• Status: Current
  • Date: 2020
  • Sector:
    • Financial Services & Insurance

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ACOLIN is a leading provider of regulatory and cross-border fund distribution services. Sovereign backed the MBO of the business, partnering the management team to further develop ACOLIN's client base and service offering through a strategy of organic and acquisitive growth.

Investment Background

Daniel Haefele established ACOLIN in 2006. A proven entrepreneur within the asset management industry, Daniel recognised the opportunity to create a business to help asset management businesses access new markets, meet regulatory obligations and grow AuM across multiple jurisdictions. He raised the investment required from a number of private shareholders and the business was established.

In the following years ACOLIN grew significantly to become a leading provider in the market, operating from nine locations including Zurich, Geneva, London, Frankfurt and Belgrade. During this time the cross-border fund distribution regulatory landscape had become increasingly complex and the management team wanted investment to grow the business, further enhancing its service offering. In parallel, the original shareholders were also keen to crystallise the value created in the business. In June 2020, the MBO of the business was completed.

Value Creation

  • Identified and appointed a highly experienced Non-Executive Chairman, previously a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and Chairman of Tilney.
  • The strategic acquisition of Fundbase, realising ACOLIN’s vision of establishing a digital marketplace platform


ACOLIN represents investment funds across European markets, ensuring that all regulatory obligations are rigorously fulfilled and that fund documents are available to investors and to the relevant authorities. The business currently provides services to over 600 asset managers - c.14% of those active in Europe - representing some 1800 investment funds across 30 countries.

In addition, ACOLIN’s proprietary network facilitates clients’ access to a wide array of fund distribution channels across Europe, overseeing data and commission management for over €20bn of Assets under Management together with ongoing monitoring and due diligence of distribution partners.

In February 2020, ACOLIN made its first strategic acquisition; Fundbase, the digital fund distribution and data management business, provides asset managers with access to professional investors through a digital marketing and communication portal. For investors, it delivers a sophisticated data and document management offering to track selected funds. The acquisition gives ACOLIN a first-class platform technology to better serve its clients which can also be further developed through the addition of ACOLIN’s own investor network and service offering.

Sovereign has backed Daniel and his management team to grow the business through strategic Buy & Build, to further develop its offering and geographic reach.

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Daniel Haefele / Founder & CEO / ACOLIN

Our management team is thrilled about our partnership with Sovereign. I am personally very satisfied to have found the right partner who shares our conviction in the success of ACOLIN’s business model. With Sovereign’s investment and support, we will continue to enhance our offering, providing asset managers with the services they need.