospective parents throughout their fertility journey. Future Family was founded by former SolarCity exec Claire Tomkins, whose own fertility struggles inspired her to improve the experience for other women. About CCRM Fertility CCRM Fertility is a global pioneer in fertility treatment, research, and science. Founded by Dr. William Schoolcraft 35 years ago, CCRM Fertility specializes in the most advanced fertility treatments, with deep expertise in IVF, fertility testing, egg freezing, preimplantation genetic testing, third party reproduction, and egg donation. CCRM Fertility leverages its own data and a dedicated team of in-house reproductive endocrinologists, embryologists, and geneticists to deliver industry-leading outcomes. CCRM Fertility has 26 locations in North America serving patients in 11 major metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, New York, Northern Virginia, Minneapolis, Orange County, San Francisco Bay Area, and Toronto. For more information, visit www.ccrmivf.com.

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SGH to Acquire Stratus Technologies

SGH | June 30, 2022

SMART Global Holdings, Inc. (“SGH” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: SGH) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with affiliates of Siris Capital Group, LLC, to acquire Stratus Technologies (“Stratus”), a global leader in simplified, protected, and autonomous computing solutions in the data center and at the Edge. Under the terms of the agreement, SGH will pay $225 million in cash at closing and an earn-out payment of up to $50 million, based on the gross profit performance of the Stratus business during the first full 12 fiscal months of Stratus following the closing. Consistent with the Company’s existing lines of business, Stratus delivers differentiated technology solutions to specialty end markets. In particular, the addition of Stratus’ high-availability, fault-tolerant computing platforms, software, and services will expand the Company’s Intelligent Platform Solutions (“IPS”) business to better serve Stratus and IPS customers worldwide. This transaction builds upon our successful track record of M&A at SGH, The high-availability and fault-tolerant capabilities of Stratus will expand our IPS offerings in Edge, Core, and Cloud, and will enable us to more comprehensively address our combined customers’ needs. We look forward to welcoming the Stratus team to SGH.” Mark Adams, CEO of SGH. About Stratus For leaders digitally transforming their operations to drive predictable, peak performance with minimal risk, Stratus ensures the continuous availability of business-critical applications by delivering zero-touch Edge Computing platforms that are simple to deploy and maintain, protected from interruptions and threats, and autonomous. For 40 years, we have provided reliable and redundant zero-touch computing, enabling global Fortune 500 companies and small-to-medium sized businesses to securely and remotely turn data into actionable intelligence at the Edge, Cloud and Data Center – driving uptime and efficiency. About SGH At SGH, our companies are united by a drive to raise the bar, execute with discipline and focus on what’s next for the technologies that support and advance the world. Across computing, memory, and LED lighting solutions, we build long-term strategic partnerships with our customers. Backed by a proven leadership team, we operate with excellence around the globe while unlocking new avenues of growth for our business and industry. About Siris Siris is a leading private equity firm that invests primarily in mature technology and telecommunications companies with mission-critical products and services, facing industry changes or other significant transitions. Siris' development of proprietary research to identify opportunities and its extensive collaboration with its Executive Partners and Advisors are integral to its approach. Siris' Executive Partners and Advisors are experienced senior operating executives that actively participate in key aspects of the transaction lifecycle to help identify opportunities and drive strategic and operational value. Siris is based in New York, Silicon Valley and West Palm Beach, and has raised nearly $6 billion in cumulative capital commitments.

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FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

KKR Completes Acquisition of Barracuda from Thoma Bravo

Barracuda Networks, KKR and Thoma Bravo | August 18, 2022

KKR, a leading global investment firm, and Barracuda Networks, Inc. (“Barracuda” or the “Company”) a leading provider of cloud-first security solutions, today announced that KKR’s investment funds have completed an acquisition of Barracuda from Thoma Bravo, a leading software investment firm. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Barracuda is a cloud-first provider of cybersecurity solutions for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). More than 200,000 customers worldwide count on Barracuda to protect their email, networks, applications, and data. “We’re ready to deliver on our next phase of growth with KKR and remain dedicated to investing in our team and product portfolio to provide innovative cybersecurity solutions for our customers and partners, We‘re grateful to Thoma Bravo for their valuable strategic and operational support over the last four years.” -Hatem Naguib, CEO of Barracuda We are excited to complete this transaction and begin working with the Barracuda team to support their continued growth and delivery of next generation cloud-first cybersecurity solutions that protect SMEs from an evolving landscape of threats, said John Park, a Partner at KKR. Barracuda has been a tremendous partner over the last four years and has experienced strong product, customer and revenue growth, We have enjoyed working closely with Hatem and his team through multiple acquisitions and operational improvements, and we are confident that the company is well-positioned for continued success,said Chip Virnig, a Partner at Thoma Bravo. J.P. Morgan served as exclusive financial advisor to Thoma Bravo and Barracuda. Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel to Thoma Bravo and Barracuda. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP served as legal counsel to KKR. Guggenheim Securities, DBO Partners and Barclays served as financial advisors to KKR. About Barracuda Networks At Barracuda we strive to make the world a safer place. We believe every business deserves access to cloud-first, enterprise-grade security solutions that are easy to buy, deploy, and use. We protect email, networks, data, and applications with innovative solutions that grow and adapt with our customers' journey. More than 200,000 organizations worldwide trust Barracuda to protect them – in ways they may not even know they are at risk — so they can focus on taking their business to the next level. About KKR KKR is a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management as well as capital markets and insurance solutions. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and supporting growth in its portfolio companies and communities. KKR sponsors investment funds that invest in private equity, credit and real assets and has strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR’s insurance subsidiaries offer retirement, life and reinsurance products under the management of Global Atlantic Financial Group. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds and insurance subsidiaries. About Thoma Bravo Thoma Bravo is one of the largest private equity firms in the world, with more than $114 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2022. The firm invests in growth-oriented, innovative companies operating in the software and technology sectors. Leveraging the firm’s deep sector expertise and proven strategic and operational capabilities, Thoma Bravo collaborates with its portfolio companies to implement operating best practices, drive growth initiatives and make accretive acquisitions intended to accelerate revenue and earnings. Over the past 20 years, the firm has acquired or invested in more than 380 companies representing over $190 billion in enterprise value. The firm has offices in Chicago, Miami and San Francisco.

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PNC ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF POINT OF SALE AND PAYMENTS SOLUTIONS FIRM, LINGA

PNC | September 27, 2022

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. today announced it has acquired Linga, a point of sale (POS) and payments solutions firm providing an industry-leading, cloud-based restaurant operating system. The acquisition of Linga and its technology will further expand PNC's digital resources and enhance the bank's capabilities to better serve its hospitality and restaurant industry clients. "This acquisition reflects our continued commitment to expanding our corporate payments capabilities, as well as investing in the solutions and tools our clients need to run their businesses more effectively, Leveraging Linga's proprietary solutions and PNC's competitive treasury management platform, we will be able to provide our restaurant and retail clients with the tools they need to keep up with ever-changing consumer expectations." - Emma Loftus, executive vice president and head of PNC Treasury Management Founded in 2004, Linga developed its restaurant operating system, Linga rOS®, which was the first all-in-one, cloud-based operating system introduced to the marketplace. Today, Linga remains an industry-leading provider across the hospitality industry, offering restaurateurs, retailers and others a way to leverage technology to streamline their operations, increase revenue and improve customer experiences. Over the years, Linga has added new functionalities to its operating system to support the needs of today's business owner, including online ordering, payments, QR code-based menus, and virtual kiosks, among others. The company currently serves clients in 48 countries and as of today, will be seamlessly integrated into PNC's existing digital solutions ecosystem. We believe this is an exciting opportunity to continue to grow our business and support our existing channel partners and clients, and to do so with a company that shares our vision of delivering innovative and high-quality solutions, As we've worked with PNC over the last several years, we've had incredible success with our combined payments capabilities and we look forward to continuing this strategic collaboration as we move forward together,said Onur Haytac, founder and CEO of Linga. Linga will retain its founder and CEO, Onur Haytac, its existing management team, and U.S. and Canada-based employees, and will continue to operate out of Naples, Fla., and Toronto. Linga will continue to manage its portfolio of channel partners and clients. About Linga Linga is an industry-leading point of sale (POS) and payments solutions company offering a cloud-based, platform-as-a-service solution for the hospitality industry, specifically restaurants. Founded in 2004, Linga was the first processor agnostic, cloud-based POS system designed specifically for the hospitality industry, and remains one of the most sophisticated restaurant operating systems on the market. The Linga cloud-based platform is completely customizable and includes user-friendly functionalities such as online ordering, payments, QR code-based menus and virtual kiosks, among others. About PNC The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management.

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