We back management teams to transform their businesses.
We think creatively and embrace complexity.
We are operational not financial.
We create long-term value through transformation.
We focus on making transformational investments in defensible businesses. Transformational means we want to improve, grow and strengthen businesses.
We work with management teams to develop a transformational business plan. The plan is multi dimensional, focusing on all aspects of the business.
We are operationally focused and want to do something with the businesses we back.
Our team of investment professionals is highly entrepreneurial with extensive experience in private equity, consulting and management.
We are supported by a board of senior advisors and network of industry experts who provide specific industry knowledge and insights as well as introductions.
What we like…
Defensibility through high barriers to entry, significant market share, long-term customer relationships and unique resources.
Regulation, licensing and certification in sectors with a stable and positive regulatory environment.
A Pan-European view but where market features are local.
Complexity of business model, of transaction, of ownership structure where a creative or differentiated approach is required.
Opportunity for acquisitions, disposals, new market entry, new product development and operational optimisation.
Agilitas focus on making transformational investments in defensible businesses. The team was founded in 2011 by an experienced and successful team of former colleagues who had previously invested €1.5bn in 28 private equity transactions across Europe.
The team combines private equity, M&A, consulting and operational skills and is truly European, consisting of 7 different nationalities and speaking 9 languages.
Martin Calderbank is Managing Partner at Agilitas. With many years experience in the industry, Martin focuses on the unique attribute of private equity over other equity models: the ability to support strong managers leading their companies through transformational change.
Martin started his career with McKinsey before moving into private equity. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University. He speaks English and French.
Rachel Dales acts as Team Assistant. She has worked in residential and administrative positions within education and the fashion industry.
Rachel holds a BA(Hons) in Music from SOAS University.
Liam Goddard joined the investment team in May 2016 as an Investment Executive and has ten years of private equity experience.
Prior to working in private equity Liam started his career at Accenture as a strategy consultant (2004-06).
Liam holds a MA in Computer Science from Cambridge University
Arjan joined Agilitas in 2015 from A.T. Kearney, where during 7 years he focussed on due diligence work and strategic, operational and organisational projects for PE funds and CxO-level clients in major companies. He has completed over 30 projects and worked in 9 different countries.
Arjan holds an MBA from INSEAD, an MSc in IT in Business from Leiden University and a BSc in Economics and Informatics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Arjan speaks Dutch, French and English.
Kevin Iermiin started his private equity career at Agilitas. Previously he held investment banking roles with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers in London, Gudme Raaschou in Copenhagen and served as a First Lieutenant in the Royal Danish Army.
Kevin holds an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School and speaks both Danish and English.
Panos Loizou is an independent advisor to Agilitas. He has held senior non-executive roles in businesses alongside private equity firms since 2000, contributing operational and restructuring expertise to a number of investments. Prior to this he held executive positions at GE and Pepsico. He started his career with OC&C Strategy Consultants in London.
Panos holds an MBA from IMD Business School and a PhD and BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He speaks Greek and English.
Torbjorn Midsem has worked with private equity firms in London and Stockholm and has contributed to a range of acquisitions since 2002.
Torbjorn holds an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from NHH (Norway) and speaks Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English and German.
Debojit Mukherjee has worked as COO and CFO with private equity firms in London since 2009. Earlier career positions included Director of Operations and Finance at Carbon Capital Markets and IBD Analyst at Barclays Capital.
Debojit holds a BSc in Economics from University College London and is a fellow of the ICAEW.
Louise Stamper has been with Agilitas since inception and she is responsible for administration and office management. She holds an MA in Modern and Medieval Languages from the University of Cambridge.
Aleix Sumpsi joined Agilitas in 2016 from Morgan Stanley, where he held investment banking roles from 2010 to 2016, in Madrid and in London.
Aleix holds an MSc in Management from HEC Paris and an MSc in Civil Engineering from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. He speaks Spanish, Catalan, French, English and Portuguese.
Serge Touati has been working in private equity since 1999. During this period he has played a prominent role in investments in France, Italy, Denmark and Benelux. In his earlier career he held positions with Merrill Lynch and Suez-Lyonnaise des Eaux.
Serge studied at ESSEC and speaks French and English.
Paul Woodland acts as Chief Financial Officer. Paul has over 17 years experience of finance and operations in Private Equity from a number of different firms.
Recover is a leading supplier of Emergency Response and Damage Control services in the Nordic region, serving a wide range of customers, notably Insurance Companies .
Highly defensible business. The mostly non-discretionary need for the Company’s services is triggered by events like water and fire damage, resulting in a stable market with limited cyclicality. 70-80% of the market is served by the top 3 providers. Strong underlying market growth driven by urbanisation, population growth, and increase in property values.
Carve out and integrate the 3 country operations, expand into lateral geographies to create the Scandanavain market leader
Reconor (formerly known as MH Gruppen) is one of the leading environmental services companies in Denmark, with a focus on the Copenhagen area. It is active in soil remediation and the collection, sorting, treatment and recycling of waste.
Soil Remediation is highly regulated in Denmark. Only companies with accredited sites at the right locations can provide these services. Underlying market growth driven by increasingly stringent regulation, higher recycling rate and pipeline of publicly-funded infrastructure construction projects.
Replicate unique business model and position achieved in the Copenhagen area in the rest of Denmark, transforming MH Gruppen into a national champion.
Exemplar Health Care
Exemplar is a leading UK provider of high acuity nursing care services for individuals with complex Physical and Mental Disabilities and Learning Disabilities. The business comprises 25 homes spread over 18 sites across Yorkshire, Humberside, the Midlands and the North West.
There is a growing need for private sector complex care provision in the UK. Exemplar specialises in high acuity residential Service Users for whom the alternative is often long-term hospital care. Providing residential care for complex cases is a highly defensible sector with significant barriers to entry.
Continue to focus on providing excellent quality of care. Support management in the improvement of systems and processes across the group. Provide capital to develop capacity supporting identified local needs.
DanOffice is a global value added reseller of Information Technology & Information Systems to international organisations and businesses operating worldwide. It provides IT hardware, services and solutions to international organisations working across borders, including developing and emerging markets.
DanOffice combines a stable and defensible customer base with a know-how for delivery into complex environments and deep supplier relationships, providing a strong platform for broadening the service offering and expanding the customer base.
Continue the development from a value added reseller, mostly focused on selling computer hardware, into a global Information Technology and Communications products and services provider to global clients.
Hydro International is a leading global provider of advanced products, services and technology for the treatment of wastewater and the control of stormwater, for municipal, industrial and construction customers.
Water management is an area of increasing government focus, as water scarcity grows in importance as a global issue, linked to increased population size, growing urbanisation and climate change. Hydro International is a technology leader in all its niches, and its customers rely upon the Company to improve their water management processes and operational performance, whilst reducing environmental impact. The company has a track record of growth and momentum with attractive financial characteristics, a strong management team and significant opportunities for transformation.
Accelerate the Company’s strategy to become a diversified global leader in its segments, and accelerate growth into services and industrial end markets.
Impetus operates a traditional waste management business, a waste broking business and a small vehicle fleet. It is also the largest landfill operator in the North East, owning and operating two sites.
Highly regulated, resilient and non-cyclical industry. Since 1994, UK government policy has been to divert volumes away from landfill by not licensing new landfills and increasing landfill taxes therefore operators with green solutions for waste are better positioned to secure long term contracts.
Transform business from traditional waste management to green solution for waste.
Ionisos is the leading provider of cold sterilisation services in France and in Spain, serving a wide range of industries including healthcare and pharmaceuticals.
Highly defensible business displaying positive growth prospects. The service supplied is non-discretionary and mission critical to the customers, the cost of which represents a small proportion of the total product cost. Steady underlying market growth driven by regulation and increasing requirements for sterile products.
Transform the French/Spanish national market leader into an international group.
As responsible investors we believe that the consideration of environmental, social and corporate governance factors throughout our investment process and during our stewardship of portfolio companies is both ethically right and fundamental both to our investment strategy and to long-term value creation.
For more details on our Responsible Investment Policy, please contact us.
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