First closing for the Fund, Henko Capital Partners I, FCR

  • Henko Capital Partners I, FCR, a Spanish private equity fund, has raised 70 million euros with the aim of buying small and medium-sized companies in Spain and Portugal

Henko Capital Partners I, FCR, a new Spanish private equity fund, has raised EUR 70 million with the aim of investing in Spanish and Portuguese SMEs to foster their growth.

Henko Capital Partners I, FCR, is managed by Solventis and receives investment advice from Henko Partners, led by Lars Becker, who has extensive experience in the private equity market in Iberia and internationally and is joined as founding team by Íñigo Urbón, Ricardo Mellado and Jules de Meeus, who also come from the sector.

Henko Capital Partners I, FCR, seeks stakes in SMEs with growth projects and transformational challenges in companies with a B2B model, both in services and manufacturing, technology, and healthcare. The Fund wants to be more than a financial investor,” explains Lars Becker. based on providing financial resources along with operational resources to energize the growth and objectives of the companies. The Fund will put in place a collaborative model in order to be a good partner for entrepreneurs and to bring value as a shareholder.”

The Fund has just completed its first two investments in two industrial service providers focused on transition technologies and renewable energies. Henko Capital Partners I, FCR’s objective is to promote its transformational development, enabling them to double in size and enter new markets in the coming years.

With the acquisition of the two companies, the Fund establishes a solid platform of industrial services with high specialization in the energy transition market and renewable energies such as biomass, hydroelectric and green hydrogen, which are in full expansion cycle. The project is focused on strengthening international expansion and further consolidating their position in their respective sectors through acquisitions.

Henko Partners, will provide strategic advice to the portfolio companies: “We get very involved in the companies of the Fund; we make operational improvements and add value to them so that they can leapfrog their growth,” explains Lars Becker. “Spain and Portugal are very attractive markets for us because of the large network of small and medium-sized companies that are looking to make the leap to internationalization,” he adds.

The Fund, through its management company,  incorporates compliance with environmentally and socially responsible sustainability criteria (ESG) in the investments it conducts.

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· Private equity experience across Spain, Portugal, UK and Germany.


· Previously partner at Sherpa Capital, Spanish Private Equity with > €350m of assets under management (2020) focused on SMEs in Spain and Portugal.


· Partner at DPE Deutsche Private Equity, private equity fund targeting SMEs with €1.2bn of assets under management (2017).


· Morgan Stanley Capital Partners.


· MPA Harvard University, BSc from LSE London School of Economics.

Lars Becker


· Former EY Strategy and Transactions Analyst, providing corporate finance solutions in strategic advisory, valuation, m&a, financial restructuring and due diligence.


· Previous experience at UBS and Deutsche Bank.


· Master in Finance from IE Business School.


· Double degree in Business Administration and Actuarial Science from URJC.

Daniel Largo

· Previously Investment Associate at Sherpa Capital.


· Previous experience at BBVA and Amazon.


· Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering from ICAI (Universidad Pontificia Comillas)

Pablo Fernández

· Extensive experience in finance and management control.


· Previous experience as CFO and Client Operations Director at Jones Lang Lasalle, Bouygues and Carrefour, proven ability to implement action plans and process reengineering to improve the company performances.


· Degree in Business Administration from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and MBA by IE.

Vanesa Valentín

· João has a strong background in M&A advisory services in the Portuguese and Spanish markets.


· João started his career at KPMG Portugal providing corporate finance and M&A advisory services and he has also worked at Alantra´s Credit Portfolio Advisory division. 

· João has a MSc in Management and Finance from Cass Business School and a BSc in Business Administration from Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics.

João Oliveira

· Extensive private equity experience.


· Previously Investment Executive at Sherpa Capital.


· Previous experience at Ferrovial and Clearwater.


· Business Administration and Management Degree from Universidad de Navarra.

Íñigo Urbón


· Extensive private equity experience.


· Previously Investment Associate at Sherpa Capital.


· Previous experience at H.I.G. Capital and McKinsey & Company.


· Business Administration Degree and MSc in Finance from ESADE Business School.

Jules de Meeûs

· Extensive private equity experience.


· Previously Investment Executive at Sherpa Capital.


· Previous experience as an Assistant Manager at Deloitte Corporate Finance, participating in M&A transactions, debt raising and restructuring transactions; and Garrigues, leading Spanish law firm.


· Double degree in Law and Business Management (taught in English) from Universidad Pablo de Olavide.

Ricardo Mellado
Vice President