Many single family offices are among the most important private equity investors in the UK. However, it is difficult to identify relevant family offices. Many of them operate secretly and attach importance to discretion. This is where the service of familyofficehub.io comes in. Our research team has great experience in tracking family offices and making them accessible in clear databases. These databases can be easily downloaded from our online shop. To give you an idea of what we do, here are three investment companies from wealthy families in the UK. They invest in private equity and are particularly active in their home country.

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#1: Tavistock Group – Single Family Office of Joe Lewis, actively investing in growing companies from various industries

Hardly any other family office has an investment focus as broad as that of the Tavistock Group. The company appears as a real estate and hotel investor, is active in the sports business (Tottenham Hotspur), invests as a venture capital investor in up-and-coming entrepreneurs and makes private equity investments. Behind the Tavistock Group is billionaire Joe Lewis, one of the richest people in the country. The company’s shareholdings include Mitchells & Butlers, renewable energy producer Patagonia Energía and numerous other companies from all over the world.

#2: LSG Holdings, London – Long-term thinking Single Family Office by experienced businessman and investor Elio Leoni Sceti

LSG Holdings is a typical single family office active in real estate, private equity and venture capital. The long-term investment horizon makes the investment company a popular investor among entrepreneurs who wish to implement their strategy in the long run. In many cases, the management holds shares in the company, which in LSG Holding’s view promotes sustainable corporate development. LSG Holding’s broad positioning is illustrated by the fact that we also present the company in our contribution on three UK family offices from the venture capital sector.

#3: TY Danjuma Family Office, Surrey – Single Family Office focused on private equity and real estate investments in the UK and beyond

TY Danjuma Family Office is the single family office of the Nigerian businessman Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma. The investment company pursues the goal of asset preservation and accumulation by investing in various asset classes. This includes in particular the private equity sector as well as the real estate market. Under the name TY Ventures (UK) Ltd, investments are made in promising companies from various sectors. One of the portfolio companies is CNIguard, a provider of remote monitoring systems for critical infrastructure. Another investment is made in the film production company Starchild Pictures.

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We use this article to introduce you to three UK single family offices that are actively buying real estate. The investment companies of wealthy companies are becoming increasingly important players in the real estate scene. However, many real estate professionals find it difficult to identify and address the most relevant family offices. This is where the comprehensive database of familyofficehub.io comes in. Our experienced research team is constantly on the lookout for important family offices in Europe. Our lists contain valuable information about the investment focus and general contact details so that you can start addressing them directly. Particularly in the real estate environment, we successfully help brokers, asset managers, co-investors and other players to gain valuable partners.

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#1: Grosvenor, Chester – Real Estate development, management & investment in more than 60 cities around the world

With £11.8 billion, Grosvenor is probably one of the most important real estate companies in the UK. The real estate arm of the Single Family Office develops real estate projects, invests in world-class buildings around the world and manages assets. The company is active in Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Paris, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington D.C., for example. The preferred asset classes are retail, residential and office, with buildings with appreciation potential often being acquired. The website of the Family Office provides a good overview of past investments, so that potential partners can get an optimal overview of the way they work.

#2: Souter Investments, Edinburgh – Real Estate development by one of the most important family offices in the UK

Souter Investments is a very important private equity investor in the UK. However, the investments are not only focused on typical company acquisitions. Rather, the investment company is also active in the real estate sector. As a co-investor, Souter Investments has invested in East Lothian Developments Ltd (ELDL). ELDL is one of the largest neighbourhood development projects in Scotland. The real estate project includes numerous new residential buildings and is well connected to Edinburgh. A participation in the project developer AMA from Edinburgh is also worth mentioning. At the end of 2018, the exit of the diversified real estate company took place.

#3: J Leon Group, London – Real Estate investments focused on UK commercial property and central London residential Real Estate

The J Leon Group is a long-established family office that has been managing and increasing assets for many decades. As a relevant fund of funds investor, the Group diversifies its portfolio and ensures stability in family assets. However, the company does not only invest in corporate values. Rather, it actively invests in UK commercial property and is one of the largest investors in this segment in the UK. In this regard, highstreet shops in prime locations play an exceptionally important role. Also, agricultural and woodland assets are part of the J Leon Group.

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In recent years, the European venture capital scene has caught up in an international comparison. This is partly due to successful start-ups and investors from the UK. In addition to traditional VC funds, domestic single family offices play an important role. They manage the assets of very wealthy families and business people and increasingly also invest in start-ups. In this article, we present three British single family offices that are active in venture capital and are among the most important players in this field. They are part of our comprehensive database of the most relevant family offices in Europe, which has helped many clients find new partners.

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#1: Tavistock Group – Powerful Single Family Office of Joe Lewis with a broad investment focus

British entrepreneur Joe Lewis is one of the richest people in the UK. Not only does he own one of the largest motor yachts in the world, he also owns some of the most valuable paintings in auction history. His assets are mainly managed by the Tavistock Group, which has gained fame as a major shareholder in the Tottenham Hotspur football club. The Single Family Office has a very broad investment focus and invests in both listed and private companies. Through Boxer Capital, for example, investments are made in promising biotech companies. In addition, the Tavistock Group invests in start-ups from various sectors. Examples include Surge Global, Ultimate Finance and Atlas Labs.

#2: LSG Holdings, London – Renowned Single Family Office with focus on B2C-startups

LSG Holdings invests in real estate as well as private equity and venture capital. The Single Family Office from London is particularly interested in startups from the B2C sector. Successful exits include zynga, Beamly and Mashable. The startup portfolio includes companies such as Cru Kafe, Petme, yeay and Equinox Kambucha. LSG Holding attaches great importance to a genuine partnership and actively supports the sponsored start-ups in their growth.

#3: Waymade Capital, Basildon – Single Family Office of Vijay and Bhikhu Patel, founded in 2013

The Single Family Office of Vijay and Bhikhu Patel is based on the three pillars Pharma, Property, Private Equity and Philantropy. As a private equity investor, Waymade Capital pursues a very broad investment approach and supports companies from various sectors. The long-term investment horizon is what makes the Family Office interesting for young companies. In this way, a sustainable growth strategy can be chosen that would not be possible with many other investment companies. Due to the business background of the family, there is special interest and know-how in medical and pharmaceutical companies.

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The European venture capital industry is increasingly dominated by single family offices. In recent years, numerous family-led venture capitalists have emerged, particularly in Switzerland, to promote the Swiss start-up scene. However, the asset managers of the super-rich often operate in secret and are difficult to approach. For this reason, start-ups often find it hard to identify suitable family offices. This is where the research knowledge of Familyofficehub comes into play. We are constantly building and enlarging our database of the largest family offices in Europe in order to help our customers approaching the right investment firms. In this article we want to give you some insights of our database by presenting three Swiss single family offices that are investing in venture capital.

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#1: Caliza Holding, Netstal – long-term investor in the areas of manufacturing, energy, real estate, mining and raw materials

Some time ago we reported on the participation of Caliza Holding in the energy startup Electrochaea (read here). This investment is a good example of the focus of the Single Family Office from Switzerland. Caliza is looking for innovative young companies that are active in classic industries such as manufacturing, energy, real estate, mining and raw materials. Disruptive approaches are sustainably supported so that the start-ups gain a partner who not only provides capital. The Family Office is globally active and a really promising partner for many start-ups.

#2: Occident Group AG, Zug – valuable partner for life sciences, high-tech and ICT startups in Switzerland and Germany

We already presented Occident Group as a Swiss single family office that invests in real estate (read here). However, this is not the only asset class, the Schützenhöfer family office focuses on. As venture capitalist, the Occident Group is looking for innovative startups from Germany and Switzerland. Usually, the single family office joins the seed round and, if positive, participates in the subsequent rounds. The industry focus is on life sciences, high-tech and ICT. The company’s motto “tomorrow happens today” already expresses the forward-looking way of thinking. Renowned startups from the portfolio are for example Numbrs, Versantis, Lunaphore and advanceCOR. In addition to the office in Zug, the Occident Group also has a branch in Munich.

#3: Santo Holding AG, Zug – single family office of Andreas and Thomas Strüngmann (Hexal), investing in pharmaceutical and biotech startups

Santo Holding is the Swiss-based single family office of the Strüngmann brothers from Germany. After building and selling the pharmaceutical company Hexal, Andreas and Thomas Strüngmann are active private equity and venture capital investors in Europe. They therey focus on biotechnology, pharmaceutical, life sciences and healthcare companies. Through the Single Family Office, they primarily invest in promising young companies from the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Their patience and long-term investment approach pays off, particularly in drug research and development, making Santo Holding a much sought-after financier among start-ups in this field. An investment from the recent past is the participation in the German company Boxine (read here). You can find other valuable venture capital providers in our comprehensive Family office database – without spending hours doing research.

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Most of the real estate professionals are aware of the importance of single family offices. However, many investors, estate agents, asset managers and project developers face the challenge of identifying those hidden investment vehicles. This is where we come in by identifying the most relevant single family offices in Europe and compiling them in a comprehensive database. You can easily download this as an Excel list and start addressing them directly. To give you an impression of the family offices included in the list, we would like to present three Swiss companies below.

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#1: Occident Group, Zug – focused on office and residential properties with long-term investment horizon

One special feature of Single Family Offices is their long-term investment focus. A company that conveys this perfectly is the Occident Group from Switzerland. The portfolio consists of office and residential properties in Vancouver, Vienna, Graz and others. Led by Patrizia Schützenhöfer, Occident invests sustainably and meaningfully. While the family’s entrepreneurial focus of the Schützenhöfer was on Eastern Europe, the German-speaking region is particularly interesting for the Family Office. This applies not only to real estate investments, but also to venture capital investments in young companies. If you are looking for a long-term investor that looks behind the surface, Occident Group might be the perfect partner.

#2: COFRA Holding, Zug – real estate investments and asset management by Brenninkmeijer‎ family through Redevco

COFRA Holding is one the largest and most important Single Family Offices in Switzerland. Led by the Brenninkmeijer family, COFRA Holding comprises several high-calibre investment companies. When it comes to real estate, Redevco is the relevant investment arm. The value of the portfolio is EUR 7.5bn and Redevco has 306 assets under management. The real estate company is active in twelve markets across Europe and focuses on the development of city centres and high streets. Redevco does not only acquire properties, but also manages and develops them.

#3: Genico Family Office, Zug – family-led property investor in Switzerland and England (Silvertown project in London)

The third single family office of our list is also located in Zug. Genico Family Office is the investment vehicle of Andrea and Andreas Georgiadis and focuses on private equity as well as on real estate investments. In contrast to the other listed family offices, Genico’s investment volume in the real estate sector is significantly lower. The company invests primarily in residential properties in the canton of Zug. In addition, Genico holds a stake in the large-scale Silvertown real estate project in London. Thanks to a high occupancy rate, the real estate investments ensure recurring income in attractive markets. As a relatively small family office, the Genico Family Office might be a valuable partner for co-investors, real estate developers, brokers and many more.

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The European private equity market is more and more dominated by so-called single family office. These investment vehicles of wealthy families carry out comparatively few company acquisitions per year. Nevertheless, they are very relevant investors for medium-sized companies and hidden champions. Often the families’ assets stem from a long tradition as industrial companies, so that they can score with know-how and network. In addition, single family offices think long-term and allow the acquired companies sufficient room for manoeuvre. However, the most important single family offices are very difficult to reach and hardly visible. This is why we are building large databases of the most important family office in Europe. We enable you to reach out to the secretive and powerful investment companies. In this article we want to give you an insight into the Swiss single family office scene by introducing three companies that are active in the field of private equity.

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#1: Müller-Möhl Group, Zurich – strategic investments as well as capital market activities since 2000

The Müller-Möhl Group is managed by a very committed family from Switzerland. Through numerous foundations, social commitment is given high priority in order to make sensible use of the family assets. Carolina Müller-Möhl is respected far beyond the Swiss borders as a philanthropist. In addition, the family’s Single Family Office actively invests in companies in Switzerland and neighbouring Swiss countries. As a former Nestlé board member, Mrs Müller-Möhl is one of the most important individuals in the Swiss economy. Through her Family Office, the know-how and network is used to promote SMEs and bring them to new growth. The team consists of seasoned investment managers with in-depth industry knowledge and experience. Some of the best-known portfolio companies are probably Fielmann AG and Orascom Development. According to its own information, the investment profile of the single family office is characterised by diversification across asset classes and regions.

#2: Genico Family Office AG, Zug – initiated by Andrea und Andreas Georgiadis in 2013

The Genico Family Office pursues a two-part investment strategy. On the one hand, the investment company invests in real estate in Switzerland and England. On the other hand, the Family Office invests in medium-sized industrial companies. These are for example Impreva AG, Stadelmann + Boog AG and Rotima AG. Andrea and Andreas Georgiadis are applying their knowledge of the Swiss market to their investments, focusing on comparatively small companies that are renowned specialists in their field and have great growth potential. Genico is a typical single family office about which hardly anything is known. You will find many more of these companies in our comprehensive database. In addition, we regularly inform you about current developments and deals in the private equity industry.

#3: Caliza Holding AG, Netstal – investments in established companies (manufacturing, energy, real estate, mining, materials)

Caliza Holding invests in small and medium-sized companies with a promising business model. The focus is on companies with an enterprise value of between CHF 5 and 30 million. Both start-ups and young companies are of interest for the Single Family Office from Netstal in Switzerland. For example, we reported on a financing round for the Electrochaea energy start-up in which Caliza participated (read here). This investment is a good example of the strategy of some family offices in Europe dealing with disruptive companies in traditional industries. The Family Office also appears in succession arrangements and is therefore a valuable contact for entrepreneurs and shareholders.

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CPT Capital: Single Family Office of Jeremy Coller – one of the most important Private Equity professionals in Europe

The London-based venture capital investor CPT Capital is part of Jeremy Coller’s UK single family office. But who is the owner of this investment company that tries to disrupt the food industry? Jeremy Coller is well-known as the founder of the first European private equity fund for secondaries in 1990. His net worth is said to be around £300M and he still is one of the most influential financial managers in the UK and beyond. However, the British businessman is also well-known as philanthropist who wants to make a difference. As an example, he established dedicated business schools in the area of venture and management education in London and Tel Aviv. Further, the Jeremy Coller Foundation’s aim is to end factory farming. This is worth knowing in order to understand the backround and the mission of CPT Capital.

Disruption in the food industry: CPT Capital as one of the most important foodtech venture capital firms worldwide

The food industry is facing major changes since a couple of years. Startups try to turn an entire industry upside down and revolutionize the way food is made and thought about. While some foodtech startups focus on the distribution and delivery of meals, other young companies take care of the actual products. In this context, a quite crucial topic is the renunciation of animal products. And this is exactly where CPT Capital comes into play. The venture capital focused single family office aims at “creating the future of food and materials”. The investment company backs startups that want to replace animals by using cutting-edge technology. Such young companies are gaining more and more public attention and it seams as if the next big breakthroughs are just around the corner. CPT Capital is not just one of several players in this industry, but a trusted and prestigious partner for the best food and protein startups from around the world.

How CPT Capital structures the portfolio of its startups:  Plant-based proteins, recombinant proteins, cell culture

The venture capital focused family office of Jeremy Coller chooses a relatively sharp investment approach when it comes to the industry. CPT Capital is looking for startups that revolutionize the food industry by thinking proteins new. While the business model of all startups intend to replace an animal-derived product, the way to get there is quite different. In order to structure the portfolio, CPT Capital built three segments: plant-based proteins, recombinant proteins and cell culture. In the remaining article, we deal with each area in a dedicated way by presenting interesting investments.

Food venture capital in the field of plant-based proteins

For years, genuine meat alternatives were developed only timidly or not at all. However, in the meantime, a real market has developed for plant-based products that ressemble meat, eggs and dairy products in texture and nutrition. This is why more and more venture capital fonds have an eye on such startups. CPT Capital has shares in some of the most promising companies in their field. We present five of those.

#1: Beyond Meat

  • Headquarter: El Segundo, California
  • Self-description: At Beyond Meat, we believe there is a better way to feed the planet. Our mission is to create The Future of Protein® – delicious plant-based burgers, sausage, crumbles, and more– made directly from simple plant-based ingredients.
  • Total funding: $122M (Crunchbase)

#2: Impossible Foods

  • Headquarter: Redwood City, California
  • Self-description: We started with a simple question. “What makes meat taste like meat?” Then we took everything we know and love about meat, and made it even better – using plants.
  • Total funding: $687.5M (Crunchbase)

#3: Redefine Meat

  • Headquarter: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Self-description: Redefine Meat is applying proprietary 3D printing technology, meat digital modeling, and advanced food formulations to produce animal-free meat with the appearance, texture and flavor of whole muscle meat.
  • Total funding: $6M (Crunchbase)

#4: Yofix

  • Headquarter: Ashdod, Israel
  • Self-description: Yofix Probiotics Ltd. develops and manufactures vegan & soy-free fermented plant-based prebiotic & probiotic foods.
  • Total funding: $2M (Crunchbase)

#5: Alpha Foods

  • Headquarter: Glendale, California
  • Self-description: We firmly believe it should be easy to find the protein you need in the meals you want. That’s why we are always going for gold when it comes to deliciously plant-based meals. Whether you are choosing a meatless life or a meatless Monday, we make food for your lifestyle: easy meals for everyday life that are totally, completely plant-based.
  • Total funding: $7M (Crunchbase)

Food & materials venture capital in the field of recombinant proteins

Startups using fermentation or brewing processes in order to create proteins such as casein, gelatin and whey can be found in the segment “recombinant proteins”. These companies are not exclusively active in the food sector. Rather, some start-ups are also concerned with developing new materials and develop completely new products. In total, seven startups can be found in this segment of the portfolio. Five of them are portrayed in the following.

#1: Motif

  • Headquarter: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Self-description: Born out of Ginkgo Bioworks, the global leader in bio-organism engineering, our vision is to fundamentally change our understanding of food and develop ingredients that don’t compromise between taste and food values. We are propelled by the idea that, using leading-edge science and technology, we can make delicious food simultaneously.
  • Total funding: $117.5M (Crunchbase)

#2: Perfect Day

  • Headquarter: Berkeley, California
  • Self-description: At Perfect Day, we’re making dairy proteins – whey and casein – that are nutritionally identical to proteins from cow’s milk. All it takes is human curiosity about what makes milk… well, milk… along with modern science and the age-old art of fermentation.
  • Total funding: $61.5M (Crunchbase)

#3: Geltor

  • Headquarter: San Leandro, California
  • Self-description: The first-ever animal-free, clinically-proven bioactive collagens designed for skin health.
  • Total funding: $23M (Crunchbase)

#4: Modern Meadow

  • Headquarter: Nutley, New Jersey
  • Self-description: Modern Meadow is a dedicated team of individuals pioneering the creation of biologically advanced materials. We seek to transform the material world by unlocking the power of nature to inspire design for a healthier planet.
  • Total funding: $53.5M (Crunchbase)

#5: Clara Foods

  • Headquarter: South San Francisco, California
  • Self-description: We’re developing technology to create animal protein without the animals. Our protein platform offers all the great taste of the foods you know and love with less cost, better performance and less waste.
  • Total funding: $16.8M (Crunchbase)

Food venture capital in the field of cell culture

According to the website, the portfolio of the cell culture segment of CPT Capital comprises seven companies. All those startups are using a nutrient-rich culture medium in order to grow complete cells. In the following we list five of the startups in this segment that are currently (September 2019) backed by the venture capital single family office CPT Capital.

#1: Memphis Meats

  • Headquarter: Berkeley, California
  • Self-description: At Memphis Meats, our mission is to bring delicious and healthy meat to your table by harvesting it from cells instead of animals. You can enjoy the meat you love today and feel good about how it’s made because we strive to make it better for you…and for the world.
  • Total funding: $20.1M (Crunchbase)

#2: 3F BIO

  • Headquarter: Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Self-description: 3F BIO is a biotechnology company producing protein sustainably by making more with less. Our purpose is to help tackle the combined issues of feeding a growing global population and the unsustainable impact of traditional protein farming.
  • Total funding: $28.3M (Crunchbase)

#3: BlueNalu

  • Headquarter: San Diego, California
  • Self-description: BlueNalu’s mission is to be the global leader in cellular aquaculture™, providing consumers with great tasting, healthy, safe, and trusted seafood products that support the sustainability and diversity of our oceans.
  • Total funding: $4.5M (Crunchbase)

#4: Aleph Farms

  • Headquarter: Rehovot, Israel
  • Self-description: Leading the slaughter-free meat revolution for a healthier world. We are shaping the future of food by producing cell-grown meat that resembles conventional meat.
  • Total funding: $14.4M (Crunchbase)

#5: Mosa Meat

  • Headquarter: Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Self-description: The world’s first slaughter-free meat. Our mission is to produce real meat for the world’s growing population that is delicious, healthier, better for the environment, and kind to animals.
  • Total funding: $7.5M (Crunchbase)

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Syngroh is closely related to the fortune made by Klaus Grohe who inherited the sanitary company hansgrohe from his father Hans Grohe in 1977. The producer of sanitary equipment today is in majority-owned by the American Financial Investor Masco corporation and in minority by the family of Klaus Grohe. Syngroh was found already in 1999 to manage the family assets but it took until 2018 to announce the first major acquisition. In the coming years, they will acquire completely KMLS from Hamburg, a service provider in renting out and installing eco-friendly lighting in offices, becoming an energy-saving advisory. Syngroh’s clear investment focus is on companies with a revenue between 10 and 50 million euros, and is not limited by industries. Especially in moments of succession planning or companies which are close to a breakthrough, Syngroh wants to assist with their skills. They gained this expertise by managing and growing the sanitary company hansgrohe from a small company with a turnover of 35 million DM in 1977 to a turnover of today more than 1 billion euros. The volume of Syngroh Family Office is of 100 million euros and is planned to invest and acquire between three and five companies until 2022. The structure of the single family office is threefold with the main company syngroh, an integrated advisory firm called syngroh advisory and syngroh capital the branch who makes the decisions regarding acquisition or sale of companies. The office is led by Richard Grohe a son of Klaus Grohe and Robert Clausen, an investment banker with long experience at BNP Paribas and Credit Suisse and working for the Grohe family for more than 20 years. Furthermore, the whole wider family including Klaus Grohe participates and helps to make investment decisions.

Key facts about the Syngroh Single Family Office

  • Family: Klaus Grohe Family
  • Estimated wealth: 250 million euros
  • Location: Schiltach, Frankfurt – Germany
  • Investment Focus: Active investments in small or medium enterprises
  • Notable Investments or Holdings: KMLS
  • Website: https://syngroh-capital.com/de/willkommen.html
  • Executives: Richard Grohe, Robert Clausen

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The French Wendel family was a major player in the steel production in France for more than 250 years. From 1704 until 1977 Wendel controlled many steel and mining assets in the country and became one of the richest French family. In the seventies the family made an interesting change of strategy. From then on, the focus was on company investments. Since then, the family has invested in well-known companies via Wendel SE, which is listed on the stock exchange. In particular, the family invests in French companies and companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Today, the Wendel family consists of more than 1,000 members and owns 37.7% of the Wendel share capital, while the voting rights exceed the 50% threshold. The Single Family Office, through which this participation is held, is called Wendel-Participations and is based in Paris. The investments are very long-term, which is a typical feature of a single family office. The investments include both traditional industries as well as modern and long-established service companies. While the Wendel family is represented by some family members in the board of directors, Wendel SE itself is not lead by family members but by experienced finance and investment professionals.

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Key facts about the Wendel-Participations Single Family Office

  • Family: Wendel
  • Estimated wealth: EUR 7000M
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Investment Focus: Private Equity, Capital Markets (through Wendel SE)
  • Notable Investments or Holdings: Saint-Gobain, Bureau Veritas, Saham, IHS
  • Websitehttps://www.wendel-participations.com/login

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Proventus is the life’s work of Robert Weil, one of Sweden’s most unorthodox investors. In 1969 with only 20 years, he started his first investment company Weilinvest which would later be renamed to Proventus. He and his company were an active driver of the professionalisation, internationalisation and improvement of transparency of the Swedish capital market. As an investment company they acquired in their 50 years of existence various companies. After the acquisition of the companies, they reformed and optimized them, held them and sold them later. Notable examples are the Swedish toy company BRIO, later sold to Ravensburger. In another transaction Weil acquired Götabanken (one of the most important financial actors in the Swedish finance system) and later sold it to SPP, Sweden’s largest insurance company. They also did a restructured PUMA in 1990, replacing the management and restructuring the company to later sell their shares to an American Investor. Robert Weil has outspoken political views against nationalism, antisemitism and supports several Jewish organisations worldwide, also comments on politics in the most important newspaper in Sweden, Dagens Nyheter.

The company structure of Proventus as of today is twofold. One part is comprised of Proventus Capital Partners which is an alternative banking institution, providing loans between 10 million and 100 million to mid-sized companies who are not able to raise equity for expansions and acquisitions. They invest in all sectors without a specific industry focus. Northern countries like Scandinavia, the British Isles and Germany are core countries for Soventus Capital Partners. The capital to make these investments comes from 5 funds which received capital from various pension funds and the mother company Proventus AB. The strategy is to provide a tool tackling deficits in the financial sector, where companies are left without adequate access to classical financial institutions and loans. The four funds combined comprise of capital around 20 billion euros for direct lending.

The second smaller branch is called Proventus Invest and operates in two ways. One branch of Proventus Invest operates as a hedge fund, doing opportunistic investments in mispriced companies in order to sell them in the short-medium term with a bonus. Second, the company focuses on longer-term investments in companies or asset around the Nordic region.

Key facts about the Proventus Single Family Office

  • Family: Robert Weil
  • Estimated wealth: EUR 500 mio.
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Investment Focus: Real Estate, Private Equity, Capital Markets/Financial Products
  • Notable Investments or Holdings: Puma, Gotabanken, Kaefer, Meltwater
  • Website: http://www.proventus.se/

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