Turning today’s SMEs into tomorrow’s leading mid-cap companies requires more than just capital: a strategy and operations-oriented partner.
B & Capital combines the know-how of seasoned investors together with the worldwide network of sectoral experts of Roland Berger.
Accelerator of growth and transformation of SMEs
B & Capital partners with promising SME managers and helps them unlock the potential for the next stage of growth and transformation. B & Capital specifically pulls on three different levers to meet their goals: add-on acquisitions, globalization, digitalization.
Our fund RB Capital France 1 has received € 217 million in commitments. We have the necessary means to back our investee companies throughout their development plans.
Active shareholders in support of management
We take our shareholder role seriously and aim to be true “sparring partners” with our company CEOs, all the while preserving their full autonomy as managers. This helps build and execute more robust growth strategies, especially in terms of bolt-on acquisitions.
Roland Berger – a partner with valuable input on strategy and operations
Our partner Roland Berger is a leading European strategy consultancy. With 2,400 consultants in 50 offices across 34 countries, it has deep industry and functional expertise.
Sustainable and responsible growth
We strongly believe value creation is in the long term underpinned by Environmental, Social, and Governance issues being embraced. B & Capital has been a signatory of the PRI since its inception.
Prior to founding B & Capital, Philippe was a Partner in the Mid-Cap Buyout & Growth Capital Team of Omnes Capital, which he joined in 2002.
He started his career at Arthur Andersen in 1995 as an auditor, then became Senior Consultant in the Corporate Restructuring Services department (acquisitions, sales, restructuring). In 2000, he joined the 3i Group.
During the 12-year period before founding B & Capital, Philippe led successful majority and minority transactions in various sectors, notably healthcare (Vivalto Santé), specialized industries (Sateco), business services (Cogepart) and distribution (Office Log, Exclusive Networks).
Philippe holds a Master of Science in Management and a postgraduate diploma in Finance and Tax Management from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University.
Prior to founding B & Capital, Bertrand worked in the Crédit Agricole’s private equity unit, (today Omnes Capital), which he had joined in 1999, as a Partner in the Mid-Cap Buyout & Growth Capital Team.
He started his career in 1994 as an investment banker at Indosuez Bank. In 1995, he joined Unicrédit as Key Account Relationship Manager, before switching back to Crédit Agricole Indosuez (today CACIB) as a credit manager in the commitments department.
During his past tenures, Bertrand led successful investments in various sectors, notably business services (Legoupil Industrie, Groupe SVP, Armatis-LC, Capcom Groupe, Dispam), specialised industries (Souriau) and environment (Groupe ECT).
Bertrand is a qualified civil engineer from the Ecole des Mines of Saint-Etienne and holds a Bachelor degree in Economics.
Prior to founding B & Capital, Mikaël worked in the Mid-Cap Buyout & Growth Capital Team of Omnes Capital, which he joined in 2005.
Previously, he had held several positions in the LBO industry, particularly within the CIC leverage finance team.
During the 11-year period before joining B & Capital, Mikaël was involved in successful majority and minority transactions, in various sectors: environment (Groupe ECT), specialized industries (Sateco), business services (Legoupil Industrie, Groupe SVP, Armatis-LC) and distribution (Exclusive Networks).
Mikaël graduated from Sciences Po Strasbourg and holds a postgraduate degree in Corporate Finance and Financial Engineering from Paris Dauphine University.
Nicolas joined B & Capital in September 2019. Prior to joining the firm, Nicolas spent 4 years at Ciclad, a Private Equity firm specialized in Small Caps. He took part in investments in various sectors – Engineering, B2B Services, Telco, Retail.
Nicolas also has had a 4-year experience as a Consultant at OC&C Strategy Consultants where he worked on projects for clients in a wide array of industries.
Nicolas graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris.
Charles joined B & Capital in September 2018. Prior to joining the firm, Charles spent 1 year as a Strategy Consultant at Roland Berger Paris. He mainly worked on strategic due diligence projects for Private Equity funds in several industries such as B2B services, Retail, specialized industries, and financial services.
Charles also has a 3-year experience as a Corporate Credit Analyst at NeuflizeOBC.
Charles graduated from ESCP Europe.
Myriam joined B & Capital in April 2020 after spending 4 years at Lincoln International, an investment bank specializing in M&A Small-Mid Caps.
Myriam graduated from ESCP Europe.
After several experiences in Private Equity at Financière Florentine (venture capital funds) and Alliance Entreprendre, Mathilde joined B & Capital in September 2018.
Mathilde graduated from Université Lumière Lyon 2 (Master degree in Business Valuation and Transmission).
Prior to founding B & Capital, Bernard was Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Amundi Private Equity Funds from 2007 to 2016. As such he was responsible for all Private Equity, Infrastructure and Private Debt Multi-management (funds of funds) activities.
Bernard started his career at Credit Lyonnais as a Budget Controller in 1989, before moving to Equity Capital Markets in 1992, where he was Director of the Origination and Deal Execution Department. In 2001, he founded the Financial Sponsor Group of Credit Lyonnais. He ran the entity, where he was also in charge of investments in European LBO funds, until 2005 and then became a Managing Partner of Kaldeus Finance, an independent advisor acting as a gatekeeper for French institutional investors dealing with their private equity commitments.
Bernard graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris (1987) and Sciences Po Paris (1988).
Eva Group specializes in IT and cybersecurity consulting. The firm is active in two businesses: cloud infrastructures (consulting in IT transformation, deployment, integration, security and operational management), cybersecurity (security governance, compliance management, intrusive audits/tests, operational security, training).
Deveryware is a leading player in real-time geolocation of people and goods, which develops technological advanced tools for security and defense professionals, public authorities and companies in France and abroad.
HR Team is a digital service provider which addresses 3 segments: development (redesign of complex web sites, application code and mobile), consulting (project management, digital transformation), infrastructures (cloud, cybersecurity).
Nedap France is a leading value-added distributor and integrator of (i) security management systems and (ii) identification and traceability solutions for the retail industry and libraries.
Steliau Technology is a value-added distributor of electronic components. One of Steliau Technology’s premier strengths is in its capacity to figure out its customers’ needs at a very early stage in their industrial project, working closely with their R&D department and leading to provide them with tailored solutions.
123elec is a leading online distributor of electrical supplies for private individuals and businesses. 123elec’s products offer great value for money with over 3,000 products available from the best brands (Legrand, Hager, Siemens, Schneider, etc.) in stock at all times.
Miidex Lighting is a French LED lighting distributor serving a customer base of professionals, including B2B distributors and installers. The company has over 2,600 products that provide excellent value for money and are available in next-day delivery. Miidex covers the needs of the residential, tertiary and industrial markets.
NextPool designs, develops, and manufactures a wide range of custom-made pool equipment. NextPool mainly addresses the French market as a leader in covers, rollers, liners, water treatment and shading solutions. NextPool sells its goods through B2B channels exclusively. NextPool’s major customers are large pool contractors, specialized distributors, and independent pool makers.
SEAPORT – ODLM
Seaport ODLM is a specialist in the creation, design, marketing and distribution of optical and solar frames positioned in the affordable luxury segment. With a solid track record of growth and successful integration of well-established brand licenses, the Group is today the independent French leader in the affordable luxury segment with four brands under exclusive and international license in eyewear: Façonnable, Paul & Joe , Carven and Ba&sh. It also has an exclusive distribution contract in many countries abroad for Moleskine and its own brand: Kosby. The Group distributes its frames through more than 4,000 points of sale in France.
BE – CLOUD
Be-Cloud is a value-added reseller and wholesaler of Microsoft cloud solutions for VSE / SME. Having established a strong partnership with Microsoft, the company offers a complete set of solutions comprising the sale of Microsoft licenses (Office 365, Azure, Dynamics) as a monthly subscription, as well as a service pack, including implementation, support, maintenance, or training. This offer creates a highly competitive edge and enables customers to outsource part of their IT maintenance to Be-Cloud. At the end of 2019, Microsoft granted Be-Cloud a wholesaler status for the EMEA region. Since then, the company has also been able to market its offerings through a network of partner integrators.
What our portfolio companies say about B & Capital
CEO EVA Group
We were looking for a financial partner which could also help us set the Group up to reach €50m in sales in the short to medium term. Thanks to its innovative partnership with Roland Berger, B & Capital combines financial firepower together with the expertise of a strategy consulting firm.
Charmain Steliau Technology
Looking back, we are satisfied to have selected B & Capital as our partner to be at our side throughout this new stage of our company’s development. Our relationship is built on trust. We share the same strategic vision and have frequent and fruitful discussions.
B & Capital conducted thorough due diligence of our firm, made a complete review of its strategy and was eventually able to understand our project and our needs. For Deveryware, B & Capital is more than just a new shareholder: it is a powerful springboard for our development.
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