Login to access your exclusive member-only content and account information.


Not a member? Join us

  • Operate to the highest level of professional standards
  • Access authoritative industry research and data
  • Navigate the complex EU regulatory environment
  • Network and engage with industry leaders
News & opinion

Anne Fossemalle of EBRD assumes role of Invest Europe Chair

16 Jun 2021

  • Klaus Hommels of Lakestar named as Chair-elect for 2021-2022

Invest Europe, the association representing Europe’s private equity, venture capital and infrastructure sectors, as well as their investors, today announced that Anne Fossemalle, Director, Equity Funds at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), has assumed the role of chair for 2021-2022, taking over from Thierry Baudon, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Mid Europa Partners.

Anne has over 25 years of private equity experience and holds numerous Supervisory Board and Investment Committee memberships with major fund managers within the EBRD geography. Anne joined the EBRD in 1993 from Natixis and has worked in several capacities prior to heading Equity Funds, notably leading EBRD’s debt and direct equity investments into financial institutions.

Anne holds Masters degrees from Stanford University, Ecole Nationale du Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Forêts (France) and Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon (France).

With Anne’s guidance, and under the leadership of Eric de Montgolfier, CEO of Invest Europe, the association will continue to demonstrate private equity’s position as a cornerstone of Europe’s economy and society, supporting over 10 million workers across the continent and creating over a quarter of a million jobs in sectors that will help feed the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

A total of 10.2 million people were employed at 23,009 portfolio companies at the end of 2019, ranging from start-ups and SMEs to large multinationals, according to the second edition of Invest Europe’s ground-breaking employment study. That equates to 4.3% of Europe’s active workforce and is on a par with the entire population of Sweden.

In 2020, European private equity stepped up to the mark and invested €88 billion into over 8,000 companies across the continent. In the midst of intense turbulence, investment was 12% lower than the record deployment of 2019, but nevertheless the second highest total on record.

Capital flowed into every region and into core sectors that target digital growth, consumption and long-term health: ICT accounted for 37% of investment; consumer goods & services a further 19%; and biotech & healthcare 15%. Private equity firms helped portfolio companies through the crisis with follow-on equity investments totalling €26 billion in 2020.

Private equity’s ability to provide strong returns on investment for long-term investors, namely pension funds and insurers seeking to grow savers’ and pensioners’ contributions, was also in full evidence. Fundraising reached €101 billion in 2020, again lower than 2019’s pre-pandemic record, yet the third-year in a row that the industry has secured over €100 billion from long-term investors. That takes fundraising for the last five years to €500 billion, providing abundant capital to support existing European portfolio companies, while identifying and backing new, attractive investment opportunities.

As Chair, Anne will be supported by Invest Europe’s board of directors, including the new appointments of Tom Allen (Advent), Frans Tieleman (Eurazeo), Louis Flamand (Metlife) and Klaus Hommels (Lakestar) who has also been appointed Chair-elect for 2021-2022. Meanwhile, Max Römer, Quadriga Capital, has agreed to remain as Treasurer for another year.

Media enquiries For more information please contact

Eric Drosin Image

Eric Drosin


Communication Director


What can I do to manage cookies stored on my computer or phone?

You can accept or refuse cookies. Accepting cookies is usually the best way to make sure you get the best from a website.

Most PCs automatically accept them but you can change your browser settings to restrict, block or delete cookies if you want. Each browser is different, so check the 'Help' menu of your particular browser (or your mobile phone's handset manual) to learn how to change your cookie preferences. Many browsers have universal privacy settings for you to choose from.

Help on how to set and customise your cookie settings for your browser

How to manage cookies in Internet Explorer

Cookie settings in most versions of Internet Explorer can be found by clicking the tools option and then the privacy tab.

How to manage cookies in Firefox

Cookie settings in Firefox are managed in the Options window's Privacy panel. See Options window - Privacy Panel for information on these settings.

How to manage cookies in Chrome

Click on the spanner icon on the toolbar, select settings, click the under the bonnet tab, click on content settings in the privacy section.

How to manage cookies in Opera 

You can manage cookies in Opera if you Click on settings, then Preferences, then Advanced and finally Cookies

How to manage cookies in Safari

Choose Safari, then preferences and then click security. You should then be able to specify if and when Safari should accept cookies.

To manage cookies on your mobile phone please consult your manual or handbook.

Get more help about how cookies work with specific browsers.

What happens if I don't accept cookies?

If you decline cookies, some aspects of Invest Europe site may not work on your computer or mobile phone and you may not be able to access areas you want on the website. For this reason we recommend that you accept cookies.

What happens if I delete my cookies?

If you delete all your cookies you will have to update your preferences with us again and some aspects of our site may not work.

What happens if I change computers or mobile?

If you use a different device, computer profile or browser you will have to tell us your preferences again.

If you'd like to learn more about cookies in general and how to manage them, visit

We can't be responsible for the content of external websites.

Opt-out of cookies


Join today

This is for members only. To view in full login or join Invest Europe today.