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Rhone Group – a global private equity firm

Rhone Group

Rhone Group is a global private equity firm

Rhone Origins

Rhone was established in 1996. It is a global private equity firm with more than €3 billion under management. Rhone focus on private equity investments in market leading businesses with a pan-European or transatlantic presence and expansion prospects.


Rhone’s investment philosophy includes the development of strong, strategic partnerships with the companies in which it invests. Rhonee has offices in London and New York and currently holds investments in a diversified portfolio of companies, including investments in the following:
  • Consumer
  • Chemical
  • Energy
  • Industrial
  • Materials
  • Mining
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Financial
  • Shipping
The company is a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Registered Investment Advisor. Investors include government and private sector pension and retirement funds, charitable foundations, university endowments, insurance companies, family savings and sovereign wealth funds. Focusing primarily on investments in European and trans-Atlantic companies.


In 2011, Rhone Group moved from their Knightsbridge office to Mayfair’s 40 Bruton Street, signing a 10-year lease for the top 3 floors covering 8,000 square feet, at £105 per sq ft. This marked the highest rent achieved in the West End.


Extract taken from the Wall Street Journal

Private-equity firm Rhone Group is nearing a deal to buy packaging manufacturer Ranpak Corp., according to people familiar with the matter. The deal will value Ranpak at roughly $900 million, including debt, and could be announced in coming days, one of the people said. Ranpak, based in Concord Township, Ohio, traces its roots to 1972, and manufactures paper-based packaging for more than 25,000 companies in the electronics, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical industries, among others. The company in May completed the acquisition of Geami Ltd., a smaller rival that makes a paper-based alternative to materials like bubble wrap.   Links: http://www.rhonegroup.com/ http://robertagostinelli.wordpress.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rh%C3%B4ne_Group https://www.linkedin.com/company/rhone-group http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=1920714 Continue Reading

Agostinelli, Robert – Rhone Group

Robert Agostinelli

Founder and Managing Director, Rhone Group

Robert Agostinelli

Robert Frank Agostinelli



Rochester, N.Y. native Robert Agostinelli earned his MBA at Columbia University before a stint at Rothschild. Joining Goldman Sachs in 1982, he contributed to the founding of the bank’s international M&A business, before departing the firm as a senior partner for Lazard in 1987. Together with partner Steven Langman, Agostinelli struck out on his own in 1995 with the founding of New York-based private equity shop Rhone Group. The outfit, of which Agostinelli owns approximately 50%, now manages approximately $8.5 billion. Robert Agostinelli is a supporter of numerous right-wing causes and a founding member of the Friends of Israel Initiative. Also the Council on Foreign Relations. He counts Nicolas Sarkozy, George Bush and José María Aznar as close friends. While based in New York, he maintains homes in London and Paris and is a collector of wine and art. Robert Agostinelli is a certified public accountant and was born to Italian immigrant parents outside of Rochester, New York. He attended the Aquinas Institute. He obtained his BA from St. John Fisher College in 1976. He attended Columbia University where he received his MBA, graduated with highest honours in 1981. Robert Agostinelli sits on the Alumni Board and returns regularly to give speeches. Robert Agostinelli is a certified public accountant. Robert  Agostinelli began his career in financial services. Starting at the investment bank Jacob Rothschild from 1981 to 1982. Then joining Goldman Sachs and becoming a senior partner where he worked for five years. After this, he founded the firm’s international mergers and acquisitions business in London. Then, while at Lazard Freres he was involved in a number of the largest transactions in European takeover history. In 1995 Agostinelli and Steven Langman started their own firm, the Rhône Group.   See also: http://robertagostinelli.wordpress.com http://www.robertagostinelli.net/ Click here for more about the Rhone Group Continue Reading


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