On June 30th, BlackFin Capital Partners closed its BlackFin Financial Services Fund, with investor commitments in the amount of € 220 million. This followed an initial closing in December 2009 at € 60 million. The fund has drawn substantial interest from a broad range of European institutional investors and family‐offices.
Laurent Bouyoux, Managing Partner of BlackFin: “In challenging times for fund‐raising, we are proud to have built such momentum around our fund. We see this as confirmation that small‐cap sector‐driven investment strategies are particularly relevant in a complex financial and economical environment. We thank our investors for their trust and confidence that our operating expertise will allow us to create substantial value in the fund’s portfolio companies.”
The firm’s investment strategy is to take influential stakes in financial sector SMEs (intermediation, asset management, payments processing, electronic banking, distribution of financial products, insurance brokerage, service providers, etc.) across continental Europe.
BlackFin Capital Partners thus intends to sponsor successful management teams by providing them with both growth capital as well as extensive operational and investment expertise, allowing them to make the most of the numerous opportunities offered by the ongoing evolution within the financial services sector.
The fund’s first three investments have already been successfully completed:
A fourth investment is pending regulatory approval: BlackFin has announced it will take, along with co‐investors, a minority stake in Kepler Capital Markets to fuel the company’s expansion strategy.
These investments have arisen from BlackFin’s deep network in the financial industry and buoyant deal flow (on average 100 opportunities are reviewed per year). As large institutions continue to focus on core businesses and divest non strategic assets, further significant opportunities lie ahead.
BlackFin Capital Partners is a Private Equity firm taking influential stakes in financial sector SMEs (intermediation, asset management, insurance brokerage, service providers, etc.) across continental Europe.
BlackFin Capital Partners thus intends to sponsor successful management teams by bringing them growth capital and expertise to benefit from the consequences of an ongoing financial crisis and to help them make the most of all the opportunities this sector offers.
An independent firm, BlackFin Capital Partners is run by its four founders. Laurent Bouyoux, its Chairman, was a Partner with Aquiline Capital Partners and previously a co-founder, together with Eric May and Paul Mizrahi, of the ProCapital – Fortuneo group, a leading online broker and securities processing provider. They were joined by Bruno Rostain, CEO of Aviva France until September 2008, to set-up BlackFin Capital Partners.