Capital D

Capital D is a next generation private equity fund manager investing in mid-market businesses that will be the winners of the disruption economy.

Our focus

We invest in disruptive companies with a proven business model and underlying profitability in the European mid-market.

We seek businesses run by entrepreneurial, agile management teams, on a mission to disrupt their industries.

We define the European mid-market as companies with an enterprise value of €30m to €250m. We invest equity cheques of €20m to €60m and can write larger ones with co-investors.

A new approach

Capital D pioneered a new approach to investing combining three integrated competencies: intelligence, investment and impact, which we characterise as the next generation of private equity investing. First came financial engineering where deleveraging was the main source of returns. Second came sector-focused funds and value-added private equity where real operational expertise became a key differentiator. In today’s disrupted world, private equity rigour and deep sector knowledge need to be supplemented with new levers of value creation: agility and purpose. This requires three integrated skillsets: Intelligence, Investment, Impact.

Our unique set-up and combination of skills makes us distinctive on 3 dimensions.

Intelligence

We derive better Intelligence through a proprietary innovation engine sourced from a network of > 21,000 individuals from > 190 countries (Springwise), combined with our deep industry knowledge to spot disruptive trends and to identify emerging winners.

Investment

Our Investment team is led by seasoned private equity professionals with complementary skills and languages, a combined experience of fifty five years across eight funds and a track record in teaming up with founders and sourcing and executing deals across Europe.

Impact

We Impact our companies by applying a differentiated value creation approach and help them with their growing pains. Our value-add is based on the levers of tomorrow: agility and purpose, enabled by technology and digital. We blend private equity, digital transformation & sustainability (Re_Set), strategic advice and operating experience.

The integration of these three competencies gives Capital D a competitive edge in today’s disrupted world, with the agility to adapt to disruption and a focus on purposeful growth as the key USP to create value.