“Sweet spot” of €50m to €150m in growth equity transactions
No / limited leverage
Places deals below the radar of leading Leverage Buyout PE funds
Makes investments that do not always fit traditional PE firms models due to exit and structuring constraints
Focus on deals in consumer-related sectors and regions where we have direct expertise
We have an established international track record and network we can leverage in the consumer, retail and digital sectors. Kharis Capital primarily backs US and European brands with international and scalability potential.
Explore deals others cannot (easily) do
Family-owned or controlled assets
Taking public companies private
Roll-outs, platform or consolidation deals
These are investments far more suitable for our long-term added-value partnership-driven model
Building true partnerships
We choose a new approach to partnership. Not constrained by a portfolio logic or restrictive time horizons, we can truly invest to support ambitious entrepreneurs. Kharis builds and manages true partnerships by selecting great companies and teams and seeking an influential role, either as a large minority or majority investor.
We help drive innovation and growth by exploiting barriers to entry and the companies' differentiating factors, such as market share or brand. Most importantly, we support entrepreneurs to generate long term sustainable value.
Passion for brands and technology
We recognize the value of brands especially for companies in direct and constant contact with end consumers. Building and developing brands, increasingly involves using innovative and agile technology solutions. The best strategies require time, discipline and a “touch of magic” to guarantee long term value creation.
Create genuine platform of brands are ingrained within our DNA as we have spent years building and growing them both offline and through digital media.
Growth, internationalization and digital
Working with a vast network of family offices, advisors and partners enables us to provide unique support to help companies develop their businesses and grow both domestically and abroad. Our past experiences include geographic expansion, product innovation, and operational improvements.
FINANCING OF BURGER KING S.E.E.
Kharis Capital’s team closed its first transaction, as master franchisor of Burger King in Poland, Italy, Greece and Romania. Our team wrote the business plan, hired the leadership and country teams and took control of existing restaurant network of more than 130 restaurants. In June 2015, we opened our first owned-and-operated outlets in Italy and Poland.
In 2016, Kharis acquired the evergreen rights for the local heritage brand Quick in Belgium and Luxembourg, including a network of about 100 restaurants. In parallel Kharis obtained the master franchise rights for Burger King in the two countries. The plan includes the launch of the Burger King brand in Belgium, the reinforcement of the Quick brand with a complementary positioning, the conversion of locations, the opening of new restaurants and the optimization of the network.
In 2016, Kharis participated in the take private of Valtech from the Paris stock exchange. Valtech is a leading digital marketing firm addressing transformational business challenges of blue-chip companies and global brands. Valtech pursues a high growth trajectory by broadening its offering and strengthening its global presence, both organically and through M&A.
In 2018, Kharis acquired a majority stake in the French restaurant chain O'Tacos alongside the founders, with a dedicated plan to accelerate the international development of the brand. Between the opening of its first restaurant in 2011 and 2018, O'Tacos increased its restaurant footprint to about 220 locations in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
RIGONI DI ASIAGO
Founded in 1923, Rigoni di Asiago is an Italian family-owned company at the forefront of sustainable, organic farming. Rigoni produces and commercialises in over 30 countries organic sweet spreads, including Fiordifrutta, Nocciolata and Mielbio, honey from the best production areas of Italy. The company has been a pioneer and innovator on the European organic food market with high quality products. In 2018, Kharis Capital partnered with the Rigoni family and invested in Rigoni di Asiago, through the acquisition of a minority stake held by an Italian institutional investor and a capital increase to allow the company to further develop, especially internationally.