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2000-09-11

Jean-Baptiste Wautier appointed Director of Investments at Industri Kapital

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Jean-Baptiste Wautier, 30, has been appointed Director of Investments at Industri Kapital, one of the main private equity companies in Europe. He will assist Christopher Masek, Director of the fund, in the development of investments in the French market.

Jean-Baptiste Wautier, a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (1993) and the University of Paris Dauphine (DEA in Industrial Economics, 1994) joined Industri Kapital after spending 3 years in the Mergers and Acquisitions department of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in London, in charge of operations on behalf of mainly French companies. Jean-Baptiste Wautier began his career in 1994 at Arthur Andersen where he specialized in restructuring and acquisition audits in the transport and health sectors.

Founded in 1989, Industri Kapital is a European capital company specializing in Management-Buy-Out (MBO) operations. With more than 2.5 billion euros of invested capital and a portfolio generating a consolidated turnover of more than 6 billion euros, it is one of the major players in Europe.

Industri Kapital specializes in the takeover of group subsidiaries and family businesses operating in Europe. Industri Kapital favors a strategy of active support through external growth and value creation within its holdings. Historically, the fund has invested primarily in manufacturing, chemicals, distribution and services. The fund is managed by a multicultural team of 30 professionals based in London, Stockholm, Hamburg and Oslo.

Among its latest investments are the takeovers in MBO of Laho Equipement, number 2 in the rental and sale of construction equipment in France (June 2000), of Alfa Laval, one of the main international equipment companies for the construction industry. separation, heat transfer and fluid technology (August 2000) and Dyno, creating with Neste Chemicals (a company acquired by the fund in November 1999) the world leader in specialized chemistry of formalin-based resins (August 2000).

Press contacts:
AKKA Agency, e-mail: akka@imaginet.fr
Stephanie Elbaz / Jane Goodman
Tel: 01.53.04.08.09 / Fax: 01.53.04.08.07


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