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Lukas Kolff, former Apollo partner, joins Global Shares Board and his firm, Bowline Capital Partners, makes a strategic investment to support Global Shares’ growth


1 December 2010 - Global Shares PLC (the ‘Company’), a leading provider of global share plan administration and consulting services, is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Lukas Kolff  to the Board of Global Shares Plc and welcome’s Bowline Capital Partners investment to supports its future growth.

Co-founder and Board Member Maoiliosa O’Culachain says, ““Not only does Lukas bring immense expertise from the world of private equity to the Company where Global Shares is increasingly extending its footprint, but he has also experienced the Global Shares’ expertise and service first hand as a client for several major buy outs led by him, when he was at Apollo. Global Shares supported Apollo with the roll out of complex management participation arrangements, which had never been done before on such large scale.  Lukas will be a very valuable addition to the Board and we also welcome Bowline’s investment in the Company, which shows the continued support for the growth of our business.”

Lukas states: "As a former client of Global Shares and a supporter since the early days, I am very pleased that our firm is investing into the Company and excited to join the Board of Global Shares. In this role, I will support both the Board and the talented management team with their continued growth in share plan administration and consulting around the world. In less than 5 years, this company has developed into a major player in the world of global share plans.”

Lukas will be joining Non-Executive Directors Richard Hayes, Andy Rogers, Roy Bukstein, Gerard Flood and Tony Kirwan as well as Executive Directors Carine Schneider, Tim Houstoun and Maoiliosa O’Culachain.  

Background on Bowline Capital Partners


Lukas Kolff is the founding partner of Bowline Capital Partners, an advisory and principal investment boutique, which also has its own funds to co-invest in interesting opportunities in both growth and private equity, as well as debt. Bowline has made a strategic investment into Global Shares PLC to support the Company’s growth.

Background on Global Shares


New legislation and changes in financial reporting obligations combined with zero tolerance of corporate governance breaches have led to a dramatic increase in the demand for professional expertise in the market for stock plan administration and related consulting services.  To service this market, the Company has put together a strong management team with several key appointments of people with established track records in global markets for the provision of stock plan administration and consultancy services. The Company has established operations in San Francisco, New York, London, and Shanghai with the main administration centre located in West Cork, Ireland.  The Company currently employs 45 people worldwide and supports 85 clients in 15 countries on 5 continents


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