Press releases

  • 04/12/2017 - The gateway to China-Europe business opportunities: Idinvest SME Academy at the International Capital Conference in Beijing

    For the third year in a row, Idinvest Partners participated in the International Capital Conference in Beijing, which took place on the 29th and 30th November. This year, Idinvest Partners brought five portfolio companies from its SME Academy. This annual tour provides a selection of Idinvest's portfolio companies with the opportunity to leverage a network of entrepreneurs, businesses and key market players, and is in line with the overall mission of the SME Academy to support the international development of Idinvest's portfolio companies by offering them new opportunities.

  • 30/11/2017 - Idinvest Industrial Assets Fund (ISIA) makes first equipment leasing investment to French SME

    Idinvest announced today the first investment by the Idinvest Industrial Assets Fund (ISIA) to fund upgraded manufacturing machinery to MBF Aluminium (MBF), a leading French aluminium parts supplier for the automotive industry. ISIA has invested €4.2m into MBF Aluminium across a financial lease and sale-and-leaseback, which has allowed MBF Aluminium to purchase three groups of pressurized injection molding machines and a tribofinishing vibrator. Providing a reactive, flexible and tailor-made financing solution will allow ISIA to support MBF's growth in French and wider European markets with the provision of leasing financing that allows MBF to purchase state-of-the-art machinery and increase productivity. Founded in 1941, MBF Aluminium has diversified its operations over recent decades to become a top European injection moulding, machining and assembly manufacturer of European parts, producing on average 4 million parts per year.

  • 16/11/2017 - Idinvest Partners announces the appointment of Charles Daulon du Laurens as Partner

    Idinvest Partners announces the appointment of Charles Daulon du Laurens as Partner and Global Head of Investor Relations and Marketing. This appointment marks the latest move in Idinvest's international growth strategy, where the firm is adding investment and operational expertise to help support its cross-border ambitions. 

  • 02/10/2017 - Idinvest Partners launches Industrial Assets Fund (ISIA) to finance and accelerate the modernisation of equipment for European SMEs

    Idinvest Partners, the specialist European SME investor, announces today the launch of the ISIA Fund (Idinvest SME Industrial Assets), the first large-scale fund intended to finance the modernization of production tools for European SMEs, to help increase their competitiveness and productivity in both local and international markets. The fund is targeting an €300m close, having raised an initial €150m from the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Investment Fund (EIF), and a number of European institutions. This will enable Idinvest to guarantee the financing of around 70 projects across European target markets including France, Spain, Benelux and Germany.

  • 14/09/2017 - Promoting Innovative and Inclusive Finance along the Belt & Road at Boao Forum for Asia Paris Meeting

    On September 14th and 15th, the Boao Forum for Asia held an exceptional meeting in Paris to discuss the Belt & Road Initiative and how to build synergies with EU policies and strategies. Co-organized by Foundation Prospective & Innovation, this 2-day event brought together government officials and C-level businessmen from "Belt and Road" countries, to reflect on infrastructure connectivity, trade and investment promotion, inclusive and innovative ways of funding. The Boao Forum had opening remarks from former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin and Zhou Wenzhong, Secretary-General of the Boao Forum for Asia.

  • 08/09/2017 - Idinvest Partners supports French Tech Tour China and its French Startups to accelerate their business potential in China

    On September 7th, Business France and BPI France, the French sovereign fund, unveiled the name of 12 French innovative startups selected for the 5th edition of French Tech Tour China. From December 4th to December 15th 2017, this selective program will give laureates the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Chinese market, discovering and validating their business potential in China.The French Tech Tour China has been sponsored by Idinvest Partners for several years in a row. As an immersion program, it aims to provide over a two-week program the full package of knowledge French startups need to know to successfully roll out their Chinese developments over the next 12 months.

  • 26/06/2017 - Life Sciences company M2i receives €12m in funding from Idinvest Partners

    Idinvest Partners today announced €12 million in funding for life sciences company M2i as part of the firm's continued support of high-growth European SMEs. The funds raised will enable biocontrol producer M2i to finance the approval process of its Biocontrol products, pursue its R&D investment strategy and accelerate its international development. Matthieu Baret, Partner at Idinvest, commented: "This investment comes from the Idinvest Growth Fund II which targets small-mid cap companies that have the potential to expand globally and become industry leaders within the Digital, Health and Smart Cities sectors." 

  • 23/06/2017 - Idinvest Partners launches the Idinvest SME Academy, to kick-start international growth for innovative enterprises

    Idinvest Partners announces today the launch of its SME Academy as an initiative to help foster European innovation and encourage collaboration and international expansion amongst its portfolio companies. Aiming to provide small and medium-sized European companies with the means to become global enterprises, Idinvest has established this permanent program to help its portfolio companies both understand and navigate an increasingly competitive, globalised world.

  • 07/06/2017 - Idinvest Partners opens the door of exclusive CIC Forum to its portfolio companies

    On June 6th, the sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corporation held its Belt and Road and Cross-Border Investment CEO Summit. This exclusive annual event brings together government officials and policy makers, the world's top sector experts and prominent business investors. Co-organised by leading Chinese financial institutions (CICC, Shenwan Hongyuan Securities, China Securities, China Galaxy Securities) and sponsored by China Association for Public Companies, it welcomed handpicked top-end executives from 200 Chinese and international corporations including China Mobile, ZTE, Citic and CSSC.

  • 16/05/2017 - Idinvest Partners signs strategic cooperation agreement with China Orient Asset Management International in presence of former Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin

    Idinvest Partners and China Orient Asset Management (International) signed a strategic cooperation agreement to support the growth of European small & medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and further increase Sino-European cooperation. Under the agreement, both parties will carry out a comprehensive business relationship to increase funding to innovative non-listed European companies. Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former French Prime Minister and Chairman of the Prospective & Innovation Foundation, and Wu Yue, Chairman of China Orient Asset Management Co., Ltd., both attended the signing of the strategic cooperation agreement between China Orient Asset Management (International) Holding Co., Ltd. and Idinvest Partners at the company's headquarters.

  • 16/05/2017 - Idinvest Partners promotes Sino-European integration at Belt & Road Forum

    At the Belt & Road Forum for International Cooperation held in Beijing on May 14th and 15th, Idinvest Partners participated in the French delegation led by Senator Jean-Pierre Raffarin. Under President Xi Jinping's impetus, this forum brought together representatives of more than 47 countries, including 28 Heads of State. All opinions converged towards tighter and win-win integration to create value, jobs and social empowerment on a transcontinental way.

  • 05/05/2017 - Idinvest Partners announces the appointment of Caroline Steil as Senior Legal Advisor

    Today, Idinvest Partners is pleased to announce the appointment of Caroline Steil as a Senior Legal Advisor. Caroline Steil advises clients on the incorporation, approval, and monitoring of management companies as well as investment service providers in connection with their activities and their relationships with the AMF (the French financial markets authority) and the ACPR (the French prudential supervision and resolution authority). Caroline's practice extends to the legal and tax structuring of venture capital mutual funds and companies (typically FPCI, FPS, SLP, SCR, and all other types of alternative investment fund), auditing funds on behalf of potential investors, and negotiating with French and foreign LPs and GPs with respect to the documentation of the funds and the carried interest of the management team.

  • 08/03/2017 - Idinvest Partners supports CASH undertaking to develop the global growth of innovative European SMEs

    Idinvest Partners and Chinese Academy of Sciences Holdings (CASH) have agreed to support the growth of European small & medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with the signature of a memorandum of understanding (MoU), during the RAID event of March 14th 2017 held in Beaubourg museum in Paris. To do so, a fund of funds for Green Development will be launched, which main objective is to finance innovative European SMEs which have the potential to develop and grow in China. The fund of funds will be managed by CASH, advised by Idinvest, and targets a first closing by the end of 2017

  • 23/02/2017 - Idinvest Partners opens new Shanghai office to support the internationalisation of its portfolio companies

    Idinvest Partners, the specialist European SME investor, has established a Shanghai office to support the growth of its portfolio companies in Asian markets. The office will be led by Solomon Moos, Corporate Development Asia, who joined Idinvest in July 2016 from Allianz Global Investors. Solomon will be supported by three Chinese partners.This marks the most recent milestone in Idinvest's strategic international development and ability to offer in-country support to portfolio companies with hypergrowth ambitions, coming shortly after the opening of a Frankfurt office earlier this month. Christophe Baviere, CEO of Idinvest commented, "This latest development is part of our commitment to internationalise and facilitate the growth of our portfolio companies into global SMEs."

  • 21/02/2017 - Idinvest's UK Entrepreneurship Barometer shows 44% of population says UK best country to start a business

    Idinvest Partners today launched an annual study into the UK's attitudes towards entrepreneurship. Idinvest's UK Entrepreneurship Barometer measures the concerns of the next generation of entrepreneurial talent and therefore addresses the health of the UK's innovation ecosystem. In its first year, the Barometer poses questions about Brexit consequences, personal motivations, fundraising challenges and economic climate. Despite concerns that Brexit might diminish the UK's position as one of Europe's leading business hubs, 44% of the UK population still consider it the best country to start a business, beating rivals Germany by a strong margin. These findings can be seen as a vote of confidence in the outlook for the UK Economy with 57% of all respondents remaining optimistic for the country's economic performance over the next 12 months where participants were 10% more concerned by the European Economic outlook than that of the UK.

  • 09/02/2017 - Idinvest Partners expands European presence with Frankfurt office opening

    Idinvest Partners, a leader in financing the growth of European SME's, has announced the opening of a new office in Frankfurt along with new additions to its team. This new office highlights Idinvest's resolve to develop further internationally and offer dedicated in-country support to assist the growth of its portfolio companies.As both a former subsidiary of the Allianz Group, and by financing the growth of German companies, the establishment of a Frankfurt office marks the latest step in the strong relationship that Idinvest has maintained with the German market, particularly in its support of German companies via private debt financing, whether senior or subordinate. In addition, Idinvest has added three German nationals to its private debt team, and the new Frankfurt office will be represented by Florian Zimmerman, who has been working with Idinvest since 2014.

  • 06/02/2017 - Idinvest Partners announces the appointment of Alban Wyniecki as Investment Director

    Idinvest Partners is pleased to announce the appointment of Alban Wyniecki as an Investment Director. Alban will provide strategic direction and oversight of Idinvest's Growth Capital Fund II, which recently held its first close at €250 M. The fund's first investment this year was in Vestiaire Collective, an online e-commerce marketplace for pre-loved clothes. "We are very much looking forward to Alban joining the Growth team here at Idinvest," says Benoist Grossmann, Managing Partner at Idinvest. "We are currently seeing a good amount of opportunity for European companies looking to scale-up, particularly in the tech sector and where Alban brings a huge amount of expertise."

  • 19/01/2017 - Kurma Partners, Idinvest's investment manager in the health sector, is experimenting with a new investment model

    The idea is to syndicate with industry partners from the get-go, bringing them in at a pre-seed stage, prior to forming the company, to provide expertise that matches the newco's technology. Moreover, it should allow Kurma to compete for seed or series A stage assets with the bigger players. According to managing partner Vanessa Malier, the new approach is unique among French life science investors and makes it possible for a small firm like Kurma to create new companies without tying up a large percentage of its capital in seed investments. The firm's industry partners for these investments include Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH and Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc. Kurma's target is to split its capital 40-60 between newcos and standard venture investments, with a goal of creating one to two new companies each year. While it makes investments all over Europe and occasionally in the U.S., Kurma is focusing the new platform in France.