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Crédit Agricole Private Equity adds Christian Claussen to venture capital team

Christian Claussen has joined Crédit Agricole Private Equity as a senior partner of the venture  capital team.

Christian Claussen has joined Crédit Agricole Private Equity as a senior partner of the venture  capital team.

Claussen has more than ten years’ experience in the European venture capital industry.

He will help to extend Crédit Agricole Private Equity’s European reach and specifically facilitate access to investment opportunities in Germany and Northern Europe.
 
Prior to joining Crédit Agricole Private Equity, Claussen was a general partner with TVM Capital. During his tenure with TVM, he focused on investments in communications, semiconductors, internet and software.

He represented TVM as a board director and managed numerous portfolio companies such as Tantau (merged with NSDQ listed 724 Systems in 2001), Time Communications Systems (acquired by Genesys in 2000), Telesnap (acquired by Netwise in 2005), Coreoptics, Netviewer, Definiens and Arteris.
 
Claussen started his professional career in 1990 with Siemens’ Communication Networks Division in Munich. In 1994, he was promoted to product marketing director of Optical Networking and became the business unit vice president of business development in 1997.

Antoine Colboc, head of Crédit Agricole Private Equity’s Venture Capital business, says: "We strongly believe that the German venture capital market offers an untapped investment potential which we are eager to exploit with Christian’s support. Given the current market situation we are extremely happy to be able to extend our team with a further very experienced venture capital professional.’
 
At the same time, Xavier Tassel has joined Crédit Agricole Private Equity as partner in the special situations team, which focuses mainly on investments in distressed companies and manages a EUR50m fund. The team is led by Arnaud Mauduy, and now consists of four people. 

Tassel started his career at Taittinger in 1992, where he managed the distribution of spirit brands and was head of marketing. In 1999, he joined strategy and organisation consultancy KPMG Consulting as senior consultant, before specialising in refinancing and restructuring by becoming a manager at KPMG Corporate Recovery. When the team moved to Kroll Talbot Hughes in 2004, he was promoted to director.

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