Paris and Luxembourg, May 16, 2023 –
Amethis – member of the Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity Partnership – announces the promotion of Romain Gauvrit to the position of Partner.
Romain started his career at Qualium before joining Bpifrance where he was Investment Director since 2014. There, he managed several portfolio investments and made 17 equity investments, including Labelys, Laborizon, Platinium, Rougnon and Carizona, all of which performed very well.
After 15 years of professional experience in private equity, he joins Amethis in September 2021 as Director to accompany the raising of the Amethis Europe Expansion (“AEE”) fund which has just completed its first closing.
AEE, an internationalisation and social impact fund, intends to accelerate the growth and profitability of European SMEs through the development of their exports, their local establishments, or their supplies in the most dynamic economies, particularly in Africa. The fund, which qualifies as an Article 8 fund under the SFDR regulation, also has a strong impact dimension, both in terms of social and carbon efficiency. The implementation of employee shareholding plans, continuous training programmes or reintegration into the labour market are at the heart of AEE’s priorities, as is the reduction of the environmental impact of the portfolio companies.
Romain also participated in the investments in the Office Automation Group (transaction completed in July 2022) and in a European cosmetics company, a transaction currently being finalised. Romain is also strongly committed to the implementation of the ESG approach promoted by Amethis.
Romain is a graduate of EM Lyon and the Schulich School of Business in Toronto and is certified in lean management.
“Romain has integrated perfectly into the Amethis team and by his dynamism and mobilization, reinforces our value proposition to the European SMEs with a strong internationalization potential that we support. His professionalism and initiative are valuable assets for the team. His appointment as partner is the natural consequence of this commitment”, say Luc Rigouzzo, Laurent Demey and Nicolas Manardo, respectively founders and senior partner of Amethis.
Founded by Luc Rigouzzo and Laurent Demey and a partner member of Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity, Amethis is an investment fund manager focused on the African continent, with assets under management close to USD 1 billion and more than 30 investments made to date. Amethis provides growth capital to promising mid-sized champions in a variety of sectors, offering growth support through its international network covering Europe and Africa. With six offices in Paris, Abidjan, Casablanca, Nairobi, Cairo (soon) and Luxembourg, the Amethis team comprises over 40 experienced professionals with strong regional and sector expertise.
About Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity
Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity is an independent player within the Edmond de Rothschild Group and manages over EUR 3 billion in assets under management. With an entrepreneurial approach to finance and supported by strong convictions, Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity builds and develops differentiating investment strategies that provide a sustainable response to environmental and social issues.
Founded in 1953, Edmond de Rothschild today has CHF 178 billion in assets under management, 2,500 employees and 32 offices worldwide.