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Capza closes fifth debt fund on $1.94bn, readies for the sixth fund

Friday, April 30, 2021

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

European private investment platform Capza has held a final close for its unitranche fund Capza 5 Private Debt on €1.6bn ($1.94bn), exceeding its initial target. It also exceeded the final closing of the previous fund (€950m).

"This fundraising reflects the renewed confidence of its historical investors (insurers, funds of funds, public institutions, pension funds) as well as the interest of new French and international investors (Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, South Korea…)," said a press release from the Paris-headquartered private equity firm.

This fifth vintage will finance small and mid-cap companies with an EBITDA of more than EUR12 million through unitranche and mezzanine debt mainly in France, Spain, and Germany. The investment strategy remains focused on resilient and non-cyclical business models (healthcare, tech, etc).

"Capza's Private Debt teams have regularly demonstrated an ability to deploy capital without compromising on deal quality, supported by a team of seven European-based associate directors benefitting from 26 years of experience on average," claimed the release.

The Capza 5 Private Debt fund has already committed 75 percent of its investment capacity to date to companies that have demonstrated great resilience in the context of the Covid crisis.

According to the release, since 2004, Capza's Private Debt teams have led more than 100 transactions, including most recently Questel (leader in intellectual p......................

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