Alpha Aviation Academy (AAA), a leading Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) training service in the Middle East, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. With its base in Sharjah, UAE, AAA has trained over 600 cadets since 2009, and most of the cadets graduate as Airbus A320 Second Officers. AAA’s two-year training program emphasizes diversity and focuses on empowering women to enroll in the program. In addition, AAA enrolls students from 65 countries worldwide.
AAA’s vision and overall success can be attributed to several individuals within the program. However, the person most responsible is Bhanu Choudhrie, the founder of Alpha Aviation Group, the company that started the aviation academy. After receiving degrees from Boston University and Harvard Business School, Bhanu Choudhrie relocated to London in 2000 and established C&C Alpha Group, a family operated international private equity firm for venture capitalists.
Despite all the hard work and responsibility that goes into founding and operating a successful private equity firm, Bhanu Choudhrie could not deny his interest in airlines, and he established Alpha Aviation Group Ltd (AAG) in 2006. AAG’s primary goal is to provide commercial airlines with qualified, licensed pilots. Partnered with Prescient Systems, the two organizations work to provide pilots with state-of-the-art training facilities and educational options. In addition to Prescient Systems, AAG is also partnered with several airlines for the purpose of providing them with qualified pilots. These include Boeing, Airbus, Air Arabia, Cebu Pacific, Jet Airways, Philippines Airlines and VietJet Air.
AAA’s 10-year anniversary is a definite sign of the academy’s success. Bhanu Choudhrie expressed his gratitude by congratulating the academy administrators on their achievements and the overall success of Alpha Aviation Academy.
In addition to investing and aviation, Bhanu Choudhrie is involved in several other projects. He provides funding for Bollywood productions, invests in hotels, and gives to the arts. He also supports Path to Success, a charity founded by his mother, Anita Choudhrie.
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HGGC is one of the leading middle-market private equity company with cumulative capital investments worth more than 4.3 billion dollars. It’s headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif. The firm is well-known for its advantaged Investing strategies that it uses to source and possess scalable business opportunities at attractive multiples via trade partnerships with its founders, sponsors who reinvest with it, and management teams thus creating a secure arrangement of interest. In its history, HGGC has accomplished more than 60 platform investments, acquisitions, and liquidity transactions with an aggregate market value of above $15 billion.
On September 27th, 2017, FPX, which is one of the leading business in CPQ solutions, did announce that indeed it had received an unrevealed investment from HGGC, which is its funding partner. HGGC which took over FPX in April 2016, is providing capital in its efforts to achieving global expansion, fast-track product development, and further improve its network and strategic partnerships. HGGC is celebrated for its achievement of its investment in firms competing in the market for online business platforms and interrelated applications. After making transactions worth over 15 billion dollars, this firm has been behind the outstanding investments and exits, which included Hybris, Selligent, and MyWebGrocer.
According to Rich Lawson who is the current CEO and Co-founder of HGGC, FPX is on the edge of realizing an exciting opportunity to control the CPQ market, and with the funding and the commitment, the firm can be propelled into a prime position. He also said that after analyzing all the vendors in the space, only FPX proved to have a vision, product competence, talent, and unsurpassed domain expertize to be the market leader. The funding followed an era of extreme growth for FPX, which enabled the firm to open European headquarters in Germany. It also stretched its presence in London, England. The executive has also reinforced the global management team, and established partnerships with strategic partners such as Microsoft to mention a few. Dave Batt, the CEO of FPX, also said that the endorsement they got from the company backed by financial assistance from the firm is indeed a blessing as it shows how strong their vision is.
In the year 2007, a group of partners led by Robert Gay and Jon Huntsman came together. They established what is now one of the leading private equity firms in the globe. At the time, Gay was a well-connected managing director at Bain Capital, and Huntsman was the CEO-cum-founder of a manufacturing company named after him. Bringing together their know-how, they founded H&G Capital Partners.
The firm kicked off on a high note. The name, however, became an issue due to its similarity with that of another firm called HIG Capital. Following the filling of a lawsuit by HIG Capital, H&G Capital Partners had to change its title to Huntsman and Gay Global Capital in honor of its two senior most founding partners. This title was however short-lived as in the year 2013, following the departure of both of these partners; the firm adopted the title HGGC.
Its growth and operation
Over the years, the company has managed to acquire 4.3 billion dollars’ worth of cumulative capital. Additionally, the firm boasts of seventeen billion dollars’ worth of platform investments, acquisitions, liquidity and recapitalization endeavors, recapitalization transactions and leveraged buyouts.
HGGC is mainly invested in mid-cap and middle market companies that are both in the public and private sector. Furthermore, it has a keen interest in companies that are in the process of adapting to new technology. Such companies like car dealerships, insurance companies, and grocery stores are on a path to great expansion which will lead to more income. Additionally, HGGC invests in a number of industries including technology, healthcare, infrastructure, manufacturing, finance, chemicals, software and information service sectors among others.
A crucial requirement that HGGC has when it comes to companies it invests in is that they must have a hundred up to five hundred million dollars’ worth of enterprise value, annual revenue ranging between a hundred million and a billion dollars and an EBITDA of fifteen million up to seventy-five million dollars. The reason is that HGGC places investments of up to a hundred and twenty-five million dollars and not less than twenty-five million; hence the companies must match up to these amounts
HGGC is based in Palo Alto, CA and is the leader of middle-market private equity firms with continuously growing capital commitments of over $4.3 billion. They focus on the growth of capital investments as well as leveraged buyout transactions with other middle-market corporations. Their professional team has years of operational and collective deal experience. With this experience, their prestigious “Advantaged Investing” model was developed, and is unique in that the corporation has the ability to obtain and source businesses which can be scaled at appealing legions through partnerships with management teams, sponsors, and founders that continue to reinvest which makes for a strong interest partnership. It is important to the firm that all interests are aligned, so that when they succeed, their partners also succeed.
One example of their partnerships is RPX. HGGC fully acquired RPX, a company which provides patent risk management services and has invested nearly $2.5 billion for the purchase of over 23,000 patents since its launch in 2008. The sale to HGGC was announced by the corporation in May of 2018 for $10.50 cash value per share, which calculates out to around $555 million.
Investing in their partners is also key to their success. Leading global enterprise of Configure Price Quote solutions, FPX, made the announcement in September of 2017 that their funding partner HGGC, the number one private equity firm of the middle-market, invested an undisclosed amount in their corporation. FPX was acquired by HGGC in April of 2016; the additional sources of capital funding provided assures that FPX can continue its global expansion, improve strategic partnerships and communications, as well as increasing product development.
Throughout the course of its history, the firm has completed over 60 platform investments, liquidity events, add-on acquisitions, and re-capitalizations valued at over $15 billion. The private equity corporation has backed investments as well as exits in such well-known companies as Selligent, Hybris, and MyWebGrocer.