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13 May 2021

Exit News: Congratulations to CBPE Capital on the successful sale of Xceptor to Astorg Partners

Congratulations to CBPE Capital on the sale of Xceptor to Astorg Partners, a deal that delivered an impressive 10.8x return on CBPE’s original investment and an IRR of 89%.

Directorbank is proud to have played a role in this success story by placing Ivan Martin as Chair of Xceptor in 2016 when SVG initially invested in the business. CBPE invested in 2017.

Ivan quotes: “Directorbank played a big part in my appointment as Chairman of Xceptor and their early introduction to the deal enabled me to fully understand the business and the opportunity ahead of any transaction. It has been a privilege to work with CBPE, Andrew Kouloumbrides and the team for the last few years. Xceptor is a fabulous business and I wish the entire team every success on the next stage of their growth journey with Astorg.”  

Xceptor is a global leader in the end-to-end, no-code process automation market. Under Ivan and CBPE’s stewardship, it has been significantly scaled to develop a genuine best-in-class software vendor. Headcount has increased over fourfold with a particular focus on broadening the product development and sales capability while also building a truly international business with operations in Europe, North America and Asia. 

26 January 2021

Announcing exciting new partnership to support business owners and CEOs in the UK.

Directorbank & All Together announce partnership to support business owners & CEOs in the UK:

Launched in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, All Together is a free advisory service designed to support the CEOs of small and medium enterprises.

Powered by over 70 Volunteer Advisors – all current or former CEOs themselves, All Together offers up to 5 hours of advice, pro bono. Advisors include the founders of innocent and DesignMyNight, the former CEOs of Claire’s and Rated People, and the current CEOs of Mindful Chef and Rare Restaurants.

Directorbank has a long tradition of supporting their clients and the wider business community. As well as introducing All Together to valued members of our network, we will also be working with All Together on content and events to support their community of CEOs.

Directorbank’s George Heppenstall comments:

“Many business owners and leaders at the smaller end of the SME spectrum don’t have a strong support network of experienced mentors or Board members to help them push through the challenges and sound out ideas. This is where All Together can add tremendous value – by connecting them to an incredibly experienced sector expert who is willing to give them their time and knowledge.”

Jamie Mitchell, Founder of All Together, follows:

“All Together was founded on the power of the collective – not just to survive this epidemic, but to thrive beyond. We’re delighted to welcome the team and friends of Directorbank to our community.”

For more information – including details of All Together’s Volunteer Advisors – please visit:

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13 January 2021

Directorbank’s Review of 2020

Review of 2020 Activity – We look back on 2020 with a real sense of achievement. Team spirit remained high and our cloud-based IT infrastructure enabled us to service our clients seamlessly with executive and non-executive search solutions. We are fortunate and grateful to begin 2021 on a strong footing and our thanks go to our clients and candidates for their continued support.

Click here to view some of our 2020 highlights –


17 December 2020

Wirtschaftswoche survey 2020 – Directorbank ranks as one of Germany’s top search firms

Directorbank ranks as one of Germany’s top search firms for Private Equity –
We are both grateful and proud to have been ranked as one of the top search firms in the ‘Private Equity’ category in the annual survey of Germany’s best executive search firms by Wirtschaftswoche, the German business magazine.

We are delighted by the news and would like to thank all our clients for their trust in us.  We look forward to working with our clients, old and new, throughout 2021 and will continue to go the extra mile in bringing exceptional people together that can make a real difference to business performance.

To view the rankings click here – WIWOSurvey122020 (002)