Paris, 24 June 2016 – Talentsoft, the European leader in Cloud HR, entered into a definitive merger agreement with e-doceo, ranked in the top five global leaders of e-learning solutions.
Bryan, Garnier & Co acted as exclusive financial advisor to e-doceo’s shareholders in this transaction.
Founded in 2002, e-doceo is the leading full-SaaS provider of e-learning and blended learning software in France and benefits from a strong position in more than 10 countries. Companies of all sizes work with e-doceo to develop their competencies and human capital.
Through this merger, Talentsoft will reinforce its global presence, keeping in line with the ambitions it announced following the investment round it closed with Goldman Sachs last October. The strategic combining of these two complementary businesses, with more than 500 employees in 15 countries spanning four continents, which share the same values will pave the way to offer its clients a complete employee experience, tying competency management to career development programmes and adapted learning courses.
The two companies have been official partners for over two years now and share a dozen joint customers in approximately ten countries. Their common clients include companies such as Armatis, Celio, FDJ, Monoprix and Spie.
Jerome Bruet, CEO of e-doceo stated: "With Bryan Garnier & Co, we found advisors with in depth knowledge of our sector and direct access to US and European counterparts . Their experience allowed us to close this transaction rapidly”.
Marc Goudemand, Director at Bryan, Garnier & Co added: “This transaction illustrates the consolidation trend in the Cloud HR sector. By merging with e-doceo, Talentsoft underscores its commitment to reinforce its leading position in Europe”.
Philippe Patricot, Managing Director at Bryan, Garnier & Co concluded: “We are proud to have advised e-doceo’s shareholders in this transaction. Talentsoft will no doubt accelerate e-doceo’s international development. This transaction highlights our in-depth knowledge of HR Software and our on-going commitment to the technology sector overall.”
M&A Advisor: Bryan, Garnier & Co. : Philippe Patricot, Marc Goudemand, Guillaume du Repaire
Legal Advisor: Paul Hastings: Sebastien Crepy, Charlotte Dupont, Hortense Diogo
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About e-doceo (www.e-doceo.net )
e-doceo is a leading developer of e-learning software in France and a major player in the international market. Its solutions are dedicated to blended learning programmes (in-person and e-learning). Companies of all sizes work with e-doceo to develop their competencies and human capital. For almost 15 years now, the company’s extensive and strong international network has asserted its global presence on the new learning technologies market. It is present in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Senegal, Singapore, Spain and Switzerland. Large global companies trust e-doceo’s e-learning solution: Areva, AFPA, BNP Paribas, Carglass, Chronopost, Foncia, Lacoste, Legrand, Mondial Assistance, Monoprix, Nestlé, Orange, Pierre Fabre, Randstad, Roche, UGC, Veolia, Yves Rocher, etc.
About Talentsoft (www.talentsoft.com)
Created in 2007 by three French entrepreneurs, Talentsoft is the leading European developer of cloud-based talent-management software. With over 1,500 clients and 8 million users across 130 countries and 25 languages, Talentsoft is laying the foundation for the future of Human Resources with its solution, which ties competency management to career paths and learning programmes. The talent-management solution efficiently manages employee recruitment, learning, performance, competencies, careers and compensation. Talentsoft is suitable for both medium and large businesses, and has demonstrated its ability to deploy its solution in companies with more than 200,000 employees. In 2015, Talentsoft ranked in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA classification for the third consecutive year. In 2016, Talentsoft partnered with Le Lab RH to offer a marketplace of innovative HR solutions.
About Bryan, Garnier & Co (www.bryangarnier.com)
Bryan, Garnier & Co is an independent investment bank specialized in European growth companies, providing them with Equity Chartres & Brokerage, Asset Management and Corporate Finance services. With more than 150 professionals throughout London, Paris, Munich, New York, Geneva 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. Bryan, Garnier & Co is a leading advisor to European growth companies on strategic finance transactions such as mergers & acquisitions, equity capital markets, LBOs and private placements. Bryan, Garnier & Co is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the United Kingdom, and is member of London Stock Exchange and Euronext, Alternext Listing Sponsor, and is active on all European capital markets.
In 2015, Bryan, Garnier & Co completed more than 35 transactions on European growth companies, including landmark transactions such as the acquisition of Metrologic from Carlyle, the sale of Codenomicon to Synopsis, the sale of cybersecurity Lexsi to Orange, the €25m private placement for Jahia, the IPOs of Bone Therapeutics or Amoeba on Euronext or Celyad and Galapagos on the Nasdaq.
In 2014 and 2015, Bryan, Garnier & Co was the most active investment bank involved in the IPO of European growth companies on the US Nasdaq. In December 2015, Bryan Garnier completed the acquisition of Cartagena Capital in Germany.