France’s FSI seeks to create co-investment platform with other SWFs

By Alexia Wai-Chun Tye

Guest Contributor

Whilst the FSI’s newly appointed CEO Jean-Yves Gilet has yet to take up his position after the summer lull, the President of the Board, Augustin de Romanet, has been speaking publicly on a variety of issues facing the FSI and its 51% controlling shareholder, the state institution Caisse des Dépôts (“CDC”).

A frequently asked question concerns the financial resources of the FSI and its longer term future.  With the double threat of new prudential regulations Basel III and Solvency II that will soon come into force, de Romanet sees a shrinking of the traditional sources of funding for fast-growing, innovative companies, acting alongside the FSI and CDC.  In the medium term FSI will need further capital injections in order to ensure that promising French companies receive the support they need.  In the shorter term, de Romanet sees the solution coming from long term international investors, including in particular sovereign wealth funds, co-investing alongside the FSI and its parent CDC.  He also mentioned soliciting investors from Singapore, Malaysia and Kuwait. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

This article will appear in the Sovereign Wealth Quarterly Q3Y2010.

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