BSI Europe becomes EFG Bank Luxembourg

EFG International completes integration of BSI in Luxembourg

Zurich, 3 May 2017
EFG International today announces that it has completed the legal and operational integration of BSI in Luxembourg by way of a merger, including the BSI branch in Italy.
In line with the previously announced gradual process to integrate BSI into EFG, the acquired business from BSI’s entity in Luxembourg, including the BSI branch in Italy, has been migrated to EFG Bank in Luxembourg.

BSI (Europe) S.A, the official name of BSI in Luxembourg, is now legally and operationally integrated into EFG Bank (Luxembourg) S.A. The combined business has its registered office in 56, Grand-Rue, L- 1660 Luxembourg, and will now operate in the market solely under the EFG name.

By way of this merger, EFG further strengthens its presence in Luxembourg, remaining focused on providing superior service with a long-term perspective in wealth and asset management.
With this step, the EFG brand will also be introduced in Italy for the first time. For the combined business, Italy is one of the strategic markets, and EFG is present in Milan, Como and Genoa.

EFG International is a global private banking group offering private banking and asset management services and is headquartered in Zurich. EFG International’s group of private banking businesses operates in around 40 locations worldwide. Its registered shares (EFGN) are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.
EFG International AG, Bleicherweg 8, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland
www.efginternational.com

Xeon International Capital Partners announces the launch of a new Waste Recovery Fund called WANANCAP

The new fund WANANCAP will be a dedicated fund of the Luxembourg regulated Xeon Fund Sicav-SIF S.C.A., with investment policy focused on global alternative energy investments.

Luxembourg. Xeon international Capital Partners announced the launch of a new Waste Recovery Fund called WANANCAP. The fund is a logical extension of Xeon Fund’s commitment towards sustainable Impact investment, says Giancarlo d’Elia, CEO of Xeon International Capital Partners, the General Partner of Xeon Fund.

WANAN World Enterprises is the appointed Investment Advisor for WANANCAP to structure and develop a comprehensive waste management system, capable of converting municipal waste into multi-use building materials and a patented clean burning secondary coal substitute called Stabilat. The solid recovered fuel Stabilat® has a low water content which makes it ideal for thermochemical conversion processes such as gasification. “The aim is generating a clean fuel for electricity producers and the cement industry, in Puerto Rico; all of them heavily dependent on the importation of coal and petroleum. The strategy will contribute to Puerto Rico diminishing its dependency on import from abroad.” says Mr. Wade A. Carter President and CEO of Wanan World Enterprises

In 2014, Sotheby’s International said: “Few places on earth offer a return on investment the way Puerto Rico does. With an ever-growing array of services and emerging industries, success will be partially but directly attributable to the incentives available. In order to bolster a diversified economy, the local government has created an aggressive economic and tax incentives program with the purpose of helping operations on the island become more profitable to those companies who establish themselves here”.

Investment opportunity

“We have the buy-in from the leading decision makers to develop those solid waste conversion plants. We have been granted the right to manage a major landfill for a period of 50 years, with other landfill agreements currently under discussion. These landfills are the feedstock of the waste conversion plants.” says Wade

As such WANANCAP will deploy existing and proven production units supplied by top-notch German technology. The used technology is already fully proven through 50 existing composting plants (worldwide) and in 8 Stabilat plants. Each of these plants works reliably, efficiently and economically.
“The summary of the waste treatment technology is, to transform the non-recyclable component of waste into energy, producing a secondary fuel called Stabilat with a low emission level and a climate protecting fuel through the 2/3 organic content of the Stabilat.” comments Mr.Carter

“The key innovation of this waste treatment technology is the Stabilat process, the improved and modified in-vessel-drying system with computer controlled forced aeration. In this system, a biological drying process is performed, followed by several separation steps in the mechanical part of the plant.
Optionally, the technology can be directed to use the same organic component to manufacture either gas or liquid methane.”

“The Investment Advisor has an agreement to roll out the technology in Puerto Rico, and has himself developed a patent process (patent pending) to improve the technology, for which he will collaborate directly with the plant manufacturer. This innovation consists of processing non-conventional and specialized recyclables, to produce building and construction, material.” according to Wade

“The investment for one such a plant ranges from US$150 to 220 million depending on the required municipality capacity. The landfill will serve as the feedstock while the electricity off-takers are the national electricity corporation, cement kilns, etc.” comments Mr. David Vaillancourt -CFO at Wanan World Enterprises

“For the financing of the project, WANANCAP intends to utilize the services of Xeon International Corporate Finance. Indeed, provided that WANANCAP has secured technology, feedstock and off-take agreements, Xeon International Corporate Finance, the financial advisor of the Fund, will raise the debt and equity investment targets. The investors have clearly been identified and are waiting for the relevant Investment Memorandum and Due Diligence to be presented.” according to David

Strong Investment outline

“Projected IRR’s are expected to be in mid-30%, even without the benefit of a variety of financial incentives, and the RoE is highly attractive, above 25% which is our major investors’ appeal.” according to David

Xeon Fund SIF SICAV SCA was founded back in 2011 and is a Private Equity umbrella fund with 3 Sub-funds. The fund has been awarded for its Corporate Social and environmental investment strategy.It operates from Luxembourg and is authorised by the Luxembourg regulator CSSF with Visa 2015/101265-7225-0-PC.

Xeon International is the initiator of Xeon Fund and aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Corporate Finance – Private Equity – Advisory and Personal Advisory services.

Xeon international appoints Mr. Segev as its Partner for International Business development

Xeon International HQ Luxembourg announced the appointment of Mr. Meir Segev to boost the International development of Xeon international.

“”We are so thrilled that Meir has accepted to join our International Partner team. I really can’t think of anyone more experienced and qualified to develop our International Business” comments Paul Feher, Chief Corporate Finance Officer at Xeon International.

“At Xeon International, it is our on-going strategy to steadily grow the number of quality Partners across global markets. Meir’s international track record, business acumen and high level relationships both in the public and private sectors are key elements that will be instrumental for him to successfully develop new business opportunities in target markets whilst increasing the Xeon International brand presence worldwide. Our global business model will always remain focused on delivering world class local service and will be fully supported by our South East European Subsidiary and knowledge centre” according to Paul.

Meir adds “ My international business development strategy at Xeon International will be focused on two main drivers – identifying new Corporate Finance clients in the need of international reach and ensuring local presence and service – when combined together, these drivers will deliver the results we are looking for”

Mr. Segev is an experienced and accomplished management executive having spent over 30 years as a senior manager in both governmental and private sectors. Over the last 14 years, Meir has served as CEO, Board Member and Chairman of several international companies.

Outside of these respective roles, Meir has been dealing with international project financing as well as successfully representing the interest of Chinese companies seeking overseas investments.

Meir holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The Haifa University in Israel and is a graduate of The Wharton Advanced Management Program at Penn University.

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within three functional areas: Project Financing and M&A – Fund Management – Growth Management.

Xeon International is the initiator of Xeon Fund. Xeon Fund SIF SICAV SCA was founded back in 2011 and is a Private Equity umbrella fund with 3 Sub-funds. The fund has been awarded for its Corporate Social and environmental investment strategy.The fund concentrates on Alternative Energies, Water Production and Real Estate. It operates from Luxembourg and is authorised by the Luxembourg regulator CSSF with Visa 2015/101265-7225-0-PC.

NES appoints Xeon International for a new Mandate in the Industrial Waste Management

Xeon International appointed as Financial Advisor of NES.

LUXEMBOURG, Xeon International, an international business value creation company established in Luxembourg in 2003, announced the acquisition of a new Corporate Finance mandate in the Industrial Waste Recycling Industry.

Paul Feher, Chief Corporate Finance Officer at Xeon International comments: “NES is committed to a complete Industrial Waste recovery and to a closed-loop recycling system. Recycling valuable materials became a pressing world challenge and our client responds to this need with a state-of-the-art closed circuit installation that will have unmatched efficiency. The project is seeking for a debt financing contract of €56 million.”

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Corporate Finance – Private Equity – Advisory and Personal Advisory services.

Xeon International Capital Partners appoints new Risk Manager for XEON FUND

Xeon International Capital Partners appoints Crestbridge Management as its new and independent risk manager of Xeon fund.

Crestbridge has a special focus on alternative investments and disposes of the skills to understand the thematic linked to this asset class.
In Luxembourg, Crestbridge S.A. and Crestbridge Management Company S.A. (together “Crestbridge Luxembourg”), fully owned subsidiaries of the Jersey parent provide for corporate secretarial, corporate governance and administration services to regulated as well as non-regulated fund structures and 3rd party management company services to regulated funds.

Offices are located in the centre of Luxembourg with qualified staff with experience in company administration, spanning from non regulated vehicles such as Soparfi to regulated vehicles, such as SIFs, Part II funds, SICARs and UCITS funds.
They specialise in providing tailored solutions to clients by aligning their business to their clients and developing long-term partnerships.

Crestbridge Management Company S.A. manages approximately €5.2bn for its clients, of which €3 .1bn in real estate and infrastructure (debt, direct, FoF), €800m in private equity, €500m in fixed income, other debt instruments and financial assets and €800m UCITS (plain vanilla and alternative).

Ludivine Nicolai, Associate Director, Risk Management will be supervising the risk management. Ludivine has been active in the financial sector in Luxembourg since 2004, in particular in the Risk Management area. She is also experienced in the IT area.

Xeon Fund SIF SICAV SCA was founded back in 2011 and is a Private Equity umbrella fund with 3 Sub-funds. The fund has been awarded for its Corporate Social and environmental investment strategy.The fund concentrates on Alternative Energies, Water Production and Real Estate. It operates from Luxembourg and is authorised by the Luxembourg regulator CSSF with Visa 2015/101265-7225-0-PC.

Xeon International is the initiator of Xeon Fund and aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Corporate Finance – Private Equity – Advisory and Family Office services.

Xeon International spoke with the founders of NODDS

What is NODDS ?
DR: NODDS is a Corporate Social Responsible (CSR) technology start-up aiming at reducing the number of deaths caused by long response time in emergency situations.
We aim at optimising the emergency response and reduce the time between the incident and the first aide arrival, particularly in sudden cardiac arrest where each second counts.
The first two to three minutes after an SCA are crucial. It is typically during that time that NODDS emergency can intervene and save lives as opposed to traditional emergency services. NODDS also acts as virtual emergency assistant that gives real-time guidance to helpers in the case of an Alert. The platform can be extended in the future to other types of Alert management such as first help for Fire, Robbery or Aggression alerts.

How did you, Mr. Repelowicz, came up with the founding idea ?
DR: I have acquired a significant experience in the distribution of medical devices in the fields of cardiology and orthopaedic.
My observation is that we live in a world where the average survival rate after a sudden cardiac arrest is 5% globally. The response to Sudden Cardiac Arrest accidents is not satisfying. We can not leave the situation unchallenged, knowing that it is possible to save thousands of lives every year.
With today’s new technology, smartphones and connected objects, we have the power to change people’s life.

How would it work?
DR:NODDS is a cross-platform artificial intelligence solution that aims to significantly improve emergency responses in the event of an SCA by identifying and empowering the environment and nearby trained users who are able to respond quickly and provide assistance.

What is the situation of NODDS today?
TG: NODDS is based in Luxembourg. We have been developing a connected solution for 1 year now. The complexity of the project is to find the scalable way to provide a complete and easy solution. We need a smart alert system using new technology.
We are, currently, developing a solution that mixes mobile application and connected objets.

How would you formulate the company goals?
DR: Our first goal is to cut intervention times by developing a smart solution train people to act right when an emergency occurs. Learning is the key for a better emergency management.
Our ambition is to become the number 1 emergency alert system around the world.

NODDS, has been created to address the number of fatal “Sudden Cardiac Arrests (SCA)”, also know as “Sudden Death” which is today the second largest cause of mortality in the world.
NODDS is seeking for early stage investors to roll-out its next steps of development.

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Corporate Finance – Private Equity – Advisory and Family Office services.

Interview with Mr. Giancarlo d’Elia, CEO of Xeon Fund.

Mr. d’Elia, looking at your investment portfolio, it seems that it is quite differentiated, spanning from the water treatment to the bio-ethanol manufacturing.

Why investing in bio-ethanol?
Xeon Fund is a social responsible investor and when selecting the new investment targets we are led by three main criteria:
1. The profitability for our investors
2. The social impact in terms of improvement of the life standards in the communities where the fund invests
3. The environmental impact, in terms of neutrality of the investment or even better making a clear contribution to the environment.

Enercap investments in the bio-ethanol cover all the above-mentioned principles.
Furthermore the demand for bio-ethanol is larger than the current offer and in the next decade the gap is going to increase due also to the blending mandates imposing larger percentage of bio-ethanol in the fuel we buy at the gas station. Today we are between 5 and 10%, the trend is to go up to 20%.

Where are you making the bio-ethanol investments?

Bio-ethanol is an alcohol and for the distillation process you need a starch-rich crop. Most of the manufacturers traditionally use corn or sugar cane.
Enercap has decided to go for an alternative solution, which is more sustainable and environmentally friendly: a non-edible cassava variant.
The main advantage of cassava is that it grows abundantly in sub-tropical countries and is not in competition with edible crops like corn, “fuelling” the debate about “food for tank”.

For the first investments we looked at South-East Asia and we selected the Philippines for the climate and the business environment.
Other sub-tropical countries are on the plate.

What about the Real Estate strategy of Xeon Fund?

Well, we would say we have the full in-house expertise in evaluating and managing investments in the hospitality industry. This is the sector we are currently busy with.
A large investment is currently under way in an exclusive resort in Europe.

Nevertheless we envisage keeping an opportunistic approach to the Real Estate and we make sure we adopt a broader scope in the analysis of the market.
We look also at distressed properties and on a case per case basis we decide to go for it or not.

For doing so we have a dedicated advisory board made of seasoned specialists and professionals advising the board of the fund.

What is to be understood under “water treatment”?

Water treatment means water desalination and water purification.
The fund’s investments aim at providing the water supply to municipalities in regions of the world suffering under water scarcity.
They are mostly locate din the MENA region.

The access to water is a key factor for the local development and in extreme cases it can seriously endanger the living standards of the local populations.

The water related projects are another example of Social Responsible Investments “made by Xeon Fund”.

Xeon Fund SIF SICAV SCA was founded back in 2011 and is a Private Equity umbrella fund with 3 Sub-funds. The fund has been awarded for its Corporate Social and environmental investment strategy.The fund concentrates on Alternative Energies, Water Production and Real Estate. It operates from Luxembourg and is authorised by the Luxembourg regulator CSSF with Visa 2015/101265-7225-0-PC.

Xeon International is the initiator of Xeon Fund and aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Corporate Finance – Private Equity – Advisory and Family Office services.

Dr. Kuhn and Mr. Cornehl from ENERCAP on BIO Fuel Innovations

Dr. Kuhn and Mr. Cornehl, Directors at ENERCAP answer to some frequently asked questions about the Unique Selling Points (USP‘s) of the ENERCAP project.

Question: What makes ENERCAP unique?
Dr.Kuhn: The Business Model of ENERCAP combines two different branches industries in an ideal complementary manner:
Production of Bioethanol as Biofuel & Thermal Use of Fractionated Waste (RDF – Refuse Derived Fuels)
The entire production operates energetically completely independent. The RDF Power Plant delivers 100% of the required amount of heat and electricity. The surplus Electricity Production will be delivered and sold into the public power grid. There is a huge shortage of electricity in the Philippines outside the metropoles.

Question: Many investors seems to have been disappointed by Waste to Energy investments ending up with poor efficiency.
Mr. Cornehl: The combined heat and power (CHP) increases the efficiency of power plants significantly by the use of the whole heat energy. ENERCAP’s efficiency will be about 75 – 80% (for comparison: Modern power plants in GER reach c. 40%!), and makes it to one of the most effective and most sustainable power plants worldwide.

Question: How would that work?
Dr.Kuhn: The technology used in the RDF Power Plant allows the variable use of the heat energy to generate electricity. When there is reduced demand for heat in the bioethanol production process, it increases the electricity production (e.g. during maintenance work in the Bioethanol-Plant).

Question:What else did you consider?
Dr.Kuhn: 3 equal lines of the RDF Power Plant are adapted to the energy requirement of the 3-line Bioethanol Plant. This results in a high level of redundancy, flexibility and availability of the systems. This is a great risk mitigation factor as opposed to traditional single line manufacturing concepts.

Question: Does that mean that you are a co-generation plant?
Mr. Cornehl: Absolutely not. We are a kind of “super” co-generation plant.Unlike to “normal” co-generation plants for the production of bioethanol ENERCAP does not use the residues of energy crops for the generation of heat and electricity (→ e.g. biogas, combustion of Sugarcane-Bagasse). The use of RDF as an energy source in the power plant allows the drying of the fermentation residues to a valuable, high-protein feedstuff for farm animals (about 240,000 t / a DDCS).
Therefore ENERCAP will receive a credit for 240,000 t / a DDCS (Dried Distiller’s Cassava with Solubles) in form of soybean-equivalents when assessing the CO2-balance of bioethanol due to the supplementation of other protein feedstuffs in farm animal nutrition.

Question: How environmental friendly is ENERCAP
Dr.Kuhn: The use of alternative fuels (RDF) in the project of ENERCAP is extremely environment friendly:
– The thermal use of RDF reduces the huge amounts of waste in landfills (Manila → 8,000 t / day)
– The equipment of the RDF Power Plant achieves 50% reduced emissions than the strongest environmental legislation worldwide (Federal Pollution Control Act in GER)

Question: Are you reducing the overall Carbon Footprint?
Mr. Cornehl: The use of RDF in energy production has an extremely positive impact on the CO2-balance and the sustainability of the therewith produced bioethanol. The CO2-balance is calculative comparable to Biomass Power Plants.
Example: The CO2-Footprint of plastic packaging are dedicated to the User or Manufacturer of plastic packaging, and not to the Thermal Utilization in a Power Plant.

Question: Why do you use the Cassava?
Dr.Kuhn: The use of Cassava (also Manioc or Tapioca) is extremely economical due to its high starch content, environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Cassava can be cultivated very easily and without much effort. Also we do not want to be recognized as a “Food for Fuel”player. We explicitly did not want to use Corn based, neither sugar cane based raw materials.

Question: What is the social impact created by ENERCAP’s investment?
Mr. Cornehl: ENERCAP’s demand creates a new market for energy crops in the Philippines. Additionally, thousands new (skilled and unskilled) jobs in agriculture, waste manage-ment and transport industry will be backed up and created new. Thus, the migration from the land to the cities in the Philippines can be counteracted.

Question: Is there not a risk that your plant depends completely on one resource produced by the farmers?
Dr.Kuhn: ENERCAP’s „Multi-Feed Concept” allows the use of different energy crops in parallel for the production of bioethanol. ENERCAP can use besides Cassava other starch- or sugar-rich energy crops as raw material (e.g. Maize, Batatas, Sweet Sorghum, etc.) Additionally, ENERCAP will work very closely with the Department of Agriculture (DA) of the Philippines.

Question: Who are you competing with?
Mr. Cornehl: In the Philippines, bioethanol is produced almost only from Sugar Cane. These systems can not use any other energy crops, because they have no conditioning-unit for the use of enzymes. However, yeasts can ferment only Monosaccharides to ethanol. They are not able to saccharify starch.
Originally, the production of bioethanol in the Philippines was only used for the levy and processing of large quantities of Sugar Cane at low sugar prices. Therefore, the existing bioethanol plants are relatively small (typically 40 m³ ethanol / day → ENERCAP 1,050 m³ / day).

Question: Do you have an off-take agreement for the produced Bio-Ethanol?
Dr.Kuhn: ENERCAP’s bioethanol production covers about 90% of the current demand of the Philippines. The domestic bioethanol production is protected by tariffs. The promised PEZA status (Philippine Economic Zone Authority) allows the export of not required bioethanol tax-free e.g. to Japan. Additionally ENERCAP has a tax exemption during the first 6 years.

Question: What is the benefit for the Philippines?
Dr.Kuhn: ENERCAP’s bioethanol production reduces dependence on fossil fuels, especially in countries without oil reserves (→ many countries of SE-Asia). In contrast, this tropical and subtropical countries have excellent conditions for the production of energy crops for biofuel production due to their climate. In addition, e.g. in the Philippines, large parts of agricultural land are not cultivated.
The cultivation of cassava will be placed on additional, previously agricultural fallow land which is currently unused. It will not displace the traditional agriculture. The required areas for the cultivation of cassava for ENERCAP will be structured in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines, certified and scientifically accompanied.

Question: In a conclusion, what would be your summary?
Mr. Cornehl: All listed characteristics cause ENERCAP’s Bioethanol Production in cogeneration with the RDF Power Plant is the world’s most efficient, environment friendly and sustainable Biofuel-Concept. It has a modular design and can also be enlarged or reduced linewise. In addition, it can also be adapted to the special conditions in other countries.

Xeon International invited to the London Stock Exchange studio’s to talk about Corporate Social Responsibility investments

Investors are hungrier than ever for sustainable projects.

Socially and environmentally responsible investments are growing in the emerging market space. Yves Duponselle, CEO of Xeon International, and Giancarlo d’Elia, CEO of Xeon Fund, discuss on the rising demand for socially and environmentally responsible investment funds in the wake of successive financial crises.

Full transcript of the interview available at World Finance website

Xeon International acquires a new mandate within the social HealthCare Industry

LUXEMBOURG, Xeon International, an international business value creation company established in Luxembourg since 2003, announced the signature of a new Corporate Finance mandate in the Healthcare Industry.The mission includes the conceptualisation and launch of Nodds, a social online community that aims at reducing globally “sudden Cardiac Arrest” cases. The community will be based on providing a community service based on geo-location technology and connected objects detection.

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Corporate Finance – Private Equity – Advisory and Family Office services.
Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

Xeon Fund selects BSI Europe as new depositary bank

Xeon Fund has appointed BSI Europe S.A. (BSIE) as new depositary bank.
BSIE has a special focus on alternative investments and disposes of the skills to understand the thematic linked to this asset class.

Xeon Fund SIF SICAV SCA was founded back in 2011 and is a Private Equity umbrella fund with 3 Sub-funds. The fund has been awarded for its Corporate Social and environmental investment strategy.The fund concentrates on Alternative Energies, Water Production and Real Estate. It operates from Luxembourg and is authorised by the Luxembourg regulator CSSF with Visa 2015/101265-7225-0-PC.

Xeon International is the initiator of Xeon Fund and aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Corporate Finance – Private Equity – Advisory and Family Office services.

Xeon International files a claim against “Unknown”

Xeon International has recently been the victim of identity theft. Some wrong-doing individuals are claiming to hire a so-called Xeon International payroll assistant and are presenting themselves as Xeon international staff. For their purposes, they do not hesitate to falsify documents while using the logo and the content from Xeon International. They also use the names of Xeon international staff and sign falsely on their behalf.
Their appearance on recruitment websites such as Glassdoor are FALSE!

At Xeon International, we are clearly taking distance from those people who are bad in their intentions and who try to create reputational damage for all involved parties.

The best way to act, is to report the practices by sending a complaint to the local authorities. Please feel free to send us a copy of your complaint at info@xeon-international.com.

Finally we want to thank the many people who have been contacting us to report the scam. We can only encourage further support to help us getting those people out of “business”.

Below is a description of the scam pattern:

I recently received an email regarding a notice of a job interview from a certain Mr. George Walker who I assume is from the Human Resource Department at Xeon International. This was after I sent my résumé to Ms. Crystal Cale (HR Manager) as a response to a job post message she sent me through the job search website, www.jobsearch.gov.au.

I assumed that both Mr. Walker and Ms. Cale are employees of Xeon International, based on the information in the email and the attached web address which links to the Xeon International web page, http://xeon-international.com/about/mission.

Ms. Carly’s original message was regarding a job opening for an HR Manager job position to which I responded by emailing her my résumé through the email address she sent. After a day, Mr. George Walker responded to my email stating that they are looking for a Payroll Assistant; this got me confused because the initially job offer was for a HR Manager.

This got me very skeptical, along with the following:
1. The email account handler used by both contacts is too general “george_walker88@mail.com” and “crystal.cale@mail.com”, which is different from the email addresses used by your employees in your company website, “info@xeon-international.com”).

2. The way the email letter is composed is quite sketchy/ dodgy, especially that the composition is very different or written unprofessionally as compared to the company introduction.

3. The job description/ responsibilities of the said Payroll Assistant position are far different from the responsibilities of a common Payroll Assistant. Please see below, the said email from Mr. George Walker.

These are obvious red flags, but it would be best if you could clarify or confirm my assumptions that the job notice is possibly a fake one and that they are just using some of your company’s information or contact details.

Another reported scam pattern is the following:

Good morning!

I have received your letter from our employee and manager Lesa Morrissey.

My name is Margie Jackson. I am an expert in the field of Human Resources. I have specialized education and work experience in this field 12 years. I apologize for my not fast answer. Unfortunately due to the large number of candidates, I was able to contact with you only now.

I write to you to offer the job in our organization XEON International, in the position Payroll assistant associated with the assistance and support of our clients, the financial tasks, of simple administrative tasks and payment tasks. Thank you for your interest in position a Payroll assistant and attention to our company. We have reviewed your resume and are ready to interview you. Your experience suggests that you are qualified and valuable employee, and such people need for our company.

About us!
Xeon International is a boutique investment banking firm that offers financial advisory services. The firm provides merger, acquisition, growth management, corporate performance management, and deal structuring consulting services. Additionally, it offers business consulting and tax and legal advisory services. At the moment Xeon International is based in Luxembourg. Read more information about the our company.

About the our team!
Our team consist of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialization. This ensures rapid comprehension of the relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of the solutions.

Our company opens new business opportunities!
Some time ago, experts of our company carefully studied the global market, so that we can continue to successfully develop our business in other countries around the world. After a detailed study of world economic market, experts of our company singled out Australia as the most prosperous country for the successful development of our business. From that moment on, our company has strived to develop its business in Australia and maybe you will be able to help us in this!

Unfortunately, at the moment, our company has no active branches in Australia, but it is only a matter of time, we will decide in the near future. Our company is planning to open branches throughout Australia: New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia.

Our clients and investors invest in the future when employing our services to ensure long-term business growth and financial rewards. We invest in the future of our employees by providing professional training and competence development programs for our staff. We invest in our common future by actively supporting financial and educational aid programs for children worldwide.

Together, let’s make your dreams come reality!
And also you can visit Website of our company

To be a successful candidate for this position, you must complete the Application for Employment. You can obtain this document in the following letter, after you confirm your interest. If you have questions related to the work, you can ask me! Thank you again for your interest!

The company ratings on recruitment website such as Glassdoor are FALSE!

An era of change is needed.

Xeon International is an Investment boutique that provides a real alternative to existing financial models. Indeed over the last 15 years we all have experienced 3 major crisis.
We believe that the origin of this recurrent pattern finds a partial explanation by the development of ever more sophisticated financial products that have nothing to do anymore with basic value creation. They are actually highly speculative, driven by personal greed and mostly on the detriment of others.

This is NOT how we conceive creating wealth for our investors.

If we add to this that the integrity of financial institutions have been questioned through numerous scandals, we wonder what is the sustainability and integrity of these practices.

At Xeon International, we look at things differently because we believe clients and investors deserve to be treated with more transparency, respect and ethics: all in a language they do understand. We look at the business with the eyes of our investors and clients while our solutions are genuinely individual.
We go back to the basics of value creation.
Xeon International is an exclusive boutique offering a mix of 4 services.
From Company Financing and Growth management advisory to Private Equity management and Family Office services, we accompany our investors and clients independently and in their best interest and according to their needs.

We cherish our “lean and mean” structure and do not believe in the efficiency of standardised and anonymous organisations where no one is in charge anymore.

Xeon International is headquartered in Luxembourg and has built a global presence with its partners.
Yves Duponselle- Chief Executive Officer- Xeon International

Xeon Fund SIF SICAV on Tour in Geneva

Xeon fund Directors were invited to participate in meetings with leading Energy investors in Geneva – Switzerland. “We are very pleased about the outcome of our meetings” commented Giancarlo d’Elia, CEO of Xeon Fund. “It allows us to receive real feedback about our current offering. In general the appetite for Corporate Social investment is growing very rapidly. Our alternative energies fund ENERCAP is committed to support social development within emerging markets while reducing the overall Carbon Footprint.”

Xeon Fund SIF SICAV SCA was founded back in 2011 and is a Private Equity umbrella fund with 3 Sub-funds. The fund has been awarded for its Corporate Social and environmental investment strategy.The fund concentrates on Alternative Energies, Water Production and Real Estate. It operates from Luxembourg and is authorised by the Luxembourg regulator CSSF with Visa 2015/101265-7225-0-PC.

Xeon International is the initiator of Xeon Fund and aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Corporate Finance – Private Equity – Advisory and Family Office services.

Xeon Fund SIF Sicav LP launches its water fund SEACAP

Today, more than one billion people lack access to safe and clean drinking water.
Population growth, urbanisation, migration and industrialisation, along with increased production and consumption, have generated ever-increasing demands for freshwater resources.
Demand for clean water is projected to increase in all sectors of production (UNESCO WWAP) and by 2030 the world is expected to face a 40% global water deficit under the Business As Usual scenario (UNESCO 2030 WRG).

The MENA (Middle East North Africa) region is among the most highly water stressed region in the world. The water scarcity in the MENA region will grow from 277 billion m3 per year in 2010 to 450 billion m3 per year in 2050.

At the 2015 World Economic forum in Davos, WATER security emerged as the NUMBER ONE global risk in terms of development impact.

SEACAP Fund, a Private Equity fund operating from Luxembourg and available only to “Well Informed Investors” created a unique business model to address the clean water shortages in the MENA region.

“We have a Corporate social responsibility towards our next generation”, comments Yves Duponselle, CEO at Xeon International. “We believe that it is important to add additional criteria to what we define today as a good investment.” “Through SEACAP, we invest in projects with a significant environmental and social impact without compromising on investor returns.” “Indeed Water production facilities in MENA contribute to the local environment and to it’s local community.”

SEACAP Fund has access to state-of-the-art, proprietary, Swiss technologies which gives the Fund a tremendous competitive advantage in the clean water supply industry. “The Fund has developed a unique “mobile water desalination plant” concept which guarantees prompt reaction on the limited tender procedures that are common practice with the local authorities in the MENA region” comments Giancarlo d’Elia CEO at Xeon Fund. “These mobile water desalination plants reduce dramatically the emerging market investment risk associated with the water desalination plants, since plants are mobile and can easily be disassembled and moved to other locations if needed.”

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Corporate Finance – Private Equity – Advisory and Family Office services.

An interview with Giancarlo d`Elia on Xeon Fund

Mr. d’Elia, Xeon fund Sif Sicav is the Private Equity fund of Xeon International: which investment strategy has the company?

GdE: The investment strategy of Xeon Fund is focused on 3 Asset Classes through it’s dedicated 3 Sub-Funds called RECAP (Real estate), ENERCAP (Alternative Energies) and SEACAP (Water Fund).
We concentrate our efforts on specific industries such as BioFuel, Wind, Hydro and WEE (Electronic Waste) for ENERCAP (Alternative Energy Capital). In the Real estate we look at listed buildings in Germany and niche Hospitality opportunities and for SEACAP we look for Water Manufacturing projects.

 What are the top three industries Xeon Fund is targeting?

GdE: We look at investing in sectors such as:
– Manufacturing
– Consumer & Retail
– Healthcare
– Technology/Media
– Energy
but there are a number of other industries that will become palatable to Private Equity investors in the near future: from Education to Agricultural, from Renewable Energies to Financial and Business Services.

How do you assess the instability of the financial markets and the impact on the investor community?

GdE: The instability is a factor going to become endemic in our markets, so all investors are expected to come to terms with that.
As regards the impact on the Private Equity industry we reckon that it is less exposed to the volatility because of the long term approach of investors: this enables to avoid putting the focus on short terms profitability in favour of future growth.

What are the key success factors for Private Equity funds to succeed?

GdE: Allow me to summarize it as follows:
1. Working capital management
2. Strengthening management of the company
3. Financial and control system implementation
To that I would also add that an efficient capital allocation based on capital needs and priorities plays a primary role.

What’s your view on exit strategies?

GdE: In our target regions the typical exit strategies are IPOs and trade sales: in some markets strategic and trade sales are dominant given limited domestic IPO markets.

Thank you and good luck for the future.

GdE: My pleasure.

Xeon Fund presented ENERCAP’s disruptive business model before a pool of selected investors in Amsterdam

ENERCAP is the Alternative Energies Private Equity fund of Xeon international launched in 2013 in Luxembourg.
Xeon International Private Equity  division is currently staging a roadshow to attract investors to ENERCAP and presented its disruptive business model towards a pool of investors in Amsterdam.
Investors were mainly Multi-Family offices and large institutional.

“Investors are reacting enthusiastically at participating in investments contributing to the environment and with a high corporate social responsibility. They are also very keen on securing profitable opportunities in the medium term” says Yves Duponselle – CEO at Xeon International.

ENERCAP aims at creating value for the investors by constructing and operating large bioethanol manufacturing plants fully integrated with a self-co-generation power plant. This factor enables the absolute independence of the production process on the energy side by using local freely available municipal waste (RDF, Refuse Derived Fuel) as base for energy manufacturing (Co-generation principle). This creates thus a uniquely profitable business model with only one P&L and margins on average 30% higher than the “best of breed”. Enercap controls the whole value chain for the bio-ethanol production.

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Corporate Finance – Private Equity – Advisory and Family Office services.

Xeon International to secure a €75 million financing for Xeon Fund SICAV-SIF S.A.

Xeon International is happy to announce that it has secured a €75 million equity financing with a leading Global Family Office into it’s Private Equity Fund called Xeon Fund Sicav-SIF.

The global Family Office and Xeon International have announced an agreement to work closely together. The collaboration will concentrate on providing funding services to the participations taken by Xeon Fund through it’s dedicated Sub-Funds called RECAP, ENERCAP and SEACAP.

“We are delighted with the signature of this contract” comments Yves Duponselle, CEO at Xeon International. “Our research suggests that the Private Equity is at the start of a new cycle and will continue to have a bright future outlook. Our investors are very savvy business partners with a great business vision.We believe that we can develop a multitude of synergies and alliances together.”

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Private Equity – Corporate Finance – Growth Management Advisory and Family Office Services.
Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

The Resource Recovery Industry reaching new Hights

Xeon International through it’s alternative energy fund ENERCAP is actively looking at WEE very closely.
WEEE or Electronic waste or e-waste or e-scrap, describes loosely discarded, surplus,obsolete or broken electrical or electronic devices.
It is considered to be the fastest growing waste stream in terms of volume in the world (2-3 times faster than another waste stream).

The WEEE recovery industry is a relatively new industry which is still in the early growth stage of its life cycle. The industry emerged together with the soaring commodities prices and the tightening of the regulatory environment around the WEEE. The global economic slowdown affected the WEEE recovery industry as much as the prices of raw materials went on a steady decline, but the same trend followed the prices of the WEEE itself.
The sector recovered and is back on the growth track.

The global WEEE recovery industry generated EUR 7.5 billion by 2012. The revenue is expected to increase up to EUR 14 billion by 2017, representing a CAGR of 13.3%. The global volume of WEEE generated is expected to be more than 100 million tonnes by 2017 compared to 42 million tonnes in 2011.

“The WEEE recovery industry is expected to enjoy fast growth in short- to midterm both on a global scale and in the EU.”

EU WEEE Recovery Industry
According to the European Commission estimates, the WEEE generated in the Union will surge from about 9 million tonnes in 2005 to more than 12 million tonnes by 2020. The expectations are that there will be just a bit less than 1 million tonnes of WEEE in Germany by 2020.
The WEEE recovery industry in the EU generated EUR 1.16 billion by end of 2012. The sector is expected to grow at the healthy 4.7% (CAGR) over the period of 2012-2017 and thus the turnover to reach EUR 14 billion by 2017.
The Scandinavian countries are the leaders in terms of WEEE recycling and reusing.
Sweden managed to recycle and reuse 14.4 kg. per capita of WEEE in 2010. Germany held the sixth position with 7.9 kg per capita, well above the existing binding target of 4 kg. per capita.

COUNTRY 2010
1 Sweden 14.4
2 Denmark 12.5
3 Finland 8.4
4 Luxembourg 8.2
5 Ireland 8.0
6 Germany 7.9
7 Belgium 7.8
8 Austria 7.1
9 Netherlands 6.2
10 France 5.2

“E-waste represents one of the fastest growing sectors by volume within the global waste industry,and that combined with incoming legislative targets the market looks very
promising for the coming years with opportunities across the value chain.”
Frost & Sullivan

“E-scrap is the raw material of the future.”
Die Welt

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Corporate Finance – Private Equity – Advisory and Family Office services.

Telecom Infrastructure Mandate for Xeon International

Xeon International appointed as Financial Advisor of Mobile Extension.

LUXEMBOURG, Xeon International, an international business value creation company established in Luxembourg since 2003, announced the acquisition of a new Corporate Finance mandate in the Telecom Infrastructure Industry.

Yves Duponselle, CEO at Xeon International comments: ” The telecommunications industry in Germany (and in Europe as a whole) grew again in 2013. According to the German industry association BITKOM (Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e.V.) the industry generated EUR 65.4 bln. in 2012,representing an increase of 1.9% compared to 2011. The forecast for 2013 is that there will be an increase of 1.3% and thus the revenues will reach EUR 66.3 bln..”

Giancarlo d’Elia, CFO at Xeon International added, ” The role of the local and regional fixed broadband (and fiber-optic) players in the competitive landscape of Germany is best characterized by a statement by Deutsche Telekom.”

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Corporate Finance – Private Equity – Advisory and Family Office services.
Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

Xeon Fund on Fundraising Roadshow

Xeon Fund is the Private Equity fund of Xeon international launched last year in Luxembourg with the vocation to invest in the emerging markets of South and South East Asia.
Xeon International Private Equity  division is currently staging a roadshow to attract investors to SEACAP, a dedicated fund targeting industrial investments in fast growing medium sized enterprises.
“Investors are reacting enthusiastically at participating in promising investments in Asia and they are very keen on securing profitable opportunities in the medium term” says Giancarlo d’Elia – Chief Private Equity Officer at Xeon International. “Institutional and private investors are equally interested in SEACAP investment strategy and we have many requests to access SEACAP’s capital in the next few weeks”.

” The SEACAP Fund will tour in Singapore from the first week of February on.”, says Ronny Showkat, Group Managing Partner ME and Asia,” We have some important assets that are combining the best of both worlds as the fund is managed from Luxembourg, today’s second largest hub in the world for fund management , and it invests directly in the growing markets of South and South East Asia, today’s fastest growing economy. Investors in Singapore understand well the potential of the region and that is why we have set the priority to meet investors in this part of the world.”

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Private Equity – Corporate Finance – Growth Management Advisory and Family Office Services.

Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

Xeon Fund SIF SICAV SA launches RECAP and ENERCAP

Xeon Fund is the Private Equity fund of Xeon international launched last year in Luxembourg with it’s sub funds in the Real Estate (RECAP) Hospitality and listed building Industry and in Alternative Energies (ENERCAP).
Xeon International Private Equity  division is currently staging a roadshow to attract investors.
“Investors are reacting enthusiastically at participating in promising investments through regulated Private Equity vehicles and they are very keen on securing profitable opportunities in the medium term” says Giancarlo d’Elia – Chief Private Equity Officer at Xeon International.

” The ENERCAP and RECAP Fund will be “on tour” for the next couple of months. Giancarlo adds. We have some interesting asset classes that are combining the best of both worlds as the fund is regulated in Luxembourg, today’s second largest hub in the world for fund management , and it invests directly in the growing industries, such as niche Real Estate and Alternative Energies.”

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Private Equity – Corporate Finance – Growth Management Advisory and Family Office Services.

Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

Xeon International celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Xeon International celebrates a decade of success

LUXEMBOURG, Xeon International, an international business value creation company established in Luxembourg in 2003 celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Yves Duponselle, CEO at Xeon International comments: ” Although 10 years is a relatively young age for a company, we are happy to have been able to overcome 3 major crisis whereas many stepped out of the business.

We remain committed to our vision to set-up a “New Type of Investment Boutique that can challenge the traditional players”.  We believe in a consistent application of our defined values of “Integrity, Professionalism, Intelligence and Entrepreneurship” to be at any time the reliable partner of our clients.

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Corporate Finance – Private Equity – Advisory and Family Office services.

Xeon International acquires a new mandate in the Resource Recovery Industry

Xeon International appointed as Financial Advisor of Layton Group.

LUXEMBOURG, Xeon International, an international business value creation company established in Luxembourg in 2003, announced the acquisition of a new Corporate Finance mandate in the Resource Recovery Industry.

Yves Duponselle, CEO at Xeon International comments: “The WEEE recovery industry is a relatively new industry that emerged from the soaring commodities prices and the tightening of the environmental regulatory frames. The global economic slowdown affected the WEEE recovery industry as much as the commodities market.  But now the sector is recovering and is back on the growth track.”

Giancarlo d’Elia, CFO at Xeon International commented, “Layton Group is committed to a complete resource recovery and to a closed-loop recycling system. Recycling valuable materials became a pressing world challenge and our client responds to this need with a state-of-the-art closed circuit installation that will have unmatched efficiency. The project is seeking for a debt financing contract of €16 million.”

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Corporate Finance – Private Equity – Advisory and Family Office services.

Xeon International appoints Giancarlo d`Elia as Managing Director of Xeon International Private Equity division

Xeon International Private Equity is the Private Equity unit of Xeon International, in charge of defining and steering the investment policy of XEON Fund, a multilevel SIF incorporated in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg under the supervision of the local supervisory financial authority (CSSF, Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier).

Focus of the investment strategy will be the emerging markets of the Asia-Pacific and other fast growing regions of the world.

“Creating value for investors while building local industrial champions with performance excellence” is the strategic objective of XIPE, comments Giancarlo d’Elia, Managing Director at XIPE Management,
with Investment targets in the first phase for fast growing medium-sized enterprises but as well energy and real estate sectors, adds Giancarlo.

“Giancarlo was prior to the appointment, already the Chief Financial Officer at Xeon International and before that, he was handling the Corporate Finance Division, comments Yves Duponselle, CEO at Xeon International, “Giancarlo will be the guardian of our investors interest, he is savvy and has a 360° view on the business.” “Xeon International will take care of the world-wide distribution rights of XeonFund”, added Yves Duponselle, “and supervise the distribution agreements made with local players through our global distribution network.”

Mr d’Elia is expected to disclose some more information at a later stage about his team and the Partner alliances he managed to close over the last months.

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Private Equity – Corporate Finance – Growth Management Advisory and Family Office Services.

Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

Xeon International to enter in a strategic memorandum of understanding with I V Global in Bangkok

Xeon International is happy to announce that it has entered into a strategic memorandum of understanding with I V Global.

I V Global and Xeon International have announced an agreement to work closely together. I V Global will work with Xeon International Private Equity Division, by providing advisory services to the participations taken by SEACAP (South East Asia Capital), a Private equity Fund focused on emerging SE markets. I V Global will also offer Corporate Finance activities and use industry best practices to distribute the SEACAP Fund in South and South East Asia.

“We are delighted to partner up with I V Global” comments Yves Duponselle, CEO at Xeon International. “Our research suggests that the South East Asian market will continue to have a bright outlook and that we need a stable partner in the market. We see I V Global as a very savvy business partner with a great business vision.We believe that we can develop a multitude of synergies and alliances together.”

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Private Equity – Corporate Finance – Growth Management Advisory and Family Office Services.
Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

Xeon Fund Road Show at Pensions & Investments Summit


The 12th Annual Marcus Evans EPI Summit – the flagship event of the pensions and investments industry was the ultimate point of reference for the world’s most imminent investment executives. The compelling 2012 programme consisted of a range of interactive platforms and case studies paired with unique business opportunities to assist Europe’s leading institutional investors in propelling portfolio gains and prudent new investments.

During the summit, participants were offered a wide range of forums: Global Economist Forum which focused on the latest macro-economic developments affecting assets and liabilities alike. The Pensions Sustainability Forum which evaluated the adaptation of pension systems to the new normal economy. The Euro Zone Stability Forum outlined possible paths for member countries out of the crisis. The Asset Allocation Forum aimed to identify actionable trends in a seemingly chaotic environment.

Xeon International took an active role by promoting its Xeon Fund which focuses on niche opportunities in selected investment sectors: fast growing industries, energy and Real Estate. “It was an excellent opportunity for us to meet potential investors and take advantage of extremely productive one-to-one meetings. We received direct feedback from industry leaders about our presented Funds. Furthermore investors enthusiastic reactions assured us that our offer remains unique and in line with current ‘Investors Demand” says Giancarlo d’Elia – Chief Private Equity Officer at Xeon International.

Xeon Fund is an umbrella fund combining the best breed of all worlds. From German engineering to Luxembourg fund management and Emerging market returns.

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Private Equity – Corporate Finance – Growth Management Advisory and Family Office Services.

Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

Xeon International and Fuchs Finance join forces

Xeon International announces that it has joined forces with Fuchs Finance, a Luxembourg established asset management company.

“Our clients’ were also asking for top edge asset management services when we talked about Private Equity” says Yves Duponselle – CEO at Xeon International – “Fuchs Finance has an excellent track record and both companies match perfectly in terms of complementary skills. Through Fuchs Finance we got also access to very prestigious, traditional and upper market asset managers such as Julius Bear, Pictet, Sterwen and Banque Héritage and we are proud that we can offer this exceptional quality to our clients.”
Fuchs Finance has in excess of EUR 2 billion assets under management and stands foremost to independent and un-biased advices. The strategic cooperation will also allow Fuchs Finance to offer its clients a direct access to a portfolio of Private Equity through Xeon Fund “Made in Luxembourg”.

For more information: http://xeon-international.com/services/family-office

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Private Equity – Corporate Finance – Growth Management Advisory and Family Office Services.

Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

Ratings are going up in the East.

Mr. Pierre Yves Augsburger, Chief Investment Officer of Xeon International summarizes in his article about the recent development of ratings attributed by the rating agencies to the different countries.

“It is well known that global growth is put on the account of the economic growth of emerging countries. But it is less known by the public that the international rating agencies have massively upgraded the notes attributed to a great number of emerging countries. Xeon International with its positioning in the growth markets and countries has a real edge and will definitely support its clients businesses by making them benefiting from this secular trend.

The international press has more than covered the downgrading of the USA and France by Standard & Poor’s but has been relatively quiet concerning the improvement obtained by numerous emerging countries.

Beginning of 2012, Indonesia has accessed the category of investment grade while 9 countries of the Euro zone were downgraded by one or even two notches. In 2011, according to a study published by the US bank JP Morgan, the rating agencies have lowered 36 times the rating of a developed country and raised 38 times that of an emerging country.

Indonesia is now Baa3 according to Moody’s and has successfully reduced its debt which reached less than 30% of GDP. Indonesia with over 320 million inhabitants is moving towards the first economy of South-East Asia. One of the positive factors will be that Indonesian bonds will become accessible to many investment funds and insurance companies. It is also worth mentioning that the 2008 financial crisis had no negative impact on the ratings of emerging countries, whose banks were not affected by the sub-prime crisis or barely by the European meltdown.

According to Standard & Poor’s, the 13 countries that have been placed on positive outlook are all emerging countries. We would like to highlight that Asian economies are characterized by low public debt ratio and high private savings, this last point is also a characteristic that we may find in Luxembourg and Switzerland.” comments Mr. Augsburger

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Private Equity – Corporate Finance – Growth Management Advisory and Family Office Services.

Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

 

Xeon International increases its YOY revenues by 84% in 2011

Xeon International announced for the results of the fiscal year 2011 an increase of its revenues by 84% compared to 2010. “We are delighted about this result”, comments Yves Duponselle, CEO at Xeon international, ” we are a company that proposes  Growth management services and Business Value Creation and we are happy to realize our own organic growth objectives by outperforming the market trend. 2011 has been a great year for Xeon International thanks to our continuous development in the South and South East Asian market. We look forward, in this New Year of the Chinese  Dragon, to further develop  our presence in the East. “

“For 2012 we have set our objectives to strengthen our position in the Private Equity and in the Corporate Finance segments whereas our Advisory division will be extended as an internal service platform for our Xeon Private Equity Fund activities. We are really living exciting times with our clients, investors and partners and are very thankful for their continuous and precious support.”

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Private Equity – Corporate Finance – Growth Management Advisory and Family Office Services.

Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

Xeon International to enter in a strategic memorandum of understanding with IndiaCo.

Xeon International is happy to announce that it has entered today into a strategic memorandum of understanding with IndiaCo.

IndiaCo Ventures Limited and Xeon International have announced and signed today an agreement to work closely together. IndiaCo will work with Xeon International Private Equity Division, by providing advisory services to the participations taken by XeonFund Sif/ Sicar, a Private equity Fund focused on emerging markets. IndiaCo will also offer Corporate Finance activities and use industry best practices to potentially distribute the Family Office services portfolio in India.
Xeon International will provide IndiaCo with various, Corporate Finance, Advisory, Family Office services and Private Equity Investment opportunities on an on-going basis in the other major global markets.

“Xeon International has its Head Quarters in Luxembourg, which is one of the leading and largest Fund Platforms in the world” comments Mr. Patwardhan, Vice Chairman and Managing Director at IndiaCo. ” Our continuous efforts to develop new solutions for the Indian entrepreneurs is now getting extended with our Partner.”

“We are delighted to partner up with IndiaCo” comments Yves Duponselle, CEO at Xeon International. “Our research suggests that the Indian market will continue to have a bright outlook and that we need a stable partner in the market. We see IndiaCo as a very savvy business partner with a great business vision.We believe that we can develop a multitude of synergies and alliances together.”

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Private Equity – Corporate Finance – Growth Management Advisory and Family Office Services.
Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

Leading Telecom Operator appoints Xeon International Advisory Division for Strategy Implementation

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within four functional areas: Private Equity – Corporate Finance – Growth Management Advisory and Family Office Services.

Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

Xeon international highlights a new Emerging Market

Bangladesh has emerged as an extremely attractive alternative to the well established outsourcing destinations (China and India) when it comes to high labor-intensive manufacturing like Ready Made Garments (RMG), Footwear, Handbags, etc.
The country is ranked as the fourth biggest RMG exporter in the world.
Bangladesh’s democratic governance and political stability coupled with sound economic growth has attracted many manufacturers from all over the world. The country’s economy has grown at a healthy 5.8% per annum in the last decade. The forecasts indicate that Bangladesh should sustain GDP growth of 6% annually in the medium term.
The country’s plentiful and young workforce is contributing to the fast development of the country.

Ronny Showkat – Managing Partner at Xeon International- comments: ”The rising commodities prices and the recent social upraises have pushed the salaries in China, Thailand, India and the other low wage countries in South Asia higher, thus making Bangladesh a more competitive place for doing business. The market is soaring and new entrepreneurs appear every day.”

Bangladesh is also eligible for duty free access to the EU market for all products (except arms and ammunition) under the EU’s Generalized System of Preferences.

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within three functional areas: Project Financing – Fund Management & M&A – Growth Management.
Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

Xeon International appoints Faisal Islam as Group Managing Partner of its US Head Quarters

Xeon International HQ Luxembourg announced the appointment of Mr. Faisal Islam as Group Managing Partner of the current US operations.
“Our US operations are developping very rapidely to the next level and required a permanent local presence”, comments Yves Duponselle, CEO at Xeon International.
“Faisal has a proven track record and the required experience to lead the path to new business and larger brand penetration in the US. Our global business model, based on local service delivery will be supported by our knowledge center through our South East European subsidiary.” according Yves.

“It was also of vital importance to build a bridge between the US market and the Asian markets where a lot of things are happening now. Through our South East Asian presence, we will be able to serve our US based investors and corporate clients in a more effective way” says Yves Duponselle.

“The US strategy will focus on one side on identifying new Corporate Finance clients in the need of an International reach out and on the other side it will be our role to develop continuous investor relationships in the US market all this with very attractive products and services”, comments Mr. Islam, Group Managing Partner at Xeon International US HQ.

Faisal was previously active as an Investment Banker with The Anex Group prior joining Xeon international. Before that, he worked for sixteen years in the Chemical Industry for various divisions of a publicly traded chemical company. His responsibilities included research and development, operational management and regulatory affairs. Faisal has a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from The Merrick School of Business in Baltimore. Faisal has transactional experience in biotech, energy, retail chemicals, micro-finance and agriculture. He has created a deal flow of more than $200MM in South East Asia.

Faisal’s selected transactional experience includes:
10 MM senior debt financing for an African pharmaceutical company
$10 MM equity and $20MM debt financing for Indian micro-credit company
Buy side acquisition of $2.5B for oil and gas company
Buy side acquisition for a $15B transportation company
Buy side acquisition for a $260MM South East Asian textile company
$3 MM equity raise for an African broadband service provider

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within three functional areas: Project Financing – Fund Management & M&A – Growth Management.
Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

Xeon International announces a newly appointed partner for the West African region.

“The African region is forecasted to increase its strategic importance within the next 10 years” says Yves Duponselle – CEO at Xeon International -. “Those markets still have large headroom for performance improvement and have substantial requirements in corporate financing services. We were studying and following this amazing, new upcoming markets since a couple of years and we are delighted to have finally identified the right partner for this region. The Xeon International West African development will be led by Mr. Azize Diabaté. In a first phase, it is the purpose to concentrate on countries such as Guinea, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Mali, Cameroon and also the Côte d’Ivoire will be an important market after political stability has returned.” Mr. Duponselle announced.

“Africa’s economy is on the move and we are very excited to lead the Xeon International brand within those new markets” says Mr. Azize Diabaté, Managing Partner West Africa.”This continuous move has been revealed over the past decade by impressive growth rates but also by several recent studies demonstrating that Africa has enormous potentials, untapped yet” according to Mr. Diabaté.

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within three functional areas: Project Financing – Fund Management & M&A – Growth Management.
Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

Xeon International consolidated all its activities in a new Headquarters

Xeon International has consolidated all its activities in new headquarters, facilitating and enhancing cross functional working processes.

“Till today, our activities handling Special Purpose Vehicles had been separated from our core activities” comments Yves Duponselle, CEO at Xeon International, “Today we are happy to be able to integrate all services at our new corporate offices.”

“Our traditional range of Business Value Creation services and our fund management services will all be managed from one single place. This will allow us to add to our Project Financing and M&A Financing services, the immediate incorporation and management of  Special Purpose Vehicles in order to offer the appropriated investment structures for our investors.” comments Yves Duponselle.

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within three functional areas: Project Financing – Fund Management & M&A – Growth Management.
Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

Xeon International to launch a comprehensive range of IT & BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) services

Xeon International is in the process to launch a comprehensive range of BPO & IT services as an extension of its current range of growth value creation services.

“With the current market turmoil, the demand for such services has increased significantly” says Yves Duponselle, CEO at Xeon international, “Non-core and low value creation activities are more and more outsourced to larger competence centers.”

Xeon International’s range of BPO services will be covering Back office servicessuch as document and data entry processing as well as industry related research activities, billing and collections and much more, Outbound call services such as lead generation services, email follow-up,… and Inbound call services such as technical support, inquiry handling,…..

The IT services will offer offshore software development and maintenance programs for mobile and web technologies, ERP, CRM, DW and BI client requirements.

“We have been creating strong partnerships with leading players with a large experience in this domain. These partners are already working for leading brands such as Dell, IBM, ING, Tata Consulting, UBS, Monster, Motorola and many more, comments Yves Duponselle, which is our guarantee for an upper market service delivery.”

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within three functional areas: Project Financing – Fund Management & M&A – Growth Management.
Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

Global M&A sees a stronger start to the year compared to Q1 2009 – deal value up 15%

Global M&A for the year to date stands at US$ 477.7bn, up 15% from Q1 2009. However the start of the year is down 18% from Q1 2008 and 41% from Q1 2007. Q1 2010 is the second strongest quarter in the last five quarters, after Q4 2009.

Largest ever Q1 for Asia-Pacific 
Propelled by the announcement of a number of mega-deals, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) started the new decade with a boom in M&A activity. Q1 2010 was the largest Q1 for Asia-Pacific on merger market records with a total deal value of US$ 103.3bn, 126% higher than Q1 2009. Deal volume is up 24%.

Europe suffers slowest first quarter since 1998
In the slowest first quarter since 1998, Q1 2010 Europe saw the announce¬ment of 856 M&A deals with a total value of US$ 115.4bn – down 3% from Q1 2009 by value and volume.
However, European private equity buyout activity started on a stronger note with deal values up by 233% compared to Q1 2009, at US$ 15.2bn – account¬ing for 46% of the value of global buyouts so far this year.

US suffers 22% drop in value
US M&A for the year to date stands at US$ 154bn, down 22% from Q1 2009 and down 24% from the previous quarter. With a total of 692 announced deals, deal activity is up 21% compared to Q1 09 but still down 11% on the final three months of last year.

Global private equity buyouts are steady
Buyout activity increased by 10% compared to Q1 2009 with a value of US$ 33.1bn. The largest buyout this year is Bain Capital’s acquisition of the US based Styron division of Dow Chemical, valued at US$ 1.6bn, followed close¬ly by KKR backing the management in the US$ 1.5bn buyout of UK based Pets At Home. Europe makes up 46% of the value of global buyouts so far this year.

48% drop in insolvency deals
Announced insolvency deals globally have dropped 48% in value compared to Q1 2009 and 82% compared to the peak achieved in Q2 2009. Activity by value is the lowest since Q4 2008.

Top deals of the quarter
Global: Prudential’s US$ 35.5bn acquisition of American International Assurance Company in March (also Asia-Pacific’s largest deal of the quarter).
Europe: Novartis exercises option to acquire 52% stake in Alcon for US$ 26.3bn in January.
Americas: America Movil SA de CV’s US$ 19.4bn acquisition of Carso Global Telcom SAB de CV in January.
US: MetLife acquiring American Life Insurance Company from AIG for US$ 15.5bn.

Global Project Finance Volume up 49% to 72.1bn. Asian project Finance up 161% to $34.9bn.

Dealogic, the pre-eminent provider of Global Investment Banking analysis and systems released its Q1 2010 figures for Global Project Finance.
Global volume reached $ 72.1bn, an increase of 49% compared with $48.4bn in Q1 2009 although only 146 projects reached financial close, down 13% on 167 in Q1 2009.

A total of 16 projects of $1.0bn or over reached financial close in Q1 2010, compared to just seven in the comparable 2009 period. This included the $7.6bn Nord Steam Gas Pipeline Phase 1 project, the second largest Eastern European project financing on record to reach financial close.

Asia recorded one of the largest increases in project financing with volume up 161% to $34.9bn compared to Q1 2009. The region was boosted by the $12.8bn Taiwan High Speed Rail refinancing, the largest project financing globally in Q1 2010.Australasia also saw a significant rise in volume, reaching $3.4bn compared to just $837m in Q1 2010.

Western Europe project finance volume was up 42% to $16.9bn in Q1 2010 compared with 12.0bn in Q1 2009.

Middle East & Africa project volume fell 57% to $2.8bn in Q1 2010 while North American volume fell 46% to just $2.6bn. Latin American & Caribbean project finance was also down with volume dropping 67% to $3.6bn in Q1 2010.

The Infrastructure sector led the industry ranking in Q1 2010 with volume of $26.1bn accounting for 36% of total project finance volume. The Energy/Power sector followed with $ 25.1bn and a 35% share of market.

Project Finance loan volume reached $58.5bn in Q1 2010, up 61% from Q1 2009 while bond financing fell 68% to just $461m. Equity finance rose 25% to 13.1bn.

Bank of Taiwan led the mandated arranger ranking with £12.9bn, followed by State Bank of India with $ 3.7bn.

Venture Capital investments outside the US were down by 47% in 2009

Xeon International looks back on a VC study performed by DOW Jones VentureSource

“Despite the recent downturn in the Venture Capital investment industry, we remain confident, looking at the results of the 4th quarter 2009 and first quarter 2010, that the market is showing signs of recovery” says Yves Duponselle CEO of Xeon International.” Looking at the latest figures we can clearly observe that, signs are looking good for the future. The situation will not improve instantly but the improvement process has already begun.”

Non-US Venture-Backed Companies Collected $8.2 Billion in 2009; Europe Sees Worst Year of Decade; Investments in China Drop 56%

In most markets outside the US, the fourth quarter of 2009 was the best quarter of the year for venture capital investment, but it did little to boost the year’s annual totals. In the fourth quarter, venture capitalists invested $2.5 billion in 396 deals in Europe, Canada, Israel, China and India, a 24% drop from the $3.3 billion invested in 472 deals during same period last year, according to new global data from Dow Jones VentureSource. Throughout 2009, investors put $8.2 billion to work in 1,391 deals outside the US, a 47% drop from the $15.5 billion invested in 1,932 deals in 2008.

In the US, venture investors put $6.3 billion to work in 743 deals in the most recent quarter, a slight up tick from the same period in 2008. Throughout 2009, venture capitalists invested $21.4 billion into 2,489 deals for U.S. companies, a 31% drop compared with 2008.

European Investment Sees Worst Year of Decade*

In 2009, venture capitalists invested $4.4 billion (€3.2 million) in 916 deals for European companies, down 41% from the $7.4 billion (€5.1 billion) put into 1,234 deals in 2008. According to Dow Jones VentureSource, 2009 was the worst year for venture investment into European companies since the firm began tracking the region in 2000. In the fourth quarter, venture investors put $1.3 billion (€911 million) into 252 deals, a 28% drop from the $1.8 billion (€1.2 billion) put into 321 deals during the same period last year.

“In Europe, venture capitalists opened their wallets a little wider in the fourth quarter,” said Arno Castanet, research manager in Dow Jones VentureSource’s London office. “But with investors’ capital sources – fundraising and liquidity – still tight, entrepreneurs will continue to face intense competition for capital in 2010.”

“Our clients have difficulties to understand that we are really in a severe competition for capital in the market and that they should revise their effort and commitment policies if they want to get funded, mentions Yves Duponselle, CEO at Xeon international, “resulting from an unbalanced market situation between offer and demand ”.

Deals Sizes Shrink Worldwide

According to the data, the size of venture deals has decreased in all markets around the world since 2008. The median size of a venture capital deal in Europe dropped 24% from 2.9 million (€2 million) in 2008 to $2.2 million (€1.6 million) in 2009.

Mainland China had the highest median deal size of any region with $7 million in 2009, a 13% drop from the $8 million median in 2008.

India saw the most dramatic drop as the country ended 2009 with a $4 million median, down 44% from 2008. Canada’s median dial size fell almost one-third to $4.1 million and Israel’s median dropped almost 20% to $4.5 million.

The median round size in the U.S. was $4.7 million, down from $6 million seen in 2008.

A reduced “Deal Size” affects significantly the Project financing costs as most of capital searches require more investors to finance one project says Giancarlo d’Elia, CFO at Xeon International.

*All Europe investment figures based on weighted conversion rates of 1.459079 (2008) and 1.3851 (2009). All percentages were calculated using USD.

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within three functional areas: Project Financing – Fund Management & M&A – Growth Management.
Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

Private equity: new opportunities, new dynamics?

The Private Equity Industry looks to investment again in 2010.

Last year proved to be an extremely challenging year for the Private Equity Industry. The asset class experienced a severe drop in deal flow volume in 2009, accompanied by a significant downward adjustment in valuations for their portfolio companies.

Additionally the Industry had to face the lowest levels of new fundraising since 2004.

“The reverse of fortunes in the previously buoyant debt markets and the changing relationship between private equity and banks has been at the root of the many issues affecting the industry”, says Yves Duponselle, CEO at Xeon international. “Not only has financing for new deals been an issue, but financial management for existing investments has also presented a major worry.” “While Banks have been focusing on bolstering their balance sheets, they have been unwilling to accept write-downs or forgive breaches of loan covenants set during more prosperous times, making it extremely challenging to restructure financing for existing portfolio investments”, commented Yves Duponselle.

“The total value for new private equity backed deals taking place in 2009 was $77bn, a 61% reduction from 2008” 

As a result of these challenging conditions, deal closing for private equity deals has fallen significantly.

Giancarlo d’Elia, CFO at Xeon International commented: “Adverse market conditions have also led to a reduction in the number of exits for private equity firms, a factor affecting the profitability of existing holdings, and a major contributor to the slow-down in the new fundraising market. With firms not being able to exit their portfolio companies at an acceptable level, many are now holding companies for longer periods than initially planned, leading to a significant drop in distributed capital for investors from exited investments in 2008 and 2009.”

The dynamic of the private equity market has changed, and as a result limited partners in funds have been far less keen to invest in new private equity vehicles. In 2009, private equity fundraising had its worst fundraising year since 2004, with only $246bn raised by 482 funds worldwide. This is 61% down on the $636bn raised in 2008, and 62% down on the record $646bn raised in 2007.

“The drop in fundraising can also be explained by the poor returns experienced by the industry since the onset of the financial crisis”, commented Giancarlo d’Elia. “Over a one-year period to June 2009 private equity returned –23%, with mega buyouts returning –31%. With deal-flow down, fundraising down, leveraged finance not available at the same rate as in the past, and the market for exits also suffering, the state of the asset class looks relatively bleak.” “However, while past performance is by no means an indication of future returns, if funds raised during the last period of economic downturn are examined, there is certainly evidence that funds raised during difficult periods can actually perform extremely well”, says Yves Duponselle.

“Nevertheless, we are seeing early signs of an improvement in fund performance, with the value of funds increasing between the first and second quarters of 2009 . The only metric still on a downward trend is fundraising, with the final quarter of 2009 setting a new low point” says Yves Duponselle. “ Our conversations with investors do show that although confidence is still a world away from the levels seen in 2007, there is reason to believe that the level of commitments will start to improve in 2010, with 51% of investors polled indicating that they would invest more capital in 2010 than 2009, and only 8% investing less.”

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within three functional areas: Project Financing – Fund Management & M&A – Growth Management.
Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

Xeon International Germany to open office in Hannover

From the beginning of January 2010 Xeon International operates a fully owned subsidiary in Hannover, Germany

“Germany is a strategic market for Xeon International and it became vital to have a direct contact with our customer in what is today’s biggest European market” says Yves Duponselle CEO of Xeon International HQ.

“We see many opportunities to develop the current market”, reported Charles Smethurst, Managing Director for Xeon International Germany. “Our services will concentrate in the beginning on Real Estate Project Financing and on Company Sales and Growth management” according Mr. Smethurst. So if companies need to access to equity or debt growth financing or if companies need to be sold, Xeon International will be the right partner, commented Mr. Smethurst.

“This is a new chapter in Xeon International’s history and we are very excited to be able to support our clients and our existing partners in their own language and on their own market” commented Yves Duponselle.

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within three functional areas: Project Financing – Fund Management & M&A – Growth Management.
Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

For more information: Xeon International Gmbh – Podbielskistrasse 30; 30163 Hannover Tel. +49 (0)511/3948444 Fax +49 (0)511/3948844

Real estate cash reserves kept at hand

Despite the credit crunch there is capital out there

As a consequence of the credit crunch numerous real estate developers are struggling to find financing for existing or future projects. Typical sources have dried up with banks unwilling to lend at the same rates as before, leaving developers with great opportunities that cannot materialize, with partially completed projects and debts that require refinancing.

“Despite the fact that conditions are quite uneasy there is capital available. Developers need to be guided in the right direction to facilitate their entrance into financial vehicles which recognize the potential, have the means and are willing to commit to real estate projects” according to Giancarlo d’Elia, CFO.

Investment funds have also been going through a lot of difficulties to raise capital in the past year. Normally this would result in less funds to be invested but this is not the case. As a matter of fact the cash reserves are still staying on quite significant levels. The reason is that the investment criteria became more selective than everand therefore less project have been finances.

Here comes the essential mission of Xeon International – to match the goals of the financial partner and the developer.

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within three functional areas: Project Financing – Fund Management & M&A – Growth Management.
Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

Xeon International publishes its M&A catalogue

Xeon International presents its sales and acquisitions opportunities

Following the growing demand from investors to study our Investment Opportunities we have decided to make our M&A catalogue public. The document is not extensive of all projects in our pipeline as many opportunities are not placed in for confidentiality reasons. All presented projects have been screened and approved by our Inorganic Growth division and each project’s Executive Summary could be provided upon request.

Keep yourselves regularly posted about these opportunities by informing us about your investment strategy in terms of geographical and industry focus and target size.Email us!

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within three functional areas: Project Financing – Fund Management & M&A – Growth Management.
Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

EBIT boost by 24% through organic growth value creation

Xeon International’s “Organic Growth” division has developed double digit growth of EBIT performance at client’s side within 14 months of intervention

The aim was to enhance the EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes) through a program of 2 major improvements: “Portfolio optimization” and “Adapted segmentation strategy in accordance with market requirements”.

While growing companies always estimate that growth is simply mathematically obtained by adding more products, Xeon International challenged that assumption and increased client’s sales with less products.

Many CEOs forget that the erosion of profits is very much caused by a poorly managed product portfolio. “It is again and again amazing to see how some products are literally eating the margins of other profitable products while no one is really paying attention to it. Managing portfolios of 4000 SKUs (Stock Keeping Units) and more is not a part time job!” stated Yves Duponselle, CEO of Xeon International. He added “It is always amazing to see how products evolve in a company, sometimes even exactly on the opposite of market requirements”. This mistake is generally caused by organizational inefficiencies while many companies also identify market research as a brake to enhance “time to market”. It is also generally wrongly assumed that the cost of launching a new product is much cheaper than the process of asking the future client whether the product has a compelling reason to buy.

Xeon International is a value creation company that runs International Sales & Marketing for its clients. The company offers a comprehensive range of “Organic Growth” services developed to increase sales on the short and long term.

Xeon International also acts as an outsourced partner for leading companies to open and activate distribution channels across major markets.

Project financing through innovation

Xeon International is emerging with an innovative fund raising concept after a recent in-house industry analysis

Fund raising and respectively project financing have been severely hit after the credit crunch. Today’s funding landscape has dramatically changed. Xeon International estimates that during 2009 about $160b will be raised on the European and US markets compared to nearly $400b in 2008. Re-thinking of Project Financing is very much needed.

The typical fund raising process is attractive when funds are abundant and when requirements are low. However, the traditional process is “lacking transparency” according to fund raising customers, “there are a lot of intermediaries”, “recurrent Due-Diligence costs are a burden”, “there is no budget control possible” are the recurrent comments.

“We create impact and visibility though our contact campaigns” said Yves Duponselle, CEO of Xeon International. He added that investors are only contacted if the fund raising project enters in their investment scope and if they have propensity to be interested. Xeon International is offering a global reach to investors across all continents.

Xeon International’s project financing process could be described as fully transparent. There are regular updates on the parallel processes within the financing mission. The preparation of comprehensible metrics which reflect the interest of the market for the particular project is also a piece of innovation for the clients of Xeon International. Transparency is delivered by complete visibility of all communications with the potential investors.

Besides, when Xeon International leads the process there’s only one Due Diligence performed during the Investment Memorandum preparation. Any further Due Diligence, when required, is covered by the Investor’s side.

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within three functional areas: Project Financing – Fund Management & M&A – Growth Management.
Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

Foreseen growth for mobile banking

Xeon International anticipates strong market demand of mobile banking

The globalization of the world economy is leading to higher mobility and the usage of mobile services is essential for many people. There is more than 100% penetration rate for the mobile phones in the developed countries and in 2008 it is estimated that there are about 40 million mobile banking services users, mainly in Europe and in the USA.

According to our research, by 2010 the number of Mobile banking services users will increase substantially. Mobile devices are becoming more powerful and easier to use and banks need to be innovative to compete for new clients and to retain their existing customers.

This is why Xeon International is anticipating the market demand and is introducing a mobile banking application which allows customers to access their accounts and operate transactions the way they have used to do it on their computers. The undeniable advantage of this innovation is the “anytime, anywhere” access to banking services. Today’s customers want to organize banking transactions while on the move, irrespective of opening hours.

Financial service providers have so much reduced the value proposition of their services over the last years that consumers avoid to use non-digital touch points. This leads to an acceleration of mobile banking applications demand, comment analysts of Xeon International.

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within three functional areas: Project Financing – Fund Management & M&A – Growth Management.
Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.

Monte Carlo Automobile appoints Xeon International

Monte Carlo Automobile appoints Xeon International for the development and implementation of its strategic outlines 2008-2012

MONACO, (BSW) – Xeon International, a European business value creation company established in Luxembourg in 2003, will assist the management team of Monte Carlo Automobile in the international development and implementation of Monte Carlo Automobile brand strategy.

Yves Duponselle, CEO of Xeon International comments: “Monte Carlo Automobile is naturally positioned in the so called “Goods of Passion” segment. This market niche is showing great growth potential and the demand for limited-edition products is soaring. In that context we will be deploying the Monte Carlo Automobile strategic plan in the coming years.”

According to Giancarlo d’Elia, CFO of Xeon International, “Monte Carlo Automobile’s business model is based on a maximum production capacity of a dozen cars per year and a very exclusive licencing concept of the brand. According to our most conservative estimations Monte Carlo Automobile should achieve turnover of not less than €15m over the next five years, generating extremely attractive double-digit EBITDA growth.”

Xeon International aims to create long-term business value for its clients and investors by offering a unique blend of result-oriented, risk sharing strategic value creation and implementation services. It operates within three functional areas: Project Financing – Fund Management & M&A – Growth Management.
Our teams consist mainly of experienced managers with deep theoretical and practical knowledge of their areas of specialisation which ensures rapid comprehension of relevant strategic and operational issues and a solid implementation of solutions. We devise innovative and result-oriented ways to create business value for our clients and investors.