Crédit Agricole Private Equity manages two new FCPI funds to reduce wealth tax

For the third year in a row, Crédit Agricole Private Equity will manage two FCPI funds (mutual funds investing in innovative companies), which allow individual investors to benefit from tax provisions relating to wealth tax and income tax under the TEPA law.

Capital Invest PME 2010 fund will be offered to customers of LCL. CA Investissement 2 fund will be offered to customers of the Crédit Agricole Regional Banks. Amundi Private Equity Funds, a subsidiary of Amundi, the asset management company 75%-owned by Crédit Agricole S.A., has chosen to delegate management of the portion allocated to innovative companies to Crédit Agricole Private Equity.

By investing in these funds, taxpayers benefit from a reduction in wealth tax and income tax of up to 40% of the amount invested.

Capital Invest PME 2010 and CA Investissement 2 will invest 60% of their assets in innovative European SMEs in the information technologies and life sciences sectors. Two-thirds of this amount (i.e. 40% of the funds’ assets) will be invested in companies set up less than five years ago.

In 2008 and 2009, Crédit Agricole Private Equity collected €87 million via its wealth tax FCPI funds, to which nearly 8,165 private investors subscribed, representing an average investment of €10,700. These funds have already selected and committed to investing in 19 innovative SMEs, most of which are in the internet and life sciences sectors.

With assets under management of €430 million, Crédit Agricole Private Equity is one of the key players in France in SME financing and seed finance via management of its FCPI funds.

CA Investissement 2
ISIN code:                                       FR0010865352
Minimum subscription:                10 units, i.e. €1,000
Upfront fees:                                  4% maximum
Recurring management fees
and maximum operating fees:   3.5% maximum including tax per year of total subscriptions
Investment period:                        8 years, up to 10 years
Marketing ends:                             20 May 2010

Capital Invest PME 2010
ISIN code:                                       FR0010857151
Minimum subscription:                 20 units, i.e. €2,000
Upfront fees:                                   4% maximum
Recurring management fees
and maximum operating fees:    3.5% maximum including tax per year of total  subscriptions
Investment period:                         minimum of 6 years, up to 10 years
Close of subscriptions
(for registration before
15 June 2010):                                20 May 2010 at 5.00 p.m.

Press Contact: Martine Sessin-Caracci, – +33 1 43 23 90 88

About Crédit Agricole Private Equity
Crédit Agricole Private Equity is an AMF-accredited asset-management subsidiary of Crédit Agricole, specialising in direct private-equity investment in non-listed companies.
A multi-specialist player, Crédit Agricole Private Equity’s team of 95 professionals manages €3 billion with specific expertise in LBO & Expansion, Venture Capital, Mezzanine, Co-Investment, Renewable Energy and PPP Infrastructure.
The 12-strong venture capital team manages €430 million through FCPIs invested in young companies with high growth potential in 2 sectors: information technology and life sciences.
Crédit Agricole Private Equity has signed up to the United Nations’ Principles
for Responsible
Investment (PRI).