Founded in 2008, Genii Capital is the brainchild of the founders of The Genii Group, two prominent entrepreneurs based in Luxembourg; Gerard Lopez, an established venture capitalist and Eric Lux a successful real estate developer. Their intention was to create a firm which could successfully capitalise on their extensive business experience and create a forum which would bring together financial leaders, private and institutional investors and senior political figures in major growth regions around the world.
Initially, Genii Capital operated as a private equity firm building up a solid portfolio of companies which it continues to manage and develop. A shift in business strategy took place in 2010 with the acquisition of Lotus F1 Team
, a cash bid for Swedish car manufacturer Saab
, and a ‘stalking horse’ bid for Polaroid
. In the same year, Genii Capital became a founding member of the Luxembourg Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LPEA
), a Member State of the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA
), which aims to promote and protect the interests of the industry.
Today, Genii Capital is active in a range of investment vehicles – the company works across private investment, investment fund management and the leveraging of third party funds. Complimentary to these activities, Genii Capital also provides financial advisory services on topics ranging from the preparation of IPOs to the joint development of businesses.
The origins of this positioning should be found in the vision of global business shared by the co-founders, who run successful investment firms of their own and created large parts of the network though which Genii Capital is defined today. The structure in place at Genii Capital, therefore, builds on the already impressive array of deals made by its founders notably in the technology, real estate and automotive industries.