Claire Chabrier elected Chair of France Invest

Claire Chabrier elected Chair of France Invest

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A responsible private equity, driving force of a sustainable economy

Claire Chabrier ©Magali Delporte

Claire Chabrier succeeds Dominique Gaillard as Chair of France Invest, the French private equity and venture capital investors body.

At the end of its General Meeting held today, Tuesday 15 June 2021, the new Board of Directors of France Invest unanimously elected Claire Chabrier as Chair of France Invest, for a two-year term.

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Claire Chabrier has been active for 20 years in private equity, in leading financial institutions. She is currently Associate Director of Amundi Private Equity Funds (PEF), which she joined in 2011. Amundi PEF, an equity investor that specialises in supporting European unlisted SMEs and midcaps, is an Amundi subsidiary integrated within Amundi Real Assets1. In early 2002, she joined the international team of SGAM Private Equity in charge of business in Eastern Europe. She began her career at the end of 1997 with Arthur Andersen in audit and Transactions Services.

Claire was Director and Vice-Chair of France Invest from mid-June 2018 to 15 June 2021. During these three years, she played an active part in particular in managing the COVID crisis in the sector, promoting private equity among business leaders, and diversity issues in asset management companies and the enterprises that they support.

Claire Chabrier graduated from Paris Dauphine University, with a Masters in Corporate Taxation (Master Fiscalité de l’Entreprise) in 1997 and a Masters in Finance and Accounting (Maîtrise des Sciences et Techniques Comptables et Financières) in 1996. She obtained her Diploma in Chartered Accountancy (DESCF) in 1997.

The General Meeting of France Invest elected five new directors: Isabelle Combarel, Fabrice Dumonteil, Guillaume Jacqueau, Eric Neuplanche and Pauline Roux. The terms of office of the following four directors have come to an end: Olivier Golder, Christophe Karvelis, Antoine Le Bourgeois and Jonathan Zafrani. The Board of Directors is currently composed of sixteen members, including nine women.

A new committee has been appointed. This management body supports the Chair and the managing director, Alexis Dupont. It is responsible for defining the positions adopted by the association, ensuring that the decisions of the Board of Directors are put into effect, monitoring actions and controlling the budget. It is made up of four Vice-Chairs: Christophe Deldycke, Fabrice Dumonteil, Mireille Klitting and Sophie Pourquery.

On the occasion of her appointment, Claire Chabrier, new Chair of France Invest, stated: “The COVID-19 crisis and its economic impact, the presidential election in France and the role of companies in integrating societal and environmental issues are all catalysts that will have strong repercussions in the short term for the way we operate as investors supporting growth. So now, with even more motivation and determination, and having already experienced three intense years as Vice-Chair of France Invest, I shall be rolling out a programme to enable French private equity to make an active contribution towards recovery and become a driving force in the transition towards a sustainable economy.

At the end of his term as Chair of France Invest, Dominique Gaillard emphasised: “Over the past three years, my programme of 18 proposals has taken shape. We have been actively working to enhance the attractiveness of the sector among entrepreneurs, ensuring that management companies have risen to meet the needs of all types of businesses, improving the legal and tax framework related to the profession, demonstrating our contribution to growth and finally encouraging the value created to be shared with employees, and promoting diversity in the investing profession. In light of the COVID crisis – such an unprecedented and overwhelming event – we have worked hard to be a stakeholder in the recovery, playing a part in governmental programmes.”

Composition of the Board of Directors of France Invest as at the General Meeting of 15 June 2021:

Chair:
Claire Chabrier, Amundi Private Equity Funds

Vice-Chair:

Christophe Deldycke, Turenne Capital

Fabrice Dumonteil, Eiffel Investment Group

Mireille Klitting, Five Arrows Managers (Rothschild & Co)

Sophie Pourquery, Bee Up Capital

Treasurer:
Sophie Pourquery, Bee Up Capital

Other directors:

Marc Brière, Arkéa Capital

Isabelle Combarel, Swen Capital Partners

Alexandra Dupont, Raise

Guillaume Jacqueau, Equistone Partners Europe 

Fanny Letier, Geneo Capital Entrepreneurs

Vincent Lévita, Infravia

Emilie Lhopitallier, Truffle Capital

Eric Neuplanche, Capital Croissance

Antoine Papiernik, Sofinnova Partners

Pauline Roux, Elaia Partners

Magdalena Svensson, IK Investment Partners

[1] Amundi Real Assets manages €58 billion (at end of March 2021), of which €17 billion in the area covered by France Invest, namely Private Equity, private debt and infrastructure.