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Assurone

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January 2009 Assurone raises €11.5 million from CDC Entreprises and Seventure

AssurOne is an insurance brokerage firm that specializes in the design and online distribution of personal insurance products for consumers. Founded in 2004 by Ludovic Dumont, Jeremy Garamond and Hubert Saltiel, the company works with some of the biggest insurance companies in the market, and is the only broker in France that offers a service that is fully accessible and pilotable via the Internet—from pricing and underwriting to policy administration and claims management. This means that 100% of assurOne’s clients have the option of managing their own policies, adding clauses and riders, and printing their insurance certificate from their own computer.

Financière Cambon completed a dual transaction: it helped to raise funds from CDC Entreprises, Seventure and Philippe Louis-Dreyfus and to acquire Distind. The aim of the deal was to enable assurOne to gain a lasting position as a leading provider of insurance via the internet.

Transaction price

11 500 000 €

Teleca France

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October 2008 Teleca Group sells its French subsidiary to AFD Technologies

Financière Cambon supported the Teleca group (2 000 people in 11 countries – REV of €140m) in the sale of its French subsidiary based in Rennes. The latter, a specialist in the development of real time onboard applications for mobiles, was acquired by AFD Technologies. This transaction allowed AFD Technologies to extend its presence in Brittany and acquire sophisticated mobilenull skills for its clients, manufacturers and operators alike.
 
 

Transaction price

Undisclosed

“We were looking to divest of our French subsidiary in a very short time frame. Thanks to FC’s knowledge of the domestic IT market, combined with its ability to quickly understand our specific situation and proper deal execution management, we received several offers from major players and met the deadline to close the deal at an excellent level.”

Christian Luiga CFO Teleca

Techviz

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June 2008 Techviz completes its first round of fund-raising with Alto Invest and IDF Capital

Founded in 2003 and located in Paris, Techviz develops and distributes a range of softwarenull solutions that accelerate the real-time display of complex 3D data and enables the multi-screen display of all types of applications.

Financière Cambon led a round of fund-raising for TechViz, concluded with Alto Investnull and IDF Capital. This investment enabled TechViz to intensify its business development in France and abroad.

Transaction price

Undisclosed

Realviz

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May 2008 Autodesk builds its presence in France by acquiring Realviz

REALVIZ is a leading developer of image-based creation software, headquartered in Sophia Antipolis, France, with satellite sales offices in Los Angeles, U.S.A., London, England and Paris, France. REALVIZ develops a suite of mage-based content creation solutions for the film, broadcast, gaming, digital imaging, architecture and Internet communities. Derived from years of research efforts at the renowned INRIA Lab in France, the Company's applications enable 2D and 3D artists to easily tackle complex digital imaging projects.

Financière Cambon conducted a global M&A process that led to REALVIZ’s sale to the world’s number one publisher of digital design and creation software for PCs (>5 000 people, total sales of USD2.2 billion in 2007).

Transaction price

Undisclosed

 « Financière Cambon a joué un rôle déterminant dans le processus de vente de REALVIZ au groupe américain Autodesk : pendant la phase de négociation en permettant une mise en concurrence d’acheteurs potentiels ; et pendant la due diligence, en facilitant la communication entre l’équipe M&A d’Autodesk et le management de REALVIZ ».

Dominique Pouliquen, CEO de Realviz.

Consort NT

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March 2008 LMBO on Consort NT

Financière Cambon supported Consort NT (Euronext Paris: MLCNTwww.consort.com), an IT consulting and integration firm and a major player in selective facilities management, in the completion of an LMBO by its management in partnership with Naxicap Partners and AXA Private Equity. Naxicap Partners and AXA Private Equity were persuaded by the fundamentals of Consort NT and intend to support the company as it develops via targeted and relutive acquisitions.

Founded in 1992, Consort NT is a software engineering firm that offers consulting, systems integration and facilities management services to major prime producers/subcontractors in manufacturing, services, banking and insurance. Its innovative focus and culture of commitment make Consort NT one of the biggest players in selective facilities management in France. At year-end 2007, the group had a workforce of 770 and earned revenues of nearly €50 million. The Group’s culture of innovation was recognized with an “innovative company” label awarded by OSEO, which enables Consort NT to work alongside its clients as they enter new and promising markets.

Jason Guez, Chairman of the Management Board of Consort NT became the majority shareholder of the Consort Group. He was accompanied in the deal by the company’s key executives (including CEO Marc Adler). “This deal achieves a dual aim: rally a team of shareholding managers around a shared mission and acquire the additional financial resources needed to executive an ambitious development plan that seeks to generate revenues of €100 million by the end of 2012,” noted Jason Guez. Together, the executive management team owns a 58% stake in the group. This transaction coincides with the company’s steady growth: revenues from existing businesses rose by more than 25% in 2007, reaching €49.4 million and providing operating profitability of 7.5%. “Consort NT is in an enviable position, with a fully developed facilities management offering that allows us to meet the needs of big clients and join the ranks of the select group of preferred partners for large account clients with nationwide reach,” commented Marc Adler, CEO.

Transaction price

32 000 000 €

Welcome Office

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February 2008 welcomeOffice.com joins Raja Group

An online only business, Welcome Office generated sales revenue in excess of 7 million euros in 2007, and projects 10 million euros for 2008. Welcome Office will capitalize on the logistical platforms of RAJA to begin international expansion, developing in countries where RAJA is already present. For RAJA, the deal with Welcome Office beefs up its own product range and, in particular, gives the group access to the online marketing and technological expertise that Welcome Office has built. The group intends to step up its own online presence, where it last year earned 10% of its revenues. By 2010, it hopes that online sales will account for more than 25% of the total.

 
 
Financière Cambon worked on behalf of the shareholders of Welcome Office on the deal: the founders, the business angels and the private equity fund.
 
 

Transaction price

Undisclosed

Anyware

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January 2008 Anyware Technologies sold to Wavecom

Anyware Technologies was founded in 2000 by Ludovic Le Moan and underwent rapid development (REV: €5 million) with the support of several venture capital fundsnull (IRDI, SOCRI and Seventure). Via this acquisition, Wavecom intends to establish a single and radically innovative platform for the M2M market, which will allow clients to connect regardless of their hardware configuration to their information systems via M2M wireless applications.

Transaction price

13 000 000 €

Agorad

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November 2007 Agorad rejoint Referencement.com

Founded in 2005, Agorad is the number one independent media agency (TNS Secodip, Sept. 2007). Leveragingnull its expertise in strategic consulting, internet ad space buying, sponsored links and performance marketing, Agorad successfully supports major e-business retailers, including 3 Suisses, Intermarket, Monabanq, Daniel Jouvance, Kiabi, Becquet, Cofidis and Yves Rocher. The Company was bought from its founders, Dimitri Ducourtieux and Michaël Amar. Thanks to this acquisition, Agorad constitutes the new media division of the Referencement.com group. The new division now offers all clients major synergies to ensure the success of their internet strategies. Already present in Paris, Bucharest, London, New York, and Los Altos (CA), Referencement.com continues to pursue its bid for international expansion.

Transaction price

Undisclosed

BTD Groupe

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October 2007 GFI Informatique announces the acquisition of BTD

The BTD Group (2006 revenues of 54 million euros; a staff of 700) is an IT service company founded in 1981. It is very strong in the French market, particularly in the banking-finance-insurance industry. In addition to obeying the simple logic of sector concentration, GFI Informatique was also motivated by the high value added horizontal expertise that the BTD Group had developed. GFI acquired all equity in BTD in a cash payment. It financed the acquisition with a medium-term loan of €30 million, and paid for the rest out of its own cash resources. In 2006, GFI Informatique generated revenue of €633.1 million, and had more than 8 000 employees. The Group has more than 40 branches in France and 9 additional offices in Southern Europe, Northern Europe, Morocco and Canada.

Transaction price

Undisclosed

Alphamega

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September 2007 Sale of Alphamega, subsidiary of Absys Cyborg, to Cheops Technology

Financière Cambon conducted the process of selling Alphaméga (REV: €10 million), preferred HP partner specializing in server and storage solutions, to Cheops Technology, a rapidly expanding company that recently went public. Absys Cyborg (Keyrus Group) had inherited this business in 2005, when the Alpha Technologies group, of which Alphaméga was a member, was acquired. Because the latter fell outside the realm of its core business, the group decided in early 2007 to sell the business. It asked Financière Cambon to intervene. In acquiring Alphaméga, Cheops Technology gained market clout and significantly reinforced its presence in the Greater Paris Area.

Transaction price

Undisclosed

KDP

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September 2007 Sale of KDP Informatique to Sage Group

KDP Informatique was jointly owned by its founding executives and AXA Private Equity. Financière Cambon led the sale process on behalf of all the shareholders.

This acquisition reinforces the Sage group’s leadership in France in the area of CRM. KDP Informatique offers Sage the largest installednull base in the French CRM market. KDP Informatique was jointly owned by its founding executives and AXA Private Equity. Financière Cambon led the sale process on behalf of all the shareholders.

Transaction price

Undisclosed

Autoreflex.com

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August 2007 Autoreflex.com

Financière Cambon successfully led the bid to acquire Autoreflex.com

Transaction price

Undisclosed

Aequalis

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July 2007 Aequalis

Financière Cambon conducted the acquisition by AUSY of the IT consulting and engineering firm Aequalis.

With 150 employees and revenuesnull of 12 million euros in 2006, Aequalis is one of the Southeast’s largest IT engineering firms. This acquisition enables the Ausy group to gain significant strength in this region and also enhances its skills base in the areas of infrastructure and IT security.

Transaction price

Undisclosed

Nessel

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April 2007 April 2007 CELLA completes the acquisition of NESSEL

Founded in 1990, NESSEL is an IT consulting and engineering firm that specializes in the banking business. With its 60 consultants, NESSEL is a preferred partner of France’s largest banks, and earned revenuesnull of around €7 million in 2006, an increase of more than 10% versus the previous year.

Financière Cambon was mandated by NESSEL’s shareholders to assist in the disposal process. The CELLA Group, a French IT services firm, announced the acquisition of NESSEL, an IT consulting and engineering firm that specializes in banking. This transaction will allow the CELLA Group to strengthen its positioning with respect to major accounts in the financialnull services industry and to enhance its new technologies range. In addition, the CELLA Group will leverage the expertise of NESSEL in Systems and Network consulting. With this alliance, the CELLA Group acquires the capacity to offer its clients a full range of services related to the management of their information system, from drawing up specifications to monitoring production. Thanks to its sophisticated technological expertise (object technology, internet, SOA architectures, decisional, C/S, mainframe, etc.), the Group offers its clients an alternative to large general service providers and effective business approaches (market finance, asset management, lending and credit, information traceability, life and health insurance, etc.).

Transaction price

Undisclosed

DCI

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March 2007 DCI

DCI is one of the major French integrators of voice data convergent infrastructure solutions. Its product range covers every key area of IP infrastructures: System, Network, Security, VoIP. The solutions provided are based on the technologies of world-renowned softwarenull publishers and makers: Mc Afee, Avaya, Fortinet, Checkpoint, etc.

Financière Cambon structured an OBO (Owner Buy Out) involving the capital of Data Concept Informatique (DCI). This leveraged deal included the acquisition of a minority share (38%) in DCI for the investmentnull fund EPF Partners.

Transaction price

Undisclosed

Easyvoyage

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January 2007 Easyvoyage

Easyvoyage is the internet’s top editorial portal devoted to travel that offers comparison shopping.

Financière Cambon conducted the LBO and fund-raising round for Easyvoyagenull. The total amount investednull was 9 million euros. Natixis, via its Spef LBO and Seventure funds, acquires an equity interest along with Jacques Maillot, the founder of Nouvelles Frontières, and Francis Reversé, the founder of Degriftour.

Transaction price

9 000 000 €

Projipe

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July 2006 Projipe

Financière Cambon coordinated the alliance of Projipe with Aubay. Projipe is one of the major consulting and engineering groups in France that specializes in financial services (banks and insurance companies). The deal allows Aubay to join the ranks of the top 15 software engineering firms in France, with nearly 2 000 employees.

Transaction price

33 000 000 €

Groupe Diwan

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July 2006 Groupe Diwan

With 280 employees based in 7 different locations, the Diwan group (listed on Alternext) is an acknowledged leader in the field of voice data integration and convergence. The transactionnull valued Diwan at 39.2 million euros.

This acquisition, housed within Orange Business Services, which combines all of France Telecom’s global business services, is consistent with its service development strategy, focused in particular on integration services expertise. After the acquisition of a controlling interest of 72%, France Telecom offered a stock pricenull guarantee to minority shareholders, for a price per share that was a 44% premium over the average quoted price for the 20 prior trading days.

Transaction price

41 700 000 €

Eovia

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April 2006 Eovia

EOVIA EUROPE is a publisher of 3D graphic creation software. Its two leading products are Amapi and Carrara. EOVIA EUROPE was founded in March 2004 as a holding company for the assets of the EOVIA division of TGS EUROPE when it was acquired by MERCURY COMPUTER SYSTEMS.

This transaction allows DAZ to supplement its product portfolio with Carrara and Hexagon software, and also gives it access to a seasoned team based on the West Coast of the United States. The combined offer of the two companies gives users a more refined panel of 3D tools that responds more effectively to their needs. DAZ plans to continue to develop Eovia Corp’s existing products and will provide existing users with the support they need.

Transaction price

Undisclosed

“In the hyper competitive and crowded 3D software market, the expertise of Michael Azencot in cross border alliances and the professionalism of Financière Cambon were instrumental in the successful completion of the deal.”

F. Lebrun, Director of Equity Investments for Seventure.

Exsyde

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April 2006 ExSyde

Exsyde is a key player in product information management.

Access Commerce, a publisher of Multi-Channel Business Solutions that is traded onnull Eurolist C, is acquiring Exsyde in order to complete its product portfolio.

 

Financière Cambon initiated and coordinated the deal.

Transaction price

Undisclosed

Aubay

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October 2005 Aubay

On behalf of the Aubay Technology Group, Financière Cambon conducted the acquisition of Why Not Engineering, an IT engineering firm with 130 employees. Aubay has just acquired a 75% interest in Why Not Engineering, sharing ownership with company management. Why Not Engineering worksnull exclusively in the Greater Paris Area; two of its biggest and most strategic clients are BNP Paribas and France Télécom, which added Aubay as a preferred supplier in 2005. This acquisition is consistent with the strategy of Aubay, which seeks to drive development through a combination of organic growth and targeted acquisitions.

Aubay is a technological and integration consulting firm that specializes in information systems, networks and telecoms. With 862 employees working out of 5 countries (France, Belgium, Spain, Italy and Luxembourg), Aubay projects revenuesnull of €71 million in 2005.

Transaction price

Undisclosed

Cristal Décisions

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July 2005 Cristal Décisions

Cristal Décisions, a firm that was founded in 2002 by its chairman Hervé Corlay, helps large corporations and mid market companies achieve savings in the area of overhead and non-strategic procurement. At year-end 2005, it boasts expertise in six areas: spending on telecoms, water, hygiene and sanitation, long-term vehicle rental and temporary staffing, with dedicated expert consultants for each one.

Alma Consulting Group, a European leader in operating cost reduction consulting (€67.5 million in revenues in 2004, 535 employees, 9 000 clients in 5 countries), has acquired control over Cristal Décisions, a specialist in operating cost reduction consulting. In doing so, it consolidates its position in France and also enables Alma Consulting Group, a key player in the area of employer tax and social charges, as well as in the financing of innovation, to offer its clients a new range of audits aimed at optimizing overheads.

Transaction price

Undisclosed

Omnicom Group

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December 2004 Omnicom Group

An international company whose specialty is technological consulting for e-business infrastructures, systems, networks and telecoms, announces its reinforcement in the area of IT security with the acquisition of Cyber Networks, a service firm that specializes in consulting, integration and facilities management for information system and internet securitynull solutions.

Transaction price

Undisclosed

“Now that the dust has settled and we have signed our deal I wanted to thank younull formally for the superb work you performed for Omnicom Group. Your support, drive and commitment were instrumental in us achieving our dual ambitions of a good price for the sale of our business and completion before the end of the year. I really appreciated your guidance and support, David, but more especially I enjoyed working with you and your refreshingly open and honest approach to doing business. I wish you every success as you continuenull to build your business in Paris. Once again, many thanks”.

N. Penrose, Head of M&A, Omnicom

Amalthis

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October 2004 Amalthis sold to Sage

In connection with the development of its mid market business activitiesnull, Sage acquires Amalthis, a company that specializes in the interactive management of Human Resources. Amalthis is France’s largest publisher of software for interactive human resource management.

Financière Cambon was the advisor to all of the selling shareholders, including IDI, Banques Populairesnull, and Entrepreneur Ventures.

Amalthis brings Sage a high-performance collaborative portal solution dedicated the managing the employee relationship, as well as acknowledged expertise. This acquisition enables the Sage group to continuenull to build on its range of products for mid market businesses.

Transaction price

Undisclosed

“The Amalthis offering in the areas of HR services, communications and employment and careernull management via a secure online portal will be enhanced by the strengths of the Sage group in terms of R&D and Sales and Marketing Support, which will expand its customer base,” stated Jacques Lebahann, who is the current CEO of Amalthis.

Iwedia

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March 2004 Iwedia raises funds from I-Source

On behalf of Teamlog, Financière Cambon helped a group of investors (Thalès Corporate Venture, I-Source, IXCORE) sell its equity interest (91.9%) in Teamlog Digital Media System, specializing in softwarenull solutions for the digital television industry.

 

TEAMLOG has just sold its 91.9% interest in TEAMLOG DMS, a specialist in software solutions for the digital television industry, to a group of financialnull investors (I-Source, Thalès Corporate Ventures and IXCORE) associated with the management of the company. In 2003, this subsidiary earned revenues of €6.7 million, contributing a negative -0.54 million euros (-0.9 million euros in group share of net income) to group earnings. The deal was completed for a total of €2.5 million in cash and is consistent with the sale completed in October 2003 of the equity interest in NEOTION SAS, as well as with TEAMLOG’s decision to refocus on its core IT services business.

Transaction price

Undisclosed

 

 
 

Colt

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December 2003 Colt sells its Apogée and Asthéa subsidiaries

On behalf of COLT Telecom, Financière Cambon completed the deal leading to the sale of two of its subsidiaries, Apogée Communications and Asthéa Ingénierie. Both companies specialize in the integration of infrastructure and IT securitynull solutions.

Transaction price

Undisclosed

The expertise of Financière Cambon was a decisive factor in the successful completion of this transactionnull. FC’s perfect knowledge of every player in the market helped to ensure successful completion of the deal under satisfactory conditions.”

J.B. Gagliardi COLT Europe CEO

Neotion

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September 2003 Neotion raises funds from I-Source

Financière Cambon successfully completed the fund-raising deal for this promising young company.

Transaction price

Undisclosed

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