Omnes, a leading Paris-based European investor in private equity and infrastructure
Omnes is a leading Paris-based European investor in private equity and infrastructure. Omnes provides SMEs with the capital needed to finance growth. The firm has dedicated investment teams across three key areas: Venture Capital, Buyout & Growth Capital and Infrastructure.
Omnes is committed to ESG issues and has set up the Omnes Foundation in aid of children’s charities. It is also a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).
The firm is structured with an Executive Committee and a Consultative Committee. Omnes has multidisciplinary teams dedicated to guiding operational staff in areas such as marketing and investor relations, communication, human resources, legal affairs, finance, compliance and risk management.
Fabien Prévost began his career as a Consultant in the United States before moving to Paris where he joined the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as a Senior Consultant in the manufacturing and distribution sectors.From 1988 to 1991, he specialised in mergers and acquisitions, initially within the M&A division of First Boston Corp in New York and then at Financière Indosuez in Paris. In 1992 he founded Proxidis, a specialised distribution group that was floated on the Paris Bourse (Nouveau Marché) in 1996. Since July 2004, he has been CEO of Omnes Capital, after joining it in 2000 to set up the Venture Capital business.
Fabien Prévost was Director and Vice-Chairman (2010-2012) of the AFIC and Chairman of AFIC’s Statistical and Economic Research Committee (2009-2013). Fabien was elected to the Mid-Market Council at the Invest Europe in February 2015.
He graduated in Civil Engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and holds a Master of Engineering degree from the University of California-Berkeley.
Benjamin Arm is Managing Partner, in charge of Buyout & Growth Capital activity. He started his career in 2001 working for Arthur Andersen, before moving to Ernst & Young as an experienced Senior in the Transaction Advisory Services department. He joined Omnes Capital as an Associate in 2006. He was then Director until 2013. Benjamin Arm is a member of Omnes Capital’s Executive Committee.
Benjamin Arm has a degree in engineering from the Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics. He also holds a Master’s Entrepreneurs degree from HEC and a diploma in economics from Université Paris Sorbonne.
Michel de Lempdes is Managing Partner, in charge of Venture Capital activity. He is a member of Omnes Capital’s Executive Committee.
He currently sits on the Supervisory Board of Adents and Cooltech and on the Board of Directors of Trusted Shop. He has also been involved in numerous sales of companies where he had invested, in particular Dibcom (sold to Parrot), Miwoya (sold to Syncronoss Inc), MonShowroom (sold to Casino), Si Automation (sold to PDF Solutions Inc), Oclio (sold to Online Commerce Partners), Novaled (sold to Samsung), EVE (sold to Synopsys Inc) and Tronics (sold to TDK EPCOS).
Michel de Lempdes’ career began with Crédit Agricole CIB in New York, before he helped to set up Crédit Lyonnais Venture Capital in 2001, which later became Omnes Capital’s Venture Capital unit, where he worked in the electronics and internet sectors. In addition, he has been a member of SATT idfinnov’s Investment Committee since 2012. Michel de Lempdes graduated from ESC Reims business school.
Eric Rey is Managing Director, responsible for the mid-cap buyout and growth capital team. He is a member of Omnes Capital’s executive committee.
Eric Rey began his career in 1992 with Banque Hervet (HSBC Group) as SME Account Manager. In 1995, he joined the Crédit Agricole group working for Unicrédit (corporate banking), then Crédit Agricole Indosuez (now CA-CIB) as large account relationship manager with responsibility for the luxury goods, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and retail sectors. He then joined the capital investment team at Crédit Agricole SA in 1998 (formerly Ui) before moving to the growth and buyout capital team at Omnes Capital in 2004.
A qualified civil engineer who graduated from INSA Toulouse, he also holds a master’s degree from the Kedge Business School in Marseille and holds the CESA HEC Finance diploma.
Serge Savasta is Managing Partner, in charge of the Infastructure activity comprising Renewable Energy and Green Building businesses. He joined Omnes Capital in 2006 as Director of the Renewable Energy team, and took over responsibility for it in 2008. Serge is a member of Omnes Capital’s Executive Committee.
Serge began his career with Crédit Lyonnais in 2000 as an information systems consultant specialised in capital markets. In 2002, he joined the structured financing department of the bank (since renamed CACIB) as an asset financing executive and then as relationship manager. He was a director of the French renewable energy syndicate from 2009 to 2013.
Serge Savasta graduated in engineering from the Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics engineering school. He also holds an MBA from the HEC Paris business school.
Martine Sessin-Caracci is Managing Partner, in charge of Investor Relations and Communication. She joined Omnes Capital in November 2005 as Communications Director. She extended her scope of responsibility in 2011, becoming responsible for the Investor Relations team. Sessin-Caracci is a member of Omnes Capital’s Executive Committee.
Martine Sessin-Caracci began her career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen. In 1989, she joined CPR Bank, where she held a variety of positions within the finance department before becoming Head of Financial Communications in 1998. In 2001, she joined the Euler Hermes group as Communications Director. At the start of 2004, she was appointed Communications Director at AGF (which became Allianz France in 2009).
Martine Sessin-Caracci is a graduate of ESC Bordeaux business school and holds a DESCF diploma.
Philippe Trolez joined Omnes Capital in 2001. He became Legal Director in 2005 before being named Corporate Secretary in 2013. He is a member of Omnes Capital’s Executive Committee.
Philippe Trolez’s career began in 1995 as a lawyer at Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations where he advised its head office and regional departments on public-private company law, banking law and business law. During 2000, he joined Spie SA where he was in charge of mergers & acquisitions and internal restructuring.
Philippe Trolez holds an Executive MBA from HEC Paris and a master’s degree in business law from University of Paris XIII. He is also a graduate of the Institut de la Construction et de l’Habitation (Paris CNAM).
The consultative committee, consisting of external business figures selected for their experience and expertise, gives advice and recommendations on Omnes Capital’s development.
Edmond Alphandéry was Chairman of CNP Assurances from 1998 to 2012 and Chairman of EDF from 1995 to 1998. From 1993 to 1995, he was Minister of the Economy in Edouard Balladur's government. During this period, he oversaw a major privatisation programme that included BNP, Elf and Renault, as well as the reform that gave the Banque de France its independence.
He was the parliamentary representative for Maine-et-Loire from 1978 to 1993, mayor of Longué-Jumelles from 1997 to 2008 and regional councillor for Maine-et-Loire until 2008.
Mr Alphandéry is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (1968) and has a doctorate in economics. He began his university career at the University of Nantes after passing the Agrégation competitive professorship examination in political economics in 1971. From 1974 to 1992, he was Professor of Political Economics at the University of Paris II.
A former member of the Consultative Committee of R.W.E. AG, Mr Alphandéry is now a director of CACIB (Crédit Agricole Group), GDF Suez and Icade. He is President of the Centre des Professions Financières, a member of the Banque de France's Consultative Committee and a member of the French section of the Trilateral Commission.
He is the author of many books and articles on economic and monetary affairs and is also the founder and Chairman of the Euro50 Group, which brings together prominent European figures concerned with euro-related issues.
Pierre Gadonneix is Chairman of Latécoère’s Supervisory Board. He is Honorary Chairman of EDF and the World Energy Council and also chairs the Harvard Business School Club in France.
Pierre Gadonneix, a highly reputed business figure, has spent most of his career in industry. In 1976, he was technical advisor to the private office of the French minister of industry and research. From 1978 to 1987, he was director of the metallurgical, mechanical and electrical industries and in this role helped to shape the restructuring of the French steelmaking sector. He was Chairman of Gaz de France from 1996 to 2004 after joining the group nine years earlier as Chief Executive Officer. In 2004, he was appointed as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EDF, a position he held until 2009. Pierre Gadonneix was a member of the French Economic and Social Council until 2009.
With a doctorate in Business Economics from the Harvard Business School, he graduated from the École Polytechnique and the École Nationale Supérieure du Pétrole et des Moteurs and holds a degree in Economics.
Gilbert Milan is the founder of Eveil & Jeux and since 2010 has been Chief Executive Officer of Deventis Conseil, a wealth management investment specialist. He is also Chairman of Foncière Centre-ville, a commercial property company.
Mr Milan has a civil engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (1975) and an MBA from Harvard Business School (1979). He was a partner of Boston Consulting Group from 1979 to 1995, where he was responsible for strategy, organisation and performance improvement assignments.
In 1992, with his wife Margaret (HBS, Procter), he founded Eveil & Jeux, a mail order educational toy company, which has since become the French leader in this market. He served as its Chief Executive Officer from 1995 to 2002. In 2003, he joined Deventis Conseil and managed advisory assignments with expanding companies and private equity funds until 2006. He returned to Eveil & Jeux from 2007 to 2010 as its Chairman to oversee its merger with Fnac Junior and to build up a multi-channel retail chain.
Xavier co-founded Astorg Partners in 1998, after heading the Suez private equity teams for seven years, including the chairmanship of Astorg Cie d'Investissement which was then a wholly-owned Suez investment company. Before that, he spent six years at Sanofi, as CEO of an operational division and member of the Executive Committee. Xavier started his professional life in 1976 at the French Treasury, where he held several senior positions including the financing and monitoring of state-owned institutional companies.
Xavier is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, the Institut d'Etude Politiques de Paris, and the Ecole Normale d'Administration.
Xavier sits on the boards of Onduline, Staci, Ethypharm, SCT, Gras Savoye and Linxens. He was also a board member of Pizza Pino, RLD, Pasteur Cerba, ECM, Mécatherm, Lowendal, CIS, Picard Surgelés, Un Jour Ailleurs, Trescal, Geoservices and Webhelp.
Anton van Rossum is a Member of the Supervisory Board of Munich Re, a leading world reinsurance company, and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Dutch company Royal Vopak, world leader in storage and handling of oil, chemicals and liquefied gases. He is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Rotterdam School of Management and the Nederlands Economisch Instituut in the Netherlands.
From 2006 to 2015, he was a Member of the Board of Directors of Crédit Suisse Group in Zurich, Member of the Board of Directors of the Solvay Group in Belgium (2006 to 2014) and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Erasmus University in the Netherlands.
From 1972 to 1999, Anton van Rossum was Associate and then Senior Partner at McKinsey & Cie in Benelux and Scandinavia, during which time he set up and ran the Brussels office. From 2000 to 2004, he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of Fortis Group, an insurance and banking group, in Belgium and the Netherlands.
He is a graduate of Erasmus University Rotterdam and holds a Bachelor's degree and a Masters degree in Economics and Business Administration.
Jacques Veyrat has been Chairman of Impala SAS since 1 July 2011. Impala SAS owns interests in Eiffel Investment Group (alternative investment), Neoen (renewable energy), Poweo Direct Energie (electricity distribution) and business operations in China. Mr Veyrat is also a director of Imerys, HSBC France, Eurazeo and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs.
A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique (1983) and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées de Paris (1988), Mr Veyrat held various positions at the Ministry of Finance and the Treasury from 1989 to 1993, and then at the Ministry of Public Works from 1993 to 1995.
In 1995, he joined the Louis Dreyfus Group where he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs in 1996.
In 1998, he founded LDCom, which was renamed Neuf Telecom in 2004 and then Neuf Cegetel in 2005. He left Neuf Cegetel in April 2008 at the time of its sale to SFR and was appointed Chairman of the Louis Dreyfus Group in May 2008.
Signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment
As a signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, Omnes includes environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into its investment processes, the guidance of its portfolio companies and the daily internal practices of the company and its employees.
Omnes incorporates ESG aspects into its initial due diligence in order to identify the main ESG risks, suggest areas for improvement and secure the support and commitment of the management team. Annual audits are then carried out in companies in which Omnes is a leading shareholder to make sure ESG criteria have been properly applied in the company, and to assess the progress achieved. An economic impact study is carried out at exit.
Signatory of the Initiative Carbone 2020
Omnes Capital has joined the Initiative Carbone 2020 launched in November 2015 by Apax France, Ardian, Eurazeo, LBO France and PAI Partners.
This initiative is the first collective undertaking in the French private equity sector supporting responsible and transparent management of the greenhouse gas emissions of the companies in which they are shareholders. The iC20 signatories have decided to take action to contribute to the COP21 target of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.
This commitment fits in fully with Omnes Capital’s strategy as a responsible investor, keen to factor environment, social and governance (ESG) issues into its investment processes and how it works with its investment holdings.
Omnes Capital is more than just a shareholder, it is a true partner for entrepreneurs. This is reflected in our active and continuous support to portfolio companies. We always take a seat on the Board of Directors or Supervisory Board of the companies we back and our teams provide business leaders with their expertise in management and financial engineering. We are able to foster a close relationship with our investee companies and focus on the long-term to share the same strategic vision of their development.