Founded in 2000 and based in Paris with 250 employees, Art-Event is a technical services provider for events providing support for clients in France and Switzerland.
This includes the set-up and rental of furniture, signage and decoration for conventions, seminars, product launches, fashion shows, exhibitions, fairs and congresses.
With a turnover of EUR 24m in 2017, the company’s shareholders were looking to extend their audiovisual range of services as well as a their market reach in France through a merger with an industrial partner.
Bryan, Garnier & Co acted as Sole Financial Advisor on the transaction.
Bryan, Garnier & Co advised Art-Event Group’s shareholders on the merger with Alive Groupe (supported by Re-sources Capital, Nord Croissance and Siparex) which provided the best service match and complimentary geographic fit.
The new combined entity which recorded c. EUR 45m of revenues in 2017 will be the 3rd largest technical service provider in the French events market.
This transaction marks Bryan, Garnier & Co's growing expertise in the Business Services sector. Recent transactions include the acquisition of Xerox Research Center Europe by Naver, the acquisition of Domiserve by La Banque Postale and the acquisition of Agence79 by HAVAS.
About Art-Event Group
Founded in 2000 and based in Paris with 250 employees, Art-Event is a specialist event management company working on the conception and realization of events in Europe and internationally. Their services include the set-up and rental of furniture, signage and decoration for a broad variety of events ranging from, seminars, product launches, fashion shows, congresses, international summits and forums, showrooms and store displays including pop-up stores. The group recorded revenues of EUR 24m in 2017.
About Alive Groupe
Alive Groupe specializes in the rental of broadcasting material and installation of audiovisual equipment for events. The group combines the expertise of Alive Events and Alive Technology, providing clients with services covering sound, lighting, electrical distribution, stage installation, filming, video and rental of design furniture. Leveraging the collective know-how of both companies, each having over 45 years of experience, Alive Groupe organizes top level events for businesses, associations, communication agencies and public bodies. They are backed by Re-sources Capital, Nord Croissance and Siparex. Alive Groupe generated c. EUR 22m revenues in 2017 and employs 160 people.
About Bryan, Garnier & Co
Bryan, Garnier & Co is a European, full service growth-focused independent investment banking partnership founded in 1996. The firm provides equity research, sales and trading, private and public capital raising as well as M&A services to growth companies and their investors. It focuses on key growth sectors of the economy including Technology, Media & Telecoms, Healthcare, Smart Industries & Energy, Consumer, Brands & Retail and Business Services. Bryan, Garnier & Co is a fully registered broker dealer authorized and regulated by the FCA in Europe and the FINRA in the U.S. Bryan, Garnier & Co is headquartered in London, with additional offices in Paris, Munich, Zurich and New York. The firm is a member of the London Stock Exchange and Euronext.
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