Ex-Silverfleet team regroups with Sophora entrepreneurial capital

Photo: Jenni­fer Regehr is one of the two Mana­ging Part­ners of SOPHORA Entre­pre­neur Capi­tal in Munich
7. Septem­ber 2022

Munich — An inter­di­sci­pli­nary team of entre­pre­neurs has come toge­ther to form Sophora Unter­neh­mer­ka­pi­tal (“Sophora”), an inde­pen­dent invest­ment company focu­sed on the DACH small cap market. The foun­ding team consists of three former Silver­fleet Capi­tal employees and two expe­ri­en­ced non-execu­­tive direc­tors and has many years of expe­ri­ence in the invest­ment indus­try as well as opera­tio­nal expe­ri­ence as foun­ders and CEOs of compa­nies. In addi­tion, the team has worked toge­ther for many years in previous roles and has a highly successful joint invest­ment track record.

Sophora focu­ses on medium-sized compa­nies in the DACH region with sales between 5 and 50 million euros and a posi­tive opera­ting cash flow. The invest­ment stra­tegy is based on thema­tic invest­ments focu­sing on the follo­wing areas (i) Energy tran­si­tion & resource avai­la­bi­lity, (ii) B‑E‑S-T1 tech­no­lo­gies and (iii) buy-and-build stra­te­gies predo­mi­nantly in the indus­trial and B2B services sectors and typi­cally includes majo­rity or signi­fi­cant mino­rity stakes. “We invest in compa­nies that bene­fit from the macroe­co­no­mic tail­winds of our invest­ment themes and help them realize their full growth poten­tial by provi­ding flexi­ble capi­tal, our stra­te­gic and opera­tio­nal exper­tise, and access to our network of experts,” said Benja­min Hubner, Mana­ging Part­ner of Sophora.

Sophora aims to be an entre­pre­neu­rial part­ner that enables compa­nies to disco­ver and deve­lop undis­co­vered value. Like the tree “Sophora Japo­nica”, which is also called honey tree due to its charac­te­ristic as a bee nutri­ent plant, Sophora relies on symbio­tic part­ner­ships based on trust and relia­ble coope­ra­tion. “Our goal is to become the honey bee among inves­tors and realize alpha returns in the DACH small cap market,” says Jenni­fer Regehr, Mana­ging Part­ner (photo, copy­right SOPHORA).

Sophora is active in the DACH small cap market, where the company sees an oppor­tu­nity to gene­rate alpha returns based on attrac­tive indus­try dyna­mics and under­ly­ing target speci­fics. In addi­tion, the Sophora team’s long-stan­­ding rela­ti­onships and inves­tor network give the company privi­le­ged access to infor­ma­tion, exper­tise and proprie­tary leads. “We believe we can add signi­fi­cant value to our manage­ment teams and port­fo­lio compa­nies as well as to our inves­tors,” commen­ted Neil MacDou­gall, Chairman.

Toge­ther with two dedi­ca­ted value crea­tion and sustaina­bi­lity part­ners, Sophora brings a growth-orien­­ted, best-in-class approach to value crea­tion tail­o­red to the indi­vi­dual profile and speci­fics of each port­fo­lio company. “Sophora’s goal is to be a trus­ted and value-crea­­ting part­ner to the manage­ment teams of our port­fo­lio compa­nies,” said Dr. Michael Matros, Part­ner Value Crea­tion & Sustaina­bi­lity. Joop Heijen­rath, Part­ner Value Crea­tion & Sustaina­bi­lity, adds: “We are convin­ced that non-finan­cial crite­ria, espe­ci­ally ESG aspects, can influence the valua­tion of compa­nies and should ther­e­fore be conside­red in invest­ment decis­i­ons and effec­tive value crea­tion plans.

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