A hybrid model
Our approach is not solely a financial one.
Above all else, it is a human one. First and foremost, we give priority to the quality and continuity of our relations over time and foster the ambition to go further together. We look to create a genuine common destiny with the project managers we support, based on joint commitments: achieving projects through trust and exacting standards, reciprocal care and perspicuity in all situations. We help our companies set a course for strong, sustainable results, by making sure social and societal issues as well as environmental protection are taken into account, to drive true, sustainable value creation.
An active shareholder working alongside the management team
Sharing a strategic vision
- Strategic committee built on flexibility and dialogue
- Working closely with senior managers
- Small, responsive team
- Capacity to reinvest in support of development
- No exit horizon
Adhering to the basics
- Cautious financial tools
- Promoting people
- Long-term vision
- Value generated by the project, the team and its strategy
- Strong external growth culture, creating synergies
- Extra financial value created by steering ESG road maps with senior managers
Our investment criteria
- SME with sales between €10 and €100m (no minimum for external growth operations).
- Tried and tested business model, built on the brand and innovation.
- Investment of up to €35m in capital.
- Reference minority or majority shareholdings to prepare for a transfer.
The companies we support
Major player in insurance distribution, inventor and leader of wholesale brokerage in France. Its 2,300 staff members design, manage and distribute insurance solutions in 22 countries.See the website View details
The Cap Vert Developpement Group specialises in landscape gardening, offering pruning services, watering and fountain works, creation and maintenance of parks and gardens.View details
French leader in the production and distribution of work site safety films as well as Industrial Protective Equipment for the painting industryView details
Specialist in sporting eventsView details
Robopolis specialises in designing and distributing personal robots for domestic applications, educational use or entertainmentView details
I have a dual background in Law and Finance. After 3 years at Ernst & Young in acquisition audit, I joined Evolem in 2008.
Since 2008, I have had the opportunity to accompany entrepreneurs and their teams in the structuring and development of their SME, by being attentive to their needs and by leading a strategic reflection with them around the ambition they wish to give to their project and the means to achieve it.
What pushed me to join Evolem is above all the entrepreneurial adventure both in the support of SMEs but also within Evolem itself. Everything had to be built and we were lucky enough to have a successful entrepreneur for a teacher!
With over 10 years’ experience in acquisition finance at BNP Paribas, I joined Evolem in 2018 in order to get actively involved in company projects as an investor.
What motivates me in my work is contributing to the development of companies, alongside senior managers, by adding value to their strategic planning and capacity to their acquisition plans in order to build genuinely solid, long-lasting groups.
Joining Evolem primarily means playing an active part in a company project which conveys values which are important to me: a sense of responsibility, commitment to companies’ development and supporting initiatives, whether economic, environmental or societal.
After starting out in financial auditing at EY, followed by 5 years in management control at Royal Canin, I joined Dentressangle Private Equity where I accompanied small and medium-sized companies as a majority shareholder for nearly 8 years, in the position of Investment Director.
I joined Evolem because it is first and foremost an entrepreneurial investor.
This means that we support ambitious development projects within a time horizon that first respects the company’s cycle.
Also we know that a successful partnership is a matter of men and women, and that the company’s scope of action goes beyond financial performance.
I joined Evolem in 2023 after fifteen years in M&A at BNP Paribas, HSBC and Lazard.
For me, joining Evolem meant joining an entrepreneur before an investor. This means taking the time to develop projects and bring real added value to them, in order to build sustainable groups.
In addition, Evolem places essential values at the heart of its concerns: a long-term vision built around entrepreneurs with a constant desire to have a positive impact both economically and socially.
A graduate of EM Lyon, I worked for 3 years in the Transactions Services department of EY Paris and Lyon, before joining the Evolem adventure in October 2018.
What I enjoy, is working alongside companies which are developing and transforming, and being constantly in contact with the operational teams: we move forward together.
Joining Evolem means being part of a caring team and being involved in inspiring projects every day!
A graduate of Paris Assas (with a magister’s degree in banking and finance) and of EM Lyon (master’s in financial engineering), I gained some initial experience in investment funds and structured financing before joining Evolem in 2016 following an internship.
What I enjoy is contributing to the development of companies from varied sectors, alongside their senior managers, while respecting Evolem’s values.
Why did I join Evolem? I was attracted by its entrepreneurial approach to investment, and its vision as a mindful and committed partner over the long term.
With a master’s in Finance and Markets from ESDES, I began my career at NextStage in Paris, then I came back to Lyon to work for Capitem Partenaires for one year before joining Evolem in 2018.
This job is very rewarding both in terms of knowledge and personal relations, it enables you to keep discovering new things and moving forward. Joining Evolem presented an opportunity to be part of a Lyon-based organisation with significant means, whose values matched my own: a long-term investment vision and a high priority given to entrepreneurs’ values.
Graduated from Inseec and EM Lyon (MSc. In Finance), I worked for 4 years as a Finance Account Manager for Bpifrance where I had the opportunity to support entrepreneurs in their development projects. I joined Evolem in 2021.
Beyond discovering new sectors of activity and participating in the financing of our real economy, what motivates me is to accompany managers in the growth of their companies and to share a common history. What could be more stimulating?
I joined Evolem with the desire to be part of a company committed to serving entrepreneurs and society.
For further information
4 quai Saint-Antoine
69289 Lyon cedex 02
+33 472 689 800