Katch Investment Group is an asset management company dedicated to liquid, senior-secured private debt, focusing on investment strategies where capital is scarce with relatively high and stable returns.
In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, major central banks’ liquidity injections have inflated traditional asset classes, while new regulations reduced the banks’ appetite and capability to lend to smaller businesses.
Katch identified these trends and decided to launch funds that invest in short-term lending and financing opportunities for businesses that offer strong guarantees. It focuses on areas such as factoring, receivables monetization, trade financing, real estate bridge loans, and others.
Factoring & receivables monetization are transactions in which a business sells its commercial receivables to a third-party financial company (ie. a factoring company). The factoring company then collects payment on those invoices from the business’ customers (usually multinationals and/or governmental agencies).
Trade finance is the financing of the transaction of commodities during the shipping period by a broker that previously arranged the transaction between a buyer and a seller, usually located in different countries.
In bridge financing, short-term loans are provided to real estate developers until they secure longer-term financing with traditional bank. In general, loans are provided over a period of less to 12 months.
Litigation finance is where a third party provides the financial resources to enable costly litigation or arbitration cases to proceed. The litigant obtains all or part of the financing to cover its legal costs from a private commercial litigation funder, who has no direct interests in the proceedings.
Direct lending is a form of financing in which lenders other than banks make loans to companies without intermediaries. This opportunistic financing solution comes with strong collaterals, usually personal guarantees and offers attractive and stable returns.
Our dedicated team of investment experts constantly analyzes financial markets to identify attractive investment opportunities, with a focus on high-yielding strategies backed by strong guarantees to limit downside.
Each investment must pass through our strict due-diligence process that includes a proper analysis of the offering, asset verification, background checks, and on-site visits
Our funds have a strong track record of outperforming their benchmarks and broader asset classes, such as equity and fixed income.
Katch Investment Group is led by three main partners that combine in-depth financial market knowledge, a history of consistent outperformance, and strong analytical skills.
Stephane has more than 20 years of experience in asset management in several locations around the world: Paris, Boston, NYC, London, and Panama City.
Laurent has in excess of 20 years of investment management experience in alternative assets with major financial institutions.
Pascal has more than 20 years of experience in financial market research, portfolio management, and investment advisory.
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Stephane has more than 20 years of experience in asset management in several locations around the world: Paris, Boston, NYC, London, and Panama City. He has worked in several banks, such as BNP Paribas, Lehman Brothers, State Street Capital, and Credit Andorra. His focus has been on the construction and management of portfolios for clients with a focus on alternative investments. In his previous experience at State Street London, Stephane was a managing director in his global head of equity sales research position. He was a member of the European executive committee and oversaw 25 people located in New York City, London, and Hong Kong.
Stephane has a master’s degree from IPAG Business School in Paris and an MBA from Darden School of Business (University of Virginia), and is a CFA charterholder.
Laurent has 20 years of investment experience in alternative asset management. Laurent’s previous experiences include responsibilities at Fidelis Insurance Holdings Ltd., a London and Bermuda based insurance company where he was group chief investment officer managing $1.5bn of assets. Previously, he was global head of investment at Platinum Capital Management Ltd., a global asset management platform, where his responsibilities included overseeing the firm’s actively managed funds (hedge funds, equities, volatility, and commodities).
Laurent’s early career included spells at BNP Paribas SA, Lazard LLC, GLG Partners LP, and Signia Wealth. Laurent graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques and Institut d’Administration des Entreprises, both in France, from INSEAD (France-Singapore), and has successfully passed all three levels of the CFA Charter holder exam.
Pascal has more than 20 years of experience in financial market research, portfolio management, and investment advisory. He worked several years as a financial analyst, strategist and investment advisor for Credit Suisse in Zurich, New York and Panama. Before joining Katch Investment Group in April 2019, he was the chief investment officer of Credit Andorra and its Multi Family Office, Private Investment Management in Panama.
Pascal has a master’s degree in Management and Economics from the University of Zurich and is a CFA charterholder.