UK – F&C Ventures, the private equity arm of Foreign & Colonial Group, has changed its name to Graphite Capital after a management buy-out.
The move follows the sale of HypoVereinsbank’s 90% stake in Foreign & Colonial to pan-European financial group Eureko.

Graphite Capital will have 12 investment managers and all will hold an interest in the company.

“The ownership has changed but our approach has not – it is the same team doing the same things in the same way,” says Rod Richards, managing partner of Graphite Capital.

“We have built-up a strong track record by investing in mid-market companies and this focus will not change as we believe these companies offer the best prospects for high returns. We will consider any sector including some not favoured by other private equity investors, such as financial services and retail,” he adds.

Established 20 years ago, the company has assets under management of over £500m in six funds, backed by 50 institutional and 27,000 retail customers.
The management buy-out