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Independent AM launches €100m entrepreneur-led private equity fund

Independent AM launches €100m entrepreneur-led private equity fund

Independent asset management firm Stanhope Capital is set to launch a €100 million private equity fund, backed by entrepreneurs who will act as ‘anchor investors’ to the fund.

The Stanhope Entrepreneurs fund invests in small and medium-sized enterprises across Europe and the UK, pursuing development capital and buyout deals.

The strategy will focus on four key sectors, including consumer, food, education and disruptive services.

The Geneva group’s in-house private equity team is led by Jerome Sibony and Michael Bressler, in collaboration with Anchor Investors.

The fund is backed by five anchor investors, who will contribute their expertise, network and experience in identifying attractive investment opportunities.

These include the founding partner of global telecom firm Altice, Bruno Moineville, and Pierre Cuilleret, the co-founder of France’s leading mobile phone retailer The Phone House and the former CEO of Micromania, a French video game retailer.

Also backing the fund is Leon Seynave, co-founder of Mitiska and online private sales company Vente-Exclusive.com, and Mark Moran, the former CEO who led the management buyout of Mater Private Hospital, Ireland’s leading private hospital.

Daniel Pinto (pictured), the founder of Stanhope Capital, also backs the fund. Pinto was formerly a chief executive of a private equity fund backed by CVC.

Speaking on the launch, Pinto said: ‘As part of our continued drive to provide a full range of wealth management services covering all the major asset classes, the Stanhope Entrepreneurs Fund is a logical extension of Stanhope Capital’s offering.

‘Our team of private equity experts, together with the dream team of Anchor Investors, will allow us to find companies with the strongest potential to deliver long-term returns on behalf of our investors. We are delighted to bring this strategy to a wider audience.’

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