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The Batipart Group is a leading investment firm in Europe. Batipart invests in companies throughout Europe, Africa and Asia with headquarters in Paris, and affiliate offices in Luxembourg and Hong Kong.

The Batipart Group was founded in 1988 by Charles Ruggieri during the reorganization of the French steel industry and its non-core holdings in the 1980s. The Company became one of the leading players in the consolidation of the French real estate market in the 1980s and 1990s. Batipart led the creation of Foncière des Régions ("FDR"), which is today one of the leading REITs in Europe. FDR's consolidated portfolio includes more than €15Bn of assets under management, with more than 70% in office assets. FDR is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris (FR0000064578 -FDR).

In 2001, Batipart began to diversify its holdings and acquired a small assisted living operator. Through a combination of acquisitions and organic growth, the platform became Korian, France's leading operator of full-service care facilities for elderly and dependent persons. As of December 31, 2010, Korian operated 220 facilities with more than 22,000 beds in France, Germany and Italy. Total 2010 gross revenue was in excess of €922MM. Korian is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris (FR0010386334 -KORI).


Beginning in 2006, Batipart established Batipart Participations. This branch of Batipart focuses on management buyouts, recapitalizations, and growth equity investments in leading European middle-market companies. Investments include a 35% stake in Jardiland, France's leading gardening-supply retailer and a 35% stake in Groupe Proméo, a real estate developer in Southern France and a leading campsite operator.

In 2007, Batipart established a subsidiary in Asia, Fond Light Limited. ("Fond Light"). Fond Light has offices in Hong Kong and is focused on the production and distribution of long-term homecare medical and industrial products.

The Batipart Group has developed strong relationships with leading institutional and financial investors over the past 20 years. These investors, including U.S.-based institutions such as General Electric and Morgan Stanley, as well as European institutions such as the Crédit Agricole Group, AXA and Generali, provide equity capital and co-invest alongside Batipart. The Company's established financing relationships include major European and international players, such as Société Générale, Crédit Agricole and HSBC.

Batipart's relationships are long-standing in nature, marked by recurring investments and attractive returns for investors. Since Batipart's founding in 1988, equity investors have contributed more than €3Bn in equity capital to transactions undertaken by the Company. Providers of debt capital have contributed in excess of €11Bn to Batipart transactions.

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