Founders

With over 45 years of combined experience in sales, operations, finance and transactions, Venture Advisors’ founders understand perfectly the challenges you face. They can explain your options, and help you select the right path for your company.

Herve Borrel  Partner

Herve Borrel, who has more than 25 years of experience in semiconductors and MEMS for automotive and medical applications, led MicroChemical Systems (MiCS) from a startup to a recognized tier-one MEMS supplier for the automotive industry. Under his leadership, MiCS became a key supplier of MEMS gas sensors to many automakers and automotive equipment companies, including BMW, Volkswagen, General Motors, Volvo, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Hyundai, Valeo, Delphi, and Calsonic Kansei.

In 2007, MiCS was sold to e2v Technologies, a British provider of subsystems and components for high-performance systems, where Herve then managed e2v’s Automotive Business Unit until the end of 2008.

Prior to MiCS/e2v, Mr. Borrel worked for six years in the medical equipment industry, with Haemonetics Corp., including as general manager for the Benelux region. Prior to that he spent five years in the semiconductor industry working for Motorola.

Stephanie Sims  Partner

Stephanie Sims has more than two decades of experience in finance, quality & IT management, and valuation of public and private entities.

She began her career in real estate investment banking, working with Goldman Sachs, CSFB and Lehman Brothers on over US$5B (book value) of transactions in the US and Europe. During her tenure, Ms. Sims was responsible for all aspects of transactions, from due diligence through closing.

In 1999, Stephanie assisted Swiss start-up MicroChemical Systems (MiCS) in obtaining business development capital, and created financial projections and reporting processes sufficiently robust to satisfy venture capital investors. Over the next nine years, she managed the company’s finances, including the development of IFRS reporting, and created reliable data and improved communication through implementation of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Stephanie was instrumental in the successful sale of MiCS to a FTSE-250 company in 2007, thanks to her extensive transaction experience.

Since returning to the US in 2009, Ms. Sims has assisted clients in developing or strengthening their financial tools, which has allowed them to obtain additional financing from current or new investors. Her transaction, quality management and strategic experience have also improved the value that clients have obtained from the sales of their business.

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