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 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.
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.
Serge Rakovitch joined Omnes Capital in June 2017 as Head of Operations.
For six years, Serge Rakovitch was Managing Partner of VCPE Advisory, a consultancy firm specialising in Private Equity. He was previously Partner and General Secretary of OTC Conseil. Serge Rakovitch began his career with Deloitte in auditing, before joining the Corporate Finance department. He then became a financial controller with the Consortium de Réalisation (CDR) at Crédit Lyonnais and Deputy General Secretary at the Société Française des Analystes Financiers.
Serge Rakovitch is a graduate of HEC, SFAF and holds a finance and accounting degree.
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).
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.