Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias to meet with the Minister of External Affairs of India, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar (Athens, 26 June 2021)

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, will have a meeting tomorrow, Saturday, June 26 at 10:15, with the Minister of External Affairs of India, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who is arriving in Athens today and will attend a dinner hosted by FM Dendias tonight.

This is the first exchange of visits between the Foreign Ministers of the two countries in 18 years, opening up new perspectives for the consolidation and upgrading of relations between Greece and India in a number of areas of common interest.

During tomorrow’s meeting at the Foreign Ministry, the private and then expanded talks are expected to focus on promoting dialogue and enhancing cooperation between the two countries at all levels.

Bilaterally, special emphasis is expected to be placed, inter alia, on the economic sector, including energy cooperation, and in particular on renewable sources such as solar energy. Greece will join the International Solar Alliance, an Indian initiative, with Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias signing the framework agreement.

On the multilateral level, as both Greece and India support the need for full respect of International Law, including International Law of the Sea, prospects for enhancing cooperation within international organizations – including the UN, where India is a non-permanent member of the Security Council for the 2021-2022 term – are expected to be discussed in more detail.

International and regional developments, both in the wider region of the Indian Ocean and in the Eastern Mediterranean, including the Cyprus issue and Turkey, as well as prospects for multilateral partnerships cooperation schemes will also be discussed.

Statements to the press will follow (at about 12:00).

Later in the day, at about 19.30, the two Foreign Ministers will attend the unveiling of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi near the Embassy of India in Athens.

TRACE Foundation Announces Recipients of the 2021 TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting

ANNAPOLIS, Md., June 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The TRACE Foundation, a non-profit organization established to support projects that encourage greater commercial transparency, today announced the winners of the 2021 TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting. The annual award recognizes journalism that uncovers business bribery or related financial crime.

Zorayda Gallegos Valle, a freelance journalist writing for El País in Mexico, won the TRACE Prize for her investigation that uncovered the Mexican Army’s scheme to divert at least $156 million of public resources through hundreds of shell companies contracted to complete infrastructure projects.

“I am grateful to the TRACE Foundation for supporting investigative journalism because it plays an important role in the transparency and accountability of governments worldwide,” Valle said. “Investigative journalism has become more relevant in Mexico and all over the world. It helps to disclose unlawful activities that authorities want to keep secret, and oversee their actions.”

The second recipient of this year’s TRACE Prize is the FinCEN Files reporting team, which included BuzzFeed News, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and more than 100 media partners. The team undertook a 16-month long investigation, reviewing thousands of financial intelligence documents. They uncovered a flawed oversight process that allowed global banks to profit from suspect transactions. Their reporting has resulted in new reforms and investigations in multiple countries.

“The FinCEN Files investigation exposed how some of the world’s biggest banks play an integral role in the global flow of dirty money,” ICIJ Director Gerard Ryle said. “Our findings have helped push forward important anti-money laundering reforms in some of the globe’s key financial centers, and this recognition from TRACE will help keep the issue in the spotlight.”

ICIJ also earned an honorable mention, along with the rest of the Luanda Leaks team, which includes FRONTLINE, the New York Times and 34 other media partners, for their work exposing the kleptocracy of Isabel dos Santos, daughter of Angola’s former president. They revealed how Western professionals play a vital, little-examined role in the blighting of the lives of countless Angolans.

Ferdinand Ayite of L’Alternative magazine in Togo earned an honorable mention for his Pétrolegate investigation, which found serious financial malpractice among Togolese government officials in charge of importing and pricing petroleum products.

“Even in the face of 2020’s chaotic circumstances, investigative journalists persisted,” TRACE President Alexandra Wrage said. “We commend the important work they do: their bravery, resolve and ingenuity. The TRACE Foundation extends its gratitude to our judges and admiration for our 2021 Prize for Investigative Reporting recipients and their important work.”

The judging panel for the 2021 TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting included William Gumede, Diana B. Henriques, Rosebell Kagumire, Peter Klein, Donatella Lorch and Jorge Luis Sierra.

The TRACE Foundation will begin accepting submissions for the 2022 TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting in the fall of 2021. For more details, visit traceinternational.org/investigative-reporting.

About the TRACE Foundation

The TRACE Foundation was established to promote, support and fund research, investigative journalism, publications, videos and related projects that encourage greater commercial transparency and advance anti-bribery education. For more information, visit traceinternational.org/tracefoundation.

Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. Announces Pricing of $100 Million Public Offering of Common Stock

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., June 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (SNCR) (the “Company” or “Synchronoss”), a global leader and innovator in cloud, messaging and digital products and platforms, today announced the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 38,461,538 shares of its common stock at a public offering price of $2.60 per share. The gross proceeds from the offering, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses payable by Synchronoss, are expected to be $100 million. In addition, Synchronoss has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 3,846,154 additional shares of common stock at the public offering price, less the underwriting discounts and commissions.

All of the shares in the offering are being sold by Synchronoss. Synchronoss anticipates using the net proceeds from the offering, and from the offering of Senior Notes and sale of Series B Preferred Stock (each as described below), to fully redeem all outstanding shares of Synchronoss’ Series A Convertible Participating Perpetual Preferred Stock and repay amounts outstanding under Synchronoss’ revolving credit facility. The offering is expected to close on or about June 29, 2021, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

B. Riley Securities, Inc. (“BRS”) is acting as the lead underwriter and sole book-running manager for the offering. Northland Capital Markets is acting as co-manager for the offering.

Concurrently with the offering, the Company is offering, by means of a separate prospectus supplement, $120 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2026 (the “Senior Notes”). In addition, B. Riley Principal Investments, LLC (“BRPI”), an affiliate of BRS, has entered into an agreement pursuant to which BRPI has agreed to purchase $75.0 million of the Company’s Series B Preferred Stock in a private transaction to be completed concurrently with the closing of the offering.

The shares of common stock described above are being offered by Synchronoss pursuant to a shelf registration statement on Form S-3 previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and declared effective by the SEC on August 28, 2020. A preliminary prospectus supplement relating to and describing the terms of the offering is filed with the SEC and is available on the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov. The final terms of the offering will be disclosed in a final prospectus supplement to be filed with the SEC. Copies of the final prospectus supplement (when available) and accompanying prospectus relating to these securities may also be obtained by sending a request to: B. Riley Securities, Inc., at 1300 North 17th Street, Suite 1300, Arlington, VA 22209 or by calling (703) 312‐9580 or by emailing prospectuses@brileyfin.com.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of these securities, nor will there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.

About Synchronoss

Synchronoss Technologies (NASDAQ: SNCR) builds software that empowers companies around the world to connect with their subscribers in trusted and meaningful ways. The company’s collection of products helps streamline networks, simplify onboarding, and engage subscribers to unleash new revenue streams, reduce costs and increase speed to market.

Safe Harbor Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including but not limited to statements regarding the closing of the public offering and the anticipated use of the proceeds thereof. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, including the satisfaction of customary closing conditions related to the public offering and the risk factors set forth from time to time in Synchronoss’ SEC filings, including but not limited to the risks that are described in the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections (as applicable) of Synchronoss’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2021, which are on file with the SEC and available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition to the risks described above and in Synchronoss’ other filings with the SEC, other unknown or unpredictable factors also could affect Synchronoss’ results. No forward-looking statements can be guaranteed and actual results may differ materially from such statements. The information in this release is provided only as of the date of this release, and Synchronoss undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release on account of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

Media

Diane Rose
CCgroup
synchronoss@ccgrouppr.com

Investors

Todd Kehrli/Joo-Hun Kim
MKR Investor Relations, Inc.
investor@synchronoss.com

Interview of Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis with POLITICO.EU (25.06.2021)

“We cannot export democracy, we cannot export human rights and be the beacon of common values that we want the rest of the world to embrace, if we do not apply these principles amongst ourselves”, stressed Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, speaking on the controversial issue of human rights and the rule of law in Hungary. Mr. Varvitsiotis made this statement in an interview with the European online magazine Politico.eu and journalist Lili Bayer, on the sidelines of the European Council of June 24-25, in which he participated, accompanying Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

At the same time Mr. Varvitsiotis pointed out that he had the opportunity, during the recent EU General Affairs Council, held Tuesday, June 22, to voice his concerns both over the recent bill in Hungary that is directed against the rights of the LGBTQI+ community, and the issues of political corruption, freedom of the press and judicial independence in the country. As he mentioned, when he asked what steps Hungary intends to take to address criticism from its European counterparts, the unwillingness to provide a reply on the substance was “something that really stunned me”.

In fact, the Alternate Minister noted that Hungary rejected any criticism as “blackmail against the Hungarian government, which was not a constructive position and attitude”, while “actually did not respond” to any of the criticisms directed at it. As a result of this attitude of Hungary, Greece signed the statement condemning the controversial bill of the Hungarian government which is directed against the rights of the LGBTQI+ community. Mr. Varvitsiotis did not fail to point out that the recalcitrant attitude of Hungary has a negative impact on the overall image of the EU.

JW Player arrecada US$100 milhões na Série E para ajudar a impulsionar o crescimento da Economia de Vídeo Digital em rápida expansão

O capital irá ajudar a acelerar o crescimento da JW Player e expandir sua plataforma já robusta, capacitando os clientes com independência e controle na Economia de Vídeo Digital

NOVA YORK, June 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A JW Player, principal plataforma de software de vídeo e insights de dados, anunciou hoje que arrecadou US$100 milhões em financiamento da Série E da LLR Partners. O investimento mais recente dá seguimento ao crescimento recorde de streaming de vídeo e forte rentabilidade durante os 12 meses anteriores. Com esse financiamento, a JW Player irá acelerar a inovação de produtos para atender às demandas em rápida mudança dos clientes no ambiente de vídeo digital atual, expandir sua pegada global de go-to-market em vendas, marketing e parcerias de canal, e dar continuidade ao crescimento e investimento na criação de uma equipe de categoria internacional.

A rodada de financiamento segue a recente aquisição pela JW Player da VUALTO, principal provedora de soluções de streaming de vídeo ao vivo e sob demanda e de Gerenciamento de Direitos Digitais (DRM), que aprofundou a oferta da empresa para emissoras globais. Nos dias seguintes à aquisição, a JW Player viu um aumento de material e influxo de vendas e pipeline, especialmente nas regiões LATAM e APAC.

Criada como um player de vídeo de código aberto extremamente popular, a plataforma de vídeo orientada por API da JW Player agora capacita centenas de milhares de clientes a controlar e operar independentemente seus aplicativos de vídeo móveis, OTT e Web em todo o mundo. É importante ressaltar que a JW Player inclui serviços e conhecimentos exclusivos orientados a dados, para que os clientes possam crescer e envolver seus públicos de forma mais eficaz e gerar mais receita incremental com seus investimentos em vídeo. Somente no último ano, a transmissão de vídeo da empresa cresceu quase 200%, enquanto a transmissão ao vivo aumentou mais de 400%.

Este financiamento chega no momento em que o consumo de vídeo digital continua seu impulso para o mainstream. O vídeo agora compreende mais de 80% de todo o tráfego na internet e, de acordo com os dados do JW Player, as pessoas estão consumindo mais de duas horas de vídeo digital por dia, um aumento de 40% desde o início de 2020. Por isso, uma estratégia de vídeo digital passou a ser um “must have” não só para emissoras e empresas de mídia, mas também para organizações de todos os tipos, incluindo de fitness, e-commerce, esportes e e-learning, entre outros. Essas organizações têm uma gama diversificada de necessidades, exigem uma plataforma de vídeo flexível que permita o envolvimento com seu público nos dispositivos preferidos, e exigem um ROI quantificável dos seus investimentos em vídeo. Devido a essa dinâmica, o mercado endereçável irá aumentar de US$14 bilhões hoje para US$50 bilhões até 2027, uma Taxa de Investimento Anual Composta (CAGR) de 20%.

“O vídeo entrou em uma era de ouro, e agora vivemos na Economia do Vídeo Digital. Ao combinar nossa tecnologia de plataforma de vídeo fácil de usar com nosso consumo e insights exclusivos de dados contextuais, a JW Player tem uma vantagem distinta em ajudar os clientes a aumentar seu público, criar experiências de vídeo de classe mundial em qualquer dispositivo e, o mais importante, gerar mais receita”, disse Dave Otten, CEO e cofundador da JW Player. “Ao entrarmos nesta próxima fase, estamos contentíssimos com a nossa parceria com a LLR. A equipe da LLR traz décadas de suporte e experiência inigualáveis com empresas de software em constante mudança no setor e, sem dúvida, irá nos ajudar a acelerar o nosso sucesso durante a nossa busca dessa enorme oportunidade de mercado juntos.”

“A JW Player tem estado na vanguarda da inovação em vídeo digital desde que o fundador Jeroen Wijering criou o vídeo player original do YouTube em 2008. Atualmente a empresa oferece a plataforma mais abrangente de tecnologia, publicidade e análise de dados do ecossistema de vídeo digital”, disse David Reuter, Sócio da LLR Partners. “Estamos prontos para fazer uma parceria com a equipe da JW Player para dar continuidade à expansão da sua plataforma e elevação da forma como as marcas podem hospedar, transmitir e monetizar vídeos.”

Sobre a JW Player
A JW Player é a principal plataforma de software de vídeo e insights de dados que oferece aos clientes independência e controle na economia de vídeo digital de hoje. Criada em 2008 como um player de vídeo de código aberto extremamente popular, a plataforma tecnológica da JW Player agora alimenta vídeo digital de centenas de milhares de empresas, incluindo metade dos 50 principais sites da comScore nos EUA, principais emissoras em toda a EMEA, APAC e América Latina. Todos os meses, 1 bilhão de espectadores, ou um terço de todas as pessoas na Internet, consomem vídeo na tecnologia da JW Player em 2,7 bilhões de dispositivos, criando um gráfico de dados contextuais e de consumo incomparável e potente que ajuda os clientes a aumentar o público e gerar vídeo incremental a partir do vídeo digital. A empresa está localizada em Nova York e tem escritórios em Londres e Eindhoven. Visite http://www.jwplayer.com.

Sobre a LLR Partners
A LLR Partners é uma empresa de capital privado de médio porte que investe em empresas de tecnologia e saúde. Colaboramos com as empresas do nosso portfólio para identificar e executar as principais iniciativas de crescimento e ajudar na criação de valor a longo prazo. Fundada em 1999 e com mais de US $ 5 bilhões arrecadados em seis fundos, a LLR é um provedor flexível de capital próprio para crescimento, recapitalizações e aquisições. Saiba mais em https://www.llrpartners.com/.

Contato com a Mídia:
Fatimah Nouilati
Scratch Marketing + Mídia em nome da JW Player
fatimah@scratchmm.com

Kristy DelMuto
LLR Partners
kdelmuto@llrpartners.com