Stanhope Capital, a global investment office, has launched a new €100m investment platform.
The Stanhope Entrepreneurs Fund aims:
- to add operational expertise to portfolio companies by relying on successful entrepreneurs who will act as “Anchor Investors” to the fund and, when required, active non-executive members of the boards of the portfolio companies, and
- act as a forum enabling investors to have a say in the selection of portfolio companies and incentivize them to bring attractive deals to the fund.
The fund, which will pursue development capital and buyout deals, will provide investors access to fast growing and established entrepreneurial small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across Europe and the UK. It will focus on four key sectors – Consumer, Food, Education and Disruptive Services – and will do both majority transactions as well as minority transactions.
The fund will be managed by Stanhope Capital’s private equity team, in collaboration with anchor investors, who will contribute their expertise, network and experience in identifying investment opportunities and helping companies grow. They are:
- Bruno Moineville, who was a Founding Partner of Altice, one of the leading global telecom players;
- Pierre Cuilleret, who co-founded The Phone House in 1996, France’s leading mobile phone retailer, which he sold to The Carphone Warehouse in 2000;
- Leon Seynave, who was a co-founder of Mitiska, formerly a listed holding with stakes in several retail companies such as Carpetland, Brantano, AS adventure and Fun;
- Mark Moran, who was CEO and led the management buyout of Mater Private Hospital; and
- Daniel Pinto, who was CEO and Founding Partner of Stanhope Capital, the global investment office with approximately $10 billion under supervision.
The in-house private equity team is led by Jerome Sibony and Michael Bressler.