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BlackFin promotes three to partner

BlackFin, a pan-European private equity platform focusing on financial services, has promoted Sabine Mathis, Daniel Cohen-Sabban and Damien Lestang to equity partners of the firm.

Alongside BlackFin’s four founding partners they will spearhead the firm’s investment activities across Europe.
Mathis joined BlackFin in 2011 as CFO. She has since played a key role in the success of the funds through her transversal and operational role within BlackFin. Prior to joining BlackFin, Mathis spent three years at Natixis Private Equity International as CFO and 6 years at Ernst & Young / Arthur Andersen. Sabine graduated from HEC business school.
Cohen-Sabban joined BlackFin in 2011. Over the last eight years, he has been responsible for sourcing and executing numerous successful transactions, including investments in NeoXam, New Access, Santiane and Nortia. Prior to joining BlackFin, Cohen-Sabban spent four years at Gilde Buy Out Partners, a leading mid-market private equity house in the Benelux and DACH regions, and prior to that two years at Natixis Private Equity. Daniel graduated from ESSEC business school.
Lestang joined BlackFin in 2016. He is responsible for several landmark investments such as Primonial, FundRock and CED. Prior to joining BlackFin, Lestang spent 11 years at Advent International, one of the largest global Private Equity platform, where he was Director and has participated to many mid- to large-cap transactions in France and in Europe, including Oberthur Technologies, a world leader in smart card manufacturing and mobile payment solutions. Prior to that Damien was at BNP Paribas’ Leverage Finance team in Germany and at Idinvest Partners, a generalist venture capital firm. Lestang graduated from HEC business school.
Laurent Bouyoux, Founding Partner and Chairman of BlackFin, says: “Sabine, Daniel and Damien have made an outstanding contribution to our firm as we have grown into the leading private equity platform focusing on financial services in Europe. Their sourcing skills and investment acumen have contributed to BlackFin accessing unique, often off-market, primary buyout transactions and delivering superior returns. We are delighted to grow our team of partners as BlackFin has ambitious plans for the years ahead.”

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