"Procuring capital for private companies and ensuring their growth: this is the aim of BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity. We don’t just offer financial support, we also accompany them in implementing their strategy and their business plan." Raf Moons, Head of BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity
Business equity partner
Do you need financing and support to boost your company's growth, make acquisitions or strengthen your balance sheet? Is your shareholder structure in need of an update following the exit of minority shareholders or a reclassification of shares? Are you confronted with questions about succession planning of your business or its acquisition, either by the existing management team or external parties? BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity can give you the answers and advice that you are looking for.
BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity is run by a team of 12 financial experts with extensive experience in business and family issues.
In order to provide you with the best possible advice, it is important that you inform our experts about your ideas and your analysis of the strategic options for your company at the earliest possible stage.
In addition to managing a diversified private equity fund folio, we also invest directly in high-performing companies at key moments in their existence: new growth phase (external and/or organic), capital reorganisation, succession with the management team in place (buy-out), with a new owner (buy-in),with leverage effect.
We make sure that their projects are financed in the best possible conditions while maintaining their directors' freedom to act.
Our financial support can take different forms:
Much more than an investor, we want to be a true partner of the companies we support. Through our representation on the board of directors, they benefit from financial and strategic advice so that they can implement their development plans (buy-and-build) internally and externally, without interference in everyday management.
- Without neglecting large companies, BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity is currently focussing on SMEs. What's more, young, innovative companies can indirectly benefit from our support via our active role in university spin-off funds investing in innovative start-ups (scale-ups).
- The investment size ranges from EUR 1 to 50 million (‘sweet spot’ between EUR 3 and 25 million) and the targeted investment horizon is generally from 5 to 7 years. Nevertheless, our direct investments can support longer term growth projects.
- We focus on companies having demonstrated a profit-making capacity and located in Belgium.
- Irrespective of our quantitative criteria, we pay particular attention to the human factor and want to establish a close relationship with directors, based on trust.
Words from business owners
DIDIER DEPRAEY - Founder & CEO - Point Chaud
"I have not regretted for one moment choosing capital-investment. The BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity representatives are highly skilled and our discussions with them were very enriching. They deal with the financing and marketing aspects, while entirely trusting me as a business person."More info
CHARLES LECLEF - CEO - Het Anker
"We have given the company a new lease of life, thanks to a bold investment programme and the minority participation of BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity. I am convinced that this new round of investment will give our company a great future, under the leadership of the next generation" More info
HANS BOURLON - Co-founder & CEO - Studio 100
"With the input from BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity into our capital, Studio 100 has found the means and acquired the necessary maturity to write the next chapter of its story on the international stage. We share the same passion for entrepreneurship and a shared faith in the long-term vision."
REGINE LANNOY - Family Owner - Novy
"I recommend BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity to any company looking for a reliable partner with a long term vision. With the board of directors, the team has contributed constructively and openly to the future of this leading company in its sector."
DIRK VLERICK - CEO - Velleman
"During our acquisition, BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity found a suitable buyer, in close collaboration with all our shareholders. As CEO, I enormously appreciated BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity's approach which, beyond a financial return, also took into account the long-term perspectives of the company."
TIMO KOCH - CEO - Outside Broadcast
"BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity has proven to be a shareholder with a long-term investment strategy, supporting our very capital intensive business as well as our acquisition plans. From the buy-out till the exit, BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity supported at all times the management’s vision."
FOKKE DE JONG - Founder & CEO - Suitsupply
"We were impressed by BNP Paribas’ extensive international network, the group’s dynamic and flexible approach and the strong cooperation between BNP Paribas Netherlands and BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity. This is what really made them stand out from the competition."