Paris, April 15th 2016 – Orange completed the acquisition of Lexsi, the French leader in cybersecurity, from Argos Soditic, a European reference player in Private Equity. Bryan, Garnier & Co acted as sole advisor to Argos Soditic on this transaction.
Lexsi defends its customers’ vital cyber-assets in Europe through deep technology-based and intelligence-driven software and services. With 15 years of frontline experience against cybercrime and a team of 170 cybersecurity experts, Lexsi offers a unique range of premium enterprise-grade security solutions, from audit to consulting through SOC, leveraging its considerable threat intelligence database. Lexsi’s customers base includes many leading blue chip French and international corporations, including 40% of Euro Stoxx 50® companies.
Thibaut De Smedt, Partner in charge of the Software sector at Bryan, Garnier & Co stated: “This transaction shows the strong focus of Bryan Garnier in the European technology sector. It constitutes the beginning of a long list of consolidation transactions or fundraisings in such a dynamic sector that is cybersecurity”.
M&A Advisor : Bryan, Garnier & Co (Thibaut De Smedt, Alexandre Boukhari, Amina Sagou)
Legal Advisor: Paul Hastings (Olivier Deren, Edith Boucaya)
Financial Advisor: Eight Advisory (Eric Demuyt, Kevin Aubert)
Tax Advisor: Arsene Taxand (Franck Chaminade, Olivier Janoray)
Data Law Advisor: Feral Schuhl / Sainte Marie (Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie, Richard Willemant)
About LEXSI (https://www.lexsi.com)
Established in 1999 and based in France, Lexsi provides high end auditing, consulting, incident response, and training services in the field of IT security to more than 400 active customers. Mainly rolled-out as SaaS, these solutions are built around a structured approach of cybersecurity composed of anticipation and response. The group employs more than 170 experts and runs the largest independent Computer Emergency Response Team in Europe.
About Orange Cyberdefense (www.orange.com)
Orange Cyberdefense offers a broad range of IT security services including consulting, audit, project management, and managed integration and services, across all sectors.
With a team of more than 1,000 experts, Orange Cyberdefense helps 600 multinational corporate and public sector customers analyse their cyber defense strategy, strengthen and control access to their systems, protect sensitive assets, understand their potential vulnerabilities and validate the efficiency of cyber defense devices.
Orange Cyberdefense is a division of Orange, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with annual sales of €40.2 billion in 2015 and has 156,000 employees worldwide at Dec. 31, 2015. Orange is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris (symbol: ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: ORAN).
About Bryan, Garnier & Co (www.bryangarnier.com)
Bryan, Garnier & Co is an independent investment bank specialized in European growth companies, providing them with Equity Research & Brokerage, Asset Management and Corporate Finance services.
With more than 150 professionals based in London, Paris, New York, Munich, 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 market, LBOs and private placement. 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.