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CAPZA raises $849m for CAPZA 5 Flex Equity Fund

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

French private investment firm Capza has held a final close for its CAPZA 5 Flex Equity Fund on €700m ($849m), exceeding its €500m target. This number doubles the size of the firms' previous fund at €350 million.

According to a press release from the Paris-based small and medium-sized enterprise-focused investment firm, since 2004 CAPZA Flex Equity has been providing flexible financing, combining majority and minority capital, convertible bonds, and mezzanine. The main aim of CAPZA funding is to support SMEs in growth and buy-out projects in France, Spain, Germany, and Italy.

"The success of Fund 5 confirms investors' interest in a flexible and agile investment strategy in resilient sectors. It reflects the renewed confidence of its historical investors (insurers, Funds of Funds, public institutions, pension funds, family offices) as well as the interest of new French and international investors," the release claimed.

"We are confident about the prospects of this new Fund in the current economic environment. Its hybrid model allows us to be agile by investing in equity and/or mezzanine, and in companies in resilient sectors on a European scale," said Maxence Radix of CAPZA.

To date, CAPZA has led almost 80 transitions, combining equity and mezzanine, and with its fifth installment which began in September of 2020, has performed six transactions and is 21% invested. These SME's include Spain's IMF Business Schools, France's Ynov Campu......................

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