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Sofina Société Anonyme is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in direct and fund of funds investments. Within direct investments, it specializes in growth capital, early, startup, later stages, mature, emerging growth, mid venture, late venture, industry consolidation, and LBO investments. The firm primarily invests in portfolio of companies that engages in digital transformation, consumer & retail, education, healthcare, energy and services, e-commerce, consumer goods, digital, satellite operations, industry, finance companies, and financial services worldwide. It also invests in the media, communications, insurance, property development sectors. The firm typically invests in European based companies with a global exposure, and it also has a particular focus on companies based in Western Europe and Asia such as in India, China and South East Asia and also in the United States. It invests between ?75 million ($84.81 million) and ?300 million ($339.2 million) in companies with an enterprise value between ?250 million ($282.7 million) and ?4500 million ($5088.41 million) in minority investments, and ?15 million ($16.96 million) and ?50 million ($56.54 million) in companies operating in emerging markets or fast growing sectors. It invests in privately owned and listed companies. It invests in private companies to support growth, finance acquisitions, give liquidity to existing shareholders/families, support sales processes, and make minority investment alongside shareholders controlling shareholders and in listed companies for replacement of existing shareholder, long term support of controlling shareholders, and delisting. Within fund of funds, the firm focuses on private equity, venture capital and growth equity funds, and selected relationships in buyout and special situations. It also manages funds in the fields of private equity and hedge funds. It typically invests in the US, Europe and Asia, and also concentrates on emerging markets. The firm makes between ?10 million ($11.31 million) and ?40 million ($45.23 million) commitments in funds. The firm prefers to hold a minority ownership equity in its portfolio companies and also seeks board seat. The firm also prefers majority stake and co-invests. It typically holds its investments for ten to twelve years. Sofina Société Anonyme was founded in 1980 and is based in Brussels, Belgium with additional offices in Luxembourg and Singapore.


The company was founded in 1898. It was led from 1905 until 1955 by the Belgian-American engineer of German origin Dannie Heineman . Historically, the company owned the Anglo-Argentine Tramways Company, which was one of the largest tram operators in the world at the time. From 1955 on, the current family shareholders started to invest. Yves Boël is appointed Director in 1956. In 1964, the Boël family took control together with Société Générale de Belgique.

Key Team

Mr. Victor Casier (Member of Exec. Committee)

Mr. Edward Johan Koopman (Member of the Exec. Committee)

Mr. Wauthier de Bassompierre (Gen. Sec. & Member of Exec. Committee)

Mr. Jean-François Lambert (Head of Operations)

Emilie van de Walle de Ghelcke (Head of Legal)

Mr. Pascal Bossiroy (Head of HR)

Ms. Carine Leroy (Head of Talent)

Leadership team

Mr. Harold Y. H. Boel (CEO, Member of the Exec. Committee & Director)

Mr. Francois Gillet (Chief Investment Officer & Member of Exec. Committee)

Mr. Xavier Coirbay (Member of Exec. Committee)

Products/ Services
Finance, Financial Services, FinTech
Number of Employees
50 - 100
Brussels, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium
Net Income
1B - 20B
Above - 1B
Traded as
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Sun Mar 03 2024

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