Demeter Partners

About: Demeter Partners, an AMF-accredited independent asset management company, manages funds investing capital in SMEs in the eco-industries sector (water, waste, polluted sites) and in the eco-energies sector (renewable energies, energy efficiency, environmentally-friendly buildings). Founded in Paris in June 2005, Demeter Partners is a pioneer in France in the Cleantechs’ field. The first FCPR Demeter fund manages assets of €105 million invested entirely in 22 companies. The FCPR Demeter 2 fund is targeting €200 million. Demeter Partners has offices in Paris, Madrid and Berlin.

Key Personnel:
Olivier Dupont, Chairman of the Board
Partner: Stéphane Villecroze, Sophie Paturle, Michel Ronc, Lionel Cormier

IGIP, SolFocus, Burgeap, Le Floch Group, Solaire Direct, 3S Soluciones y Sistemas Solares, TREZ, Panosol, JMB Energie, Sulfurcell, FCT (subsidiary companies Controlab and Testwell), Ambene, Eurener, Ternois, Ventilation Industrielle de Bretagne, Green Gas, IES Synergy, Aerowatt, Vergnet Groupe, Paprec Group, Methaneo, Caléa, Artesys

News: On 24 July, 2009, Demeter Partners, a Paris-based European private equity firm, announced the intermediate closing of Demeter 2 at €182M. Demeter Partners is dedicated to expansion capital operations, but to early stage operations and majority acquisitions as well, in eco-energies and eco-industries in France and other European countries. The fund was launched on November 18th 2008 with a target size of €200 million and a 1st closing at €125 million. Demeter 2 is the successor fund to Demeter, a fund of €105 million fully invested as of today. Investors in Demeter 2 include 2 sponsors (CDC Entreprises, IFP Investissements), about ten faithful investors already present in the 1st Demeter Fund (the main are Robeco, Cardif, CIC, CNP Assurances), but new investors as well: Total, Crédit Coopératif, Dahlia, European Investment Fund (EIF), GDF Suez, Pictor (a fund in which members of the Halley Family are invested) and Neotec (Spanish Fund of Fund).

On 9 July 2009, Demeter Partners carried out the 3rd investment of Demeter 2 by bringing 7 million dollars to SolFocus Inc., based in California, on the occasion of Series C funding amounting to $77.6 million. This round table was led by Apex Venture Partners, a management company based in Chicago. Follow-on participants in the round included New Enterprise Associates (NEA) who led the A and B Rounds for the company, NGEN Partners and Yellowstone Capital. New investors in the round include Demeter Partners, affiliates of Advanced Equities, and others.