European private equity firm Idinvest Partners opened its Shanghai office – its first in Asia – this week as a base for its portfolio companies to expand into the region.
The Shanghai office will be headed by Solomon Moos, who has been with the firm since July 2016 and handles corporate development in Asia. Moos will be supported by three Chinese partners, the firm said in a statement.
Through its Shanghai office, the mid-market firm will offer in-country support to its portfolio companies by helping entrepreneurs find the right partners and build stronger ties with financial backers across Asia. This is also in line with Idinvest’s Franco-Chinese investment platform, CHANCE, which it set up in 2015 to give Chinese investors access to European small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
“While the US 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,” Christophe Baviere, CEO of Idinvest, said in a statement.
“We see the Asian region as a hub for development, where some of our existing portfolio companies already have a footprint including Organica, Actility, Forsee, Sigfox and Vulcain. This latest development is part of our commitment to internationalise and facilitate the growth of our portfolio companies into global SMEs.”
Earlier this month, the Paris-headquartered firm also expanded its German operations with a new office in Frankfurt.
Idinvest has over €7 billion under management across private equity and private debt funds.