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The new trio at the Charleroi summit: American businessman David Helmer presented as an investor |  Jupiler Professional League

The new trio at the Charleroi summit: American businessman David Helmer presented as an investor | Jupiler Professional League

Transitions at the top in Charleroi. Chairman Fabian Debeck and Managing Director Mehdi Bayat welcomed David Helmer as a new investor to the club on Friday afternoon. His company, Catalytik Group, became a minority shareholder in Carolos.

The club’s management did not want to reveal exactly the amount that the American businessman would invest or the percentage of shares he now owns. Managing Director Mehdi Bayat explained: “The three of us, Fabian Debeck, David Helmer and myself, now own 95 percent of the club’s shares.”

The American businessman’s investment will almost certainly include stock buybacks and capital increases. In this second level, “the club will be able to obtain 6 million euros in new capital,” Bayat said.

David Helmer made a fortune from a laboratory equipment company. He is also currently the big man at Cataltic Group, an investment group active in the sports sector, and should soon become the owner of a top-flight club in Rwanda.

The three of us will have the exact same powers.

Mehdi Bayat

David Helmer himself said that partnerships will be established between the latter and Sporting Charleroi to try to bring African talent to the European continent.

The arrival of the new shareholder is accompanied by the reorganization of the Board of Directors, with Sporting Charleroi at the helm. This position will be filled by the trio consisting of Fabian Debeck, Mehdi Bayat and David Helmer.

“The three of us will have exactly the same powers,” Mehdi Bayat said.

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Dibek and Bayat also emphasized that the arrival of a new investor was important in the context of changes in Belgian football, with rival clubs benefiting from new financial resources in recent years.

Helmer and Pyatt sat side by side at the announcement.

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