Financière de Courcelles advised investors in the context of the capital increase of the technology company dataïads.

Paris (France), 16 March 2022,

Financière de Courcelles advised investors in the context of the capital increase of the technology company dataïads. A startup and SaaS player at the crossroads of Adtech and Martech, dataïads publishes a post-click experience technology to optimise the performance of the Google Shopping channel, the main traffic driver for e-retailers.

dataïads helps companies achieve a better ROI through optimised advertising campaigns, thanks to a proprietary technology. It enables digital and marketing managers to optimise their ROAS (Return On Ad Spend) by reducing the bounce rate and increasing conversions and the average basket per purchase.

dataïads was founded in 2021 by Raphaël Grandemange, former CEO of Webedia (Fimalac group), Thibault de Broissia and Benjamin Cozon, founders of Uptilab and Reeport, which were acquired by Webedia in 2017 and merged with Jellyfish in 2019, while Emile Caron, former Director of Development at Reeport, which specialises in datavisualisation tools, has joined the team as Chief Technology Officer

Following a fundraising process, the founders have chosen new financial partners to support them in the growth and development of dataïads on a very promising market.

This transaction is part FDC’s new strategy of supporting technology companies.


FDC advises the sale of Domaine du Ferret to Didier Germain and 123 Investment Managers. 123 IM’s funds acquire a new 4-star hotel located on the Cap Ferret peninsula in partnership with Didier Germain, 123 IM’s historical partner.

Paris (France), 8 March 2022 – 123 IM’s funds are acquiring a new 4-star hotel located on the Cap Ferret peninsula in partnership with Didier Germain, a long-standing partner of 123 IM.

The funds managed by 123 IM and Didier Germain have just acquired the business and part of the property of the “Domaine du Ferret” hotel resort, a 4-star establishment with 376 beds spread over 96 accommodations, located on the Cap Ferret peninsula in Claouey (Gironde – Aquitaine).

Ideally located at the entrance to the Cap-Ferret peninsula, the “Domaine du Ferret” enjoys a unique location within a soothing natural area of 1.8 hectares. The establishment was built between 2013 and 2015 in a “fisherman’s hut” style, typical of the architecture of the oyster villages of Cap-Ferret.

With an accommodation area of 3,713m2, the hotel has the largest hotel capacity on the peninsula. It has 5 categories of rooms and offers a complete and diversified range of services: a restaurant “Le Cabanon du domaine” with a panoramic view of the pine forest, a fitness room, an outdoor and indoor swimming pool and 5 seminar rooms. The hotel also boasts a 1,000m2 balneotherapy & spa centre, one of the largest in the region.

The transaction was carried out alongside Didier Germain, 123 IM’s long-standing partner, who has just sold the Medeos group (France’s 12th largest private nursing home group), which he founded in 1991. In recent years, Didier Germain has diversified his activities by investing in real estate development and in the hotel and restaurant sector, which he now wishes to strengthen.

The day-to-day management of the Domaine du Ferret will continue to be carried out by the current teams and the supervision will be carried out by Dimacco, the family holding company of the Germain family.

We have been working with 123 IM’s teams for many years and this mutual trust has enabled us to complete this excellent transaction. This new acquisition will enable us to continue our development phase in the hotel and restaurant sector“, says Didier Germain.

123 IM knows Didier Germain very well, having accompanied the Medeos group in its development and then its sale. This new transaction is the mark of a genuine relationship of trust that has been established with a serious and experienced partner. We are delighted to be able to support him in his hotel operations and in particular in this very fine establishment with a strong and resilient historical financial performance” says Pierre Dupuy Chaignaud, Managing Partner at 123 IM.

«We are delighted to have sold the Domaine du Ferret to Didier Germain and 123 Investment Managers, and we are convinced that they will be able to preserve the spirit of the place and develop this establishment that we have been shaping for nearly 10 years” comments Franck Mondon (the seller).

The FDC team is proud to have advised on this successful transaction in the hospitality sector. This new transaction illustrates our ability and willingness to support regional players.


HLD and Bpifrance have acquired a stake in Walter Learning, specialized in online training for professionals, in order to accelerate its development

Paris (France), 14th February 2022 – HLD and Bpifrance have acquired a stake in Walter Learning, specialized in online training for professionals, in order to accelerate its development.

Created in 2018 by Thomas Cornet, Hippolyte Le Dem, Alphonse Doutriaux and Joseph Réquillart, Walter Learning offers 100% digital training for professionals. The Group is historically positioned on the health professional market (nurses, general practitioners, masseurs-physiotherapists, etc.), and has been gradually diversifying its offer by targeting other kind of professionals.

In 2021, the Group has experienced an overall growth of more than 165%, which will keep accelerating in 2022 and in the forthcoming years, with the launch of new training courses.

HLD and Bpifrance become shareholders alongside with the management, supporting Walter Learning in its structuring and its development within a fast-growing market.

Thomas Cornet, CEO of Walter Learning: “We are delighted that HLD and Bpifrance has entered the Group’s capital as they will help us accelerate our development in a very fast-growing market. HLD has both significant financial resources to finance our organic development and external growth opportunities, and a recognized experience in supporting fast-growing companies.”

Cédric Boxberger, Partner at HLD: “We were appealed by the very high quality of Walter Learning’s management team, which has become the leader in the training market for health professionals in less than 3 years. The digital training market is still very atomized, and we have the ambition, with the management team, to create one of the leaders in its segment, both through organic and external growth.”

FDC’s team is delighted to have advised Walter Learning’s managing shareholders in this important milestone for the company’s growth. This is a new transaction in the fast-growing EdTech sector, which is highly valued by investment funds.

About Walter Learning
Walter Learning designs, produces and delivers online training for professionals. While it was initially positioned on the health professional market, Walter Learning now offers more than 40 training courses for professionals through the Walter Santé and Walter Learning brands. The company decided to differentiate itself by the quality of its service and its technology.

About HLD Group
Founded by a group of entrepreneurs in 2010, HLD is a European investment fund with permanent capital. HLD aims at supporting management teams in turning their companies into leaders in their field. As such, HLD invests in high potential companies and provide them with human and financial resources to grow on the long run. With $2bn in capital, HLD supports 18 companies that employ 24,000 people and experience average annual growth of more than 10%.

About Bpifrance
Bpifrance is a public investment bank and a French organization specialized in financing and corporate development. More specifically, it aims at supporting small and medium-sized companies, mid-cap companies and innovative companies alongside with State and regional policies in order to help them become tomorrow’s leaders.


Following the sell-side process exclusively advised by Financière de Courcelles, Adeo Group (the parent company of Leroy Merlin) has sold its subsidiary LightOnline to Keria Group

Paris (France), February 8th, 2022,

Following the sell-side process exclusively advised by Financière de Courcelles, Adeo Group (the parent company of Leroy Merlin) has sold its subsidiary LightOnline to Keria Group.
Adeo Group and Leroy Merlin will continue to focus on the growth of the Housing Platform France and the implementation of a market-leading omnichannel model.
Founded in 2009, LightOnline is a Parisian start-up and a pure player in design. It has become one of the leading e-commerce websites and has established itself as THE reference for premium lighting in France. LightOnline has succeeded in combining digital technology and light through a differentiating and innovative customer experience that makes LightOnline much more than a digital marketplace.
LightOnline now offers more than 250 brands and 12,000 references from leading brands in design to new brands: Kartell, Foscarini, Maison Sarah Lavoine, Tom Dixon, Fermob, Martinelli Luce, Flos, Fritz Hansen, Artemide, Vitra …
The company has enjoyed an average annual growth of 30% for the last 4 years, thanks to its product strategy and its digital expertise. Leveraging on the reputation of its B2C e-commerce website, the partnership with Leroy Merlin stores (through 60 corners) which will remain beyond the sale, and the development of the B2B segment, LightOnline will continue its strong development in the forthcoming years, strengthened by its new shareholder, Keria Group.
Created in 1982, Keria Group is specialized in the lighting industry. In October 2020, the Group acquired 100% of the capital of the pure player “Luminaires-online” to reinforce its presence on this specific distribution channel. Through the acquisition of LightOnline, the Keria Group, owner of Keria and Laurie Lumière as well as Luminaires-online, is accelerating its omnichannel distribution strategy by also strengthening its position on the premium segment.

Marc Delozanne, Deputy CEO of Leroy Merlin France:

« The support of Financière de Courcelles was decisive to define the most relevant ownership for LightOnline. Throughout the process, Financière de Courcelles’ teams have shown a remarkable commitment to the transaction and the company’s interests».

Claire Lestoille, CEO of LightOnline:

« Joining Keria Group is a new step for LightOnline. It will allow us to develop our leadership in the lighting industry in France. We are delighted with this new partnership, which paves the way to great opportunities for the future. Financière de Courcelles’ team has quickly revealed itself as a high added-value and trusted advisor for all stakeholders ».

Sébastien Hours, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Keria Group:

« Not only does this acquisition allow us to offer a broader range of premium and designer lighting, but it also accelerates the growth of our digital market share, which will reach 25% by 2022. This transaction is in line with a clearly identified strategy based on two fundamentals: preserving the identity, the position and the industrial know-how of each brand and strengthening our digital strategy».

Emmanuel Ducrot & Guillaume Piette, Partner et Managing Partner at FDC respectively:

«We are delighted to have advised LightOnline’s shareholders during this key step in the history of the company. This new transaction in the digital sector demonstrates the expertise of Financière de Courcelles in sell-side mandates for corporates».

Stakeholders’ list:

Sell-side:
• Adeo Group: Marc Delozanne, Guillaume Vanoverschelde, Alexandre Grand Dewyse, Matthieu Bernat
• Legal advisor: Villey Girard Grolleaud (Frédéric Grillier, Alexandre Reignier)
• M&A advisor: Financière de Courcelles (Emmanuel Ducrot, Guillaume Piette, Antoine Mainini, Hamza Lahna, Quentin Levrey)

Buy-side:
• Keria Group: Sébastien Hours, Philippe Cailleux, Antoine Tassigny
• Financial advisor: Cairn Partners (Maxence Bousquet, Damien Mignot)
• Legal advisor: Bird & Bird (Lionel Berthelet, Marine Besson)
• Digital advisor: Orange Consulting (Marianne Bellamy, Eric Massaroni)


FDC advises ELVIA PCB's shareholders on the sale of the group to Tikehau Ace Capital

Paris (France), the 6th of January 2022,

Tikehau Ace Capital has entered into exclusive negotiations for the acquisition – subject to the completion of the conditions precedent – of ELVIA PCB group, French leader in the manufacture of Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) for demanding industries and severe environments such as the aerospace and defense sectors. The unique and high grade PCB technologies developed by ELVIA include rigid, flex-rigid, multi-layer and hyper-frequency boards.

ELVIA PCB generated €60m revenues pre-covid and has a staff of over 450 employees in France through 5 production sites.

ELVIA PCB has been owned for close to 20 years by a pool of individual investors led by its CEO Bruno Cassin, that has over the years transformed the group by positioning it on the growing Aerospace & Defense markets and on PCB future applications. FDC advised Elvia PCB shareholders in this transaction that will allow the group to continue its development path with a well-established and recognized new shareholder.

This transaction is an example of FDC’s deep knowledge of the Electronics, High Tech, Space & Defense sectors, and its strong commitment to the ongoing process of consolidation of the subcontracting chain.


Digital Value, a pure player in digital strategy consulting, opens its capital to Ardian and Isatis Capital

Paris, France, 2 December 2021,

Financière de Courcelles advised the shareholders of Digital Value - Arnaud de Baynast (Founder & Chairman) and his management team - in the context of a minority opening of the company's capital to the funds Ardian and Isatis Capital.
Founded in 2008 in Paris by Arnaud de Baynast, Digital Value is one of the leaders in "data analytics for business", a new discipline at the crossroads of strategy consulting, data and technology.

Digital Value assists large companies in digitizing their core business, maximizing their operational efficiency, and launching new digital activities, thanks to a unique positioning combining:
- Leading expertise in data analytics & science.
- A solid track record in strategic marketing.
- In-depth knowledge of digital ecosystems in all regions of the world, especially in Asia.
- An approach to the business based on the development of technological building blocks for data collection and processing, which increase the effectiveness of traditional strategy consulting methods tenfold.

The relevance of this approach is confirmed by the relationships of trust developed by Digital Value with the thirty or so clients it has worked with, including Pernod Ricard, TotalEnergies, Engie and Macif, on complex business issues such as algorithmic pricing, customer clustering and the digitalisation of road-to-market. This confidence has driven the company's continuous growth since its creation. Digital Value is expected to pass the €10M mark in turnover very soon.

FDC advised Digital Value on the development of its technological know-how and the resilience of its model. The management of a dual-track process with strategic and financial partners enabled the company's shareholders to find the best partners.

List of stakeholders :

Transferor side :

• Company : Arnaud de Baynast, Alice Wu, Romain Bury, Paul-Henri Magnien, Abdellah Moutacall
• Legal advice: PGA (François Gine, Thibault Germain), Walter Garance (Isabelle Avril, Roxane Bouillon)
• Financial audit: Grant Thornton (Frederic Zeitoun)
•  Financial advisory: Financière de Courcelles (Matthieu de Baynast, Henri Mion, Antoine Mainini)

Buyer's side:
• Ardian : Geoffroy de la Grandière, Pierre Schaeffer
• Isatis Capital : François-Xavier Lehman, Thomas Lemaire
• Legal, tax and social advice: Levine Keszler (Nicolas de Courtivron), Arsene Taxand (Franck Chaminade)
• Financial audit: E&Y (Jean-Christophe Pernet, Soukaina Douazi)


FDC advised Sorégies Group in its investment in Ze Energy Series B funding round

Paris (France), 25 November 2021,

SORÉGIES Group is strengthening its strategic partnership with ZE ENERGY by becoming its cornerstone industrial shareholder.

Following the commissioning of the first hybrid solar power plant coupled with storage batteries in October 2020, and the signing of a 20-year Corporate Power Purchase Agreement for 150 GWh p.a., this new step will allow Sorégies to position subsidy-less, monitored and controlled solar energy at the very heart of energy transition.

ZE ENERGY has a portfolio of projects of over 300 MW in solar PV plants and 120 MW in storage capacity. It targets, through deployment in five countries, a total power plant capacity of 800 MW and an operating battery capacity of over 300 MW by 2025, for an expected turnover of €60m.

FDC advised the SORÉGIES Group on this transaction.


FDC continues to support TSG in its development plan with the acquisition of S2D in France

Paris (France), the 24th of November 2021,

S2D is a French-based company engaged in the design and installation of private fuel stations, mostly for industrial projects.

S2D operates in all part of France and works with experts in the supply, installation, and maintenance of technical fluid distribution equipment for professionals. The acquisition of S2D allows TSG France to strengthen its presence in the private fleet market and to position itself with industrial customers while expanding its product range to its existing customers to whom it will be able to offer the design, installation, and maintenance of lubricant dispensing equipment for their workshops and plants.

By joining TSG, a leader in France and Europe, S2D will benefit from TSG's network of agencies and technicians to expand its capabilities.

Financière de Courcelles is very proud to have advised TSG on both a cross-border transaction and a domestic one, that allow TSG to strengthen its footprint throughout Europe, thanks to its multi-buy-side advisory offer.

About TSG

TSG, the European leader in technical services for responsible mobility solution,  is a key enabler of the energy transition for mobility: with unequalled presence in 30 countries, TSG designs, builds and maintains all types of energy distribution infrastructures for mobility: electric vehicles charging network, GPL/LNG, hydrogen and also fuel / biofuel service stations. TSG offers a one-stop-shop (equipment sale, projects and maintenance services, digital payments and systems) for innovative energy and retail solutions. TSG serves all types of clients, in the public and private sectors from local authorities and retail to gas station networks and companies fleet installations. TSG has over 4,500 employees, and revenue by €700m in 2020. TSG’s technicians are uniquely skilled, with recognized expertise in all new mobility energy solutions: electric vehicles, hydrogen, biofuels and natural gas as well as related systems and payment services. TSG is a privately-held company, owned by its management and the entrepreneurial investment firm HLD.


FDC continues to support TSG in its development plan with the acquisition of Gasodata in Portugal

Paris (France), the 24th of November 2021,

Gasodata is a Portuguese leader in systems & payment solutions and services for energy distribution networks offering distribution, installation and maintenance services for gas stations and private customers.

In 2020, Gasodata generated about 8 million EUR turnover with 80 employees. With Gasodata acquisition, TSG is reinforcing its presence in Portugal and pursues its ambition to enable the responsible mobility transition by offering its customers the wider and unequalled geographic footprint in Europe. TSG is convinced that Portuguese market also offers great development opportunities in the field of new energies for mobility including electric vehicles, gas and hydrogen and is willing to actively participate to that energy transition.

Gasodata senior management team led by Mario Ferreira and Carlos Hipolitto, remains in place to drive the promising future of Gasodata and develop its activities.

 

About TSG

TSG, the European leader in technical services for responsible mobility solution,  is a key enabler of the energy transition for mobility: with unequalled presence in 30 countries, TSG designs, builds and maintains all types of energy distribution infrastructures for mobility: electric vehicles charging network, GPL/LNG, hydrogen and also fuel / biofuel service stations. TSG offers a one-stop-shop (equipment sale, projects and maintenance services, digital payments and systems) for innovative energy and retail solutions. TSG serves all types of clients, in the public and private sectors from local authorities and retail to gas station networks and companies fleet installations. TSG has over 4,500 employees, and revenue by €700m in 2020. TSG’s technicians are uniquely skilled, with recognized expertise in all new mobility energy solutions: electric vehicles, hydrogen, biofuels and natural gas as well as related systems and payment services. TSG is a privately-held company, owned by its management and the entrepreneurial investment firm HLD.


FDC advised Sorégies Group for the acquisition of a stake in Haulogy and the creation of a French joint venture

Paris (France), 18 November 2021,

HAULOGY, software publisher and operator of IT platforms for the energy sector based in Belgium, and SORÉGIES Group, an energy producer, active in distribution and supply of local renewable energies, announce a strategic partnership to jointly create a European leader in digital transformation for energy players and energy transition.

HAULOGY and SORÉGIES Group combine their expertise by offering innovative business platforms for the management of distribution networks, production and storage, flexibility services, supply coverage, energy supply, as well as for new models such as local energy loops. This flexible service offering, able to integrate into the customer ecosystem, facilitates the harmonization of market standards. It also optimizes data management and saves costs for operators.

At the conclusion of the equity investments in early 2022, HAULOGY and SORÉGIES Group will operate a French joint venture based in Poitiers (France). SORÉGIES Group will in parallel become the reference shareholder of HAULOGY. The French joint venture plans to create more than a hundred new jobs by 2025.

FDC advised the SORÉGIES Group on this transaction, the first for the Group in the digital field.


AD Education, the European leader in Creative Arts Education, announces the arrival of a new school within the group:IMAAT, l’Institut des Médias avancés, des Arts & des Technologies

Paris (France), November 9th, 2021,

Financière de Courcelles advised the founder of IMAAT, Institut des Médias avancés, des Arts et des Technologies, in the sale of the school to AD Education, the European leader in creative training.

AD Education is opening a new chapter of its development in France by diversifying its creative training offer with the acquisition of IMAAT, l’Institut des Médias avancés, des Arts et des Technologies, a school dedicated to audiovisual professions with locations in Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Nantes, Nice and Toulouse.

IMAAT was founded in 2015 by professionals from the audiovisual industry in order to guarantee, to students wishing to enter these professions, an educational program that is perfectly in line with the developments and changes in this sector, as well as successful in professional integration. The school offers BTS and Bachelor programs in Audio Production and Film Production.

"With AD Education, IMAAT joins with a group of schools of excellence and gives itself the human and material means to continue its development in the training offer in France for students in the very dynamic audiovisual sector. We are very happy to be part of the AD Education group", says Matthieu Boeche, Founder & CEO of IMAAT.

"We are delighted to welcome this new school which offers new fields of competences to students who are destined to evolve in the dynamic and creative audiovisual sector. The culture of excellence at the heart of the teaching, the high-tech equipment and the very strong relationships with the various private and institutional professional networks make IMAAT a reference that we are very happy to count among our establishments in France" announces Kevin Guenegan, President of AD Education.

The Education team at Financière de Courcelles is delighted to have supported IMAAT in this industrial operation, which confirms its leadership in the Education sector.


FDC advised the shareholders of Taramm and Gamma-Tial on their sale to WeAre Group

Paris (France), 9 November 2021,

WeAre Group, a major player in the market for small and medium sized complex elementary parts for the Aerospace industry, has acquired a majority stake in the companies Taramm and Gamma-Tial.

The two production sites, located in the French regions of Ariège and Indre-et-Loire and currently employing 90 people, will enable the WeAre Group to complete its range of technologies and to have a unique know-how in the lost wax titanium casting market.

Taramm and Gamma-Tial combine a total of 18,500sqm of production space and operate a complete and modern machine park, including melting furnaces from 18 to 40 kg. Thanks to this acquisition, the
WeAre group will also have its own HIP (Hot Isostatic Pressing), a rare and strategic asset in view of the increase in the aeronautical production rates.

FDC advised the family shareholders of Taramm and Gamma-Tial on this transaction, which secures the aeronautical subcontracting chain in the strategic field of manufacturing titanium castings.

This transaction (the second in which FDC has advised the family shareholders of a company acquired by the WeAre Group after the sale of Bouy in 2017) is an example of FDC's deep knowledge of the Aerospace sector, and its strong commitment to the ongoing process of consolidation of the subcontracting chain.