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WYZ Group has raised over €21m from Bpifrance (Fonds Avenir Automobile 2), BNP Paribas Développement and Generis to accelerate its growth. The transaction also allows the exit of some shareholders and includes moderate leverage. WYZ Group designs and develops digital B2B solutions, mainly for major automotive accounts (manufacturers, after-sales networks, and corporate fleets) to manage and optimize their tire supply. WYZ Group achieved c.€60m in revenues in 2020, with an average growth of more than 30% per year since 2012.
Raphaël acted as M&A advisor to Firmenich, the world’s largest privately-owned perfume and taste company (€3.7bn turnover) based in Switzerland, in its acquisition of DRT (€550m turnover) from private equity fund Ardian. DRT is a world leading producer of plant-based, renewable ingredients. On this landmark transaction (1,7 billions of euros), Firmenich leveraged on Raphaël insight on the company and expertise on the sector to rapidly enter into one-to-one discussions despite the launch of an auction process.
The founders of Le Wagon opened up their capital to boost the company’s growth mainly through external growth, new verticals development (with a focus on data science) and expanding its international footprint. PE funds Cathay and AfricInvest have invested €17 million. Le Wagon is one of the leading independent players in the sector of bootcamps (accelerated training) dedicated to digital and technology fields. It is present in Europe and Asia, with campuses in many countries.
The French leader of the fine art logistics market (museums, galleries, fair trades, collectors) becomes n°1 in Asia with the acquisition of a leading player well established on active art markets like Hong Kong. The group is dedicated to warehousing, pack and carry fine art to exhibitions
The family holding Horus Finance sold its investment in Eurodislog to Staci. Eurodislog is a leading player of the logistics market of communication materials, promotional objects and POS materials. Horus Finance wants to focus on fine art logistics.
Raphaël advises founders and investors of WayKonect (Partech, Breega Capital, 360 Capital Partners and business angels including Olivier Mathiot and Thierry Petit) regarding sale of the company to Total Group. WayKonect develops B2B SaaS solutions for intelligent and connected fleet management. With the backing of Total Marketing services, WayKonect will be able to accelerate its development
Inovelan founders and their partners sell 100% of the share capital to Agfa-Gevaert (Agfa Healthcare division), after a selective competitive process including large international IT services groups dedicated to the healthcare sector. Inovelan is a reference e-healthcare player in France.
Digiteka, an ad tech/ video technology company that helps publishers and media companies generate and monetize premium and contextualized instream video inventory, has been sold to media groups Rossel and Ouest France. Set up in 2017, Digiteka had closed several funding rounds with VCs and business angels
The group of contemporary accessible art galleries with presence in Europe, the US and Asia raises money from Laurent Dassault, Sofipaca (Crédit Agricole) and BPI to finance the opening of new galleries and the digitalization of the group. One of the 2 co-founders exits.
Ardian, advised by Raphaël (which is historically close to DRT), has designed a friendly non-sollicited offer (no sale process) that is disclosed to the Board, which represents the c. 150 family shareholders. This offer is accepted and values DRT at more than € 1 bn, which makes it one of the largest LBOs in France in 2017. DRT is one of the main worlddwide players in ingredients and chemicals derived from pine.
Joël Boumendil and his partner EDRIP (private equity house), advised by Raphaël, sell ACE Crédit (n°4 French mortgage broker) to Financière CEP (CBP, Empruntis) ; this disposal is the outcome of a sale process voluntarily restricted to very few selected strategic buyers.
Raphaël advises the founders of Gekko in the sale of their company to Accor group; the founders remain shareholders with an exit formula; Raphaël had previously advised the founders in their LBO transaction with private equity investor HLD ; Gekko in an innovative B to B hotel booking platform for corporates (HCorpo) and travel agencies (Teldar).
The French leader of the fine art logistics market (museums, galleries, fair trades, collectors) took over the Swiss leader of the fine art logistics market (based in Geneva). The group is dedicated to warehousing, pack and carry fine art to exhibitions
Vectans Pharma raises funds from Gérard Leduc, founder of Etypharm, and other pharma and private equity professionals in order to finance the acquisition of two products from Onxeo and its commercial development
Vectans Pharma acquires two products in oral pathologies, Sitavig (treatment of herpes labialis) and Loramyc (treatment of oropharyngeal candidiasis) from Onxeo (ex-BioAlliance Pharma). These two products are authorised and distributed in Europe, North America and Asia
Advised by Raphaël, the founders and their venture capital partners sell a large controlling stake to TF1; this transaction will also allow MinuteBuzz to accelerate its development ; the founders remain shareholders with an exit formula; MinuteBuzz is one of the leading video media on social networks and dedicated to millenials in France
Advised by Raphaël, some family shareholders and Céréa Capita sell their stake to Idinvest; this transaction is the outcome of a competitive sale process towards priovate equity investors
AMS Industries, the holding company of Jean-Paul Bize, acquired 100% of the accessible luxury fashion brand Tara Jarmon, created by David Jarmon. Jean-Paul Bize added Tara Jarmon to his newly created luxury already including Poiray (watches) and Aurélie Bidermann (Jewlery)
Tok Tok Tok, an on-demand delivery platform, has been sold to Just Eat plc, the leading global marketplace for online food delivery (136m orders in 2016)
Auto parts and car repair chain Speedy (close to 500 outlets) joins Bridgestone Group, after a restricted sale process conducted by Raphael and very selective sale process restricted to a handfull of large international strategic buyers. In 2011, Speedy had been acquired by its management team led by Jacques Le Foll
Advised by Raphaël, the founders and their family parners sell Cerise Media , a high-growth video and digital media group, to Prisma, a subsidiary of Bertelsmann Group, after a very competitive sale process conducted towards large international strategic buyers in the media sector
Advised by Raphël, the founders and their venture capital partners sell part of their stake through a LBO transaction with private equity investor HLD; venture capital investors exit ; founders cash out partially and reinvest partially; this transaction follows a tailor-made sale pocess
Porcher Industries, manufacturer of technical textiles and composites for various industries (17 sites acrooss the world, €265m revenues) is sold private equity fund Warwick Capital
Compagnie des Alpes refocuses its leisure parks portfolio and sells two regional leisure parks (Mer de Sable, near Paris, and Planète Sauvage, near Nantes) to Looping Group.