Paris, the 25th April 2022
Following its acquisition by Sparring Capital in September 2021, Pechel has announced the launch of its Responsible Growth Fund (ReG Fund). This small-cap fund will invest €3m to €10m tickets by taking majority or minority stakes in SMEs committed to shifting their approach towards a more sustainable growth model.
It will be managed by a duo of Managing Partners:
– Seconded by Sparring Capital to lead the new project, Denis Catz has twenty years of experience in small and lower midcap private equity. Most notably, he was behind the investment in Propriétés Privées, which was recently divested. Denis will also be replacing Jean Gore as Chairman of Pechel.
– Joining Sparring after six years at Elsan’s Transformation division, Sandra Pezet has led major transformation projects within the clinic group, the French leader in private health services. She brings strong operational expertise to the team in charge of the ReG Fund. After starting her professional career as a consultant (EY), Sandra became an Associate, then a Principal at Natixis Private Equity and Gimv.
The ReG Fund was created based on the conviction that all companies must profoundly transform their operations and organisation to take into account social and environmental issues and to provide concrete solutions to these issues. The support provided to portfolio companies will give them the human and methodological resources to carry out this transformation and make it a driver of value creation. This support includes expert input and a proprietary methodology, and offers a unique combination of expertise in setting out and implementing both sustainable performance programmes and ESG strategies: Eric Desgages and Frédéric Stoll, founders and former directors of the operational consulting firm Pop, will advise each of the fund’s portfolio companies in the definition and long-term implementation of their responsible growth trajectory. Alongside them, Nathanael Westphal, Sustainability Manager, will contribute his expertise in ESG subjects (decarbonisation program, implementation of certification, etc.), which he has acquired through supporting several SMEs in their transition.