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Prudentia Capital is an independent and privately-owned asset management firm based in Paris, licensed by the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), supporting the growth of established French and European small and mid-sized companies.

Our philosophy is based on a close relationship with management teams, a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and a firm commitment to transparency and accountability.

We strive to create value for both entrepreneurs and investors by doing the fieldwork necessary to identify opportunities that are a match for our expertise.

Our small cap strategic value funds are focused on a specific market niche where significant value creation opportunities exist, outside of the classic intermediated LBO market. We create long term partnerships with successful small and medium-sized companies and their management teams that have financial, strategic and operational needs that we can creatively deliver, unlocking the path for them to become leading national and international companies.

Our approach

We take into consideration the entire economical and social environment our companies

TARGET SIZE €10–100 MILLION IN ANNUAL REVENUE
We invest in small and medium-sized companies because we believe this is where funding and managerial support can have the greatest impact, creating value, strengthening communities and contributing to the economy as a whole.
EQUITY TICKET €2–30 MILLION PER TRANSACTION
We look for strategic opportunities among businesses facing a wide range of situations, including family successions, governance issues, equity increases, spin-offs, or fund raising for growth and specific growth projects. Our investment approach favors the transformation and growth of companies.
RELATIONSHIP FOCUSED
We are committed to working closely with management during every phase of the investment process. This ensures we understand the fundamentals of each business and can provide the benefit of our team’s extensive experience to promote best practices in a context of mutual respect.
A STRONG ENTREPRENEURIAL, MANAGERIAL AND OPERATIONAL EXPERTISE
The Prudentia Capital team has a strong entrepreneurial, managerial and operational expertise, combined with significant experience in the public and public-private sector. This comprehensive view gives us unique insight and tools to actively transform and develop companies.
STRONG INTERNATIONAL PROFILE
Our partners represent three different nationalities (French, German, American), and this is reflected in our desire to support access to international markets for the companies we invest in. Through our partner network we currently have representative offices in New York and Berlin in addition to our head office in Paris.

Meet the team

Founders

ROLAND GERMAIN
Founding partner
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Roland brings more than 30 years of key leadership experience, at Bouygues, Vivendi and as CEO of the Geoxia group from 1995 to 2012. Roland acquired this €150 million revenue company from the Vivendi group through an LBO operation and proceeded to build a market-leading powerhouse building 10,000 homes, employing 3,500 people and generating €800 million in revenue by 2008. In addition to the company’s organic growth, Roland conducted numerous successful acquisitions over the years to consolidate the market. Throughout his 30 years of management experience, Roland has led companies through many economic cycles, including phases of growth and consolidation as well as turnaround. Roland is a French national and graduated from Paris X with a doctorate in production economics.

DOMINIK ZWERGER
Founding partner
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Dominik has accompanied small and medium sized companies and their management teams since more than 10 years.

Dominik gained significant investment experience as an investor for a prominent French PE fund (2010 to 2017) and also as a lead negotiator for the specialized arm of the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance that oversees underperforming companies requiring financial recapitalization and strategic and operational change. During his time at the CIRI (2007-2010), he negotiated and signed 20+ refinancing deals for small and medium-sized companies. Dominik began his career as a financial analyst in London, first at RCI Banque and then at Barclays Capital. Dominik is a German national who has lived in France for over 25 years.

He is a graduate of ESCP Europe and the École Nationale d'Administration (ENA).

DOUGLAS ROSEFSKY
Founding partner
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Douglas Rosefsky brings to Prudentia his more than 25 years of experience in refinancing (JP Morgan) and operational leadership. During his 17 years at Alvarez & Marsal, where he managed the Paris office from 2008-2015, he served as interim director of numerous companies (Skis Rossignol, Sport 2000, etc.), and was twice awarded the title of Turnaround of the Year (for Warnaco –2003, and Rossignol - 2010)

Since 2013, he has served on the faculty at INSEAD, where he teaches the negotiation of company takeovers and management of the first 100 days.

Douglas, an American who has lived in France for more than 15 years, is a graduate of Duke University and Wharton (MBA in Finance).

Organization

Strategic Committee

ULF GARTZKE
International Relations and Strategic Alliances
Henri Lachmann
Relations with large companies
Pierre Mongin
Relations with public companies
JEAN-CLAUDE VOLOT
Industrial analysis
Anne Yannic
Commerce & Marketing

INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

ROLAND GERMAIN
Founding Partner
DOMINIK ZWERGER
Founding Partner
DOUGLAS ROSEFSKY
Founding Partner

Team

THIBAULT WIRTH
Investment Manager
Antoine Lallier
Chief Financial Officer
Henri Masse
Prefect (h), Local relations

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Our Expertise

As part of our investment thesis for each company, we develop a specific transformative growth project which management seeks strategic and operational assistance in implementing. When we move forward with an investment, we accompany each business’s leadership to drive transformation by serving as a sparring partner, trying and testing new ideas, and providing the benefit of our experience in areas that may be unfamiliar to management.

1
DIALOGUE WITH SHAREHOLDERS AND MANAGEMENT
Around a shared set of objectives
2
FIRST 100 DAYS
Identify and execute the plan’s top priorities
3
18-MONTH TRANSFORMATION ROADMAP
Launch, then ramp up the strategic development plan
4
SEIZE OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUILD-UP ACQUISITIONS
5
WORK CLOSELY WITH MANAGEMENT
To achieve operational excellence
6
COMPLETE STRATEGIC PLAN
7
EMERGENCE OF REGIONAL AND NATIONAL LEADERS
1
DIALOGUE WITH SHAREHOLDERS AND MANAGEMENT
Around a shared set of objectives
2
FIRST 100 DAYS
Identify and execute the plan’s top priorities
3
18-MONTH TRANSFORMATION ROADMAP
Launch, then ramp up the strategic development plan
4
SEIZE OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUILD-UP ACQUISITIONS
5
WORK CLOSELY WITH MANAGEMENT
To achieve operational excellence
6
COMPLETE STRATEGIC PLAN
7
EMERGENCE OF REGIONAL AND NATIONAL LEADERS

Our five areas of proven expertise in areas vital to small and medium-sized companies

Structure shareholder
equity
Structure organizational
chart
Define and implement a
transformation
strategy
Successfully cross
development stages,
through acquisitions
if necessary
Support management team
with know-how,
expertise and
international
reach
Structure shareholder
equity
Structure organizational
chart
Define and implement a
transformation
strategy
Successfully cross
development stages,
through acquisitions
if necessary
Support management team
with know-how,
expertise and
international
reach

Our Portfolio

We are responsible investors

WE HAVE STRONG CONVICTIONS

We support the real economy by investing in and promoting the sustainable, inclusive growth of small and mid-sized businesses.

We take Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria into account throughout the investment lifecycle to manage risks and capitalize on opportunities.

We uphold the same stringent standards of Corporate Social Responsibility in our own company that we promote in our investments.

CONVICTIONS EMBODIED IN CLEAR PRINCIPLES

  • We are thorough in performing due diligence
  • We adopt a long-term approach
  • We work hand-in-hand in partnership with entrepreneurs
  • We support focused, attainable goals
  • We are committed to providing hands-on assistance in cooperation with management
  • We emphasize regular assessments of progress, both quantitative and qualitative
  • We uphold transparency by gathering and publishing information on our own extra-financial performance and that of the companies we invest in.
  • We strive for constant improvement

We ask each member of the firm to participate in ongoing ESG training and incorporate these values in every aspect of our work, under the supervision of Roland Germain, ESG Officer for Prudentia.

Our ESG policy, available for download below, is designed around the six principles of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), of which we are a signatory. As the largest global initiative (representing more than $70 trillion in AuM) to provide guidance on responsible investment, the PRI offers a well-established framework.

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Contact

PRUDENTIA CAPITAL

contact@prudentiacapital.com
+33 (0)1 81 69 31 89

17 rue Lamennais
75008 Paris
France

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