After working in R&D at Groupe Renault for 3 years, Michel spent 7 years at Entrepreneur Invest, where he helped originate, structure, and support more than 20 expansion capital and LBO transactions, with a focus on innovative companies with distinctive expertise.
Michel joined Capital Export in 2017, after a rewarding experience as the General Manager of an export-based industrial SME. He offers both his investment experience and extensive knowledge of distinctive French companies that are key to Capital Export’s mission.
Michel is a graduate of ESSEC and ESTACA.
Florian joined Capital Export in 2020, after 3 years with Eight Advisory, where he worked on more than 15 transaction and restructuring projects, including many cross-border assignments. Florian previously worked for Airbus and Bosch, both in France and Germany.
Florian graduated from HEC Paris and the University of Mannheim (Germany).
Air extraction solutions for critical environments
Founded in 1968, the SEAT Ventilation Group specializes in air extraction systems in corrosive, toxic, or explosive environments (ATEX). Their products extract toxic gases and vapors from fume cupboards (high-tech exhaust systems), particularly in research, medical, or pharmaceutical laboratories; hospitals; chemical and pharmaceutical plants; and water treatment facilities.
Thanks to a distribution network in 70 countries and the Plastec Ventilation subsidiary in the US, half of the group’s sales were in international markets, representing strong growth.
SEAT Ventilation is in a niche market with just a few other specialized companies around the world, with plans to boost its international presence through organic growth and acquisitions. Capital Export will contribute its experience and networks to support this strategy in Europe, the USA, and Asia, priority areas for development given their strong commercial potential.
“I’m looking forward to the next step in SEAT Ventilation’s development, particularly in international markets, building on our recent success in North America. I want to explore both internal and external growth opportunities, and my team and I are convinced that Capital Export is the ideal partner to offer us the support we need.”
“In the past 5 years, Jean-Jacques Gaudiot has restructured and transformed SEAT Ventilation to establish the organization and resources needed for the company’s growth, with a remarkable first step in the United States. The company is now perfectly placed to grow even further and expand to new markets and countries. We are pleased to be actively participating in this adventure alongside Jean-Jacques Gaudiot and the entire team.”