Major recent operations
to La Poste Group
AYA Partners advised Economie d’Energie, which designs digital platforms aiming at promoting renovation work and building energy efficiency for its backing to La Poste Group. Aya Partners worked with legal advisers HPML et LMP on this deal, whilst Groupe La Poste was advised by lawyers from Aramis.
and equity reshuffling l
Aya Partners advised and successfully helped Economie d’Energie find new minority partners and alternative finance to bring liquidity to minority non-executive shareholders. The deal arranged with Indigo Capital allowed the company management to increase its shareholding to ultimately control together 100% of the capital of the company. Karine Fitau, Partner at Cohen Amir-Aslani was advising the investors.
Virginie Lagrange identified Cimes, a company specialized in managing occupational training for major companies, as a potential target for Cegos. In a tender offer, Cegos advised by Virginie Lagrange managed to convince both the Cimes founder and management, Apicap and two private investors to agree to the transaction, all within a 3-month window.
MCI Group, world leader in organising and managing events and trade fairs for major companies, associations and government agencies, wished to reorganise its shareholding whilst bringing cash to the historical financial shareholders. Virginie Lagrange advised the Group on finding minority partners and alternative financing means. The deal achieved with Indigo Capital and EMZ has allowed the buyback of the financial shareholders whilst continuing the acquisition strategy, with the Swiss founding family and top management remaining sole shareholders. Aya Partners worked with legal advisers Cohen Amir-Aslani on this transaction.
PCB Creation, who are leaders in the making of high-end chocolate displays, wanted to buy Ponthier from its historical family shareholders. Thanks to a fund-raising campaign leading to the deal being structured over two months, Virginie Lagrange allowed PCB Creation to proceed with the acquisition in a very tight time frame, therefore avoiding a tender process.
Cegos, who are European leaders for occupational training, wished to reorganise its shareholding whilst bringing cash to the minority non-executive shareholders. Virginie Lagrange organised a competitive tender opened to minority financial investors and historical bankers of the company. The deal structured with a wider banking pool has allowed the company’s management to finance a share buy back and holding 100% of the shares. Aya Partners worked with CMS Francis Lefebvre on this deal.
by Ardian Private Equity
CLS, who are European leaders of real-time satellite geolocation, wanted to increase its international footprint through external growth. Virginie Lagrange advised the group and its main shareholder, the CNES, in finding a minority financial partner suitable in a politically sensitive environment. Ardian was identified and chosen, having the financial spread and the right approach and understanding to work in harmony with the management and CNES, the French Spatial Agency.
Editions Francis Lefebvre, the French subsidiary of Lefebvre Sarrut group dedicated to trade publications, and amongst others leader in tax and legal publications, had already ventured into the wider Europe by buying El Derecho in Spain and Indicator in Belgium. Northern Europe was still missing so Virginie Lagrange advised the Group to buy the main company in the Netherlands together with its shareholding in the German digital leader, Juris. Lefebvre Sarrut won the deal against a major investment fund in this strategic acquisition.
softskills to Fitec
AYA Partners advised SVP on the carve-out of its training activities. Evocime Softskills was sold to Fitec, sponsored by the Private Equity fund Platina Partners. This transaction will enable Evocime to foster its growth with the opening of new training and reskilling centres in major French cities.
of Agif to Ifpass
AYA Partners advised SVP on the carve-out of its training activities. Evocime Banque / Assurance best known under the Agif brand to Ifpass, the leading educational and training group for insurance industry. This transaction will enable Agif to further invest in its digitalization and adaptive learning while Ifpass will increase its footprint in the banking industry.
AYA Partners advised the AFC group on its disposal to Talis Education Group. AFC’s founding partner has sold his shares and the CEO takes full responsibility for the Poitiers campus and joins Talis executive committee. Talis and AFC share the same values, this alliance will enable to increase their footprint and their focus on the training offer and innovation.
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