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Founded in 1990 in Avignon, IFC is a French Higher Education group that has successfully developed its initial training offer (short professional training at Bac+2 level) with trainings at Bac+5 level. Eric Dupressoire acquired the Group in 2011 and iXO Private Equity took a majority stake into the company in 2014. The Group’s strategy consists in developing additional training levels to retain its students throughout their course (the launch of apprenticeship in 2019 has significantly accelerated its development). Thanks to its know-how and its 30-year relationship with local companies in the Southeast France, Groupe IFC has now more than 2,500 students in 8 cities. The Group is on track to reach a +€17m turnover in FY2022.

Eric Dupressoire (Chairman of the Group), together with his son Mathieu and his team, will remain in charge of the Group’s development. As part of this transaction, he became a shareholder of the MediaSchool Group while iXO Private Equity, the Group’s majority shareholder since 2014, sold 100% of its shares.

The Education Team at Financière de Courcelles is delighted to have supported IFC Group in this sell-side transaction, thus emphasising its general expertise and leadership in Education.


List of advisors:


  • M&A:Financière de Courcelles
  • Legal:BBLM Avocats, Sextant Avocats
  • Financial due diligence:Mortier & Associés


  • Legal:De Pardieu Brocas Maffei
  • Financial due diligence:D’Ornano + Co.
  • Legal, tax and social due diligence:D’Ornano + Co.
  • Debt advisory:Volt Associés

Financing: CIC Private Debt & Eurazeo Private Debt

  • Legal:Nabarro Béraud Avocats

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