Celebrating the past.

Innovating the future!

Our Story

Over 20 years, eFront has grown from an entrepreneur’s dream to become the leading software provider of solutions dedicated to alternative investments. From humble beginnings in Paris to eventual expansion across the globe, eFront has gone on to influence alternative investing in a big way. Our journey has been both exhilarating and challenging, and a lot of fun. This year, we proudly celebrate 20 years of innovation and growth, which would not have been possible without our dedicated employees and valued clients, and look forward to our next chapter as part of the world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock.

Founding And Early Days

It all started with WebEdge, a development platform that allowed the founding team to rapidly produce various software solutions and jump on new market trends. Although they were able to make products with ease, finding a market niche proved to be a bigger challenge. They explored various options, creating platforms such as FrontSales (a CRM), FrontExpenses (a travel and expense system), and FrontTime (for managing time sheets), however, these products didn’t become the revolutionary solutions the team had been striving for.

Thankfully, eFront soon attracted its first investors, including the French venture capital firm, CDC Innovation. Before long, CDC Innovation asked the team to create software to help them manage their own private portfolios and track their investments more easily. FrontVenture immediately caught the interest of many private investment experts who were seeking a more professional system, and quickly became the company’s most popular product. eFront started to sign more exclusive deals, allowing for further development of FrontVenture.

Experiencing organic company growth, the team realized that FrontVenture was the opportunity they had been searching for and so, in 2003, eFront became solely dedicated to Alternative Investments. From here, eFront started to scale with further geographic expansion, some targeted acquisitions, as well as various innovative product launches.

Today

Twenty years on, eFront has well and truly cemented its place as the leading software provider in the alternative investment market. This success led to eFront’s acquisition by BlackRock in 2019.

Now, as part of the world’s largest asset manager and combined with Aladdin, BlackRock’s leading capital market technology platform, we have gained a strong technology partner that will allow us to innovate faster, while our combined solutions will offer clients a unique whole-portfolio view across asset classes. Together, we will continue to realize our original mission – to make alternatives less alternative.

Our biggest adventure is yet to come.

History

FOUNDING YEAR

1999

eFront was founded in 1999 as a technology platform aiming to quickly and efficiently develop vertical enterprise software applications.

EXPANSION

2000

From 1999 through 2002, eFront continued to expand its focus, creating multiple vertical enterprise software applications in various areas including expense management, timesheets, and CRM.

PRODUCT LAUNCH

2002

Guided by CDC Innovation (eFront’s investor at the time), eFront created and launched Front Venture, its first software solution dedicated to venture capital investors. Through FrontVenture, eFront brought efficiency to fund and operations management and reporting activities. Over time, FrontVenture expanded beyond venture capital, fully encompassing private equity and evolving into eFront’s current flagship product, eFront Invest.

ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT SPECIALIZATION

2003

From 2003 through 2008, eFront continued to refine its focus, evolving towards a specialization in alternative investment software solutions focusing on fund administration, operations and reporting through its flagship solution, eFront Invest (previously named FrontInvest). eFront also continued to expand internationally throughout Europe and the Middle East.

GROWTH

2004

eFront’s client base continued to grow internationally, expanding to more than 100 clients.

IPO

2006

eFront went public with an IPO on Alternext, signaling the next phase in its development and empowering eFront to begin building an international presence through global offices.

INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION

2008

From 2006 through 2015, eFront solidified its presence in and strategical focus on alternative investment needs through product development and organic scope extensions while continuing to expand internationally throughout North America and Asia-Pacific.

GROWTH

2010

eFront’s client base continued to grow globally, expanding to more than 200 clients across 28 countries.

GOING PRIVATE

2011

eFront was acquired by Francisco Partners, marking a new phase in eFront’s strategic development, characterized by acquisitions with a focus on North America.

DMLT ACQUISITION

2012

eFront acquired DMLT, the developer of the Investment Café investor portal (now called eFront Investment Café) allowing eFront to expand its features and capabilities throughout the investment life cycle.

ANALYTX ACQUISITION

2013

eFront acquired AnalytX, the developer of the Private Equity Office solution now known as eFront PEO/VC, solidifying its solution offerings for private equity investors. Through this acquisition, eFront went on to establish an office in Belgrade, which now employs over 400 people.

GROWTH

2013

eFront’s client base expanded to 300 clients across 39 countries serviced by 17 offices around the world.

PRODUCT LAUNCH

2014

eFront Portfolio Monitoring was officially launched, offering an innovative approach to portfolio company data collection and direct investment monitoring.

ACQUISITION BY BRIDGEPOINT

2015

eFront was acquired by Bridgepoint, marking a new phase in eFront’s strategic development characterized by product development and the integration and optimization of previous acquisitions.

PRODUCT LAUNCHES

2015

eFront Data Intelligence (previously named eFront Investor Cloud) and eFront ESG were both launched, reinforcing eFront’s position as a pioneering leader in alternative investment data collection.

PRODUCT SUITE LAUNCH AND INTERNAL GROWTH

2016

eFront reorganized its product offerings with a streamlined solution suite. In order to support its growing product suite and client base, eFront expanded to more than 600 employees.

PRODUCT LAUNCH

2017

eFront VaR was officially launched, offering a powerful approach to value-at-risk measurement.

PRODUCT LAUNCH

2018

eFront Insight was officially launched, with the mission of streamlining exchanges between general and limited partners.

REBRANDING

2018

eFront refreshed its corporate image with completely new branding, supporting eFront’s message as it continued to grow over 2018. eFront’s client base expanded to 850 clients across 48 countries, supported by over 800 employees in 21 offices around the world.

ACQUISITION BY BLACKROCK

2019

In 2019, eFront was acquired by BlackRock and began operating as a specialized business unit within BlackRock Solutions, alongside Aladdin Institutional and Aladdin Wealth.

Global Presence

eFront is the world’s leading pioneer of software solutions dedicated to the alternative investment industry. With more than 850 clients across 48 countries, eFront services clients worldwide.
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Abu Dhabi Office
Al Hilal Bank Building, 1st Floor, Al Falah Street, PO Box 129354, Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Office
Al Hilal Bank Building, 1st Floor, Al Falah Street, PO Box 129354, Abu Dhabi
Beijing Office
China World Office 1, No. 1, Level 14, Jianguomenwai Ave., Chaoyang District, Beijing 100004
Beijing Office
China World Office 1, No. 1, Level 14, Jianguomenwai Ave., Chaoyang District, Beijing 100004
Belgrade Office
Kneza Mihaila 3/V&VI 11000 Beograd
Belgrade Office
Kneza Mihaila 3/V&VI 11000 Beograd
Boston Office
60 State Street Boston, MA 02109
Boston Office
60 State Street Boston, MA 02109
Cape Town Office
Suite 1B, 1st Floor, Nautica Building, Beach Road Granger Bay 8005
Cape Town Office
Suite 1B, 1st Floor, Nautica Building, Beach Road Granger Bay 8005
Cologne Office
Worringer Str. 30, 50668 Köln, Germany
Cologne Office
Worringer Str. 30, 50668 Köln, Germany
Dubai Office
Al Shatha Tower Level 24 Dubai, PO Box 502736
Dubai Office
Al Shatha Tower Level 24 Dubai, PO Box 502736
Hong Kong Office
16/F Champion Tower
Three Garden Road
Central
Hong Kong
Hong Kong Office
16/F Champion Tower
Three Garden Road
Central
Hong Kong
Jersey Office
1 & 2 First Floor, Forum 3, Grenville Street, St Helier, Jersey, JE2 4UF
Jersey Office
1 & 2 First Floor, Forum 3, Grenville Street, St Helier, Jersey, JE2 4UF
London Office
12 Throgmorton Avenue
Drapers Gardens
London EC2N 2DL
United Kingdom
London Office
12 Throgmorton Avenue
Drapers Gardens
London EC2N 2DL
United Kingdom
Montreal Office
Montréal, QC, Canada
Montreal Office
Montréal, QC, Canada
Mumbai Office
2101, Cyber One, Sector-30, Vashi, 21st Floor, Navi Mumbai 400703
Mumbai Office
2101, Cyber One, Sector-30, Vashi, 21st Floor, Navi Mumbai 400703
Luxembourg Office
26b Boulevard Royal, 2449 Luxembourg
Luxembourg Office
26b Boulevard Royal, 2449 Luxembourg
Paris Office
2-4 Rue Louis David,
75116 Paris, France
Paris Office
2-4 Rue Louis David,
75116 Paris, France
Seoul Office
Level 22, International Finance Centre Seoul, Two IFC 10 Gukjegeumyung-ro, Youngdeungpo-gu Seoul, 07326 South
Seoul Office
Level 22, International Finance Centre Seoul, Two IFC 10 Gukjegeumyung-ro, Youngdeungpo-gu Seoul, 07326 South
Singapore Office
Twenty Anson
20 Anson Road
Singapore 079912
Singapore Office
Twenty Anson
20 Anson Road
Singapore 079912
Tokyo Office
1-8-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
Marunouchi Trust Main Tower
Tokyo, Japan 100-8217
Tokyo Office
1-8-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
Marunouchi Trust Main Tower
Tokyo, Japan 100-8217
New York Office
40 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022
New York Office
40 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022
San Francisco Office
400 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States
San Francisco Office
400 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States
Melbourne Office
101 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia
Melbourne Office
101 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia
Santiago Office
Av. Juan Pablo Duarte,
Plaza Trinitaria 4ta planta Módulo 406,
Santiago R.D 51000, Dominican Republic
Santiago Office
Av. Juan Pablo Duarte,
Plaza Trinitaria 4ta planta Módulo 406,
Santiago R.D 51000, Dominican Republic