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Tikehau Capital appointed to manage Belgian Recovery Fund

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Tikehau Capital, a global alternative asset management group, present in Belgium since 2015, has been appointed by the Belgian federal authorities to manage the Belgian Recovery Fund, which will allocate up to EUR350 million to finance Belgian companies negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

This mandate confirms Tikehau Capital’s active role to finance Europe’s economic recovery.

Following a broad international consultation, the Federal Holding and Investment Company (“SFPI-FPIM”) appointed Tikehau Investment Management, Tikehau Capital’s asset management subsidiary, as manager of the Belgian Recovery Fund, to support the Belgian economy and businesses across the country.

The fund will grant subordinated and/or convertible loans over the next five years to companies active in Belgium. The SFPI-FPIM will commit €100 million in the fund, and up to EUR250 million will be raised from Belgian and international institutional investors.

This success is a recognition of the expertise of Tikehau Capital’s local investment teams, led by Edouard Chatenoud, Head of Benelux, which have an established track record in financing Belgian companies.

Tikehau Capital is already involved in several similar initiatives in Europe and this success confirms its role as a key player in financing the economy and the post-Covid recovery.

Antoine Flamarion and Mathieu Chabran, co-founders of Tikehau Capital, says: “Tikehau Capital is committed to playing a leading role in financing the economic recovery in Europe and we recognise the importance of this project for the Belgian economy and employment in the region. This initiative has a particular resonance for Tikehau Capital as Belgium is one of the first countries in which we established an on-the-ground presence, and we are delighted to receive the support of the Belgian government and the nation’s federal institutions. It is an honour to offer the expertise of our pioneering private debt teams for this ambitious programme and share our experience in managing public funds through this public-private partnership to drive Belgium’s economic recovery.”

According to Koen Van Loo, CEO, and Céline Vaessen, Chief Investment Officer, at SFPI-FPIM: “Since the beginning of the pandemic, SFPI-FPIM has injected more than €400 million to support several dozen Belgian companies in its historical investment sectors such as aeronautics and life sciences, which were strongly impacted by the health crisis. We have also continued to invest in the recovery, with new participations such as Univercells and ExeVir Bio, which are developing solutions related to vaccination and anti-Covid treatments. Following a market consultation, we are delighted to have chosen Tikehau Capital to manage the Belgian Recovery Fund, given its solid track record in Belgium and the expertise of their teams.”

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