The investment bank Raphaël Financial Advisory, founded by Florent Haïk andBenoît O'Mahony, announces the launch of a "Sustainable Development" practice.This new offering will enable the bank to support companies in their financialendeavors as they drive the transition of industries towards responsible and sustainable business models.
Rodolphe Bocquet joins as a Partner to lead the expertise. Rodolphe is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in environmental finance and responsible investment. He founded and led Beyond Ratings, the first financial rating agency to integrate ESG criteria, acquired by the London Stock Exchange (LSEG) in 2019. He has worked with Clarity AI, LSEG, Carbone 4, Agence Française de Développement, ADEME and Société Générale.
"More and more companies are redefining whole segments of our industries by putting the sustainability dimension at the heart of their models. And many of them are calling on us, such as DRT in the biosourced industries, Sirsa in extra-financial reporting, Egis in urban mobility infrastructure engineering or Champerché, an ongoing venture in urban agriculture," explain Benoît O'Mahony and Florent Haïk, co-founders of Raphaël Financial Advisory. They add : "We are now accelerating our work in this segment to support even more companies develop these innovations. Work with Rodolph was the obvious choice, whom we accompanied in 2019 in the sale of Beyond Ratings. He is an experienced entrepreneur and expert in environmental issues and responsible financing."
The "Sustainable Development" expertise will support startups, SMEs and investment funds, in their financing, fundraising and matchmaking challenges.
"Businesses are at the forefront of the transition to sustainable economies, which involves complex issues; and finance, energy, construction, agriculture and transport are some of the sectors undergoing profound transformation," explains Rodolphe Bocquet, Partner in the Sustainable Development practice, who continues, "Our understanding of market dynamics, regulatory developments and the increasing specialisation of financing and investment solutions in these sectors enables us to effectively support these businesses in their development.”
Some examples of recent transactions:
● Providence Equity : LBO on A2mac1
● LBO France : LBO on SizeFactory
● Belisoft : sold to Lovehoney Group
● Vebio : sold to Inovie
● Lifen : €50 million fundraising
● Tikehau Capital (Energetic transition fund) : acquisition of a stake in EGIS
alongside Caisse des Dépôts
● Charterhouse : LBO on Labelium
● WYZ Group : opening of the capital to Bpifrance, BNP Capital
Développement and Generis Capital
● Gault et Frémont : sold to Groupe Guillin
● Providence Equity : LBO to Groupe La Centrale
● Ardian : LBO on Finaxy
● Firmenich : acquisition of DRT from Ardian
● Le Wagon : opening of the capital to Cathay Capital and Africinvest
● Sirsa : opening of the capital to Capza, Raise and Andera
About Raphaël Financial Advisory (www.raphael-fa.com):
Raphaël Financial Advisory is the business bank for entrepreneurs and their financial partners. Founded in 2015 by Benoît O'Mahony and Florent Haïk - two former managing partners of Rothschild & Co's mid-market division - Raphaël Financial Advisory works with funds, ETIs, SMEs and growth companies to advise them in the preparation and execution of their strategic financial transactions: mergers, acquisitions, disposals, LBOs, fundraising and restructuring.