M&A Deal Summary

Wendel Group Acquires Scalian

On April 25, 2023, private equity firm Wendel Group acquired information technology company Scalian from Andera Partners and Cobepa SA for 965M EUR

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is Wendel Group’s 1st transaction in the Information Technology sector.
  • This is Wendel Group’s 4th largest (disclosed) transaction.
  • This is Wendel Group’s 6th transaction in France.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2023-04-25
Target Scalian
Sector Information Technology
Buyer(s) Wendel Group
Sellers(s) Andera Partners
Cobepa SA
Deal Type Secondary Buyout
Deal Value 965M EUR

Target

Scalian

Labege, France
website
Scalian is an engineering consulting firm that provides industrial project management services for issues pertaining to supply chain (costs, quality, deadlines, performance), the architecture and development of embedded digital systems and information system applications, big data, and AI. It also addresses project optimization and organizational performance issues, as well as provides digital transformation support for industry and service sector leaders. Scalian was founded in 1989 and is based in Labege, France.

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Buyer(S) 1

Buyer
DESCRIPTION

Wendel Group is a publicly traded investment group that seeks to invest €200 to €700 in public and private companies. The Firm focuses on opportunities across France, Germany, and the Benelux, but will also consider opportunities in greater Europe, North America, and select regions of Africa. Target companies typically exhibit predictable cash-flows, high barriers to entry, and are leaders in their respective markets. Wendel was originally established in 1704 and is based in Paris.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 19 of 19
Sector (Information Technology) 1 of 1
Type (Secondary Buyout) 10 of 10
Country (France) 6 of 6
Year (2023) 3 of 3
Size (of disclosed) 4 of 11
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2023-02-16 Brigad

Créteil, France

Brigad is an online tool connecting self-employed professionals with hospitality and care establishments. Brigad was formed in 2016 and is based in Créteil, France.

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FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2023-07-31 Constantia

Vienna, Austria

Constantia is a producer of flexible packaging solutions for consumer and pharma industries. Constantia Flexibles Group GmbH is based in Vienna, Austria.

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Seller(S) 2

SELLER

Andera Partners

Investor Investor Investor Investor

website


Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 2001
PE ASSETS 3.7B EUR
Size Large
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Andera Partners is a private investment firm focused on several strategies. The Firm invests in life science opportunities through its BioDiscovery group. The Firm invests in Western European small to mid-sized companies (€30 to €300 million of revenue) through its Winch Capital group. Andera invests in small to mid-sized French companies (€10 to €100 million of revenue) through its Cabestan Capital team. Andera invests in €5 to €45 million of mezzanine capital to support small to mid-sized French companies. Andera Partners was established in 2001 and is headquartered in Paris.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 35 of 37
Sector (Information Technology) 2 of 2
Type (Secondary Buyout) 12 of 12
Country (France) 26 of 27
Year (2023) 4 of 5
Size (of disclosed) 1 of 3
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2023-04-14 Orest

Erstein, France

Orest creates and manufactures Jewellery. Orest was founded in 1963 and is based in Erstein, France.

Sell -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2023-09-06 Atlantic Therapeutics

Galway, Ireland

Atlantic Therapeutics is a developer of professional and consumer medical devices, related software and connected health technologies. Atlantic Therapeutics with its product INNOVO focuses on the treatment of incontinence, sexual health dysfunctions and other associated disorders by strengthening the muscles and modulating the nerves of the pelvic floor. Atlantic Therapeutics was founded in 2017 and is based in Galway, Ireland.

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SELLER

Cobepa SA

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

website


Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 1957
PE ASSETS 2.5B EUR
Size Large
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Cobepa S.A. is a global investment group focused on growth capital investments (acquiring significant minority stakes) and leveraged buyout transactions. Cobepa invests in established companies with business models, sustainable market positions, and strong management teams. Sectors of interest include transportation, industrial, retail, financial services, and business services. The Firm generally pursues opportunities throughout Europe and North America, however Cobepa also targets opportunities in Asia and South America. Cobepa was originally established in 1957 and is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium


DEAL STATS #
Overall 18 of 18
Sector (Information Technology) 3 of 3
Type (Secondary Buyout) 8 of 8
Country (France) 7 of 7
Year (2023) 2 of 2
Size (of disclosed) 1 of 2
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2023-02-13 Princess Yachts

Plymouth, United Kingdom

Princess Yachts is a designer and manufacturer of luxury super yachts, offering yachts through its network of 50 exclusive distributors worldwide. Princess Yachts was founded in 1965 and is based in Plymouth, United Kingdom.

Sell -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2024-01-29 SmartSD

Breda, Netherlands

SmartSD is a distributor of products and services in the area of video surveillance, burglary and fire protection and access control for the professional market. SmartSD was established in 2008 and is based in Breda, Netherlands.

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