Business Continuity for AAC Capital Partners

AAC Capital Partners (www.aaccapitalpartners.com) is a leading Northern European mid-market buyout firm with a unique regional footprint. Made up of the former Dutch, Nordic and UK investment teams of ABN AMRO Capital, we lead buyouts within the €50 – 500 million deal range in the consumer, industrial and services sectors.

AAC currently has €1.66 billion total funds under management. Our transactions are a direct result of our long-term strategy based on local presence, together with regional sector expertise and intelligent reading of the market.

In 2007 AAC raised an RFI/RFP to bring our Business Continuity Plan to the next level. At first we approached the major companies in this segment based in the Netherlands, but we couldn’t find the match we were looking for. In a second instance we approached Continuity Innovation (COIN) (www.coinbv.nl). They were able to fulfil our requirements based on their flexible attitude and knowledge about business continuity.

In case of a calamity at our regular office we will move to the COIN-site where we can occupy double rooms for our management team, several standard offices and a handful of meeting rooms with conference facilities. Our fall back office has been equipped with decent furniture, desktops to access our central applications and data, telephone sets with our own phone numbers re-routed to it and multi functional devices to copy, print and scan-to-mail. We also have our own BC-suitcase (‘Battle Box’) to ensure that our business critical documents, card readers for our payment system, etc are available at the fall back location.

We perform disaster recovery tests on an annual basis. During technical tests our IT organization tests the availability of our applications, data and network. During business tests our end-users perform their day-to-day work at the fall back location. Based on our experience with COIN we do feel confident we will be able to continue our business in an effective and efficient manner in case of a disaster. And that was the objective of our Board of Directors when they put Business Continuity Planning on their agenda!

drs. Erik Visser, Information Manager at AAC Capital Partners

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