Idinvest Partners Opens Shanghai Office As Internationalization Push Continues

Feb 23 2017 | 9:03pm ET

European private equity manager Idinvest Partners has opened an office in Shanghai in order to support the growth of its portfolio companies in Asian markets, and selected former Allianz Global Investors executive Solomon Moos to lead it. 

Moos, who joined Idinvest in mid-2016, will be supported by three Chinese partners, the company said in a statement. The expansion marks the most recent milestone in Idinvest’s strategic international development and strengthens its ability to offer in-country support to portfolio companies. 

In particular, the new Shanghai presence will facilitate Idinvest’s ability to help entrepreneurs find the right partners, build stronger ties and generate synergies with industrial, strategic or financial partners across Asia, the company added. This follows the establishment of an Idinvest platform aimed at financing a technology gap in Sino-European relations, facilitating the investment of Chinese capital into select European sectors, and helping to provide European SMEs access to Chinese markets.

The move comes close on the heels of Idinvest’s expansion to Frankfurt, Germany, earlier this month. 

“While the U.S. used to be the pivotal go-to country for innovative SMEs, more and more companies are now looking eastward for development and China, as the second largest economy in the world, plays a central part,” said Christophe Baviere, CEO of Idinvest, in the statement. “We see the Asian region as a hub for development…and this latest development is part of our commitment to internationalize and facilitate the growth of our portfolio companies into global SMEs.” 

Based in Paris, Idinvest Partners is a leading pan-European private equity firm focused on the mid-market segment. The firm has several areas of expertise including investments in European start-ups, primary, secondary and mezzanine investments in unlisted European companies, and private equity consulting.

Founded under the name AGF Private Equity in 1997, the company was formerly part of Allianz until 2010 when it joined forces with IDI as an independent firm. Assets under management total more than €7 billion.

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