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Partech Ventures further expands its team with two newly appointed General Partners and strengthens its transatlantic foothold

With the appointments of  Reza Malekzadeh in San Francisco and Emmanuel Delaveau in Paris, Partech Ventures accelerates its expansion and widens its strong transatlantic foothold.


 Reza Malekzadeh joins the Venture team as a General Partner alongside Nicolas El Baze in San Francisco, Philippe Collombel and Jean-Marc Patouillaud in Paris, and Olivier Schuepbach in Berlin.

Emmanuel Delaveau’s mission as a General Partner will be to strengthen investor relations and structure the investment firm's growth strategy and business development initiatives.

A high-growth, transatlantic investment strategy

The appointment of Reza Malekzadeh shows our commitment to boost our activities in the Bay area, which still hosts the largest, most powerful technology ecosystem in the world,” said Jean-Marc Patouillaud, co-Managing Partner of Partech Ventures. “Reza’s extensive knowledge of the software industry as well as his experience as a seasoned entrepreneur and thought leader will allow us to accelerate our growth strategy in the region and strengthen our transatlantic foothold.”

 Partech Ventures has been a pioneering European VC to open offices in the US decades ago, with an office in San Francisco investing in US tech companies. It is part of the high-growth strategy on which the firm has embarked in recent years to accelerate on both continents in order to attract companies aiming to achieve international expansion.

“Partech Ventures has a proven ability to offer prime knowledge and access to both European and US markets,” said Reza Malekzadeh, General Partner, Partech Ventures. “We will build up this expertise to partner with an increasing number of disruptive companies both in the US and in Europe, and give them an edge to scale globally”

Reza is an active catalyst and leader in the French Silicon Valley tech community and an advocate of French and European technological innovation. He has twenty years of experience in various executive sales, marketing and operations roles for both large and startup companies. He was one of the very early VMware employees joining the company in 1998, and has also co-founded and successfully sold two startups.

High value-added services for entrepreneurs and investors

Emmanuel Delaveau played a major role in turning CNP Assurances into one of Europe's largest private equity institutional investors, with €6 billion under management,” , said Philippe Collombel, co-Managing Partner, Partech Ventures. “His experience will give us an opportunity to pursue strategic relations with our investors on a global scale.”

Since 2012, Partech Ventures has been a pioneer in open innovation and collaboration initiatives between emerging tech companies and industry leaders. It stood out notably with the launch of the Partech Shaker, a campus located in the heart of Paris and dedicated to cooperation between startups and major corporations. Emmanuel’s role will be to structure and develop the business development opportunities both for startups and industry leaders.

Partech Ventures is one of the most creative and active transatlantic teams originating from Europe both in terms of investment capacity and number of deals, bringing much more than capital,” said Emmanuel Delaveau, General Partner, Partech Ventures. “The strong entrepreneurial and operational backgrounds of the team allow us to cover the complete value chain of tech investing as well as understand the specific issues faced by major industries. We will continue to develop even more value-added services and business development opportunities to support entrepreneurs and investors”.

Over the past 9 years, Emmanuel Delaveau developed CNP Assurances’ private equity activities, which grew from €1.5 billion to more than €6 billion. The portfolio was invested in nearly 300 funds and co-investments across multiple sectors and strategies, with a focus on Europe and North America. He has also served as a member of the selection board for the HEC Entrepreneurs Master’s. He started his career in the Silicon Valley before returning to Europe where he co-founded two start-ups.
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