Our Team

Based in Paris, the Fondinvest Capital team consists of 7 members. Beyond its proven investment skills, the team benefits from strong operational skills that help to maintain high risk control standards and to provide our investors with transparent and objective information. Our fund investment programs date back to the mid 80’s, making us one of the most experienced players in the market.

Charles Soulignac Chairman & CEO

In addition to private equity investment, Charles Soulignac has solid experience in industry, consulting, and finance.

He founded Fondinvest Capital in 1994.

In 1989, he joined CDC-Participations where he managed investments in private equity funds and direct equity investments. Prior to joining CDC-Participations, Charles was head of the Industrial and Finance Department for Banque Régionale d’Escompte et de Dépôts (BRED). He was in charge of specialized investments, especially France’s first LBOs. Before that, he served in a US management consultancy, then in industry, notably with Potain. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the European Venture Capital Association (EVCA) as well as on its Investor Relations Committee.

Charles earned an engineering degree from INSA (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées) in Lyon and an MBA from the CPA (Centre de Perfectionnement des Affaires) in Paris.

Laurent Gillot  Managing Director

In addition to private equity investment, Laurent has extensive experience in corporate finance, consulting and financial analysis.

He joined Fondinvest Capital in July 2015.

Prior to this, he spent three years as a managing partner of a private equity and management consulting company. He also held the positions of managing director for private equity FoF manager Gimar Capital Investissement, investment director for Fondinvest Capital, head of business development at Médi-Partenaires, and commercial attaché at the French Embassy in Bangkok. He started his career as an associate at CDC-Participations.

Laurent holds a Masters Degree in Economics and Corporate Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Organisations’ General Policy and Strategy from the University of Paris Dauphine.

Frédéric Colin Investment Director

In addition to private equity investment, Frédéric Colin’s professional background includes the audit, management consulting and finance sectors.

He joined Fondinvest Capital in September of 1997 and became a senior investment manager in 2007.

Prior to joining Fondinvest, Frédéric managed a private equity fund for a subsidiary of the AGF Group. He has also held the positions of financial director for software maker Simuledge, management controller for Comdev and senior auditor for Salustro Reydel and Associates.

Frédéric is a graduate of the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce of Lille, and holds a DECS (Diplôme d’Etudes Comptables Supérieures), the equivalent of a Master’s in Business and Accounting.

Sonia Radic Chief Financial Officer