What we do
We invest in companies and help them to be successful through funding the company and supporting the management. We are committed to the companies we invest in and believe in a tailored approach for each company. There is no such thing as “one way to success”.
Braver Investments B.V. is an independent investment company founded by Gerard Brand and René Verbruggen. After international business careers at multinational companies we entered into our first investment in 2008 and gradually built up the Braver Investments activities.
We believe in tailored approaches and in connecting with management for each company we invest in. We explicitly do not believe in red tape. Clear guidelines and agreements define the way we do our business. Together with management we define strategy and set goals, after which management executes the strategy in an independent and entrepreneurial way.
As the controlling shareholders of Braver Investments we invest without a fixed time horizon; we are committed to the company during the period in which the company benefits from our presence. We act when action is needed.
We focus on established, small and medium sized companies with a need for equity-investments from half a million euro’s to five million euro’s and with a need for support at board level. We typically have a controlling and substantial shareholding. However, we do not have to be the majority shareholder, we also consider co-investemenst when larger equity-investments are required. We aim at working together with management and co-investors with aligned interests.
Our focus is on investing in companies that need equity for buy-outs or buy-ins, domestic and international growth or turn-arounds and transformational processes.
Although we invest in a wide range of industries we have a preference for service companies, manufacturing industry and mechanical engineering/machine building companies.
Over the years we have invested in companies with different needs and backgrounds. Investments were connected to demand for growth-capital, succession-issues, financial distress, etc. Braver Investments has experience in investing under all these circumstances.
We ensure that all necessary knowhow and skills to achieve success are made available at the disposal of management and we support management in bringing changes about when needed.
We are very proud of the companies we have invested in and their achievements.
“During my career I climbed up through the ranks of large corporates such as Sodexo and ISS and ended up travelling the world as a senior executive. As all good things must come to an end there was a day when I no longer wanted to be part of the world of the big stock-listed companies and that was the day that I became an investor.
Being an investor is about creating value for all stakeholders. If investing was just about making more money I would have stayed on as a director in big corporate environments. Creating value for all stakeholders in mid-sized companies and really helping management to be successful is what gives me energy and satisfaction.”
“My professional drive has always been the development of myself, the people, the company and the other stakeholders around me. This can be accelerating and supporting an existing strategy, or developing and implementing a new bright future for those companies which have lost focus in the process. Since I have had the pleasure of being a team member in a number of these situations, I know how much satisfaction this may give and I love to share this with other management teams.”
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