OUR COMPANY

WHO WE ARE

 

 

Keensight Capital is an independent European growth private equity firm with more than 20 years of proven investment success in supporting the management teams of profitable, growing companies. We provide capital to finance organic growth, enable strategic acquisitions, or help buy out existing shareholders.

 

The strong relationships we cultivate with management teams truly set us apart: we become much more than just an investor, but a trusted advisor and a partner with a large and influential network spanning several sectors and continents.

 

Through our various experiences, we have gathered a strong expertise and knowledge in growth industries. Our sectorial focus includes Information Technology, Healthcare, and Energy. In each of these sectors, the investment professionals in our team leverage their entrepreneurial and professional backgrounds to provide insightful strategic advice. While these specific sectors are at the heart of our company, we consider investments with any company that has strong growth potential.

 

The Keensight Capital team has concluded 46 transactions since 1998, yielding more than 40% IRR from a total of 34 exited investments. Our investment record is the direct result of the productive and straightforward relationships that we nourish with the management teams we support.

 

OUR TEAM


 

Jérôme PUJOL

MANAGING PARTNER

 

 

 

Jérôme is a Founding Partner of Keensight Capital and has over 15 years of successful private equity investing experience.

Prior to founding Keensight, he spent 10 years with the Rothschild group as a Managing Partner of R Capital Management, the investment arm of the Rothschild Group dedicated to growth companies. R Capital Management became Keensight after its Managing Partners acquired Rothschild Group’s stake in the company.

Prior to Rothschilld, he was Managing Director covering the High-Tech industry within the Equity Capital Markets Group before becoming a Partner of the Private Equity Group at Natixis.

Jérôme is an entrepreneur; he founded SLP InfoWare, a world leader in predictive customer relationships, which was sold to Gemplus ten years after its creation.

Jérôme holds an Engineering degree from Telecom Paris.

 

Pierre REMY

MANAGING PARTNER

 

 

 

Pierre is a Founding Partner of Keensight Capital and has over 15 years of successful private equity investing experience.

Prior to founding Keensight, he spent 10 years with the Rothschild group as a Managing Partner of R Capital Management, the investment arm of the Rothschild Group dedicated to growth companies. R Capital Management became Keensight after its Managing Partners acquired Rothschild Group’s stake in the company.

He started his investment career working for Natixis, one of the private equity pioneers in Europe.

Before this, he was a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young in the firm's strategy and organizational practice.

He started his career as an engineer in the Automotive and Aerospace industries.

Pierre is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris and holds an Engineering degree from ENSAM, Paris.

 

Philippe  CROCHET

PARTNER

 

 

 

Philippe is a Partner of Keensight Capital.

Prior to Keensight, he spent 5 years with the Rothschild group as a senior investment director of R Capital Management, the investment arm of the Rothschild Group dedicated to growth companies. R Capital Management became Keensight after its Managing Partners acquired Rothschild Group’s stake in the company.

Prior to Rothschild, he was a Principal at Partech International, a leading French/US investment firm focused on IT.

Philippe has a solid professional background in the Telecom industry where he fulfilled a variety of roles at Corvis Corporation, Algety Telecom and Nortel.

Philippe is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and holds an Engineering degree from Telecom Paris.

 

Magdalena SVENSSON

PARTNER

 

 

 

Magdalena Svensson is a Partner at Keensight Capital and has over 14 years of experience in the Private Equity industry.

Prior to Keensight Capital, she spent 10 years at XAnge Private Equity where she was a Partner within the Growth Capital team. She had previously worked at ABN Amro Capital for 4 years.

Magdalena began her career in Sweden at Swedbank in 1998.

In the context of her different positions, Magdalena has acquired specific expertise across many sectors, including Technology, Software, and Healthcare.

A Swedish national, she holds an MBA from INSEAD and is a graduate of the University of Gothenburg.

 

José FRANCA

PARTNER

 

 

 

José Franca is a Partner - Head of Iberia at Keensight Capital. José’s relationship with Keensight Capital dates back over 12 years.  

In 1997, José created Chipidea, a former Keensight Capital portfolio company. As CEO, José developed Chipidea on a global basis to create the number one analog semiconductor IP company worldwide which was eventually acquired by MIPS Technologies (NASDAQ) in 2007. In 2012, José was Government-appointed Chairman and CEO of Private Equity firms INOV Capital, Turismo Capital and AICEP Capital Global which he then merged to create Portugal Ventures. In addition, José was Chairman of PME Investimentos, the leading Fund-of-Funds manager in Portugal, and board member of several international innovative companies.  

He was also State Secretary of Education in the Portuguese government (1991 – 1992).  

José holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.  

 

Arnaud  COHEN

PARTNER AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

 

 

 

Arnaud is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Keensight Capital.

Prior to Keensight Capital, Arnaud spent a total of 18 years in the Transaction Advisory Services practice of EY.

After completing various M&A and fundraising projects during the first two years of his career, Arnaud specialized in Valuation & Business Modelling projects for which he successfully advised a wide array of large corporate and private equity clients.

Arnaud worked for 2 years in the New York office of EY (from 2005 to 2007), before re-joining their Paris office, where he became a Partner in 2010.

Arnaud is a graduate of the Dauphine University (Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance), of the Sorbonne University (Master’s degree in Financial Engineering) and holds the DESCF.

 

Gregory AGEZ

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

 

 

 

Gregory is an Associate Director at Keensight Capital.

Prior to Keensight Capital, he spent 5 years with the Rothschild group at R Capital Management, the investment arm of the Rothschild Group dedicated to growth companies. R Capital Management became Keensight Capital when the Managing Partners acquired Rothschild Group’s stake in the company.

Prior to joining Rothschild, Gregory was an auditor at Mazars in Paris.

He started his career in Project Financing at Dexia Sabadell in Madrid where he was involved in the Renewable Energy sector.

Gregory holds a double Engineering degree from Supelec Paris and Politecnica de Madrid.

 

Guillaume LEFEBVRE

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

 

 

 

Guillaume is an Associate Director at Keensight Capital

Prior to Keensight Capital, Guillaume worked as an Associate at Argos Soditic in Paris, where he was involved in investments in medium-sized companies across various sectors including Healthcare and Energy.

He has also worked as an Investment Analyst within the Merchant Banking division of the Rothschild group. He started his career at CM-CIC Capital Privé as a Junior Investment Analyst.

Guillaume is a graduate from ESCP Europe Business School and holds Master degrees in Finance and Economics from the Sorbonne University.

 

Jaana GRÜTER

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

 

 

 

Jaana is an Associate Director at Keensight Capital.

Prior to Keensight Capital, she spent 3 years as an Investment Associate at Five Arrows Principal Investments, a Western European mid-cap fund which is part of the Merchant Banking division of the Rothschild Group, where she focused on investments within the Healthcare and Business Services sectors.

She also worked as an Associate within the M&A division of the Rothschild group for 4 years, across mutiple sectors and geographies.

Jaana holds a Master’s degree in International Business from the University of Maastricht.

 

Rémi LOUVEL

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

 

 

 

Rémi Louvel is an Associate Director at Keensight Capital

Alongside the investment team, Rémi will be providing assistance and support to managers of the portfolio companies in dealing with specific matters, such as commercial strategy, pricing, and internationalization, and more broadly in creating value through profitable growth.  

Prior to joining Keensight Capital, Rémi was manager at A.T. Kearney working on strategy consulting assignments with a focus on commercial excellence projects (pricing, B2B marketing, market entry strategies, organization).  

Rémi started his career in the automotive industry, at Renault, where he occupied various positions in the Purchasing and Corporate Audit departments, leading him to carry out missions at the international level.  

Rémi is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de la rue d’Ulm and obtained an MBA from the Collège des Ingénieurs.

 

Javier LOPEZ MORAS

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

 

 

 

Javier is an Associate Director at Keensight Capital, where he focuses on covering the Spanish market.

Prior to Keensight Capital, Javier spent almost 10 years as an M&A advisor in Madrid and London at Montalbán Atlas Capital (formerly known as DC Advisory) where he was a Director in the Financial Sponsors & Debt Advisory Practice. He was responsible for originating and executing M&A and debt advisory transactions across a wide range of sectors, including healthcare.

Javier started his career in Investment Banking at JP Morgan in Spain.

Javier is a graduate in Law and holds a BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) from ICADE (Comillas Pontifical University).

 

David PICCOLI

ASSOCIATE

 

 

 

David Piccoli is an Associate at Keensight Capital and has over 3 years of experience in the Private Equity industry.

Prior to joining Keensight, David worked for 2 years as a Senior Analyst within the investment fund ArchiMed which he had helped to become independent from the 3i group. He had previously worked as an analyst within the Healthcare team of the 3i group.

David is a graduate of ESCP Europe and has a Master’s degree in finance from London City University.

 

Nicolas ULRICH

ANALYST

 

 

 

Nicolas Ulrich is an Analyst at Keensight Capital.

Prior to joining Keensight Capital, Nicolas worked as an M&A Analyst within the investment bank Natixis Partners, formerly Leonardo & Co France.

He also worked as an Auditor at EY.

Nicolas is a graduate of Paris-Dauphine University and ESCP Europe.

 

Anne de BONNEFON

HEAD OF INVESTOR RELATIONS

 

 

 

Anne de Bonnefon is Head of Investor Relations at Keensight Capital and has 15 years of experience in private equity and strategy consulting.

Prior to joining Keensight Capital, Anne spent 5 years at LBO France, where she was Director within the Investor Relations team. In 2006, she joined Unigestion, the Geneva-based fund of funds, as a Manager in the Primary Investment team, in charge of European funds selection.

Anne began her professional career in 2000, as a strategy consultant at A.T. Kearney, working for private equity portfolio companies on operational improvement assignments and due diligences.

She holds an MBA from INSEAD and an engineering degree from IIE.

 

Jean-Michel BEGHIN

MANAGING PARTNER

 

 

 

Jean-Michel is a Founding Partner of Keensight Capital and has over 15 years of successful private equity investing experience.

Prior to founding Keensight, he spent 10 years with the Rothschild group as a Managing Partner of R Capital Management, the investment arm of the Rothschild Group dedicated to growth companies. R Capital Management became Keensight after its Managing Partners acquired Rothschild Group’s stake in the company.

He started his investment career working for Natixis, one of the private equity pioneers in Europe.

Previously, Jean-Michel worked at Ernst & Young in the Corporate Finance sector.

He has a strong operational background, having held various engineering and management roles in Silicon Valley at several small and large companies.

Jean-Michel holds an engineering degree from SCU and an MBA from Georgetown University.

 

NEWS

 

 

 

13 November 2017

Javier Lopez Moras joins Keensight Capital as Associate Director

 

 

 

25 October 2017

Keensight Capital to reinvest in Menix, a reference player in orthopedic prostheses and dental implants solutions

 

 

 

6 October 2017

Nicolas Ulrich joins Keensight Capital as Analyst

 

 

 

28 september 2017

Keensight Capital invests in I-Tracing, an independent leader in cybersecurity

 

 

 

18 september 2017

LINKBYNET announces the acquisition of Treeptik

 

 

 

29 june 2017

Rémi Louvel joins Keensight Capital as Associate Director

 

 

 

28 April 2017

Smile announces its 2021 open arrow strategic plan and welcomes Eurazeo PME, its new majority shareholder, replacing Keensight Capital

 

 

 

18 April 2017

Keensight Capital promotes Magdalena Svensson as Partner

 

 

 

29 March 2017

Keensight Capital and TIME for Growth have signed an agreement to sell their stakes in Oodrive, the European leader in sensitive data management

 

 

 

09 March 2017

PIXID acquires Amris ATS and ZAO to expand into the UK market to provide a cloud-based temporary workforce management and recruitment solution

 

 

 

02 March 2017

Ardian, Keensight Capital and Parquest Capital Complete the Acquisition of Unither, alongside its Management, from Equistone Partners Europe

 

 

 

21 February 2017

Arnaud Cohen joins Keensight Capital as Partner and Chief Operating Officer

 

 

 

26 January 2017

Keensight Capital appoints Anne de Bonnefon as Head of Investor Relations

 

 

 

16 December 2016

Keensight Capital signs an exclusivity agreement to sell its stake in Sogelink to Naxicap

 

 

 

30 September 2016

Keensight joins the 2020 Carbon Initiative

 

 

 

22 July 2016

Keensight invests in LINKBYNET to support its growth and international expansion

 

 

 

12 May 2016

Tecres partners with Keensight to create Demetra Holding, in order to build the independent worldwide leader in bone cements and biomaterials

 

 

 

18 January 2016

Keensight Capital hires David Piccoli as Senior Analyst

 

 

 

13 November 2015

Keensight Capital invests in Vision-Box, global leader in Automated Border Control Systems

 

 

 

05 November 2015

Keensight Capital supports Smile in its planned acquisition of Open Wide

 

 

 

30 October 2015

Keensight Capital completes the sale of its stake in CCM Benchmark

 

 

 

16 October 2015

Keensight Capital invests in Pixid to help accelerate its growth

 

 

 

22 September 2015

Keensight Capital appoints Jaana Grüter as Associate

 

 

 

30 July 2015

Datawords welcomes new partners to accelerate its global growth strategy

 

 

 

27 May 2015

Keensight Capital invests in smartTrade Technologies, the European leader in trading software

 

 

 

19 May 2015

Keensight Capital strengthens its teams with two new hires

 

 

 

7 April 2015

Keensight Capital sells its stake in LDR

 

 

 

9 October 2014

Keensight Capital completes the sale of FircoSoft

 

 

 

8 September 2014

ISAI and Keensight Capital invest in the Labelium group

 

 

 

3 September 2014

Keensight Capital enters exclusive negotiations for the sale of FircoSoft

 

 

 

24 July 2014

Keensight Capital receives AIFM authorization

 

 

20 June 2014

Keensight Capital appoints Magdalena Svensson as Investment Director

 

 

15 April 2014

Philippe Crochet promoted to Partner of Keensight Capital

 

 

10 April 2014

Keensight Capital invests in the Menix Group

 

 

5 February 2014

Keensight Capital announces the signature of an agreement for the sale
of its stake in Octo Telematics

 

 

6 January 2014

Keensight Capital acquires Smile, the European leader of open
source, alongside its management

 

 

26 November 2013

R Capital Management becomes Keensight Capital

 

 

18 October 2013

Keensight Capital (R Capital Management) supports LDR Medical
in its Successful Flotation on the Nasdaq

 

Majority and Minority Growth Private Equity Investments