Bryan, Garnier & Co advises on the buy-out of mc²i Groupe by its Management team and AtriA Capital Partenaires

News published on March Monday 21, 2011
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Paris, March 21st 2011 – Bryan, Garnier & Co, the independent pan-European Investment bank focusing on growth companies, announces the completion of the management buy-out of mc²i Groupe with private-equity fund AtriA Capital Partenaires.

This growth buy-out operation sees eight operational managers and shareholders of mc²i Groupe, along with founders, Alain du Beaudiez and Bernard Krotin, increasing their participation in the capital, whlist fourteen new managers have joined the historical shareholders.

Through this operation, AtriA Capital Partenaires - owned by its team and specialised in the accompaniment of medium-sized growth companies becomes a majority shareholder.

mc²i Groupe's management in conjunction with AtriA Capital Partenaires foresees steady growth ahead, with room for further improvement.

mc²i Groupe was founded 20 years ago and progressively established itself as a leading independent management and technology consulting company.

mc²i Groupe historically exhibited a profitable and sustainable financial performance. Since 2003, the company quadrupled its turnover and multiplied its operating profit by eight. In 2010, revenues reached €25m.

Alain du Beaudiez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of mc²i Groupe, declared: "It has been a smooth transmission process ensuring the continued existence of mc²i Groupe. The move allows managers formed within the company and profoundly attached to its culture, to gradually undertake the running of the company with the support of the founders and AtriA Capital Partenaires.

Bryan, Garnier & Co played a key role in the management of a competitive process, allowing us to choose the best possible partner".

Virginie Lazès, Head of Corporate Finance at Bryan, Garnier & Co, added "This new major transaction operated by Bryan, Garnier & Co demonstrates the boiling activity we are experiencing in the private equity market, with a return to the LBO. We are extremely happy for the positive conclusion of this transaction".

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About mc²i Groupe:

mc²i Groupe is an IT Consulting Services company specialised in project management. The Company provides functional expertise in areas such as HR, Finance and Operations Management. The group assists its clients throughout the lifecycle of projects, from development to implementation.

About AtriA Capital Partenaires:

AtriA Capital Partenaires is one of France's most well-known private-equity firms. AtriA Capital Partenaires typically takes majority equity stakes and supports entrepreneurs in leveraged management buy-outs (LMBO) in fast-growing French companies with enterprise values of €30-150m.

AtriA Capital Partenaires provides ongoing support to entrepreneurial managers to enable them to achieve their business goals by handling all aspects of the LBO and making an active contribution to strategy and the implementation of the business development plan.

A distinctive feature specific to AtriA, the 'Club' of investors brings together some fifty entrepreneurs, most of whom invested in AtriA's funds after having been successfully backed by the team themselves. Bringing their wealth of entrepreneurial experience, the members of this Entrepreneurs' Club facilitates investment transactions and contributes to value-creation within AtriA Capital Partenaires' portfolio of companies.

About Bryan, Garnier & Co

Bryan, Garnier & Co is an independent investment bank specialising in European TMT, Healthcare, Renewable Energies and growth companies. Bryan, Garnier & Co is positioned in three activities: Equity Research & Brokerage, Asset Management and Corporate Finance.

With more than 120 professionals based in London, Paris, New York and New Delhi, Bryan, Garnier & Co combines the range of services and the expertise of top-tier investment banks with the level of attention to clients of a boutique.

Through its corporate finance practice, Bryan, Garnier & Co has became a leader in advising European growth companies on strategic finance transactions such as mergers & acquisitions, equity capital market, LBOs and private placement over the last three years.

Bryan, Garnier & Co is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in the United Kingdom, and is member of London Stock Exchange and Euronext, Alternext Listing Sponsor, and is active on all European capital markets.

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