Hervé Bellaïche takes over as president of the leader in catamaran cruises

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Founded in 2003 by Jean-Pascal Siméon and Fred Talvard, the company has become a leader in high-end cabin catamaran cruises, operating in Corsica, the Caribbean and the Seychelles.

The company today has a fleet of 16 boats with a turnover of nearly €15 million.

After 20 years, Jean-Pascal Siméon, the founder, handed over the torch.

Hervé Bellaïche

Hervé Bellaïche, former Deputy Managing Director of PONANT, takes over as Chairman from October 10.

Frédéric Talvard is appointed Director of Operations.

This new chapter is also accompanied by the entry into the capital of Montefiore Investment, through the Nov Tourisme Relance Durable Fund, and of Bpifrance, via its France Investissement Tourisme 3 (FIT3) fund: two renowned players in the tourism industry. tourism.

This union will strengthen the Company’s leading position, accentuate its reputation for excellence, and give new impetus to its expansion, with even greater environmental and societal awareness.

The company announces that it wants to quickly accelerate the size of its fleet and its development in France, Belgium and Switzerland.

Hervé Bellaïche expresses his satisfaction: “The current team, under the enlightened leadership of Jean-Pascal Siméon and Fred Talvard, has done exceptional work by placing customer satisfaction at the heart of the company. This unique cruise model aboard eco-responsible catamarans reveals promising potential. With the support of investment funds Montefiore Investment and Bpifrance, we are determined to further accelerate our growth trajectory”.

Catlante Catamarans

Jean-Pascal Siméon, founder of CATLANTE CATAMARANS, shares his enthusiasm: “I am happy with what has been accomplished over these two decades and to pass the torch to Hervé Bellaïche, who has the right profile, the right experience, and the right vision to lead CATLANTE CATAMARANS to new heights. I am confident that the business is in good hands to continue to thrive.”

Julien Meir, director at Montefiore Investment: “We are convinced of the very strong organic growth potential of Catlante at a time when decarbonization issues are omnipresent and more responsible tourism is popular. Alongside Hervé Bellaïche, we aim to increase the fleet of sailboats, whose carbon impact is very low, and to develop in Belgium and Switzerland. »

Flavien Tiberghien, investment director at Bpifrance Investissements: “We are very proud to support Catlante, a pioneer in travel and boating, towards greener and more authentic tourism. »

Catlante Catamarans – cabin


Created in 2003, CATLANTE CATAMARANS has risen to the rank of French benchmark for cruises in high-end crewed catamarans.

In the cabin or in private, the Company offers unforgettable trips aboard refined catamarans while displaying a deep commitment to environmental and societal concerns.

The ships, entirely owned by the Company, are designed and built to measure to meet the specific requirements of this type of cruise, in particular the Catlante 600, Catlante 620 and Catlante 720 models. Each of these cruises is accompanied by a crew made up of experienced Captains and cooks, who have made the reputation of the company. www.catlante.com

About Montefiore Investment:

Created in 2005, Montefiore Investment is the leading investor in service SMEs and mid-sized companies in France. With a team of 50 employees, and relying on its sectoral expertise and know-how, the company successfully supports companies in their growth and development projects. Montefiore Investment has demonstrated its ability to transform mid-sized companies and SMEs into true European champions. Its performance has enabled it to establish itself as an essential benchmark for private equity in the mid-market. Based in Paris and Milan,

Montefiore Investment today has 4 billion euros of equity under management and invests tickets of 20 to 200 million euros of equity to finance the sustainable and profitable growth of its investments. Since 2021, Montefiore has also been a shareholder and strategic partner of Starquest, a management company dedicated to investments in innovative companies with a high environmental impact (GreenTech). www.montefiore.eu

About Bpifrance:

Bpifrance finances companies – at each stage of their development – ​​with credit, guarantees and equity. Bpifrance supports them in their innovation projects and internationally.

Bpifrance also ensures their export activity through a wide range of products. Consulting, university, networking and acceleration program for start-ups, SMEs and mid-sized companies are also part of the offer offered to entrepreneurs. Thanks to Bpifrance and its 50 regional locations, entrepreneurs benefit from a close, unique and efficient contact to help them face their challenges.

More information on: www.bpifrance.fr

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