Capzanine 3
Private higher and technical education groups
2016 sales €92 M
OBO December 2016

Founded in 2010 by Philippe Grassaud, Eduservices, which serves 17,500 students, operates the leading network of training courses, with fifteen schools spread over 46 establishments. Eduservices operates on a network basis and brings together a set of skills, competencies and resources to serve the schools’ needs (R&D, certifications, partnership ecosystem and even training academies for employees).

  • Chairman: Philippe Grassaud
  • Nature of the deal: OBO
  • Date of investment: December 2016

The transaction marks the exit of the Duke Street fund, which had been the majority shareholder since 2010, and gives control of the group back to the Grassaud family. Under the deal, Capzanine takes a minority stake of forty-five percent and arranges senior mezzanine financing. Capzanine will therefore be in a position to support the actions of the management team and the Grassaud family as they seek to build up the group’s offering. The main goals are to grow the schools that already exist in France and internationally, to enhance awareness of the group’s brands, to integrate build-up opportunities and to promote a culture of educational entrepreneurship.

Capzanine 3
Football Pitches
2016 sales €13M
Growth Capital April 2016

Soccer Park was founded in 2010 by Guillaume Debelmas and Tony Jalinier and has seen rapid growth, mainly in provincial France. The company is the third largest network of five-a-side football facilities in France. Soccer Park is positioned as a high quality brand and has a strong identity and an innovative marketing and digital strategy.

Le Five FC was founded in 2008 by Joseph Vieville. It has developed its network via a historical presence in the Ile de France region and strong expansion across provincial France driven by franchising. It also recently moved into the Spanish market. Le Five FC sets the standard for five-a-side football in France and currently has a total of 26 complexes.

  • Chairman: Tony Jalinier
  • Nature of the transaction: Growth Capital
  • Date of investment: April 2016

The newly-formed business will consolidate the advantages brought by the two networks while developing an ambitious growth plan for the coming years, which will include the opening of new centres as well as the acquisition of independent operators. Both the Soccer Park and Le Five FC brand names will continue to live alongside one another and to promote the strong values they share, namely fair play, respect and constant innovation.

Capzanine 3
Professional training programmes in new technologies
2016 sales €51M
MBO April 2016

Founded in 1976, Orsys has become the leading French provider of professional training in the digital technologies, management, personal development and business administration fields. The group develops its own innovative and dynamic training programmes and makes use of modern teaching methods such as e-learning and MOOCs. In 2015, Orsys has over 120 classrooms located at La Grande Arche La Défense (Paris), in 11 regional centres, and in Belgium, Luxembourg and in Switzerland.

  • Chairman: Denis Levy Willard
  • Nature of the transaction: MBO
  • Date of investment: April 2016

With an equity interest of 37%, Capzanine becomes the core minority shareholder alongside the founding Levy-Willard family, who retain a majority stake, and the company's employees. On the transaction, Capzanine brought equity and mezzanine financing.

Capzanine 3
Dental imaging, equipment and products
2016 sales € 148 M
Unitranche March 2016

Acteon specialises in the design, manufacture and distribution of high-value-added dental technologies and holds global leadership positions in ultrasonics and digital medical imaging. Based in Mérignac (near Bordeaux), Acteon has a network of 13 subsidiaries and sales offices across the world and employs more than 750 people.

  • Chairman: Marie-Laure Pochon
  • Nature of the deal: Unitranche
  • Date of investment: March 2016

Under the transaction to refinance its capital structure in March 2016, Acteon teamed up with a number of new partners to help the company accelerate its expansion and support it through its next phases of growth. Working alongside Bridgepoint Development Capital, the new majority shareholder, Capzanine took part in the transaction as arranger of the unitranche facility.

Capzanine 3
Consultancy firm specialising in information systems
2016 sales €151M
Sponsorless March 2016

Created in 2002, Talan is a Major French player in the Business and IT Consultancy world (operations consulting, project management support and the integration of new technologies) spread across four sectors: Finance & Insurance, Energy & Public Service, Transport & Logistics and Telecommunications & Media. Based in Paris, Talan also has subsidiaries in London, Geneva, Luxembourg, New York, Chicago, Hong Kong, Montreal and Tunisia. In 2015, the group’s personnel was 1,500-strong.

  • Chairman: Mehdi Houas
  • Nature of the transaction: Sponsorless
  • Date of investment: March 2016

Since its creation, Talan has grown rapidly thanks to sustained organic growth and a dynamic acquisitions policy lead by its three founders, including its Chairman, Mehdi Houas. In 2015, three new acquisitions were made: Stepinfo (€8m in sales), Solog (€16m in sales) and the EXL Group (€35m in sales). The leading French player in its area of expertise, the group wants to maintain its policy of acquisitions and integration.

Capzanine 3
Software packages for managing financial commitments and risks
2016 sales €19M
Sponsorless January 2016

Created in 2004, the Finance Active group develops and distributes, both in France and abroad, software solutions in SaaS mode that enable public bodies, corporations and institutions to manage their financial commitments and risks. In 2016, the group employs 140 salaried staff in France and in its six foreign subsidiaries.

  • Chairman: Patrice Chatard
  • Nature of the transaction: Sponsorless
  • Date of investment: January 2016

With strong development momentum and a determination to pursue active growth, the group wanted to link up with Capzanine, its new financial partner. This investment will provide the group with the means to pursue its ambitious growth plans.

Capzanine 3
Group of healthcare facilities in Dordogne
2016 sales € 51 M
Sponsorless November 2015

Created in 1910, the Francheville group is the healthcare leader in the Dordogne département. The group provides a complete range of healthcare services through four facilities: the Francheville Polyclinique in Périgueux, the Centre de La Lande, specialised in functional and cardiac re-education and rehabilitation, the Verger des Balans EHPAD (nursing home), specialised in patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease, and five autodialysis units.

  • Chairman: Pierre Malterre
  • Nature of the deal: Sponsorless
  • Date of the first investment: November 2015

In pursuit of its expansion goals and the implementation of an ambitious investment strategy, the management team welcomes support from Capzanine in this sponsorless transaction. This investment will provide the group with the funds needed to enhance its service in a healthcare field that is undergoing structural growth.

Capzanine 3
Multilingual digital production
2016 sales €37m
secondary OBO July 2015

Founded in 2000, Datawords is a multilingual digital production agency specialized in adapting the digital strategies of its clients and making them meaningful on a local level. Managed by four founding partners, Datawords has offices in eight countries : France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan and the United States. Datawords positions itself as a pioneer in e-multiculturalism and stands out through the atypical backgrounds of its 300 employees, who represent about forty nationalities and cover over fifty languages.

  • Managers: Alexandre Crazover, Didier Rosenberg, Kayo Hattori, Stanislas de Nervo
  • Nature of the deal: secondary OBO
  • Date of the first investment: july 2011
With a competent and dynamic four-person management team, Datawords has a unique market positioning as the only localisation specialist in this area. These were the factors that convinced Capzanine in 2011 to arrange an OBO to assist the company’s management team with their development plans.
In July 2015, Datawords welcomes new partners to accelerate its global growth strategy. Capzanine renewed his confidence and participated in the mezzanine financing of this transaction is led by Cathay Capital.





Capzanine 3
European leader in IT recycling
2016 sales € 87 M
LBO 3 July 2015

Evernex (ex the Cap Vert Finance group), whose major subsidiaries are IB Remarketing and AS Lease, is a French company specialised in management of the life-cycles of IT infrastructures. The group offers a full range of services from leasing to maintenance of IT server parks, including trading and recycling of equipment and parts, all based on an environmentally friendly and sustainable development approach. In 2015, the group employs 250 people through 14 overseas subsidiaries and carries out its services in more than a hundred countries around the world.

  • Chairman: Bruno Demolin
  • Nature of the deal: LBO 3
  • Date of the first investment: July 2015

As the leader in its market, the group plans to pursue its global expansion project, in particular with accelerated international development. In July 2015, the company's management partnered with a new sponsor, Carlyle, which became the majority shareholder. Capzanine took part in this transaction, acting as senior mezzanine arranger.

Capzanine 3
Production of chilled ready-to-use rolled dough under brand labels
2016 sales €283m
LBO 3 July 2015

Cérélia of the merger EuroDough-APM is now Europe's leading manufacturer of pastry and pizza doughs, which are mainly marketed as own-label products and under the Croustipate brand name.

  • Chairman: Guillaume Reveilhac
  • Nature of the deal: LBO 3
  • Date of the first investment: July 2010

Capzanine invested in Alsacienne Pâtes Ménagères (APM) in 2010 under a primary BIMBO orchestrated by Guillaume Reveilhac, who became CEO of Cérélia. Capzanine acted as the main shareholder and arranger of the deal. Capzanine then worked actively alongside the dynamic management team and was instrumental in the successful merger between APM and Eurodough. Under this deal, Capzanine contributed its shares to the Eurodough holding company and became the merged group's second-biggest shareholder alongside the Sagard fund. Capzanine was also involved as a mezzanine provider in the acquisition of Eurodough by Sagard in January 2012.

Considering the number of projects to be initiated over the 2015-2020 period, the management team and funds decided to give Cérélia a new partner.The IK Investment Partners fund will thus be taking over control of the group, supported by Capzanine as arranger of the senior mezzanine financing. This new transaction will allow Cérélia the necessary time and means to achieve its ambitious growth plan. Among other things, the group intends to strengthen its international operations and expand into related segments through add-on acquisitions.

Capzanine 3
The global leader in airport equipment design and distribution
2016 sales NC
LBO 3 June 2015

Alvest, through its TLD and Sage Parts subsidiaries, is the global leader in airport ground support equipment and replacement parts distribution. The group also manufactures and sells high-tech adhesive solutions through its Adhetec subsidiary, primarily for the aerospace industry. Alvest has 1,500 employees and its own worldwide sales and after-sales service network. The group operates nine plants in the United States, Canada, France and China, which serve customers in over 150 countries.

  • Chairman: Jean-Marie Fulconis
  • Nature of the deal: LBO 3
  • Date of the first investment: June 2015

Keen to strengthen its leadership position, Alvest is reorganising its shareholder structure in June 2015. Capzanine is taking part in the transaction as arranger of the junior mezzanine financing, working alongside the Sagard fund, which is the new majority shareholder, and the management team. With its new partners, Alvest will be able to continue its international expansion, particularly in emerging markets where the group already generates over two thirds of its sales.

Capzanine 3
Service provider on the industrial property segment
2016 sales €28M
MBO June 2015

Founded in 1978, Questel is a software publisher and consultancy firm specialising in intellectual property, and one of the world’s leading companies on this sector.Questel’s SaaS (software as a Service) solutions and consultancy services cover the entire innovation cycle, from idea to product: competitive and technological intelligence, invention capture, prior-art research, freedom-to-operate, and patent and licence portfolio valuation. Questel  is a French company and also established in Washington, Tokyo and Shanghai. It counts among its 3,000 clients major French and international groups, such as IBM, Michelin, Safran, etc.

  • Chairman: Charles Besson
  • Nature of the deal: MBO
  • Date of the first investment: June 2015

In June 2015, Questel welcomed new shareholders with the arrival of Capzanine and Raise to its capital. This process allows the exit of Syntegra, the majority shareholder since 2007, and allows to the management team to take control of the company. This investment marks a new phase in the group development, as it hopes to become a major player on the intellectual property and innovation market.

Capzanine 3
Group specialising in the installation and refurbishment electrical systems
2016 sales €45m
LBO Ter December 2014

Founded in 1981, the Carrera group, which specialises in heavy and light current installations, is active in the Paris region (Ile de France) and the Nantes area and more recently began operating in Lyon. The group has grown, both organically and acquisitively, and currently consists of four complementary companies, namely CESA (electrical refurbishment works, tertiary and residential sectors), Perrin (electrical refurbishment works, low-cost/subsidised housing sector), Meusnier (new electrical installation works, new-build residential sector) and Deletre (refurbishment of ERDF rising mains).  The group employs 225 people, who fall under its three main managers, Franck Petit, Dominique Pasquotti and Yannick Roussel.

  • Chairman: Franck Petit
  • Nature of the deal: LBO Ter
  • Date of the first investment: December 2014

ActoMezz took a minority stake in the Carrera Group in 2010, alongside the management team's majority stake. In recent years, the group's growth has been underpinned by a specialisation in electrical systems installation that its customers much appreciate, well-structured professional services and a flexible response model.

Capzanine, as the new majority shareholder, provided the management team with support in restructuring its capital, thereby enabling the exit of ActoMezz, advised by teams from Invest Securities Corporate Finance. Capzanine also arranged the senior mezzanine funding for this new transaction. The management team, with the addition of seven executives, will continue to be involved operationally and will be reinvesting substantially in the new transaction. Société Générale Capital Partenaires has also become a minority shareholder and mezzanine investor.

A number of growth strategies are being considered, including the acquisition and integration of additional companies that would add to and diversify the group’s range of products and services.