Richard Reis

PARTNER

BENELUX

Richard Reis

PARTNER

BENELUX

What made you join Argos?

Richard

I joined Argos in May 2010 as an intern, then became an analyst, an associate and an investment manager. I chose Argos first and foremost for the people. It’s great being part of a very experienced and people-driven private equity team. Thinking and caring about other people is an essential part of my daily work. For two reasons: one, because people are an essential part of our business. And secondly, because we are a small business. There is a great deal of interaction among us, from the managing partner to the intern.
I also chose Argos for its European aspect. We are truly European, with six offices covering eight countries. There is no equivalent. I’m Italian and French, living in Brussels and covering Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, so it really fits with my personality.

I also chose Argos for its European aspect. We are truly European, covering eight countries, six offices – there is no equivalent. And I’m Italian-French living in Brussels and covering Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg markets, so it really fits with my personality.

What value drives you?

Richard

In both my professional life and my personal life, I’m focused on personal relationships based on trust, loyalty and team spirit. I’m very proud of my relationships with my family and friends; we are like a team. They say I’m very loyal and reliable, and that’s very important to me!

In my work, this is reflected in the quality of my relationships both with people in-house and with stakeholders, as well as the stability and solidity of our group.

For me, it’s very important to transfer your knowledge and to help people grow. So I have taught private equity in schools, and I speak at professional conferences. I have also mentored some students and still support them in their professional life.

Tell us about private equity.

Richard

What I find great about private equity is being part of a team, within Argos and also with management teams, and the kind of spirit you create with portfolio company professionals. It’s a strong bond. We’re not financiers; we’re passionate businessmen and women trying to find solutions. Finance is here to support business, not the other way round. Being part of ventures with managers and reaching success together is what drives me

What makes Argos unique?

Richard

In addition to being people-driven, Argos is highly experienced, and this differentiates it from other private equity firms. Founded in 1989, Argos is one of Europe’s most well-established private equity houses, especially when it comes to complex situations. At Argos, we are able to bring together expertise, dedication and capital to create incredible stories. We solve complex situations, push innovation and create jobs, making companies bigger and stronger.

Tell us about yourself.

Richard

When I was younger, I played tennis at a high level. If I was falling behind, my coach would tell me, “If the match is not over, you still have a chance to win it.” He would say, “Just believe and focus.” And I would win (well, sometimes!). I still think of this today: if it’s not over, you still have a chance to turn things around. And this is reflected in my career path. I was a business lawyer, but I decided I wanted to jump into investment, so I went back to school. It took time, but I was focused, and in the end, I achieved my goal.

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Revenues €87 M

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Revenues €500 M

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