Investment year 2021
Activity Manufacturing of organic fertilizers
Headquarters Monzón (Aragón), Spain

Leading manufacturer of organic fertilizers

Defeder is a manufacturer of organic fertilizers and natural ingredients for pet food based in Monzón (Huesca). Founded in 2008, the company has become the leading manufacturer of organic fertilizers in Spain. All products commercialized by Defeder are 100% organic, promoting a circular economy, sustainability and eco viability.

In 2022, Defeder acquired ecological and organic fertilizer producer Oscafos, a company marketing more than 25,000 tonnes of fertilizers annually. With this transaction, Defeder significantly expanded its production and increased its product range while entered in the segment of organo-mineral fertilizers, Oscafos’ area of expertise.

Organic agriculture benefits from strong consumer demand for ecologic products, driven by increasing environmental and health concerns. The company has a wide portfolio of high-quality certified ecologic products. Defeder supplies products to a highly diversified customer base across Spain, France, Portugal and Italy.

Henko Partners is supporting the founders of Defeder to drive the development of the company, taking advantage of the multiple growth opportunities existing in the market.

· 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