Claude Calmon, CEO of Calmon Partners Group: “For us, people, capital and communications cannot be separated when we want to grow our business”

Calmon Partners Group is a company that provides international recruitment services, fundraising consultations and financial news. Rare skill. Interview with its CEO, Claude Calmond.

What is the working principle of Calmon Partners Group?

Claude Calmon: Calmon Partners is a unique ecosystem that grows around three complementary activities: human resources, fundraising consultations and media. We offer our clients the opportunity to integrate an environment in which they can find answers to these key questions. For us, people, capital and communications cannot be separated when we strive to grow our business.

How did this idea come about?

It all started two years ago with the creation Calmon Partners Executive Searcha company specializing in investment business in France and abroad. When the first months of the pandemic and quarantine passed, we quickly saw an explosion in financial activities, especially in investment funds. These structures usually see any crisis as an opportunity. This investment boom has benefited the entire investment value chain: banks, consulting firms and even startups.

Claude Calmon: This complete ecosystem allows us to intervene at different stages of the company’s life, and we will continue to supplement this set with new services.

In the same way, we felt a growing need to support these players, especially in their recruitment campaigns. We are witnessing a real war of talents, and the position of headhunter has been confirmed over the past two years. Working closely with investment players, we have also identified the need to support fundraising operations, especially among new companies that are still underdeveloped to attract investment.

After conducting several direct investment operations as a business angel, it seemed natural for us to offer a fundraising support service for startups in the so-called “initial stage” Where “seed”. Calmon Partners Financial Services was born. We are directing these activities between Paris and Geneva to benefit from a wider network of companies and investors.. It also allows us to support these startups with key personnel, which consolidates the team and reassures investors. Too little emphasis is placed on the importance of initial hiring when the company has just raised funds and needs to accelerate development.

The last part of the media and events is the result of the acquisition of the site at the end of 2021. This platform, which specializes in financial information, addresses both traditional topics (mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, investments) and new ones, such as decentralized finance (blockchain, cryptocurrencies, Web 3.0). We used the site’s reputation and audience to add a vacancy board that specializes in financial vacancies. This site will allow us to create content for our fundraising and fundraising clients, as well as maintain a media plan for startups that have just raised funds.

This complete ecosystem allows us to intervene at different stages of the company’s life, and we will continue to supplement this set with new services.

What are your short-term goals?

2022 will be interesting for the group, as our recruitment activity is growing strongly in France and abroad (we reached a turnover in 2021 in the 1st quarter of 2022, we are actively recruiting and opening new accounts), we have already signed several exclusive collection mandates funds on “hot” topics such as HR Tech, Sport Tech and Luxury, and finally, the audience of Finyear has almost doubled since the acquisition. We also want to relaunch Finyear Magazine and 100% digital.

Therefore, we will continue to strengthen our position, in particular, with the help of key personnel for 3 brands, always according to the profiles of experts. We also want to make new investments in projects in our ecosystem (HR, finance, media). Group growth can also occur through one or more strategic acquisitions.

Finally, in early 2022, we invested in our own technology solution that will digitize recruitment processes, as we seek to simplify recruitment logistics for large groups that do not benefit from the flexibility of new solutions. .

What is a business model?

Branded business models Search for executives and financial services similar, we charge a percentage of the transaction we perform, the investment or the fundraiser. At Media & Events we have several sources of income: advertising (website + magazine), a board of vacancies separately or by subscription, as well as support for the media plan also by subscription.

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