Gilles Mougenot began his career as a legal advisor. He has been a recognized player in the French private equity market since 1984, when he created the business reconciliation service of the ANCE, the National Agency for the Creation of Businesses. In 1985, he joined Initiative et Finance, one of the pioneers of the LBO in France at its inception and participated in its development. He has participated in more than 30 transactions. In 1990, Gilles Mougenot was one of the founders of Argos Soditic, now Argos Wityu. He notably led the buy-outs of UAE Ecarlate (Spotless group), De Pareil au Même, Saime, Roc, Eclerc, Alkan, Revima in France, Lineas and Gantrex in Belgium, and Future Groep in the Netherlands. In 2003, he was appointed President of France Invest for the year 2003/2004. Gilles Mougenot graduated from the Institute of Comparative Law and holds a DESS degree in Business Law. He is also a member of the Investment Committee of the Capmezzanine fund in Morocco.
Gilles Mougenot former president of France Invest 2003-2004
France Invest, through its mission relating to ethics, and the control and development of market practice, is one of the two associations recognized by the AMF (Autorité des Marchés Financiers). One of the AMF's conditions for accreditation is that management companies be members of France Invest. She is a member of the AFECEI (French Association of Credit Institutions and Investment Firms). It is the only professional association specializing in the private equity business.
Argos Wityu is an independent pan european private equity group established in Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Luxembourg, Milan and Paris , active in the transfer of medium-sized companies.
The funds managed by Argos Wityu t take majority stakes in companies, totaling about 1 billion euros asset under management and over 100 million euros of EBITDA.
Our approach of investment privileges the transformation and the growth of the companies with the leverage effect and makes it possible to solve complex situations: MBI, spin-offs, shareholder conflicts, ... Our philosophy is characterized by a strong proximity with the team leaders, an entrepreneurial spirit and values of transparency and a high awareness of social responsibility.
Argos Wityu is a member of EVCA, FRANCE INVEST (France), AIFI (Italy), SECA (Switzerland) and BVA (Belgium). Argos Wityu France is approved by the AMF and subject to the AIFM Directive.
Emmanuel Cassimatis is a Partner and covers EMEA investment activities for the SAP.iO fund, an early stage co-investment fund of SAP, with +25 investments worldwide. In his career, Emmanuel has been a small cap investor at different Venture Capital and Private Equity investment funds in Europe. He was also an entrepreneur three times with some successful exits in the web (Eglued), energy (Egg-Energy) and ngo (Paper for All) areas. He is a visiting professor for Private Equity Buyouts at the Edhec Finance Master and has been a writer of several books including ‘The Accelerating World: Speed vs. Control’. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ulrich Hege is Professor at TSE (Toulouse School of Economics) since January 2016 and its Vice-President since December 2017, and he was Director of TSE in 2016-2017. Prior to joining TSE, he was Professor and Associate Dean at HEC Paris. He has also held previous faculty positions at Tilburg University (Netherlands) and ESSEC (Paris), and has been a Visiting Associate Professor at London Business School and at New York University Stern School of Business. He earned M.A. degrees in Economics from the University of Frankfurt (Germany) in 1989 and from Princeton University in 1992, and received a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Princeton University in 1994 with a doctoral thesis on financial contracting. His main research area is in Financial Economics, but he also worked on questions in contract theory, regulation, and in law and economics. A particular focus of his research is corporate finance, where he has worked and extensively published on topics such as mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity, corporate governance, debt restructuring and bankruptcy. His research has been published in the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, Rand Journal of Economics, Journal of Business, Review of Finance, Harvard Business Review, and in other international journals.
Professor Philippe Raimbourg heads the Sorbonne School of Management at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. This school has nearly 35oo students and a faculty of sixty teachers. Within this school, he is the direct director of two diplomas: the "Magistère de Finance" and the Master of Financial Engineering. He is also an affiliated professor at ESCP and has regularly taught at the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne and Bocconi University in Milan. Finally, he is an associate senior advisor to BM&A.